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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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Off-Grid Well Setup

If the terrain allows siting a tank above the level of the cabins by at least 50 vertical feet or so, put a 1000 gallon (or even larger) tank there, and run pipes up to it from the well, and down from ...
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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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Why is my Borewell pump drawing 6 kW when it's rated 3 kW?

A stalled motor will consume a lot more current than one that is spinning freely. Check the pump for anything that could be jamming it, and check that water can flow freely through it. A clogged ...
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Can you help explain the components of my water system?

The cistern in the house is "traditional UK" as I understand it. Most of my UK friends consider them outmoded. IIRC they were used in part because the municipal supply in many areas was low ...
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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 cap the white, and you should be all set.
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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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Why is my Borewell pump drawing 6 kW when it's rated 3 kW?

My first suspicion is that it is the motor. More specifically the motor windings. To be sure I would first isolate your energy meter. Then take separate amp and voltage readings with a quality Clamp ...
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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?

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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Install differences / considerations between 75' water well and 300' deep water well

If you have made the modern (and sensible/efficient) choice of a submersible pump, it's mostly just choosing the right one for the well you have. You generally won't use the same pump for a 75 foot ...
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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 is my Borewell pump drawing 6 kW when it's rated 3 kW?

Judging by that final photo the whole system needs to be tested for shorts to ground or between phases: the conductors are going through holes in a metal enclosure without even protective grommets let ...
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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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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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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 reads 125v on each terminal but wont come on

You got twisted around and managed to put both pump "hot" wires on the same pole of the supply. Or, one of them was abruptly disconnected. Normally, this happens when someone rearranges the ...
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Is this a sign of a dry well?

Dry well, (or at least "low-water, slow recharge") and (now) dead pump; or, just possibly, a leak in the pipe coming up the well causing pumping in circles, but that's not consistent with &...
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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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