What to Do When Your Well Pump Will Not Hold Pressure

Water Well Pressure Tank - PSIWater wells are a cost-effective and environment-friendly option and thus, have become quite popular in the U.S. these days. They require lower monthly payments and easily last a lifetime. However, periodic maintenance is essential for these wells to work correctly. One of the common problems associated with well pumps is that of low pressure. At times, well pumps aren’t able to hold pressure. The good news is there are ways to fix this problem. Here’s how.

If you have been experiencing the problem of low well water pressure, the first thing you must do is detect the issue. In most cases, a faulty pump is a reason behind low well water pressure. However, several other reasons could also be responsible for the problem of low well water pressure. It is, therefore, imperative to accurately pinpoint the cause first.

If the problem of low well water pressure has persisted for a while, here are a few checks you must run.

Check If the Pressure Tank Is Working Properly

The first thing you must check is your pressure tank. If the pressure tank has become waterlogged or is not operational due to any other reason, it will not be able to instruct the pressure switch to supply water at the right pressure.

To check the pressure tank, the first thing you will need to do is check for the PSI level information on the tank. In case you can’t find that information on the tank, reach out to the manufacturer and request them for the info. Next, take a tire pressure gauge and check the PSI level by placing the gauge at the air fill valve on the tank. Ideally, the PSI level should be 2 PSI below the point at which the pressure switch will stop working.

Check If the Pressure Tank Is Working Properly

If the water flow has completely stopped, you must check if the pressure switch is working correctly. Sometimes, water flow stops when the pressure switch shuts down. When the water delivery system attached to the pressure tank draws too much water or puts excessive pressure on the system, the pressure switch automatically trips to shut down the system. In such a case, you will have to switch on the pressure switch again. Sometimes, the pressure switch still keeps the system shut after being reactivated. In such a case, the best way to deal with a bad pressure switch is to close all water valves attached to the system and switch them on again.

What Should You Do Next?

If after running the necessary checks, you realize that the water flow is still stunted, you must check the tank for rust or water discoloration. If the water in the tank appears discolored or has a weird smell, you must seek a professional opinion. If your well pump isn’t holding pressure, you must take immediate action to fix the problem as if left untreated, this problem can damage the entire system.

Water wells have a long life. However, improper maintenance can considerably reduce their longevity. Keep running periodic checks, and if you figure out, there is a problem you can’t handle on your own, immediately call an expert.

Give Ries Well Drilling Inc a call to answer any questions you may have about your well water pressure tank.  We can be reached at (586) 784-9516!

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