Since my last well was trashed I installed a new well.. just a simple shallow well..hit water about 15 feet with about 20 foot of pipe...hooked up the utilitech (junk) pump and spend forever trying to get it to run..it kept shutting itself off when it got instantly hot..after an hour of this i switched it over to 220 volt and it worked fine..its a 110 setup..they wired the switch wrong! I was able pull water from the well..it was sandy which i would expect and the inlet pipe was very cold but i could never get the pump to push water to the tank..i put the pressure gauge on it and never got it over 20psi..the tank holds 24 psi of air i was able to get water to come out diverting past the tank but the pressure was very small.. the consensus was maybe we needed to put another piece of pipe down that maybe the point wasn't deep enough...after that (probably the max limit for shallow well pull) we were unable to get the pump to pull any water from the well any suggestions..its a 1/2 horsepower shallow well jet pump. thanks
Even though you admitted the pump was junk, you wired it wrong. Don't blame the pump because the well doesn't produce much water and pumps sand.
When you punch a screened well into the ground, the approved test pump is a Pitcher Pump.
It doesn't need electricity, don't care much about sand and will lift all the water the 1-1/4" well will produce. If the screen was sized properly, the Pitcher Pump will clear the sand up after filling several 5 gallon buckets of water.
By the way, what is a utilitech pump? Do you have a picture of it?
That pump is garbage. Probably already worn from sand. If u went past the water zone with the screen u will have no water.. The idea is to have the screen dead in the middle of the water bearing zone. Never put in a shallow well but common sense tells me this much. Worry about gpm before u worry about pressure. How much water did u have before u pushed further?
Edited by - JustWellWater84 on May 03 2010 11:48:57 AM