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When a new pressure tank or pressure switch is installed, or when an older tank is loosing air pressure, the system needs to be balanced in order to operate in the most efficient way. Following is a description of the process to follow when balancing the tank.

The proper balance in a pressure tank will prolong pump life and give you more steady water pressure in you home. Equipment you will need for this mini-project is a tire gauge and an air compressor or bike pump (and a lot of energy).

Before you attempt to balance your tank you should take care to ensure that your pressure tank bladder is not burst. A quick unscientific test for this is as follows for this is as follows.

  1. Shut off the power to your pumping system at your fused disconnect or breaker box.
  2. Turn on a faucet until the water stops
  3. When the water stops the tank should have no water left in the tank. Most tanks can be wiggeled back and forth. As you attempt this take note if the tank feels heavier than it should and listen hear if water is sloshing. (Warring: you may cause a break in your plumbing  if you shake your tank to hard tank)
  4. If the tank has extra weight or you hear sloshing of water Please call us and have a Boulder / GNC Water well Technician come out to your home and confirm the condition of the tank and repair if necessary.

Now you are ready to balance your tank. To do this follows the below instruction. Remember if you run in to problems that you can?t solve you can always call us.

  1. Run water from a faucet and note the pressure at which the pump turns on and off.
  2. Turn power to the pump off. Turn faucet on until the pressure gauge reads 0 and the water stops.
  3. Check the air pressure in the pressure tank with a tire gauge at the air valve located on the tank.
  4. Adjust the air pressure in the tank with your compressor (or bike pump) to 2 PSI less than the pump turn-on point. (note: if you have a low pressure cut off switch you may want to set is up to 5 PSI less than the cut on point)
  5. Turn the power to your pumping system back on.
  6. Run water and watch the pressure gauge to see if the on/off cycle is smooth. If the needle has any fast jumps repeat the above steps. If the problem persists after repeating the above steps please call us and have a Boulder / GNC Water well Technician come out to your home and confirm the condition of the tank and repair if necessary.

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