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Wednesday, August 3rd 2005, 1:16pm

Pump is short cycling

We have a residential irrigation system running off a shallow well pump. The pump delivers about 20 gal/min. The pressure switch on the pump is set to turn-off at about 60 psi. The original design was done so each zone handles a bit more than 20 gal/min at 60 psi. As such, when a zone valve opens, the pump just runs without a need for a storage tank. It's operated like this for about 9 years now.

This year I've noticed that the pump will short cycle on certain zones. The problem isn't always consistant as multiple attempts at turning on a zone will sometimes work as expected, and sometimes result in short cycling. All the heads are spraying water, so I don't think the problem is at the heads.

I suspect the problem may be zone valves (irritrol) which aren't opening fully all the time. Does this sound right? How would you diagnose a faulty zone valve? Can they be serviced, or is it better to just replace them. What else could it be?


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Wednesday, August 3rd 2005, 4:11pm

Buy a new valve of the same type, and swap out all the parts with the valve you suspect isn't working.

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