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    Pressure Tank Replacement

    Hello Everyone,

    My current tank is an Amtrol WX251. It's about 25 years old, and needs to be replaced.

    Should I consider another brand or did my Amtrol last a normal life expectancy? The best price I've gotten is $448. locally.

    Thank you for any advice.

    Regards,

    Tom

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    25 years is a bit of a long time for even a Well-X-Trol to last. Don't tell them or they will try to make it cheaper somehow.

    I like Flexcon as well or better than Well-X-Trol. I can sell you any size you like, but I can't ship one any larger than the one just below yours. My model number would be PC-144. It is equal to the 120 gallon galvanized tank. Your's is between the 120 gallon and the 220 gallon. The price for my PC-144 is $305.29. My PC-266 which is the one above yours sells for $400.86, so I guess you could say my prices are much lower.

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    Thank you Bob. It sounds like I got my money's worth.

    What would your PC-144 be shipped to 19053 to a business address with a loading dock?

    If you wish, please don't hesitate to e-mail me privately.

    Thank you.

    Tom

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    Why do you need such a large tank? You could save a lot of money going to a smaller tank and a CSV. Not only would you save on the tank but your water pressure would be more even and not as much wear and tear on the new tank or pump.

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    Shipping to your address would be $23.96.

    Jeff is right though, if you had a submersible pump, the smaller tank and the CSV is the way to go.

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    Thank you Jeff and Bob!,

    I'm not familiar with the CSV or the concept.

    When the tank was installed, the well driller, who does a lot of municipal business, recommended the larger tank to prevent wear and tear on the submersible. I've never had pressure problems. I'm pretty good with plumbing work (carpenter by trade), so I was just going to replace the tank as originally installed.

    Can you please suggest a place I can educate myself on the CSV? Is it something I can install myself?

    Again, thank you fellows for your great help. I really appreciate it, especially considering my current budget restraints.

    Best regards,

    Tom

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    Bob and Jeff,

    Also, the house is pretty much quiet during week days. The use is mostly evenings and weekends now that my boys are grown and gone.

    My bottom line is not the tank size but reducing wear and tear on the submersible.

    Thank you again for taking the time to advise me.

    Tom

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    You won't find any pump or tank made like they were 25 years ago.
    http://www.cyclestopvalves.com/homeowners_3.html

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    From personal experience I can tell you a CSV is easy to plumb in. I put mine outside the well. The above site can give you all the info you need and if you need help during installation they are only a phone call away. I would definitely recommend Speedbump for your parts needs. Not only are his prices good but he stands behind them with good customer service and help if needed.
    The CSV does what it's name implies. As long as you are using 1 gpm of water it keeps your pump running. This gives you very even pressure. It also prolongs the life of your pump and tank because they are not constantly cycling off and on which is one of the main causes of pump and tank failures. And since you are using the CSV you can go to a drastically smaller tank with better water usage.

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    Hi Jeff, and thank you again.

    The site you gave me is very helpful, though I have to admit I don't fully underdstand the concept of how the CSV and a smaller tank are better than the large tank alone. But I'm re-reading and trying to figure it out. Somehow it's just not intuitively clear to me, but I'm working on it. I think part of my problem is getting past the idea that the bigger the tank, the fewer pump cycles. I can't figure how the CSV will be the equivalent of the bigger tank.

    I agree that I would like to do business with Speedbump. Just having this forum available is a wonderful service.

    I don't know the size of my pump, but I assume it's a pretty good one because of the fellow who originally did my well (he's passed away). He did primarily commercial and municipality work.

    I would have to put the CSV in the basement with the tank, Can they be plumbed in vertically or must they be horizontal.

    I'm working on figuring this out. Thank you for your patience and thoughtful advice. I really appreciate it.

    Sincerely,

    Tom

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