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Well Pump Service: Signs Your Water Well Pump Needs Repair

Published April 26, 2023
Written by Eric Smith
Well Pump Service: Signs Your Water Well Pump Needs Repair

Your water well pump is an essential component of your home’s plumbing system, responsible for drawing water from the well and into your home. Like any mechanical system, well pumps can experience wear and tear over time and require repairs. Here are some signs that your water well pump may need repair.

Low Water Pressure

If you notice a sudden drop in water pressure in your home, it could be a sign of a problem with your well pump. Low water pressure can be caused by a variety of issues, including a malfunctioning pump, a clogged filter, or a leak in the well casing.

Dirty or Cloudy Water

If your water appears cloudy or has a strong odor, it may be a sign that your well pump needs repair. A malfunctioning well pump can introduce sediment or other contaminants into your water supply, affecting both the taste and quality of your water.

Strange Noises

If you hear strange noises coming from your well pump, such as grinding, rattling, or humming, it may be a sign of a mechanical issue. These noises could be caused by a worn-out motor, a damaged impeller, or other mechanical problems.

Short Cycling

If your well pump is turning on and off frequently, or “short cycling,” it may be a sign of a problem. Short cycling can be caused by a malfunctioning pressure switch or failed well pressure tank.

High Energy Bills

If you notice a sudden increase in your energy bills, it could be a sign that your well pump is working harder than it should be. This could be caused by a hole in well or pump piping, malfunctioning pump, a clogged intake, or other issues that can cause your pump to work harder than necessary.

Age of Pump

Well pumps have an average lifespan of 12-15 years, so if your pump is approaching or past that age, it may be time for a repair or replacement. Routine maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of your pump, but eventually, all mechanical systems will require repair or replacement.

What to do if your well pump needs service

If you notice any of these signs, it is essential to address the issue promptly. Neglecting to repair a malfunctioning well pump can result in costly repairs or even a total pump failure. Routine maintenance and inspections can help identify potential issues before they become major problems, but if you suspect that your well pump needs repair, it is best to contact a professional well pump service provider. A water well wizard from Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air can diagnose the issue, recommend a course of action, and perform the necessary repairs to ensure that your well pump is functioning properly.

About The Author: Eric Smith
Eric Smith is a 3rd generation State of Wisconsin Master Plumber, Water Well Pump Installer, Plumbing Contractor, Water Well Contractor, HVAC Contractor and Water Treatment Expert and the owner of Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air.