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Old 11-05-2012, 06:10 AM   #1
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I've got my power back Friday after Hurricane Sandy, and was okay for 2 days when all of a sudden, I lost my water. I had used a generator for 3 days and think it may have fried my water pump. Even though I don't have any water, when I check the meter from the power company on the outside of my house, it's going crazy fast until I go to my basement and turn off the fuse switch going to the water pump, then the outside meter slows down to it's normal pace. I'm not an electician (just a single mom-help!), but it seems that would indicate a short-circuit, wouldn't it?

If it is the pump, would it be less expensive to call a plumber, and can a plumber do this kind of job? Or would a well drilling company that does pump installation be less expensive? And how much does something like this cost? I live in a rural area of Northeast CT, and I believe my well is 182 feet deep. My well was drilled and pump put in 15 years ago when I built my house.

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I assume the pump worked when you were using the generator?

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Well and pump company is your ticket-----It's been a while since I had to get a new pump ( knock on wood)

Last one set me back $1500----cost was in the labor and hoist truck---pump itself was about $500 --the other $1000 was the labor and truck.
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Yes it worked fine with the generator running and for two days after I got my power back.
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Is everything else in your house working? Could be possible that you only have 120 instead of 240 coming into the house. Could be a coincidence that pump just went bad.
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Everything else is working. I must have 240 coming in, because my son put a volt meter on the holding tank which showed 240 coming to the tank from the fuse box, and 240 going out towards the well. I'm just worried about someone price gouging a dumb female, which is why my question on this forum is about how expensive it is, and if I should go with a plumber (less expensive?) or well drilling company (more knowledge of well pumps?).

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Well and pump company. A regular plumber won't have the equipment needed to pull the pump out of the well.
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Everything else is working. I must have 240 coming in, because my son put a volt meter on the holding tank which showed 240 coming to the tank from the fuse box, and 240 going out towards the well. I'm just worried about someone price gouging a dumb female, which is why my question on this forum is about how expensive it is, and if I should go with a plumber (less expensive?) or well drilling company (more knowledge of well pumps?).
It is not the volts it is AMP's Could be that the well control box needs to be replaced.
Check the amps along the way from the fuse box to the control box to the pressure switch to make sure that there the right number of amps for your pump going through the wires.
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Thanks to all for responding, especially oh'mike and md2lgyk who advised me to call a well and pump company rather than a plumber. I called a local company (Dalmik Well Drilling in Putnam CT), they came out in about 4 hours, and had me up and running in about 20 minutes. They had to pull the pump up (200 ft) and replace it. It wasn't burned out from my overuse of a generator - that was just co-incidence. The top of the pump had corroded off (they show it to me). The pump was being held together by the wiring, so it was actually still pumping water, but pumping it right back into the well. That's why it was still calling for electricity but not getting water up to my holding tank. They charged me $125 for a service call (another local company I called quoted me a $250 service call charge), $825 for a 1/2 horse power pump, and tax; so all told - $1010.33, which is exactly what their secretary had quoted me on the phone for replacing a 1/2 hp pump. Thanks again to all.

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There are city folks that think we country folks with a well have free water because we don't pay a monthly utility bill as such.

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You're welcome. Glad to hear things worked out relatively OK for you.

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