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    Default Loud Chatter when pump runs

    Help! I am worried that I may be causing damage to my pump.
    When the pressure switch calls for water there is a loud chattering sound that comes from that area. I took of the cover and the contacts clamp down tight with no movement. What is it? and can I fix it myself?
    Is it something that needs to be fixed immediately?

    P.S. I have a wife due any moment and I am desprate for an answer. I'd hate to have a water shortage and a new born!! babies can be hosed off, right?

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    I think your talking about the pressure switch. If those points are opening and closing fast, you probably have a waterlogged tank.

    Yes new born can be hosed off. Use luke warm water.

    bob..

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    Thanks for the reply,

    The points are operating correctly. In another forum I asked the question and only one person replied saying it may be a check valve in the pump.

    Where would that valve be?
    Could I replace it?

    No baby yet, still waiting for the call.

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    I don't think the check valve would act that way.

    Give me a more detailed description of what you have and what is happening.

    bob...

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    Well, as far as equipment I will need to log on when I get home.
    I dont beleive I will be able to tell you what size pump I have.

    The line comes out of the slab in the form of black plastic, to the valve and then to the expansion tank (I beleive) I will take a Pic when I get home and post It.

    the noise doesn't happen all the time (but more often then not)
    Its a loud, metalic, rapid, rattle that only sounds when the pump is on. It does not seam to have effected cycle time or pressure.

    If I can't get you any more info is it possible to get a couple of ideas so that when I do get a plumber to the house, he/she does not start swapping parts untill they locate the problem?

    thanks again,
    soon to be dad

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    Franklin submersable motor
    1/2 hp
    Well-x-trol wx-202
    pressure is @ 40 lbs (should and can I raise that?)
    Square D pumptrol switch
    all installed on nov 2003
    I took a pic but I am not sure how to post it.

    hope this helps you troublshoot

    thanks in advance.

    mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE123
    pressure is @ 40 lbs (should and can I raise that?)
    Is this the cuton pressure, or the cutoff pressure? Square D's are adjustable.

    Rancher

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    it is the reading on the gauge.
    As for the adjustment...
    I fiddeled with it years ago when there was a huge drop in pressure as the well kicked on and resolved that (a little).
    could my adjustment have started my problem with the noise?

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    Mike,
    i get that chatter sound sometimes when i first start up a new system.I always hear it coming from the check valve. Once the pressure builds up it usually stop making that noise. If your pumps shut off pressure is at 40 psi,its way too low and I'll bet once you increase the shut off pressure to 60 psi that noise might disappear. Simply adjust the nut on the larger spring clockwise until your pressure comes up to 60 psi. Each time you rotate that nut push down the plate on the switch to activate the pump. Keep doing that until you have reached that 60lbs. of pressure. Once you are done doing that make sure you have enough air in the tank. Your pump should be turning on at 40 psi so there should be 38lbs of pressure in your tank. Drain down the tank and check the air pressure with a tire gauge.

    SAM

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    Thanks for the info sam!
    I never relized that those tankes were pressurised manually, I thought it wat the well pump that did that. I will try it when I get home.
    IF the pump does not turn on at 40lbs then how do I adjust for that?

    thanks again sam.

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    Franklin submersable motor
    1/2 hp
    Well-x-trol wx-202
    Is there a control box somewhere? It would probably say Franklin Electric on it.

    bob...

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    I have never seen the control box.
    Is it possible there is not one?
    I believe I have seen them in other homes
    but I never saw one in my house.

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    You probably have a two wire pump which doesn't require one. I admit, I have no idea what this noise is. Try again to post the pic, maybe that will give us a hint.

    bob...

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    not sure how to post pic

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