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Old 08-29-2019, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Power surge/outage killed my well?

We had what I think was some sort of digging mishap in our neighborhood that caused several minutes of power fluctuations then close to 4 hours of outage in Monday. I went round and turned off AC units and electronic quickly but went on with our lives afterwards. No biggie.

We have an older 220V well that doesn't appear to be pumping after this. Wife went to use the water the next day and residual pressure was all she got.

Not a huge deal as we use the well for irrigation and mostly to water our chickens and other animals away from the house. It originally fed the house but was bypassed when the previous owners got county water. I can run a hose to the chickens and deal with it till I can troubleshoot.

There is a spigot on the side of the well cover box and it does not start the pump either. Checked the breaker and it was not tripped and appears to be good. I'll confirm the breaker function and power at the breaker box is good as a first step.

First time I have had to mess with our well since buying the house in 2000. Well cover is a two man removal covered in stonework. Going to crack it open when I have help this weekend. No idea what is in there.

Any one think of how the power fluctuation might have buggered up the well controls? Anything I should test specifically and first?

Could be coincidence but I doubt it. Worst power flickering I've ever seen. It was like someone caught a bucket on a power line and kept grounding it over and over for a couple minutes.
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I'd start with a meter and see if there is actually power to the controls, then see if there is power between the controls and the pump. It could be as simple as the pressure switch having the contacts/diaphragm stuck.
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Check to see if power is making it to the controller.
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Thanks guys! I'll get in there and check those first.
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Yep, check that you have power on the pump side of the pressure switch contacts. then check the capacitor(s) and see if they popped when the power surged off/on.
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Did you reprime the pressure tank. You need to hold the little lever on the pressure switch a bit till the pump builds enough pressure to stay on. The switch kills the pump if there is no pressure to save the pump. Iím sure during the outage you drained the pressure tank and the switch would not allow pump to turn on when the power was restored.
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Check the bottom of the control box ( if there is one) for a reset or resets.
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2 wire or 3 wire?
If it's a 3 wire with capacitor start there and check that, if 2 wire check for power at the pressure switch and then pull the pump and check the motor and/or wires.
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I had a well pump get killed by the power going off on just one side of a 220V. The power company came out and changed the transformer on the pole and said "Fixed". The pump is not their problem. It sucked.
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Well cover is a two man removal covered in stonework. Going to crack it open when I have help this weekend. No idea what is in there.
Snakes. Snakes are in there.
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Snakes. Snakes are in there.
You are likely not wrong! We have a 6' black rat snake in our crawl space as lead exterminator on the property.
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Did you reprime the pressure tank. You need to hold the little lever on the pressure switch a bit till the pump builds enough pressure to stay on. The switch kills the pump if there is no pressure to save the pump. Iím sure during the outage you drained the pressure tank and the switch would not allow pump to turn on when the power was restored.
This.

Had a similar problem with our well that I thought was pressure switch related. Even bought a new switch, but have not installed it as cleaning the contacts (with wife's nail file) solved the problem. In retrospect, I think I was dealing with the issue listed by das furher, and solved it by luck.
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