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Glenn, Electrical Technician
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Our well pump keeps tripping the circuit breaker. Sometimes

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Our well pump keeps tripping the circuit breaker. Sometimes just when we flush the toilet but not when we fill 3 water tanks for the horses. When we go to reset the breaker often times it trips right away or should I say the red line still shows so I don't think it is reseting itself on the first attempt.
Today we went to reset it and now the pump isn't running.

Something else that has happened that we think might contribute to the situation is we are having a bit of grit come through our water. Someone said we may have to flush the well and that our screens may be clogged. Would this put a strain on the pump which overloads the cirucuit?
Where do we start?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Glenn replied 8 years ago.


is the pump submersible ?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Yes the pump is underground, husband believes it is 180' down.

To clearify, when we reset the circuit it does trip as well right away and sometimes the red bar wont go away until you do it a couple of times.

Expert:  Glenn replied 8 years ago.
I'm sure you don't own an amp meter the first thing I would do is replace the breaker
Because this has been an on going thing breakers do get weak