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    Default Well pump noises

    My 20 year old well pump works fine building up pressure, but when it stops I hear a quick series of noises coming from the tank. It is 5-6 who-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo noises over about 1.5 seconds. They are not very loud and decrease in intensity from beginning to end of the series. The noise sounds like combination of a whease, moan or, sob and laugh, perhaps with a slight rub or low squeak to begin with underneath the noise. As it happen the water gauge goes down quickly.

    What is it and what do I do about it? Thanks.
    Last edited by Jim w; 06-11-2012 at 12:01 PM.

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    Default Re: Well pump noises

    Is this a submersible pump? Does the pump come back on immediately after the gauge goes down?

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    Default Re: Well pump noises

    My first post went to moderation, not sure why, but the spam reject filter can be a little sensitive sometimes.

    If the answer to the above is yes to both, then you have a defective check valve. This is a one way valve between the pump and the tank. There may be two of them, one near the tank and the other in the well just above the pump. One or both might need replacing.

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    Default Re: Well pump noises

    I'm doing a series of short posts here in case I trip the spam filter again. This is my second attempt at this section so I will split it up and see if I can isolate the problem words.

    If the pump is not cycling on and off a lot, then you probably have the gauge located in the check valve and the pump switch located in between the check valve and the tank. Then the check valve at this location is good, but either the check valve built into the pump or located just above it is bad.

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    Default Re: Well pump noises

    Now for the last paragraph.

    If all else is OK, this is pretty harmless. But if you are getting a lot of air in your pipes, that is the faucets in your house a spitting air out periodically, then you have a problem. The pipe going down into the well has a crack in it and needs to be replaced or repaired. If this is not fixed, it can lead to other problems.

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    Default Re: Well pump noises

    That is interesting, something in the last two paragraphs must trigger the filter when sent together, but they both went in separately. BTW, moderators, I am not complaining about the spam filter. While it has been a minor inconvenience for this post, it is far less annoying than all those spammers that used to plague this site. I am really thankful that it works as well as it does.
    Last edited by keith3267; 06-11-2012 at 04:32 PM.

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