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Old 11-06-2011, 10:20 AM   #1
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Please excuse my newbieness with this stuff and my lack of correct terminology.

We lost power during the middle of the night and not knowing it, I went in to use the bathroom, flushed, and walked out only to find no power.

Now my water pressure is almost next to nothing and the power has come back on.

We are on a well system and we have a tank that that is at 55psi at this moment. I followed these instructions and flipped the switch next to the tank but we don't seem to be getting pressure back.

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First thing to do---see if both legs of the power are on.

Your house has two different 110 lines coming in--when combined they are used to power 220 circuits.

If one has quit --you might have lights but no proper power for the 220 fixtures.

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Well pump may not be working properly do to low power. Possible blown circuit breaker or fuse. Well water pressure tanks require time to build and pressurize after being depleted.
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First thing to do---see if both legs of the power are on.

Your house has two different 110 lines coming in--when combined they are used to power 220 circuits.

If one has quit --you might have lights but no proper power for the 220 fixtures.
Everything else looks good. I did reset the breaker just to be sure.

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Well pump may not be working properly do to low power. Possible blown circuit breaker or fuse. Well water pressure tanks require time to build and pressurize after being depleted.
I checked the pressure again, and read it wrong the first time, it's at like 48.

I actually have zero water at this point as my son just flushed and no water came up. Faucets aren't spewing liquid gold either.

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Your water well may have a circuit breaker or fuse in more than one location. Check them all.
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So the switch, which was filthy and I couldn't see the labels, had 3 settings. Auto, Start, and Off.

When moving the switch from Auto to Off you could hear it click but that's it. If I manually held the switch at Start it would start to run. I held the switch there for about 10 seconds and you could hear the water going through the house. I let go of the switch and it falls to the Auto position and it continued to run.

Almost seems like a safety feature that something can't just bump it, it needs to be held to manually make it run.

But either way, I've got water!

Thanks everyone for the replies and your time, I appreciate it.
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Glad to hear it----Might be a good time to stock up an some new switches----they always seem to fail at night--on a holiday --during a storm.
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Glad to hear it----Might be a good time to stock up an some new switches----they always seem to fail at night--on a holiday --during a storm.
Yes....

And now is the best time to learn how your system runs...it's much easier to troubleshoot when you know how it is supposed to work vs trying to figure out how it is supposed to work.

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