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Old August 25th, 2019, 01:04 PM #1
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Well Problem Diagnose ( Electrical)

Got the phone call while I was @ work . Water stopped . While I was on phone, she tapped the pressure switch ( as we periodically had to do ) to knock loose dust in the contacts . They then reported flames . I told them to just turn off @ circuit breaker, thinking dryer lint .

Today I replaced the pressure switch , and just got a big arc when turned power back .

My first thought is the pump ( in bottom of deep well ) is bad , and shorting out .

Is there anything else obvious it might be ?


Added - Same pump from when well was replaced circa 2005 .
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Old August 25th, 2019, 01:19 PM #2
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No idea ,but since I am on a well I might as "well" bump your thread
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Old August 25th, 2019, 01:48 PM #3
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open up the control box , there should be at least one , probably two capasitors , plus a relay . if they are alright then it's probably the pump or the wire going out to it .
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Any problems with water stopping before? Sounds like it.

I had to replace the well pump this spring. It would intermittently stop, then restart it self. The pump was drawing too much current, thermal overload would shut it off until it cooled. Eventually it took so much current protections would not let it come on.

Hope you have better news.

btw, my existing pump was circa 2007. The well guy the the model quality went down hill and no longer installed it.
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Control Box ? I'm not that high tech , nor sure what else such a box would control .


Main circuit breaker box > Pressure Switch > imeadately into conduit leading to well .


For whatever reason , the cover over the pressure switch got left off years ago , and dust/ lint could settle on the wires and springs of the Pres Switch . Once or twice a year, give it a tap to dislodge dust in the contacts . So my optimistic plan A was that lint had shorted the actual switch , and a new switch unit, making sure to use cover, would handle things .

But Nope . Brand new switch imeadately blew when power turned on . Seems like massive load coming from the pump . Could it hypothetically be wires shorted inside conduit running out to well? Maybe . But beyond my skils/ inclinations to pull up pump to check the wires .

But of course , If I'm missing something simple above ground , I'd love fix this quickly . ( Just talked to Mrs Biggfoot on phone, re motel room, and basically refused to make an answer . I won't tell her she couldn't , but that if it takes a while, it is not viable to spend more on hotels than the actual well .)
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You have a direct short in the pump wiring. Start looking at the well head to see if any animals have gotten to it.
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Don't think so, but will check in about 25min .
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Ours was a bad wire going down to the pump. Since the pump had been in for 30 years we told the company to install a new pump while they had it out. Good luck.
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Had my replaced a couple years ago. They said 12 years is about average. Mine is 405' deep. I got about 20 yrs out of the original.
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14yrs on this one, so I suppose if it needs pulling, might as well replace while its up. Pun unintended .
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