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We have well water... having problems with sta-rite pro source pressure tank..... our water is surging. tank 'clicks' constantly while water is running, with pressure gauge jumping to the beat of the surges...

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Most likely you haven't got enough air in the pressure tank. This can be remedied with a bicycle pump to add some air to it, but be sure to open a faucet and turn off the power to the pump first. You can also get some insights from the manual at http://www.starite.com/pdf/S490.PDF Good luck, Al K

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