(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: pressure gauge finally reading 60, but the tank is reading 60

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member scott young's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Harpers Ferry, VA
    Posts
    11

    Default pressure gauge finally reading 60, but the tank is reading 60

    both are going up at the same time, and when I decrease the pressure in the tank, the pressure gauge also goes down. BTW--I am crossreading on three different bicycle-car tire pressure gauges--all three are saying the same.
    Does this mean it's gotta be the bladder?

  2. #2
    DIYer, not in the trades LLigetfa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    3,683

    Default

    Frankly, you don't know what you're doing so stop right away, turn off the breaker, and drain the tank.

    ...more to come

  3. #3
    DIYer, not in the trades LLigetfa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    3,683

    Default

    The *only* time the tire gauge should read different is when the tank is completely drained. Then and only then, it should read between 2 and 5 PSI lower than what the pressure switch is set to turn on the pump.

  4. #4
    DIYer, not in the trades LLigetfa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    3,683

    Default

    If your pressure switch is set to turn off the pump at 60 PSI, then more than likely the kick-in setting would be 40 PSI unless you fiddled with the nuts. If so, set the precharge on the bladder to around 38 PSI. Again, this precharge is only measured at 38 PSI when the tank is empty.

    If ever in the future, you find that the precharge has either increased or decreased, then suspect the bladder.

  5. #5
    DIY Junior Member scott young's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Harpers Ferry, VA
    Posts
    11

    Default

    Thanks, and no I didnt fiddle with the nuts.AFTER I drained the tank, I set the pressure at 38, since my switch is a 40/60. THEN it it started increasing and/or decreasing. Is that clear?

  6. #6
    DIY Junior Member scott young's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Harpers Ferry, VA
    Posts
    11

    Default

    And by the way, insults I suspect are not desirable on this forum, as with other forums. You don't have any idea what I have or haven't done. Saying I don't know what I am doing, is an offensive remark, and I would appreciate replies from other forum members. Thank you though, for your input.

  7. #7
    DIYer, not in the trades LLigetfa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    NW Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    3,683

    Default

    There is no polite way to say that. If you are letting out air because the water pump increased the air pressure, you don't know what you are doing. As the pump fills the tank, it compresses the air in the bladder so the bladder air pressure will rise at the same rate as the water pressure rises.

    If you let out all the air, you risk damaging the pump. In that case, bedside manners become secondary.

Similar Threads

  1. This is really worth reading
    By Cookie in forum Health and Wellness Forum
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 10-13-2012, 08:12 AM
  2. Replies: 14
    Last Post: 09-18-2012, 09:14 PM
  3. Mis-Reading the Code
    By Bassman in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-24-2010, 04:04 PM
  4. rain dial timer reading short
    By jfissella in forum Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-14-2009, 02:29 PM
  5. reading my polybutylene pipe date
    By kdclues in forum Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice, Tips & Tricks
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-14-2005, 07:56 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •