carguy123 UltimaDork
12/16/21 9:03 p.m.

In a previous post I asked a question about a well problem I was having so I fixed what was wrong, but when I went to start it back up the breaker instantaneously throws like I have a dead short, but I only removed 4 wires (to the pressure switch) and I replaced them exactly as I removed them (they were marked).


I did have to wave the conduit holding the wires from the box on the wall to the pressure switch to be able to get into the closed to replace the pressure tank.  That's it!!


My wife reminded me that when I replaced a pressure switch trying to track down the pressure problem that it did this for a few minutes and by waving wires around, tapping on the electrical type of cylinders in the box on the wall, prayed to 14 different gods, did a well dance (it's like a rain dance except no clothes are involved) and eventually it came back on and I've had no issues.


So could it be the one of these electrical cylinder thingies?  And do I need to discharge them somehow so I don't knock myself on my can?

EDIT:  HMMMM can you not link to FB pictures?

It gave me the option to upload pics and I tried that too.  Why can't I post a pic?

11GTCS Dork
12/16/21 9:25 p.m.

In reply to carguy123 :

I’m guessing you’ve got some nicked insulation somewhere in the conduit you moved and it’s grounding against the conduit.  That you moved it around and cleared the ground points strongly in that direction.   It’s unlikely the capacitor in the picture would cause a dead short. 

carguy123 UltimaDork
12/16/21 9:31 p.m.

In reply to 11GTCS :

You could see a picture?  I don't

Switching out the wires is the only thing I can do tonight so I was considering doing that even tho it would be a lot of work for nothing if it was one of the capacitors.

old_ HalfDork
12/16/21 9:50 p.m.

Sounds like a wire inside the conduit. 

carguy123 UltimaDork
12/16/21 11:59 p.m.

I forgot to mention that I swapped breakers to make sure it wasn't just a bad breaker


carguy123 UltimaDork
12/17/21 10:28 a.m.
carguy123 said:

I forgot to mention that I swapped breakers to make sure it wasn't just a bad breaker


Welp,  I swapped the breaker again and it all works.  I'm guessing this breaker and the one I originally swapped it with are weak and the pump must draw a lot of power.  So off to Lowes for a couple of breakers.

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/18/21 10:41 a.m.

FB can be finnicky.  The picture hosted on FB must be set to public, and even then it sometimes doesn't.  On the Enablers Unanimous group I will sometimes get "this content can't be viewed right now," but I can usually get it if I refresh the page.

carguy123 UltimaDork
12/18/21 12:46 p.m.

14 stops later I finally found the breakers.  Seems they've been out of stock for months at most places.  I bought 3 so I'd have a spare

bearmtnmartin (Forum Supporter)
bearmtnmartin (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
12/18/21 1:24 p.m.

The electrical thingie looks like a start capacitor, which have a limited lifespan. If the top looks like an over pressured pop can it is done. You can take it in to an electrical wholesaler and get another. Usually just a couple spade connectors on top. 

carguy123 UltimaDork
12/18/21 1:59 p.m.

That's what I figured one of them was, but wasn't sure about the other one.  Big one or small one the start capacitor?

I still can't see the pictures so I am surprised you guys can.


Should the day come do I have to discharge that somehow before disconnecting?

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