Without your well pump, water would never make it to your home’s faucets and taps.
The well pump is a critical component of your residential well system, since it draws water from the ground and delivers it to your home. Pumps are typically designed to last for at least 10 years, but some conditions can cause them to fail prematurely.
Are you having issues with your well system? A well service expert can determine your problem, but here are the top three signs that you may need a new well pump, or at least a service call:
Sign #1: No Water
When you turn on the faucet, you expect the water to come flowing out as usual.
If it doesn’t, that’s a pretty clear indication that you have a problem. This is typically due to device failure of some kind, where water is not being delivered to the pressure tank.
Fortunately, a lack of water doesn’t always mean you need to replace the pump itself. You may have a smaller issue that could be more easily — and less expensively — repaired, such as a blown switch or fuse, a clogged line or a broken pipe.
Sign #2: Low Pressure
Has the flow from your faucets slowed to a trickle for no apparent reason?
Your pump may not be functioning at full capacity, and may not be pushing enough water out as a result. If the pump is not working effectively, it’s likely due to a fault in the mechanism. Or if you have recently added on to your home, the pump may be too small to satisfy the increased demand.
Unusually low water pressure also may be the result of a problem in the pressure tank. The pressure tank works in conjunction with the well pump to deliver water to your home. It is also responsible for keeping the pressure constant. If the pressure tank is not working properly, or if it has a leak, your pressure will drop.
Sign #3: Water Comes Out, Then Stops
Does water come out of the faucet when you turn it on, but stops flowing on its own before you switch the faucet off?
This usually indicates that your pump has shut down for some reason. This may indicate that you have faulty relay switch (which can be easily replaced) or that you need a new pump.
Does your pump constantly cycle on and off, even when no one’s using the water? This also could be due to an issue with the relay switch. In most cases, however, this means that your pump is likely to fail soon, and should be replaced.
A well service expert can diagnose and solve your well pump problem. In many cases, it’s not necessary to replace the pump itself, and a simple repair can get your water flowing again.
Contact The Z Team of Mike Zimmerman Well Service, serving Utah and South Wyoming. We can inspect your system and resolve any problems with your residential water well pump, quickly and affordably.