May 13, 2017 11:17 am
Hi Guys and Gals.
I have a great Underground water tank. It has a pump to access water.
We have been away and I've noticed a ticking - like a clock coming from the pump electrical area.
Any ideas on what it might be - is it a common thing ?
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May 13, 2017 1:41 pm
It sounds like an external pump.
An insect invasion maybe?
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Re: Pump - Underground Water Tank - Noises ?5
May 14, 2017 11:21 am
Ants can be a problem with outdoor electrical equipment.
With the symptoms described, the pump's capacitor would be the next check. They are easy to remove, check and also cheap to replace.
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May 15, 2017 12:47 pm
Sounds like the capacitor alright. There should be plenty of information on You Tube showing how to remove and check it.
You can't go wrong when installing a new capacitor, just make sure you are sold the correct one. It will cost about $25.
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May 18, 2017 9:56 am
I've now realised its the solenoid. The clicking is intermittent - ie goes off for some time.
But - will still need to fix.
Not sure why the thing clicks - but it might be pressure from full tank ?
Will post outcome.
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May 18, 2017 7:15 pm
What solenoid is that?
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May 19, 2017 7:18 am
Its above pipe and connects the power to the man bit. Looks a bit like this - screws in.
The black bit - with the two wires.
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May 19, 2017 8:32 am
It's hard to visualise your setup but it's good that you traced the source of the noise.
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May 19, 2017 10:05 am
Yes - its a funny set-up. U/g tank - with equipment on side of house. Not the usual type I gather.
AND - not like the "plastic" above ground tanks either - as I understand it.
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May 19, 2017 11:13 am
Did you have it installed or was it pre-existing? Is the solenoid part of a mains water switching device that switches from tank water to mains water when the tank's water level is low?
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May 19, 2017 11:28 am
It was part of the deal - with land. Connected to house at build for toilets etc etc.
Yes - it does switch to mains when low. Only ever happened once in the past 5 years.
But - yes - it is part of that set-up. It screws into the system.
It has proven very useful - excellent pressure from pump - better than mains. I use it for gardens too.
Funny - I've never really looked inside the main "box" but there's a "reserve" battery - apparently I'm meant to replace it every few years ... In case of blackouts I guess.
So I have done this now ... Will do it from now on when I do the smoke detectors.
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May 20, 2017 10:38 am
Hi H2O - found a solenoid - seems to be OK. 2W NC 12-15 etc - 24 V - looks the same. Anything I should look out for.
If I put the wrong one in what could happen ?
Also - why does it click - and then not click. It might click for a few hours - then not for a similar time.
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May 20, 2017 5:45 pm
Solenoids are not in my area of expertise, sorry.
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