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Accidentally left hose on and now have no pressure

My neighbor came over and we found that the filter was clogged. When we installed a new filter the water started to work.
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Accidentally left hose on and now have no pressure

To summarize all of this...You found a plugged filter that was causing the problem. Congratulations! We all need to be careful about giving advice in situations like this without knowing more. There ...
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Can I operate a well pump with no pressure tank by using the breaker as a switch?

Not really. You can do that if you only turn on the pump when you're consuming water. You don't want the pump running if no water is moving. You'll wear it out. The point of a pressure switch is to ...
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Wiring 3 wire well pump to 4 wire supply

Neutral is not needed here as the pump is 240V only with no N connection. Connect the green to ground and you should be all set.
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Accidentally left hose on and now have no pressure

The filter at the entrance to the pump could be clogged. Enough water is getting through at the start, but the pumping cause debris to quickly clog up the filter, reducing pressure. The water in ...
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Accidentally left hose on and now have no pressure

We have a low-producing well, and I installed a "pump saver" electronic device that detects when the pump is under no load (sucking air or no input) and shuts it off. It stays off for an adjustable ...
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Why do well pumps need 240V when the wattage is not that high?

Need is not the right word here. Preferred is probably a better choice. 240V is preferred because submersible pumps are often well away from the house and deep down in the hole and you must run a ...
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Can I operate a well pump with no pressure tank by using the breaker as a switch?

As isherwood noted, never run the pump unless the water has somewhere to go. Also, running the pump for only a few seconds at a time is probably not ideal. If you're pumping out through an open pipe ...
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Accidentally left hose on and now have no pressure

Water can only flow so fast underground because it is flowing through soil. This is unlike above ground where flow can keep increasing either by getting faster or deeper or wider. You probably took ...
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Why do people have outdoor pump houses for their well?

The well isn't always close to the house. And pumps don't do well with sucking water out of a distant well, priming will be an issue. If you have freezing issues then you should add some insulation to ...
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Would five 19l pressure tanks in series work as well as one 95l pressure tank in a household well pump system?

The tanks are (should be) connected in parallel, not series. They all branch off of the cold water supply line. They can even be distributed around the building water distribution system, so long as ...
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Why does my water pressure fluctuate?

You are experiencing a fairly normal event for a well with pump and pressure tank, though if the behavior seems new & different the pressure tank may require maintenance or repair/replacement. ...
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Does the rubber washer on an outdoor conduit whip go inside the box or outside?

The first: Whip -> Washer -> Hole in Box -> Nut (rubber washer outside box) not Whip -> Hole in Box -> Washer -> Nut (rubber washer inside box) You want the plastic washer on the outside for a ...
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Why do well pumps need 240V when the wattage is not that high?

Volts is the "pressure" or force behind electricity. Note that 240V power has 20 times the force of a 12 volt battery. Amps is the flow/volume of electricity. Power (the thing you ...
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Why is my water well tank staying at a constant 40psi even when faucets are turned on?

Option 1: the well is uphill (about 92 feet vertically) and a pump is entirely optional. Option 2: the well is textbook artesian, (water comes out the top under pressure equivalent to being 92 feet ...
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Is a pipe hammered in the ground considered a well?

In short, yes, the well rules (whatever they are in your LAHJ) apply to driving a pipe into the ground. A driven well is type 2 or 3 (the screen is in the drive point on the end of the pipe, ...
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Is a pipe hammered in the ground considered a well?

If you google: "Driven Point Wells" you will find what you are looking for. Images from: https://inspectapedia.com/water/Driven_Point_Wells.php https://dengarden.com/home-improvement/How-...
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Well pump runs constantly; Pressure tank doesn't fill

Allowing for the possibility that it could be otherwise as diagnosis via internet is imperfect.... I see both a pump problem and a check valve problem here. While they may be located in the same ...
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Is a high electric bill for a pump house caused by a well pump running constantly?

I saw this at a house in NH -- crazy high electric bills caused by a corroded pipe nipple between the tank and the the pressure switch. The pump was running all the time, but since there was no pilot ...
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Choosing the right replacement pump for well

Jet pumps were a great idea when pump motors were terribly unreliable, and you could keep the pump motor out of the well by using one. These days, that's not true. Likewise, anyone who recommends a "...
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Submersible Well Pump Quits Under High Demand

On a submersible pump, the motor is cooled by the water. If the pump starts sucking air, water is no longer flowing around the motor, the motor overheats. A well in operation produces a cone of ...
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Why does the well pump continuously draw large current?

The 1.5HP rating is the mechanical output power of the motor, not the input electrical power. The way these motors are specified is that they put out rated power at rated current and frequency when ...
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Connecting well to home using water hose

As Jim Stewart said in the comments, this likely has nothing to do with the pipe size. Reducing water line size is a common practice. The pressure is the problem - the pump is generating more than ...
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Depressurized pressure tank - how to pressurize again

The tank should be empty but with no air in the bladder the water may not have been pushed out. It sounds like your compressors not properly seating on the Schrader valve, I have filled pressure tanks ...
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Can I operate a well pump with no pressure tank by using the breaker as a switch?

It won't hurt the breaker any. All modern breakers are rated for use as switches.
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Does Homeowner's Insurance Typically Cover A Broken Well?

The only person who will know for sure what your home owners policy covers will be your insurance agent. Best we could do is guess. I honestly have no idea. As far as the expense of repair, it ...
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Well pump with 15A fuses on a 20A circuit?

Fuses and breakers may have different trip/blow curves. Disconnect switches are for reasons other than merely fusing. Among other things so the person servicing a machine has line-of-sight to the ...
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Well pump only works with on/off switch not control box

The clicking is the relay being pulled in. This is a common failure in relays after thousands of cycles the contacts burn and do not make good contacts, I have special burnishing tools to clean the ...
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Well pump issues for irrigation system

The jet pump may have a failed jet or plugged with sediment , that you can feel vibration on the submersible would concern me that must be really in bad shape to feel movement.
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Water filter setup - 1 1/4 inch pipe to 3/4

You are (and may not realize if you did not pay attention in geometry class) talking about a nearly 2/3 reduction in pipe size (area/cross section) when you go from 1-1/4" to 3/4". Area of a ...
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