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Old 05-06-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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well water system pressure spikes


I am having pressure spikes. I noticed the pressure spiked to 120psi
for just a second when the air pump shut off. However, I have seen
the gauge read 200 (+) psi., the gauge has an indicator which stays
at the peak pressure. I 'm not sure when the spikes occur, but I do
know that at times the toilet makes a very loud bang/pop sound
when flushed. Also at times there is air in the water lines. Does
anyone know what may be causing these occurrences?

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when the air pump shut off
What do you mean air pump?
What type of pressure tank do you have?


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We have an air pump which puts air into an iron removal tank.
As for the pressure tank,it has no label I can see. How can I tell what kind it is?
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I took a 2nd. look, now I see the label on the tank reads
"wellxtrol". That's it as far as what kind. I'm new to well
water systems, but not to plumbing in general.
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Your pressure tank has a bladder inside which could be broken. You will also see an air valve like on an inner tube.
Pressure tanks provide a cushion so the pump can run without turning on and off every second. The pressure switch will turn the pump on when the low point is reached. The pump will run and deliver water to open faucets and also to fill the pressure tank. The pump will run until the upper limit is reached.
30# to 50# is pretty common for today's 4" pumps.
Does your pump cycle frequently? You should be able watch the pressure gauge and tell us how it behaves.
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