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The water pressure in my kitchen is too low to achieve a reasonable flow rate through the kitchen tap. For many years I have fitted a series of booster pumps which are activated when water is flowing from the tap. This fixes the problem with poor water pressure and allows the kitchen sink tap to function correctly (it has a fancy spray head).

The booster pumps have all had universal motors with a commutator and brushes and this results in two problems:

  • They're quite noisy in operation
  • The motor brushes wear out every 2-3 years

I am considering replacing the pump with one fitted with an induction motor. These should be a bit quieter and hopefully last considerably longer.

Will a booster pump with an induction motor take too long to spin up to be practical on a tap (rather than say a shower)?

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Ok, my first question... Where does your water supply come from? Are you on well water or a city water supply? –  ShoeMaker May 2 '12 at 0:10
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I don't see induction motors as being particularly slow to start, so the answer is yes, it should be suitable.

There is no reason from a plumbing point of view why the booster pump has to be under the sink. It can be anywhere on the supply line to the kitchen sink. This may allow you to put the pump where it's noise is less of a problem. Oh, wait: If you are boosting the mixed water, it would need to be near. And if you aren't, you are going to pump water in circles through the mixing valve.

I dont see why an induction motor would be any quieter either. Noise may be due to resonance between the pump and the plumbing. This can be markedly reduced if you can use rubber hoses for the linkage instead of metal pipe. Mounting the motor on a resiliant pad can help too.

In general a more massive motor tends to be quieter, better bearings tend to be quieter. Induction motors may have better bearings.

Can the pressure in the whole house use a boost? Would a house sized booster pump and a pressure tank for the entire house be appropriate?

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