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Jim McC 08-28-2013 01:29 AM

Recommendation needed for jet pump
 
What manufacturers make the best quality shallow well jet pumps? Our current pump is leaking, and is a 1/2 HP. Generally, is it better to have more HP? A 3/4 or 1 HP pump? It is for our house's main water supply, and is a point well. We have a separate pressure tank. Thanks.

daveb1 08-28-2013 07:34 AM

I assume the leak cannot be repaired with a new gasket or fitting? Were you happy with the overall performance of your existing brand? How old is the pump? If you do upgrade in size, be sure to not get one so large that your existing wiring will not be adequate.

jmon 08-28-2013 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim McC (Post 1235175)
What manufacturers make the best quality shallow well jet pumps? Our current pump is leaking, and is a 1/2 HP. Generally, is it better to have more HP? A 3/4 or 1 HP pump? It is for our house's main water supply, and is a point well. We have a separate pressure tank. Thanks.

IMO, While there are many jet pumps to choose from and all of them will claim they are the best; if possible, replace your jet pump with the exact same model as the old one to ensure compatibility with the rest of your system. To make sure you get exactly what you need, take photographs of the existing pump and tank system, including the old pump nameplate. With help from the sales clerk and the photographs, you can match the replacement pump to the original model, or at least find a comparable model of the same size and with the same pump performance.

Jim McC 08-28-2013 10:42 PM

Thanks guys. I think the leak is from a seal. I think it's the original pump(Wagner) from when the house was built in 1975, and they appear to be out of business. I don't want to put any money into repairing this old pump.

Again, are they any pump manufacturers that seem to be above average quality? My neighbor, an electrician said to buy a "Red Jacket" pump.

jmon 08-28-2013 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim McC (Post 1235616)
Thanks guys. I think the leak is from a seal. I think it's the original pump(Wagner) from when the house was built in 1975, and they appear to be out of business. I don't want to put any money into repairing this old pump.

Again, are they any pump manufacturers that seem to be above average quality? My neighbor, an electrician said to buy a "Red Jacket" pump.

Roger that Jim. Going new is always the better option if you can swing it. You won't have to worry about it again for a long time. Red jacket has an excellent warantee.

IMO, they are deffinately above average quality and they been around for over 100 years. Of course it all all depends on how much you want to throw at it. For example, a Flotec does the same thing costs around 200 bucks. Plan on around 400 - 500 for the red jacket. Google red jacket shallow jet pumps for reviews. People love them. Just be prepared for the sticker shock.

Jim McC 08-29-2013 02:21 AM

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Originally Posted by jmon (Post 1235635)
Roger that Jim. Going new is always the better option if you can swing it. You won't have to worry about it again for a long time. Red jacket has an excellent warantee.

IMO, they are deffinately above average quality and they been around for over 100 years. Of course it all all depends on how much you want to throw at it. For example, a Flotec does the same thing costs around 200 bucks. Plan on around 400 - 500 for the red jacket. Google red jacket shallow jet pumps for reviews. People love them. Just be prepared for the sticker shock.

Thanks. Do you have any other recommendations that are cheaper than Red Jacket?


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