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Reconditioning Chattering Well Water Pump Control Box Relay?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by [email protected], Aug 26, 2005.

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  1. Guest

    Am trying to get some info before pulling my well water pump control
    box apart.

    The main question is if the relay contacts can be reconditioned?

    Have done some searches to see if anyone else had posted this question.
    So far nothing but did come across a few interesting relay postings
    like this
    http://groups.google.com/group/sci....er+pump+relays&rnum=26&hl=en#c0a4fb5fd6b6ba0d
    and this
    http://groups.google.com/group/rec....attering+relay"&rnum=1&hl=en#001ceae49bff2531


    Have no idea what to expect when I willstart taking it apart so would
    appreciate any suggestions or tips.


    FYI the Pump Control Panel is a "Town & Country date code CX" mfr Red
    Jacket which became part of ITT in 2001. So far I have searched but
    have not been able to find a parts list for it so do not know anything
    about the relay.

    Thanks

    Gene OHara
     
  2. Mike Berger

    Mike Berger Guest

    Some relay contacts can be reconditioned. You can burnish them
    with a contact burnisher, and in some cases actually replace the
    contact point itself. You can find identical contacts from
    another relay and replace them.

    Gold plated contacts cannot be burnished without ruining them.

    Reconditioning contacts was common practice in arcade game
    service in the electromechanical days.
     
  3. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    Anything *can* be reconditioned, but for something like this it's only worth
    trying if you absolutely can't find a suitable replacement. You should be
    able to get a new contactor for under $20, www.usamfg.com might have
    something suitable, or ebay.
     
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