You rely on your Drip-Well System to keep your deep-well turbine pump properly lubricated and fully functional. Every now and then, however, you may notice the automatic valve in your Drip-Well system becoming sluggish and ineffective. Typically, this happens when the valve is contaminated by oil residue, dirt or condensation. It’s important to remedy the problem quickly to prevent damage to your turbine pump. Fortunately, flushing the automatic valve to remove contaminants is an easy, straightforward process.
Start by shutting down the pump.
Next, open the brass needle valve to achieve a nice flow of oil, and remove the manual over-ride plug from the end of the automatic valve. Use your thumb and forefinger to press firmly on the diaphragm and piston. Press and release repeatedly until you begin to feel the valve’s spring action. Oil should stop dripping when you release pressure on the valve.
After you’ve successfully engaged the valve spring, put the over-ride plug back in the valve and turn it clockwise until oil starts to drip. Next, back the plug off slightly by screwing it counterclockwise until the oil stops dripping. At this point, you can start the well and adjust the drip rate to your desired setting. Bear in mind that, even with an aggressive drip rate, your Drip-Well System will still use less oil than a manual system because it only releases oil when the pump is running.
Be sure to check your oil reservoir before running the pump as well.
Running the pump without adequate lubrication can cause serious damage. If you don’t use your well in the offseason, it’s a good idea to pre-lubricate before starting it up for the first time each year.
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