Water well pumps can operate for a considerable number of years – some even last for decades before needing replacement.
However, anything that puts stress on a pump can cause it to fail much sooner. Below, we explain the factors that can negatively affect the lifespan of a water well pump and how to know when the part may be on its last legs.
Water Well Yield
The capacity and output rate of the pump must match the well yield, or the maximum amount of water that can be pumped through the system. Failing to take this into consideration before installation can lead to an early malfunction.
Well Pump Motor
Generally speaking, the larger and more powerful the motor, the longer the pump will last. The type and quality of the bearings also matter, as does meeting any motor lubrication requirements.
Well Pump Duty Cycle
How often the pump needs to run can have a significant impact on its lifespan. An intermittent duty cycle, in which the component operates only a few times per day, offers greater longevity than heavy or continuous cycling.
Well Component Installation
The skill, training and experience of the contractor installing the pump can make a big difference in how long the component lasts. Installation requires more than simply connecting the pump and the wires – to ensure optimal longevity, the contractor needs to have a solid understanding of the proper location to place the check valves, filters and electrical wiring.
Well Water Sediment
Sediment can have a serious impact on how long a pump remains operational. Silt, sand and algae are abrasive, and the contaminants can wear down the bearings and moving parts enough to seriously shorten the component’s lifespan.
Warning Signs of Well Pump Problems
Knowing what to watch for can help water well owners identify when a pump is in need of replacement. Common warning signs include:
- No water pressure, or a noticeable drop in pressure
- Random cycling, turning on and off for no apparent reason
- Short cycling, or cutting off too quickly
- Continuous cycling, never shutting off
- Strange or loud noises in the water well system
If you suspect your water well pump is failing and you live in Utah or Wyoming, the licensed Z-Team contractors at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC can resolve the problem with expert care – and at an affordable price.
Mike Zimmerman Well Service, a 30-year industry leader in the Intermountain West, offers complimentary consultations and special discounts for seniors and members of the military. With the Z-Team on the job, you can count on friendly service and exceptional workmanship. Contact our Salt Lake City office and schedule a free, no-pressure consultation to discuss water well pumps today.