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Well Pump Keeps Running? No Pressure – but it’s Probably Your Well Pressure Tank

“It seems like our well pump is operating constantly.”


If this resembles your water system, there’s a technical term for it: “short cycling.” No sooner does the pump stop operating, than it starts up all over. It’s desperately working to maintain pressure within the system.


Why? The well pressure tank, which holds water drawn from the well prior to use, has a problem. The precise issue depends on the type of water pressure tank.


Most likely it’s “waterlogging,” which occurs in a bladder tank. These well pressure tanks, the most common type, store water in a bladder inside their metal shells. Surrounding air presses on the balloon, keeping the water under pressure.


All is well until the bladder ruptures … and the air pocket fills with water. Bye-bye, water pressure.


Homeowners in Jefferson County, it’s time to replace the tank … which necessitates a call to Kelly James Service, the well water pressure tank experts in Jefferson County. They’ll install a new pressure tank the same day, and halt your well pump’s endless short-cycling.


Air spitting from faucets? It’s another indication of a broken bladder. If the problem isn’t already terminal, it soon will be.


Not all Jefferson County homes with well water systems have bladder tanks. Some use an air volume control tank, a component of the well’s vertical in-ground pipe. The system employs bleeders, which allow a measured amount of water into the pipe. The water creates an air pocket, which generates pressure when the pump cycles to push in additional water.


Problems start when these bleeders become blocked over time, lowering the starting water level in the pipe. With less water, pressure in the system goes down. The pump cycles in an endless effort to provide more water to sustain required pressure, and keep the system operating.


A third type of well water pressure tank is made of galvanized metal, which requires. Usually found in older homes, these tanks eventually leak. Similar to an air volume control tank, the well pump operates near-constantly to maintain pressure as the internal water level drops.


Galvanized and air volume control tanks can also suffer from mineral buildups. These constrain water flow from the tank into the home. Low water pressure results. Again, replacement is the only viable choice.


Jefferson County residents: Tired of hearing your well pump run constantly? Let Kelly James Service restore the peace – not to mention water pressure – that you appreciate. You’ll be amazed how short a time they require to stop your pump’s short-cycling.

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