How to Fix Your Well Water Pump
Many people in the U.S. have started installing private wells to ensure uninterrupted water supply. Though wells have proved to be extremely efficient, they need proper care and maintenance. In the absence of adequate care, wells can stop working, leaving you without water. In most cases, a faulty pump is a prime culprit. The good news is fixing water well pumps is easy.
We have collated a list of all the common problems that ail well water pumps and made suggestions on how you can fix these problems.
What to do if your water flow has completely stopped?
1. Check for Sediment Deposition
Sediment refers to rocks and other small materials that block the pump and therefore, interrupt water supply. It is essential to routinely check your pump for sediment deposition to enhance the longevity of your pump. If you see any sediments in the pump, remove them immediately.
2. Check the Air Pressure
Once you are sure that the water block is not due to sediment deposition, check the air pressure. To check air pressure, you will need a tire gauge. Place the gauge at the air valve located at the top of the tank. If the air pressure within the tank isn’t right, the tank will not instruct the pressure switch to release water. In most cases, either a broken air bladder or a water-filled tank is responsible for low water pressure.
3. Check for Power Issues
Sometimes, well pumps stop working only due to power issues. Power surges are quite common in residential areas. Sometimes well water pumps stop working after experiencing a power surge. To solve this issue, switch off the circuit breaker and then switch it back on again.
4. Check the Water Table
If your faucets are sputtering water, it may be because the pump isn’t getting enough water to create an uninterrupted water flow. This sputtering happens quite often during or after a dry season. If the problem is temporary and caused by drought or dry season, it will solve itself once the season is over. However, if the problem is permanent, you may be required to move your pump deeper into the ground.
5. Check for Any Noisy Sounds
If your pump is continually making clicking sounds, it may be because the pump is wrongly placed. In such a scenario, you must immediately reach out to a well water pump expert and get their opinion.
6. Check the Pump Controller
If you have checked everything and your water well pump is still making noises, it’s time to replace the pump controller. The pump controller is located either close to the pressure tank or inside the water pump. The biggest problem with the pump controller is that there is no sure way to find if it is working or not. It is, thus, we recommend you to change the pump controller only after you have already checked for all the other issues. In case you decide to change the pump controller, make sure to buy a pump that’s exactly like the one you are replacing.
The Final Word on Fixing Your Water Well Pump
Wells have gained immense popularity in the recent past as well water is considered to be healthier and tastier. It is also free of harmful chemicals. However, proper maintenance is important to keep your pump in good shape. If you find your well water pump has a problem you can’t fix, immediately call an expert.
Give Ries Well Drilling Inc a call to answer any questions you may have fixing your water well water. We can be reached at (586) 784-9516!
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