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WATER TANK AIR, HOW TO ADD
WATER TANK PRESSURE GAUGE
Well pump controls & relays with pump status indicators & pump protection feature:
This article describes methods useful to determine if a well pump is operating or not. We describe several methods for determining if a remote water pump or submersible well pump circuit is "on".
Additional details are given for the Cla-Val PC-1 pump controller and for Franklin Electric's PumpTec pump controller. In addition to including several pump protection features, both of these devices offer sophisticated well pump status indicators that can help diagnose well and pump problems. Our page top photo illustrates a Universal well pump controller installed in a Minnesota home.
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This may be a really dumb question, but because our pump is far from the house (switch is in garage)I don't hear when it is running or not. Is there a way to figure that out? It would likely help diagnose the issue if I knew when the pump was or was not running. Did that make any sense? Thank you again. 4/4/2014
Alison it's an excellent question and more important than one might think.
A typical water pump pressure control switch such as the Square D model shown at left makes an audible "click" when it's relay switches the pump on or off, but otherwise this model gives no indication that the pump circuit is "on". At page top we show a Universal remote well pump relay switch that operates a submersible well pump. The Universal pump relay is itself switched on and off by a pressure control switch at the water tank. No indication of "power on" is included on this device.
If the water system uses an above-ground well pump such as a one-line or two-line jet pump, and if the pump is nearby or accessible, you'll hear it running. But a remote well pump or a submersible (in the well) pump is not audible to someone standing by the pressure control switch.
Watch out: Some well pumps, particularly submersible models, can develop pressures high enough to be dangerous. In New Paltz NY a plumber was killed in part because he did not know that the submersible well pump was running. He was messing with pressure tank control settings, over pressurized a water tank which, lacking a required pressure relief valve, burst, injuring him so seriously that as he was working alone, he died.
The problem is that in a well-running water system you may not hear much at all at the water pressure tank when a remote well pump is running.
How to Know the "On-Off" Status of a Remote or Submersible Well Pump
There are several solutions to this "is the water pump running" question
The company's description of their PumpTec controller includes:
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(Sept 22, 2014) Anonymous said:
Typically, since the artesian well, by definition, is delivering water at enough pressure to bring it out of the ground, the pressure controls will set the cut-in and cut-out above the well delivery pressure in order to deliver boosted water pressure within the building.
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