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Old 05-21-2017, 06:46 AM   #16
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Seen the old tanks only need air added once every several years. So its worth the OP giving it a try, instead of going out and buying a new tank right a way.
Read his original post. He called a pro and it only lasted 6 weeks. Said pro told him he needs to do it again. Call me crazy, I like having water available all the time. I like the ability to send the brown down. I can buy a tank locally for $200 and swap it out in 10 minutes. I bet he paid his pro more than $200. A well guy won't even show up in my area for less than $500.
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As stated, Aminius needs a new well man. Aminius also need to understand how a well tank works and then he won't need a well man. Note that this is just a galvanized well tank, not a bladder tank.
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The well had been running (drilling) every time I ran water.
This is better than the old Sunday morning comics.

Yes, it is possible for a well to run every time you run water depending on how much water you run each time. And until you do a draw down test that's simple and costs close to zero, to determine if the pump starts with ever cup of water used or every 3 gallons used we have no idea whether your well system is actually screwed up or not.
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Read his original post. He called a pro and it only lasted 6 weeks. Said pro told him he needs to do it again. Call me crazy, I like having water available all the time. I like the ability to send the brown down. I can buy a tank locally for $200 and swap it out in 10 minutes. I bet he paid his pro more than $200. A well guy won't even show up in my area for less than $500.

I'd rather call his well guy crazy.
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This is better than the old Sunday morning comics.

Yes, it is possible for a well to run every time you run water depending on how much water you run each time. And until you do a draw down test that's simple and costs close to zero, to determine if the pump starts with ever cup of water used or every 3 gallons used we have no idea whether your well system is actually screwed up or not.
The draw is about 1 gallon.
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The tank needs air again.

If this were mine I would pull the plug on top of the tank and replace it with a short nipple, 1"to1/4" bell reducer and a 1/4" valve. Air can conveniently be added there with compressed air or simply drain the tank allowing atmospheric air in through that 1/4" valve. Atmospheric air may be slightly more sanitary, but who knows for sure. I've done it both ways and still alive and grumpy as my wife says.
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Looks to me like there is already a schrader valve under the pressure gauge. Just get a tire pump and pump some air into the tank.
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Looks to me like there is already a schrader valve under the pressure gauge. Just get a tire pump and pump some air into the tank.
Air pressure has to be checked and added after the tank is blown down.
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Looks to me like there is already a schrader valve under the pressure gauge. Just get a tire pump and pump some air into the tank.
I missed that, and I bet you are correct.

If it is he can shut the power to the well and open a faucet until water ceases to flow then add air there at the schrader valve until the pressure gets to about cut off pressure of 55 or 60#. Wait a few minutes for the tank above water level to warm and he can once again determine water / air level by tank temperature difference at water level / air level by feel after the pump shuts off when power is resumed.

If water temperature and air dew point temperature is correct he will even see a condensation line on the tank.

I've added air to mine with both compressed air and gravity drain but my tank is at dirt level not in a basement and I have a hydrant down hill at the horse tank lower than dirt level at the pressure tank.
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Air pressure has to be checked and added after the tank is blown down.
That is a capture air tank. There is no bladder. Pressure is zero when tank is drained down. Just pump some air.
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That is a capture air tank. There is no bladder. Pressure is zero when tank is drained down. Just pump some air.
Hence why I said it has to be blown down.
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I missed that, and I bet you are correct.

If it is he can shut the power to the well and open a faucet until water ceases to flow then add air there at the schrader valve until the pressure gets to about cut off pressure of 55 or 60#.
Air pressure has to be less then cut in/on pressure.
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Air pressure has to be less then cut in/on pressure.
I believe it will be if water ceases to flow. If the tank is in the basement I would think the only pressure remaining should be head pressure.
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I believe it will be if water ceases to flow. If the tank is in the basement I would think the only pressure remaining should be head pressure.
You don't pressurize the tank above the cut on pressure. If you do, then the first time you use water after refilling the tank. You end up getting a lot of air coming out of the faucet, until the air pressure drops enough for the pump to kick in.
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Air pressure has to be less then cut in/on pressure.
It makes no difference how much air you add. Too much air will just blow out of the taps untill water comes.
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