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Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by desertdreamer, Oct 17, 2005.
You've gotta leak.
You're on the verge of losing your prime?
Ours did the same thing last year. People told us it was a leak, but I didnt see anywhere where there was any water. So we pulled the pump. It was a little plastic thing on the well, the well guy says these things go out regularly. Didn't cost that much. except for pulling the pump, we have a deep well, about 300+ feet.
Alice in Virginia
It's between your pump and the water so it depends on where your pump is.
It sounds like you have a submersible pump with a non-bladder tank. This setup has a two part system to keep the correct amount of air charged in your tank. The first part is a shrader valve(similar to a tire valve) which lets air into the lines and the second part is a valve with a float that lets air out of the tank. I would guess that valve is corroded or dirty or for some other reason not working correctly. Turn off the power to your well pump, drain the water from the system and then try removing this part. It will be threaded into the tank about 2/3 of the way up and should unscrew out. It will have a float in the tank which could also be defective. I would not pull the pump or lines out of the well until I checked this part.