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    size of tank

    Hi, I am new to this site. I live in a 1100 sq. ft. ranch and currently have a pressure tank which I suspect is as old as the house (a little over 60 years) if that is possible.(I don't kow low long they are supposed to last). I am only here 8 years and the guy who balances the tank for me had been doing it for the previous owner. I cal him every 6 to 9 months. Lately I notice a more significant drop in water pressure when I use the outdoor spigot to water the garden. So it's probably getting to be time to replace the old tank. I'd rather ask you all this as disinterested parties. How do I know what size tank I will need? Is the guy who's been balancing the old tank the person to replace it? Are there tank replacement specialists? I appreciate any info you can impart.

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    That's not a lot of info, for me to be making tank size recommendations.

    I would recommemd a bladder tank though. Then you won't need the balance guy anymore. I certainly don't know what his qualifications are so, you may want to call a pump repairman or a well driller. Or I can sell you a tank and you can install it yourself.

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    We're not all disinterestd parties here, as you can see Bob sells tanks, and if you need a tank I would buy one from him because he will answer any questions that you might have.

    That said... I'm not sure why you need a new tank, I assume when you say balance that tank, means a guy comes by and adds air to the tank?

    A rapid drop in water pressure usually means a waterlogged tank, when was the last time the guy "balanced" it.

    Do you have a pressure guage on the tank, or pipe near the tank?

    What kind of pump do you have, submersible, above ground "jet".

    Give me some more information.

    Bottom Line... if your tank is not leaking you don't need a new one.

    Rancher

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    Thank you Bob and Rancher for your prompt replies and info. The "pump" guy was here a month ago. when I had called him for the appointment and explained what I was experiencing his first comment was that he didn't like what he was hearing. since he had in the past told me I should eventually replace the tank I figured it was time to maybe start looking into it. The tank does not leak. there is a pressure gauge on the pump which is above ground, by the way, and the pressure usually reads 45 to 50, There is a gauge on the side of the tank also which does not appear to work since I have never seen a different pressure number on it. there is also a clear vertical tube next to this gauge which hs water half way up. the "pump" guy owns a local "water systems" company, installing and servicing pumps and tanks. He installed the current pump and apparently the one before that. and has serviced it for years. he also installed a sump pump for me. So, what additional information is needed to figure out the size of tank needed?
    And Bob, although I am pretty handy, I think I should probably hire a guy to do it for me. I will be waiting to hear from you all again. thanks.

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    Since I don't know what pump you have, I am going to recommend the PC-66 ($133.01) along with the CSV1-40 Cycle Stop Valve. This CSV will protect your motor while giving you constant pressure in your home. It will work just as good or better than the largest bladder tank you can buy. The CSV is $69.99.

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    Thanks Bob, I hope I am not overstaying my welcome but, if you tell me what info is needed about the pump I will check it out.

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    Try to find a brand name on the pump (not the motor)and get the horsepower off the motor. It should be something like HP 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1.5 etc. Then tell me how many pipes leave the pump towards the well.

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    Ok, I can't thank you enough for taking the time to help me out. here's what I found. There is a big label on the side of the pump that says Goulds. The smaller label with the 3/4 HP notation also has the name Smith. There is also a much smaller label that reads 230 volts.There is one pipe going out to the well and one going out to the storage tank. the pressure gauge on the pump currently reads 45. The pump was sold to the previous homeowner and installed by the company that has continued to service it for me by adding air to the tank as needed. thanks again for your patience.

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    So it's a 3/4hp goulds shallow well jet pump. It should be able to make at least 50 lbs. So if nothing else, I recommend the Cycle Stop Valve to keep the motor from burning up when the tank waterlogs next time. It's cheap insurance.

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    quote:Originally posted by speedbump

    So it's a 3/4hp goulds shallow well jet pump. It should be able to make at least 50 lbs. So if nothing else, I recommend the Cycle Stop Valve to keep the motor from burning up when the tank waterlogs next time. It's cheap insurance.

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