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When it Comes to Water Pressure Tanks, SIZE MATTERS!

Nothing screams performance like a gargantuan water pressure tank. The size of your pressure tank impacts the longevity of your well’s water pump, the amount of electricity you consume, and the amount of water delivered to the home. I’m sure you have noticed a tank in the yard next to your well, some are located in the garage, or in a pump house. These are pressure tanks, and they serve an important function in your water system.

Tanks come in many different sizes, there is no such thing as a tank too large, but there are definitely tanks too small for the job being asked of them. For instance, an older standard-size washing machine can use 40-45 gallons of water per load. A newer machine uses 14-25 gallons per load. Let’s say you have a tank approximately 3 feet high and 18 inches across; meaning it has about a 5-gallon draw down. That tank might have to start and stop ten times just to provide water for a single load of laundry. Yikes! We recommend a pressure tank with a minimum 25 gallon draw down, and you can see why, using the above example. A tank of that size would only have to turn on twice per load of laundry.

The benefit of a larger tank is less electrical consumption due to reduced pump cycling, which also reduces premature wear and tear on the pump, switches, and control components. It is not unusual to see pumps lasting 15, 20, and in one case 37 years. The reason for their longevity? They were all plumbed to large pressure tanks, to share the load.

If you do happen to have a problem with your current water tank size or other problems like no water running in your house, please call us at Gainesville Pump at (352) 378-8148. We strive for same day service to solve your water problem.

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Erica Bales