well pump squeal

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by Mark Sherman, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. Mark Sherman

    Mark Sherman Guest

    My well pump (indoor, on top of the pressure tank) has started to squeal
    when it runs. My gut thoughts are
    1. Pump going bad.
    2. Air getting in the line.

    Any thoughts?
    How to test?

    Thanks
    Mark Sherman, Apr 15, 2006
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  2. Mark Sherman

    georgie Guest

    "Mark Sherman" <msherm@yahoo_mungemymail.com> wrote in message
    news:32b0g.1979$7w6.387@trnddc02...
    > My well pump (indoor, on top of the pressure tank) has started to squeal
    > when it runs. My gut thoughts are
    > 1. Pump going bad.
    > 2. Air getting in the line.
    >
    > Any thoughts?
    > How to test?

    <snip>

    Sound like the motor bearings are going out. Don't know how to test it, but
    our pressure tank pump lasted around a year after it started getting really
    loud.

    g
    georgie, Apr 16, 2006
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  3. Mark Sherman

    Guest

    On Sun, 16 Apr 2006 19:49:46 GMT, "georgie" <> wrote:

    >"Mark Sherman" <msherm@yahoo_mungemymail.com> wrote in message
    >news:32b0g.1979$7w6.387@trnddc02...
    >> My well pump (indoor, on top of the pressure tank) has started to squeal
    >> when it runs. My gut thoughts are
    >> 1. Pump going bad.
    >> 2. Air getting in the line.
    >>
    >> Any thoughts?
    >> How to test?

    ><snip>
    >
    >Sound like the motor bearings are going out. Don't know how to test it, but
    >our pressure tank pump lasted around a year after it started getting really
    >loud.
    >
    >g
    >


    Use a long screwdriver and listen for the bad bearing. Hold the tip on
    each end of the pump casting, holding the handle against the bone next
    to your ear. and one will have a grumble if the bearing is going.
    You can usually get the inner impeller housing and pump motor part off
    without disturbing the plumbing by separating the impeller housing.
    You can either replace the bearings yourself or take it to a
    moror/pump shop. If you do it yourself buy a seal kit too. The pump
    should last another 20 years with new bearings and seals..
    , Apr 17, 2006
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