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Just replace the tank.
If you want to replace the bladder there are 6 nuts on the bottom of the tank holding the cover flange in place. Remove the nuts, remove the flange, pull the old bladder out
and carefully insert the new one after reattaching it to the flange
be sure the air and water pressure are relieved before removing the cover flange
My tank is only 1.5 years old, I suspect the bladder not functioning properly. I want to avoid buying a new tank. Is it a viable option to replace the bladder. I have never done it before.
Why do you think the bladder has failed? This would be very unusual in a tank this new.
I drained the tank and checked the pressure....there was no pressure....should have been 28psi because I have 30-50 pressure switch.
Does your pump short cycle?
Have you tried to recharge the tank?
Yes. When no water is being used, pump will cycle about every 5 minutes.....when water is being used, pump cycles faster
The pump should not run once it's up to pressure and no water is being used, but what you describe when water is being used sounds like short cycling
Do you suggest I try charging tank....to be sure?....drain tank pressure tank with air compressor to 28 psi, right?
Yes try recharging the tank, yes take the pressure off before charging
If bladder is ruptured, what will happen?
if you mean when you recharge, nothing is likely to happen if you have the main stop turned off
the tank should hold the pressure but it will dissipate fairly quickly and go back to short cycling
OK...so...if I recharge, and then pump goes back to short cycling, then I conclude that bladder is ruptured?
I don't have a copy of the warranty in front of me but most of these tank are warranted for 5 years
Ok....if bladder is ruptured....best solution is.....replace bladder?....or...replace tank?....
I would replace the tank with a Welltrol by Amtrol if you can't get some warranty relief
Welltrol.....ok....my tank size is 85 gallon pre-charged.....I run just my house (9 fixtures), but also run my lawn sprinklers.....should I stick with this size?
The models aren't necessarily obviously interchangeable so consult with you plumbing supply house for the appropriate Welltrol model
Thank you.....I will try tank recharge....if pump short cycles still, I will replace tank.
Check out warranty options since a tank of this size is not cheap
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