Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Most Common Well Pump Problems
Well pumps can provide a number of excellent benefits to homeowners: they give you low-cost, fresh, and clean water. However, these benefits come with the responsibility of having to fix any problems that you have with your well water system as quickly as possible. Occasionally, you may turn on your faucet and find that there’s no water coming out, or your water might spit and sputter. The first thing you should troubleshoot in this instance is your well pump.
At Advanced Pump Services, our Northeast Florida well pump experts can work quickly and efficiently to diagnose and repair any problems that you encounter with your well pump, helping to ensure that you can always rely on your well system for clean and healthy water when you need it. Before you call a professional, however, it may help to consider what the problem’s source might be. To help you determine that, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common problems homeowners experience with their well pumps:
Check the Power
Your well pump may simply not be functioning because it isn’t receiving electricity. Before your look at any other possibilities, make sure that power is running to your well pump. Check that the electrical circuit hasn’t tripped, and if the problem is electrical, you should contact our professionals for service. Solving an electrical problem can be very dangerous without proper experience and training.
Your Pressure Tank
The proper functioning of your Northeast Florida home’s well pump is dependent on your pressure tank. The pressure tank keeps the water in your pressurized so that it can be delivered to your faucets. If the pressure tank doesn’t work properly, neither will the well pump.
Check your pressure switch to see that it has not shut down. Sometimes, too much water drawn from the pressure thank can flip the switch and shut down the system. This is meant to be a fail-safe in case of a burst pipe other incident. Your pressure switch is located on top of the feed line from the well tank and is most likely a small silver bar. If it’s resting parallel to the ground, it’s been tripped. If you need assistance in resetting it, call our professionals for quick and effective service.
Your Pump is Too Small
The size that your well pump needs to be is determined by a few things:
- The size of your home
- The amount of plumbing fixtures in your home
- The amount of water you use regularly
Well pumps used for homes can typically pump around 10 gallons per minute. Some home in Northeast Florida may require a larger pump if they depend on it for feeding animals, a home business, or landscape irrigation. If your home has changed in size, or if your water requirements have grown, you may need to contact our professionals to have a well-pump replacements.