In Troy, MI, water well pumps form an integral part of a private well setup. They pump out water from the well. Water well pumps are especially useful in farm areas and rural communities where the water demand is high.
However, like any other modern electric appliance, water pumps last only up to several years. However, if maintained properly, water well pumps can last between nine and 15 years. This life expectancy depends on different factors. We will discuss these factors in detail in this article.
Type of Pump Is a Critical Factor
A key factor in governing the lifespan of a water well pump is its type. Water well pumps that are installed within the well (submersible pumps) can last about eight to 10 years. On the other hand, pumps installed for domestic usage can last about 15 years.
Duration of Usage Impacts Longevity
Water pumps undergo wear and tear induced by friction during their functioning. Thus, the life of a water pump is also governed by its rate of usage and the load you put on it. A pump that is used for 3-4 hours daily can survive for 10 to 15 years. If you increase the pump’s working hours, its life expectancy will start decreasing.
Motor Quality Impacts a Pump’s Longevity
The motor is the most important component of a water well pump. Thus, the quality of the motor directly impacts the lifespan of a water well pump. If you install a pump that generates more horsepower, the longer will its lifespan be.
3-Wire System Water Pumps Tend to Last Longer
Based on their wire system, pumps are divided into 3- and 2-wire pumps. In the case of 3-wire pumps, the control panels are located outside the pump. In a 2-wire pump, the machine has all the components inside it. In the case of 3-wire pumps, as the control panel is outside the pump, a repair expert can fix the pump easily in case of any problems. But if a 2-wire system pump starts troubling, there is no way to repair it. You will need to install a new one.
In other words, the 3-wire system pumps last longer than the 2-wire system pumps. The reason behind this is that the former is easily repairable.
Pumps in Sediment-Heavy Water Have a Shorter Lifespan
If you are residing in an area that gets sediment-heavy water, your pump’s life will typically get reduced. This is because sediment, gravel, and sand make pumps weaker and the chances of the pump getting damaged also increases due to these reasons.
Several factors indeed play a critical role in determining how long a water well pump can last. But if you do one simple thing, you can easily maximize the lifespan of your pump. This one simple thing is maintenance. Regular maintenance is mandatory. If you think that you don’t have the time or cannot do the maintenance checks yourself, you can hire a professional. Also, if you notice that the pump is not working optimally, do not delay. Seek help from a well repair expert.
Give Ries Well Drilling Inc a call to answer any questions you may have about well water drilling, well water maintenance, or anything well water-related. We can be reached at (586) 784-9516!
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