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Well Pump Cycling

February 18th, 2010

I have a well. When water is turned on the pressures increases/decreases. It seems that the bladder is empty. I hear water entering it each and every time the water is turned on. What’s causing this?

Answer:

The problem is that the well pressure tank is full of water – you have lost the air cushion in the tank. When you remove a small amount of water, the pressure in the tank quickly drops, and the pump turns on to increase the pressure. At the faucet, you notice the flow and pressure going up and down.

Repair this as soon as possible. This “short cycling” will cause the well pump to fail prematurely. The air cushion needs to be restored in the tank. If it is a bladder type tank, the bladder has failed.