4 Important Considerations When Troubleshooting Well Pump Issues

29 January 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

When your well pump stops working on you, you'll likely notice dirty water, decreased pressure or strange noises. When the well pump is not working properly, it is under stress. This can lead to the premature failure of the pump and the well system as a whole. When you start troubleshooting the problem, here are a few things that you should keep in mind:

1. Don't Underestimate the Possibility of a Power Outage.

Many people do not think that the easiest answer is the true solution to problems. However, they are more frequent than you may think. Therefore, you should always start with the easiest, most obvious cause and solution. For an improperly working well pump, this would mean checking the power. It could be that the circuit breaker was blown, and it just needs to be flipped back on. However, in the event that the power is on and you are not receiving adequate water flow, switch the breaker off and call a professional.

2. Has Your Location Received Enough Rain?

If you don't have solid water pressure and have noticed that the water is sputtering when it comes out of the faucet, then there is a lack of water for some reason. In many cases, this can be due to a dry spell or drought in the area. This is because the water table has been lowered and the water pump is no longer at adequate depth, which means it is likely pulling in a lot of air and cannot function properly. Lack of rain can also lead to you experiencing a funny taste or a muddy color to the water.

3. Number of Appliances in the Home That Use Water.

When you have a well pump placed to begin with, the size of the pump is determined based on the system size, number of water-using appliances and fixture and the peak demand of your family. If you have remodeled your home to add another bathroom, which means additional fixtures that use water, or have installed new or bigger appliances that utilize water, then the pump size may need to be increased so that your home will still receive a normal flow of water.

4. Have You Thought About the Pressure Tank?

A pressurized tank is used by your well system to store water. If it isn't operating correctly, then your well pump isn't either. The pressure switch may have activated and needs to be reset. Locate the switch and reset it. The switch is normally located near the top of the line that feeds to the pressure tank from the well pump.

If you need help diagnosing or repairing the problem, contact a well pump expert in your local area like T. W. Stanley & Son Well Pump & Plumbing Repair