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My pump is cycling off and on quickly I think my pressure in the bladder tank is too much or not enough ? How .do I determine? Or could it be something else? This has happened before and the service call has always indicated a pressure problem.  Thanks.

To save me a lot of typing, first follow this link to my Website; which will explain all about bladder tanks in general.
Then please be aware that cycling a pump motor of any kind is extremely bad for it.  When a motor starts, it pulls between 3 and 5 times the running amperage.  The more times this happens, the hotter the winding's in the motor get. This causes premature failure.  Bladder tanks can go bad.  This is usually caused by the bladder rupturing and allowing the water and air to mix.  Well water steals air from the tank every cycle and eventually there is no more air to compress, so the motor acts just like your describing.  

Brands are very important too.  There are three good bladder tanks on the market.  Well X Trol,  Flexcon (sold under several model names) and Zilmet the tank I sell.  All the others in my opinion are not worth the money spent on them. Most of them will not even live through their 5 year warranty period.

Hopefully, this gives you an understanding of the workings of bladder tanks.  They all work pretty much the same.  The only difference is quality.  If you have any further questions, please let me know or visit my Website's Forum for more discussion at:

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Bob Tabor


I am a Water Well Driller and Water Pump technician. I own a business in Riverview, Fl. We repair motors and pumps in shop and in the field. We repair and replace submersible and jet pumps, galvanized and bladder tanks, and their controls. Water filtration is another one of our specialties.


I started drilling and repairing wells and pumps with my dad in 1958 at the age of 13 years. I worked with him on weekends and in the summer when not in school. After graduating high school, I worked for my Dad until going into the Army in 1968. I spent three years in the Army then went back into the Well Drilling/Repair field.

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High school and a few courses after getting out of the Army. They were offered on the GI Bill.

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