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    SQUARE D SWITCH ADJUSTMENT

    Thank heavens I have found a site that knows something about these things.

    I use to have great water pressure. I have 2 full baths and I have adjusted the two adjusting nuts 3 equal turns clockwise to increase pressure. My current pressure is hovering around 25 to 30 psi. The adjustments seem to have had no effect. My pump is under a well cap so I'm assuming it is a submerible. My bladder tank is under the house and I don't hear the switch activating at all when the water is running, should I? I was just wondering what some of the pros on this forum might think it is. I guess the pump isn't gone, it's just over 10 years old and still keeps the the current pressure I've mentioned. I thought it might be the switch or the bladder inside the tank. I've seen this tank for sale at lowe's. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    If the pump is running but only delivering 30 psi or so. You either have a leak in the home, underground or in the well, or the pump is worn out. Remember the average life of a pump is 7 years, so your on borrowed time.

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    quote:Originally posted by ashaw7Thank heavens I have found a site that knows something about these things.
    Speedbump knows everything, I just chime in every once in a while to keep him honest.
    quote:Originally posted by ashaw7I use to have great water pressure. I have 2 full baths and I have adjusted the two adjusting nuts 3 equal turns clockwise to increase pressure.
    Where are these two adjusting nuts, I hope they are on the Square D pressure switch, near the pressure tank...
    quote:Originally posted by ashaw7My current pressure is hovering around 25 to 30 psi.
    Your pressure should vary 20 psi, i.e. from 25 to 45 psi.
    quote:Originally posted by ashaw7The adjustments seem to have had no effect.
    I'm guessing you have a pressure gauge also at the tank?
    quote:Originally posted by ashaw7My bladder tank is under the house and I don't hear the switch activating at all when the water is running, should I?
    You can take the cover off of the pressure switch and watch the contacts as your sink/bath is running.
    quote:Originally posted by ashaw7I guess the pump isn't gone, it's just over 10 years old and still keeps the the current pressure I've mentioned.
    It could be the pump, it also could be that the tubing to your switch and gauge are plugged up with crud, turn off the pump at the breaker, disconnect the switch and gauge and check the tube, and clean it out of necessary.
    quote:Originally posted by ashaw7I've seen this tank for sale at lowe's.
    This is probably not a tank problem, don't buy your tank from lowe's or home depot.

    Rancher

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    My son-in-law just had a simular problem. The plumbers said it was the bladder in his tank. That the bladder had went bad and not caught in time so it burnt up the pump too.

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    It is indeed very possible to take out a motor with a bad bladder. I wouldn't even begin to blame a tank or bladder for a low pressure problem though. Plumbers usually Plumb and Well Drillers/Pumpmen usually work on Pumps, so be sure to call the right people to work on your system.

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    The two nuts that I adjusted are between the bladder tank and the gauge. I've went out and removed the cap off of the well house and I hear the pump running are some kind of noise down in the pipe. If there is a leak I haven't seen anything coming from the house. Are there any above ground signs to say there's a leak in the line or around the pump itself? Sorry guys, I've never experience well or pump problems before. The tag on the pump where it list "feet to pump" says 60 it looks like to me. What are all the test I can do to eliminate which component it is? Thank you so much.

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    With you limited knowledge of pumps/wells you would be better off calling a Well Driller to check out your system. It may not be too late to salvage what you have, if you get to him before the pump burns itself up.

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    quote:Originally posted by ashaw7

    The two nuts that I adjusted are between the bladder tank and the gauge.
    Are the nuts on something, like a small grey box with a square D symbol on top, or are these nuts on the pipe?

    Rancher

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    There are inside the square D switch. I have tried cleaning the line out to the switch yet. Frankly I'm afraid to call a professional for fear of the cost.

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