1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Irrigation pump problem

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by JML50, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Apr 5, 2010 at 8:03 AM
    #1
    JML50

    JML50 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2010
    Member:
    #31693
    Messages:
    150
    Gender:
    Male
    I've got a question for all the lawn and irrigation experts out there. My sprinkler system is running fine but i have a spiket (sp?) attached to the pump so i can run a hose from it, but whenever it is turned on the pump just short cycles. It cuts on then off consecutively like its not drawing enough pressure. How can i fix this so i wont burn up the pump and still be able to use the hose? The pump draws from a shallow well so when i use it it doesn't effect my water bill. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Apr 5, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    #2
    FL Forester

    FL Forester Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    Member:
    #8706
    Messages:
    1,035
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jason
    Tallahassee, FL
    Vehicle:
    2014 MGM Double Cab
    None yet
    Sounds like a pressure switch problem.
     
  3. Apr 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    #3
    TimS

    TimS Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2009
    Member:
    #26550
    Messages:
    109
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tim
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    2010 DC tacoma/2005 access cab
    Rebuilt with flatbed 5100's, new spring packs
    It could be a couple of things:
    1 The water tank is water logged. (too much water in it and not enough air) Shut your pump off.
    If there is a valve to shut the water off to the house do so.
    Drain all water from the tank
    Check the air pressure of the tank (should be a air valve on top)
    If your pressure switch is a 30/50 (at 30psi the pump comes on at 50 it goes off)
    The tank should have 28 PSI of air in it with all of the water out of it.
    If it is low, fill with air until you are 2 pounds below your cut on pressure. 30 psi in the example
    If this should reoccur, most likely your tank bladder has a leak. You will have to replace the tank.

    It also could be vaccume leak if your pump is a jet pump. (one that is above ground and in your basement or shed) Check the clamps and tighten if needed.

    Also, you could remove the pressure switch and make sure it is not clogged up with sediment.
     
  4. Apr 6, 2010 at 7:35 AM
    #4
    JML50

    JML50 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2010
    Member:
    #31693
    Messages:
    150
    Gender:
    Male
    How do i adjust the pressure switch? My sprinklers work fine so i'm pretty sure the tank does't have a leak, i just don't think its drawing enough pressure from the pump.
     
To Top