The Quick Connect fitting on my new WellMate WM-9 30 gallon tank leaks. Help.
Reference my earlier post (link: http://www.terrylove.com/forums/show...eral-questions), I selected a replacement WellMate pressure tank because it appeared to fit my requirements. So with advice from two people on the forum (“ballvalve” and “Porky”) I began the installation process. It was easy.
I cut the plastic fitting from the old tank that connected to the brass T valve. This allowed me to not touch any plumbing. After verifying tank pressure, etc, I installed the WellMate Quick Connect fitting to the brass T with Teflon tape. Then I slid the new 30 gallon tank in place.
The alignment was perfect. No adjustments of any sort were necessary. The tank was level, the quick connect was level, there was no binding whatsoever. Then I inserted the red “keeper” into place to secure the quick connect to the tank. Even though it looks like a chintzy setup, everything looked as though it was properly installed.
I turned the pump on and saw a leak. The quick connect fitting leaked, probably at the rubber o-ring.
After taking it apart, calling the distributor, re-verifying everything was spotless, and then re-installing it, I still had the same leak. The technician at the distributor said he doesn’t like to install tanks with plastic quick connects, including WellMate tanks. He also said where possible he hard-plumbs instead of using quick connects, but on my tank, it would be difficult at best. They’re sending a new tank, but my cottage is without water until next week.
Anyone have experience with WellMate plastic quick connects? Given the constraints of the “rib” along the feed pipe, can this be converted to a hard-plumb?
I’m planning to install the replacement new tank Tuesday morning, and I don’t have a good feeling about it. Any additional advice is truly appreciated.