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4 Common Well Water Pump Problems

by Charlie Clarke

Relying on well water certainly has its ups and downs, but the last thing you need is for your well pump to suddenly stop working. There are plenty of reasons why your well pump may suddenly start giving you trouble, but the solution is always to undergo an expensive and time-consuming replacement. Take a look at these common well pump problems and the steps you can take to diagnose these issues.

No Power

Power outages are one of the most common issues that affect well pumps. It's not uncommon for rural areas to experience power surges, blackouts, and brownouts, especially during the summer and winter months or periods of severe weather. A power surge can cause the designated circuit breaker for the well pump to trip, shutting off the pump and preventing it from coming back on.

Go to your home's electrical service panel and check the circuit breaker for the well pump. Depending on how you find the circuit breaker, you'll need to do the following:

  • If the circuit breaker is still in the "on" position, flip it to the "off" position and then flip it back to the "on" position.
  • If the circuit breaker has tripped to the "off" position, flip the switch to the "on" position.

If the circuit breaker trips again or if it suddenly shuts off without tripping the circuit breaker, you may need to have an expert come in and thoroughly check the well pump's electrical connections. If your well pump refuses to run despite having a battery or generator as a backup power source, then you may want to check those sources to make sure they're in good operating condition.

No Water

Another common problem is that your well pump may suddenly stop providing water. In some cases, you may even get air spinning out of the faucet instead of water. This may be due to a problem with the pressure switch, which automatically prevents the water pump from continuously pumping water in the event of a pipe leak or break. If you're not getting any water from your well pump, here are a few ways you can diagnose the issue:

  • Check the pressure switch and make sure the contacts inside the device haven't been triggered. You may need to readjust or reset the pressure switch in order to restore water flow.
  • Make sure there aren't any broken or leaky pipes near the well pump.
  • Check the pressure tank and make sure it hasn't become waterlogged. Locate the air valve and depress it with a small screwdriver to see if water sprays out of the valve.

If you have a faulty pressure switch, broken pipes or a waterlogged pressure tank, then these issues need to be resolved by a professional.

Constant Cycling

If your well pump constantly cycles on and off, it may have a lot to do with the pressure switch adjustment. It's not uncommon for this adjustment to fall out of range over time, so it may need to be readjusted to prevent constant pump cycling.

Most pressure switches will feature the default adjustment values on the underside of the pressure switch cover. Use a nut driver to carefully readjust the main and cut-off adjustment springs to their stock settings. Keep in mind you may need to test the switch with a pressure gauge in order to verify the correct settings. If this doesn't solve the problem, then you may need to either replace the pressure switch or replace the pump altogether.

Poor Water Pressure

If you're not getting a strong, steady stream of water from your faucets, check the well pump's pressure tank and make sure it hasn't become waterlogged. A damaged or broken rubber bladder can cause water from the bottom half of the tank to infiltrate the top half, preventing the tank from forcing water out of the tank.

In some cases, a broken pump impeller can prevent the well pump from circulating water properly. You'll need a professional to perform the necessary repairs or replace the well pump entirely.

Contact a company like County Pump & Supply Co for help with well pump problems.

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