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Possible Causes of Continuously Running Well Pumps, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the potential causes associated with water well pumps that run continuously. These pumps are meant to cycle on and off based on water needs in the structure, but certain malfunctions may cause them to run all the time, leading to not only leak and water damage issues, but also increased strain on the pump over time.

At Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC, well pumps are just one are of our comprehensive water well services, which include a full range of well drilling and rehabilitation solutions. Today’s part two will dig into a few additional potential causes of this condition within your well pump, plus what you can do if you’ve noticed this issue and are looking to remedy it in a low-cost, low-hassle way.

Dropping Water Level

In some cases, the water well itself may be having issues with its water level. This could be a result of several potential causes, from reduced water table levels to a local drought or some kind of other increase in separate local water demands that has lowered your levels.

When this happens, some pump systems may continue to run endlessly, searching for more water to pump in and meet the structure’s needs. To remedy this, call our team to determine what the source of the low water level is to begin with, then remedy it and bring your water levels back to the place where they need to be moving forward.

Loss of Priming

For those who use an above-ground jet pump system for their water well, a priming device is also utilized. This system involves the intake pipe always containing water inside it, allowing for proper suction and pressure levels for the entire setup.

If the intake pipe becomes empty, however, this priming capability will be lost and cause the pump to simply run continuously. This may be caused by a leak or due to improper installation or replacement of pumps or piping. In either case, contact our team about remedying the issue.

Tubes or Contact Points

In part one, we mentioned user error when it comes to pressure gauge setup for the water well – some do not set the gauge correctly, leading to running issues. However, similar issues may also arise due to areas outside your control, namely clogged tubes or burned contact points that alter the pressure control settings or how the pump interprets them. Such issues will require a basic inspection and possibly repairs from our experienced professionals.

For more on the kinds of issues that may be causing your well pump to run continuously rather than in its proper cycle, or to learn about any of our well pump repair or other services, speak to the staff at Mike Zimmerman Well Service LLC today.