Warning Signals That You Might Need A New Well Pump

25 March 2016
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If you're like many homeowners, your well pump is like the lifeline of your home. it delivers water to you and your family for vital daily needs. If you notice that you have no water, then you should shut your pump's power and the water heater if you have one. This will keep more damage from occurring. Secondly, it is best to find out the source of your water problem by contacting your trustworthy, experienced well pump service provider. Your well pump could be the main source of the problem but there could be more hidden issues lurking as well.

Here are the signs you should watch out for:

Decreased Water Pressure

If the pressure seems to have gone down, it could be more than a temporary issue.

Dirty Water

Your water should be consistently clean if your well pump is set up properly. If you notice discoloration or debris in your water, then get a professional involved quickly.

Strange Noises

Unusual sounds, such as clinking or "air spitting" coming from your faucet could represent deeper issues that need to be dealt with.

Expensive Electricity Bills

If you have higher-than-normal electricity bills, it could mean that your pump is failing to produce the correct amount of water, resulting in the pump working overtime (and bumping up the amount of electricity you use). 

Also, anything that strains your pump could make it fail sooner rather than later. These problem scenarios include:

Falling pressure levels in your water tank

Your tank is a closed container that the pump fills with water. Air is compressed due to the increase in water, typically via a vinyl bladder that also fills with air. When air reaches a high enough level, it will trip a pressure switch. When you turn the faucet on, the pressure will squeeze air through the bladder and force water to come out. When enough water comes out, the pressure level drops again and the water stops (because you turned the faucet off). That is why when your tank loses pressure, it must work harder to produce the same amount of pressure.

Power Outages

If your well pump does not have a reserve power supply (many do not) then you'll need to get it working again if you lose electricity.

Neglect of Repairs

If you fail to get the necessary repairs performed on your well pump, you could end up destroying your pressure switch or needing to replace the tank, among other things. This can add up to be quite costly.

It's a good idea to schedule regular maintenance to ensure that your well pump is in good shape. Observe your water system regularly to spot any of the signals mentioned above. And don't hesitate to contact your trusted well servicing provider for any help with any sort of pump system installation problems.