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Troubleshoot Well Pump Issues

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If your home receives its water from a well instead of a municipal system, you depend on the well pump in order to get the water into your home. So when a problem arises with the well pump, you've got to move fast to diagnose the problem and get it repaired. Well pumps are designed to work for many years, but some issues may arise, This article will give you an overview on the most common problems, and how you can diagnose them. 

Power to the Pump

The first thing you want to do when diagnosing problems with your well pump is to check the power. You should check to see if the electrical circuit to the well pump has not tripped, especially if you have recently experienced a power surge or blackout. 

Pressure Tank and Switch

You'll want to check the pressure switch to make sure that's not the reason the pump has stopped working. The pressure tank could also be the culprit. If the pressure tank does not have the correct air pressure, it won't send the correct signal for the pressure switch to kick in. You can check the air pressure by using a tire pressure gauge. 

Discolored Water or Odor

If your water is discolored or has a distinct odor, it could be you need a water treatment system, and is not the direct result of your well pump. Depending on your geographical location, residential wells sometimes contain magnesium, sulfur, iron, calcium or other sediments that can cause your water to have a bad odor or color. Not only is that unpleasant to clean, bathe and cook with, it's also bad for your plumbing and appliances. Your best bet is to consult with a water treatment specialist to determine the type of system that's best for you. 

Worn Well Pump

While the well pump is built to last for many years, it will eventually need to be replaced. Here are a few signs the pump needs replacement.

  • No water or just a trickle. If you have tried diagnosing the issue by checking the power, the switch and the pressure, and you're still not getting any water, this could be a sign that the pump is failing.
  • Consistently running.  If you can hear your pump consistently running even when no one is using water, this is also a sign the pump is going bad. Even if you can't hear the pump running, if you find a sharp increase in your energy bill, this is a sign your pump is pumping air.

Call a well pump service (such as Seismic Drilling) for a full diagnosis, and they will be able to properly advise you on the issues with the pump.