Nothing is more frustrating than to try to use the water in your home and the pressure is too low. It is not a simple process to adjust the problem using its pressure control switch unless you have some previous electrical knowledge. Therefore, the job might require a professional. The adjustment can set the pump's 'cut-in/cut-out' pressure of your pump settings using the range and differential nuts.

Identify the Nuts

A large diameter spring is the range nut, and the differential nut is the smaller spring. The shortest spring is usually the differential setting nut and is located further down the pressure control switch. On some units, there may not be a differential nut, only a range adjustment nut. Both nuts usually turn with a 3/8" socket/nut driver. Some nuts may require a 1/2" socket.

The Pressure

Many professionals believe a 20-40 PSI (pounds per square inch) is a good rating, but 30-50 should be the lowest setting. Many homeowners believe 40-60 is a better choice for excellent pressure for a great shower.

Make the adjustments using the long/tall thread nut, turning it to the right to increase the water pressure. About 1-1/2 pounds of pressure is increased for each complete turn. The short nut should not need any adjustments because it is the differential which is factory set for 20 pounds of pressure.

The Process

The first and most important step for safety is to be sure the pump is off. The water tank should have a way to cut the electricity/power. If not, cut it off at the electrical panel before you begin working on the unit. A pair of pliers can be used to open the switch cover. This will reveal the springs held down by the nuts you will need to adjust.

Use caution when making the adjustment because if you set the cut-off pressure below the cut-on, the pump will run continuously. It might take a few adjustments to get the pressure correct for what you desire. To test the pressure, be sure to replace the cover to avoid any chances of electrocution. After you have the pressure at the chosen level, tightly replace the lid, and turn the pump on.

These suggestions and guidelines should enable the do-it-yourself individual to adjust the well's water pressure. After all, it is your goal to make sure everyone in the family has that comfortable shower needed at the end of a stressful day. For more information, contact Skyline Electric, Inc. or a similar company.

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