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Our well pump stopped working last night. The circuit ...

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Our well pump stopped working last night. The circuit breaker did not "trip" (still set to on). So we turned it off for the night and turned it back on this morning. Still no water.. no sound from the pump. Do you think this could possibly be a bad circuit breaker or is it (groan) more likely that the pump is having problems.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Inactive replied 5 years ago.
Do you have access to a meter?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Reply to Joseph's Post: Do you mean the meter on the well? It's down very low (20psi).
Expert:  Inactive replied 5 years ago.
No - what I mean is a multimeter, or volt meter so you can check a few things in the electrical system.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Reply to Joseph's Post: no, but we can probably borrow one
Expert:  Inactive replied 5 years ago.

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You will need to borrow one then. Start with your electrical panel. You will need to take the panel cover off and test your breaker that feeds the well pump as such:
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If your breaker reads ok - then you need to go outside to your well and test the pressure switch. You will see a line and load side wiring. Test the line side to be sure you have the same voltage coming in as you did with your breaker. Then very carefully - use a wooden stick to push down on the contacts of the pressure switch. If your pump kicks on - then the pressure switch is the problem. You will need to replace it in order to get water.

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