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    I recently had a new Well-Rite water pressure tank installed in my house. Lately we have been getting air in the pipes. This especially happens in the evening for some reason. We turn on the faucet (any faucet in the house) and water comes spitting out at us like the pressure had been building up too high or something. The tank it set to about 50psi. Any ideas about what could be causing it and how to fix it?

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    What kind of tank was your old one?

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    I don't remember the brand of my old bladder tank. It was a dark red color. The person who installed my Well-Rite said that the old one wasn't a very good brand. The problems with air in the pipes didn't start until after the new one was installed. What are you thinking might be the problem?

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    Sometimes if you have a galvanized tank, there is an air making system installed. With this system, you have to uninstall it before installing a bladder tank. But I have never seen any red galvanized tanks.

    Do you have a check valve at or near the tank? A brass or plastic large coupling looking device?

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    My tank does have a brass check valve. Although I know very little about well pumps and bladder tanks, I don't think the old bladder tank was galvanized. It was basically identical to the new one, just a different color and manufacturer. Could the well pump have anything to do with the air getting in the pipes? Actually, does my problem even sound like there is air in the pipes or is it something else causing the faucets to spit at us?

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    My tank does have a brass check valve
    The tank itself wouldn't have a check valve. It would have to be installed in addition to the tank. Be sure your not confusing a brass tank tee for the check valve.

    I have been assuming you have a submersible pump. Am I correct?

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