Learn To Recognize Common Warning Signs That A Well Pump Is In Need Of Repair

Posted on: 3 March 2017


A well can provide a residence with clean potable water for many years. But in order for a well to work properly, the well pump has to be in good working order. Knowing the common signs of problems with a well pump will allow you to arrange for repair service in a timely manner so you don't have to live without running water for an extended period of time. Some of the most common signs that a well pump needs repair include:

Poor Water Pressure

A sudden and unexplained loss of normal water pressure typically means that their is a problem with your well pump. The pump may need to be re-primed, or there may be a leak in the mechanical seal. The loss of water pressure may also be due to a problem with the pump's pressure switch. A pump pressure switch can wear out over time, so if you're experiencing poor water pressure you may need to arrange to have a new pressure switch installed.

Pump Runs Continuously

A well pump is not designed to run on a continuous basis. If your well pump is running all of the time, you may notice an increase in your electric bill, and you will have to worry extra stress on your plumbing system and the pump itself. Do not ignore a continuously running well pump-- doing so casn eventually result in the pump failing completely and needing to be replaced. In many cases, a well pump will begin to run all of the time when there is a problem with the pressure switch. Contact a professional as quickly as possible to inspect your well pump if you are dealing with this type of situation.

Odd Sounds

A well pump may make some sound when it is running, but it should not be excessively loud. The presence of odd noises is a major indicator of a problem. Rattling, Grinding or squealing sounds coming from the well pump should not be ignored. In some cases, the odd sounds may be due to a foreign object, such as a small stone or pebble, getting stuck in the pump. There may also be a problem with how the well pump was installed.

No Water

It can be very alarming when you turn on a faucet and no water comes out. When this happens, it often means that there is a power problem with your well pump. A blown fuse or bad wiring can cut power to a well pump and prevent it from pumping water into your home. 

For more information, contact companies like Jamison  Well Drilling Inc.