I had a leak on the water pipe going into the well, it has been fixed and no more leaks.I then primed the pump, the pump is fully primed with lost of pressure , but its not pumping water. Do i continue to prime the pump?
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you have to say what pump you are using
if it is a submersible pump it could be jammed impeller blades and a blown circuit breaker
if it is a centrifugal pump and is not a jet assist pump then the lift head is exceeded to lift water to the pump from suction Most pumps of this type have a max head lift of 10 ft with a 2" suction pipe as the weight of water is too much to lift A jet assist pump is a better option for up to 20 ft
next is the pump primed now if it was pumping before as a bad foot valve will leak the water out of the pump so that it requires priming before it will work
For this type of pump, there should be a priming plug or priming tee. Remove the plug (or tee) and pour water into the pump. Keep adding water until the pump and all of the piping to the well is full of water. If a priming plug or tee was also added on the suction side of the pump, open that section and fill all of the piping on the suction side with water. Replace the plugs/tees then open a faucet in the house. Start the pump. After 2-3 minutes, turn off the pump if no water has come through the unit. Add more water through the priming plug or tee (or multiple plugs and tees). Then repeat closing the priming ports and start the pump after opening a faucet. Once the pump is actually pumping water, turn off the open faucet. Wait for the pump to shut off once it reaches full pressure. Open one or two faucets to check that the pump is properly sensing the pressure changes and maintaining system water pressure.
If the unit didn't pull water from the well, check the piping for air leaks. See the full trouble-shooting guide in the manual. Page 9 has the priming information and page 10 has the trouble-shooting guide.
If you are trying to draw water from a lower place, you may have lost prime. It is also possible there is a reason for this loss of prime, maybe a leak on the suction piping. Remove some fitting on or near the discharge of the pump, fill the body completely with water. If it goes in, fill the entire suction piping with water, too. Open a faucet nearby, turn on the pump and wait up to 5 minutes. It should spit and sputter, sound will change, some water will discharge, but eventually, you should get steady flow.
If you lose prime again, look for leaks in the suction piping from the inlet of the pump to where the piping goes into the ground.
Hi, Tom, W/D here. You shouldn't really need a check valve as the foot valve is in effect a check valve. Next time that you are near the pump when it kicks on and you are using no water, let it achieve full pressure and kick off. Close the discharge valve, isolating the pump and suction line. Watch the pressure gauge. If the pressure falls, you either have a leak in the suction line, possibly a leak at the well head (sucking air), a leak in the casing riser pipe or bad foot valve. If the pressure holds steady, open the discharge valve and note the pressure. If it falls immediately upon opening the valve, the leak would be on the house side if the pump. Look then for any sources of water usage (ice maker, drips in the tub, water from the pop-off valve at the water heater, etc.). Best regards, and good luck. If I can be of any further assistance, please post back. --W/D--
The water and therefore the pressure has to be going somewhere. If you are sure that there are no leaks in the house or outside, then the water is going back into the well. There is a check valve either in the suction line of the pump between the top of the well and the pump or down in the well.
If this check valve fails, it allows water to go the wrong way and back to the well. The result is that you lose pressure.
Secondly, you have to be sure that there are no air leaks between the top of the well and the inlet to the check valve. Leaks in that piping will make repriming difficult.
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You might just need to tighten the bolts. If that doesn't fix it you can dismantle it and replace the O-ring. Be sure to lightly coat the new ring with silicone grease before installing it. A pool supply store should be able to help you with the right part.
What kind of pump is it? If it is a jet pump, it may need to be primed or the foot valve in the well could be blocked with rust or dirt. On a shallow well or jet pump, check it for suction side leaks. turn it off, and see if water seeps out of any of the joints. A small amount of air seeping in will make the pump airbound and keep it from building pressure.
I assume the pump is not running at night. If the pump is higher than the pool, and the inlet and outlet to the pool are both under water, then you have a small leak. This could be allowing the water to leak out of the line. Or, if the leak is higher than the pool surface it is allowing air to leak into the line, which allows the prime to run down into the pool.
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Yes, any air leak could allow the pumps system to draw air in to it. This could happen through a gasket or the mechanical seal although if the foot valve is in good shape and there are no leaks within the piping system the pump should hold prime. My guess is there is some type of leak within the suction piping that is creating a slight vacuum. A vacuum leak, even a small amount, is very powerful at drawing air in to it. My first thoughts are to insure the suction piping and its components are all proper.
I hope this may have helped,