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This has been an ongoing problem for over a year or 2 now. We live in a rural area and have well water. About 2 years ago the electric line to the well pump failed and we replaced it ourselves. Ever since then, we've had this problem with the water pressure fluctuating and flipping the breaker. We assume this would cost a lot of money to fix so we've never had a professional look at it as we don't have a lot of money.
Here's the basic problem; Someone runs water and at seemingly random points it loses pressure and flips the breaker. It's become such a common occurrence that someone usually always has to be on call to "flip the breaker switch". 1st, it doesn't matter if it's the hot water or cold water being used. In fact is seems to do it more often with the cold water. 2nd, When you turn the cold water on to a strong stream, it doesn't seem to flip the breaker as much, if at all. It only seems to do it when you have the stream set weak, or when you're taking a shower and barely adjusting the cold to keep from burning yourself. i.e. The less cold water you are using, the more likely it is to flip the breaker.

The cold water tank in the garage seems to constantly be cycling. It will sound like it's filling, then the pressure switch will make a pop noise, then it sounds like it's filling again, pressure switch pops. While it's doing this, you can hear the circuit breaker make a buzzing noise. It's like there's a pattern to it. (tank pulls water in, pressure switch snaps, breaker buzzes, pressure switch snaps, then eventually the breaker flips and everything stops).
We had to replace the pressure switch yesterday. the water is working, but still doing the snapping and the breaker is still buzzing/flipping in cycles (our lights even dim in the garage when the breaker buzzes).

disgruntled water user,
Art
 
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