I think pressure switch is not receiving pressure from pump.
I have a 60' well, jet pump and welltroll tank. Over time, well pump began running for longer and longer time periods. Someone at the local hardware store suggested I needed a new pressure switch. I bought a low pressure switch with the auto/start/off switch and installed it correctly. It ran constantly and never shut off. I went back and bought another switch, thinking the first one was bad. This time I bought another 30/50 switch but w/o the auto/start/off switch on the side. I installed it and the pump still runs constantly. I currently operate the pump with the indoor circuit breaker until I can figure out the problem. I think the switch is not getting pressure through the 1/4" copper line coming from the pump. I have since cleaned out this 10" long 1/4" and re-installed it but to no avail. Is it possible that there is something clogged in the pump itself? Oh yeah, when the pump is running, pressure seems to build b/c the gauge near the pump climbs until i switch off the breaker and stop the switch. Any ideas out there? Thanks a bunch.
photos of setup (pressure switch problem)
I took photos. Here is what I did last night: I checked the pressure in the wellxtrol tank with a tire gauge. It read 52 psi. I knew it needed to be 28 so i let some air out to 28 and started the pump (by switching on the breaker in the house). The gauge near the pump (see pic) showed that it was gaining pressure quickly and it didn't shut off at the 50 psi mark. I shut it off at about 70 psi. I then checked the pressure in the wellxtrol tank and it had gone up to about 36 psi. I let the water drain by running the tap in the kitchen sink. and Switched the pump on again. The gauge rose but not as quickly and the pressure in the tank rose too. They seemed to equilibrate and then I am back to where I've been the last few weeks. The tank is about 50 psi and it takes at least five minutes of running the pump to build up about 60 psi on the gauge and i switch the pump off. Is my pump pumping air as well as water or does my tank leak? Also, I still can't figure out why the pressure switch isn't working. Hmmmmm...