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    Default Troubleshooting our well. Help appreciated

    Woke up this morning
    Put on my slippers
    Walked in the kitchen and the water died.
    (apologies to John Prine)

    Or our water did to be specific. I'm attempting to troubleshoot the problem and would appreciate any feedback I can get. It was really bloody cold here last night, so I suspected pipes first, but they seem to be fine, just no water getting to them. I checked the pressure tank (Amtrol WX-203). No pressure. Checked the well control (franklin electric 2801074910). No power. Played follow the wire back to the pressure switch (Square D 9013FSG). Power. Next thing I checked is the resistance on the motor (Franklin Electric 214507). Main is running 4.7 Ohms. Start is running 17 Ohms. Both are high. Does this sound like a bad motor or is could there be some kind of blockage that's triggered the low pressure valve? I'm new to playing with this stuff, so if there are any other tests I should do, I'd like to know. Also, is there anything I have to do to recharge the tank once it's been at no pressure or do I not have to worry about this.

    I'm really hoping it's not the pump. It's buried under the driveway somewhere and will be a pleasure to get to.

    Thanks,

    Dan

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    Reading the resistance on a inductive load is not really a good test.

    Are you getting power out of the pressure switch.

    Did you check the capacitors in the control box ?
    Theory only works perfect in a vacuum.

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    Thanks, Don. No power is coming out of the pressure switch as that would show up at the control box, right? I haven't checked the capacitors since there was no power getting there. Could it just be that the pressure switch is stuck and not letting power through?

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    Does the pressure switch have a little lever sticking out the side? If so, it has a low pressure cutoff and the lever has to be held "just so" to close the contacts to energize the control box.

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    No. Wish it did. I was very happy when I found out about it and very disappointed when I found it didn't have one. It does have a space for one in the housing, but aside from that it's non-existent.

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    That switch does not have the low pressure Cut off, as far as I know.

    I would try to clean the pressure switch contacts, they should be passing power.

    Look and see if the contacts are touching.


    P.S. Turning off power First, Pump Breaker needs to be off. I know that you know that, I just had to say it. lol
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    Contacts are not touching! What now? I've got the breaker off and disengaged.

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    Get a new one, or clear the obstruction on the water connection feeding it.


    P.S. In a pinch you can push up on the Plate that holds the springs and make the switch activate.

    The switch contacts should be closed.
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    It's the switch. I can handle that. I'm now saved from visions of digging up the driveway.

    Thank the both of you very much. My adrenal glands thank you too.

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