New Brunswick Water Pressure Issues - Open Loop

Discussion in 'Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Brian McCain, Sep 4, 2018.

  1. Brian McCain

    Brian McCain New Member

    We installed an open loop geothermal system in our new house in August 2015. I've been sent away on assignment with work for 3 years, so we haven't spent a great deal of time in the house during that time, but am coming back to it permanently in a few months.

    One of the things I have noticed is that we our domestic water pressure drops significantly whenever the geothermal system kicks in (they are both supplied from the same well / pump). When we had our wells, the first one supply well provides 24GPM, and the discharge one was coming in at 36GPM. Our geothermal system required about 15GPM from memory, so the flow rates were good.

    I'm going to get the contractor back in (both the well and geothermal), but I like to have a rough idea of what I should be asking about when they get here. I live in a fairly rural area, and know for a fact that neither of them have a great deal of geothermal experience. System works great otherwise.

    Could this be simply an undersized well pump? Any other things we should be looking at?

    Let me know what additional information you require.
  2. urthbuoy

    urthbuoy Well-Known Member Industry Professional Forum Leader

    How are you ensuring only 15gpm (or what is required) goes to the heat pump (flow restrictor)? What are the real world readings on the flow to the heat pump?

    Once you can get the flow set for the heat pump, then the rest is can be built to provide your domestic requirements. Note, combining the two (domestic, geo) off one system is quite common but it is a pain from my experience. Usually it is quite noisy with various restrictors, valves, etc. And if the flow does get limited, then you start noticing effects in water pressure, heat pump lockouts, etc.

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