Well Acting Up? Step-By-Step Instructions For Troubleshooting Your Pump

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If you receive your residential water from your own well, you have the benefit of controlling your own water supply. That means that you're safe from rate hikes and municipal water contamination. If you turned on the faucet and nothing came out, you might have a problem with your pump. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you troubleshoot your pump troubles.

Start at the Power Supply

Before you panic, take a moment to check the power supply. A tripped circuit may seem like a simple solution to a complex problem. However, sometimes it is the simple solution that will get your pump working again, especially if you've experienced a power surge that you weren't aware of. A power surge can shut off the circuits at your circuit board.

Check the power switch to your pump. If it's on, go take a look at the main circuit board. Flip the breaker to the off position and then switch it back on again. If the pump starts working, there was a power problem that was causing the malfunction. If not, continue with the troubleshooting.

Measure the Water Depth

Your pump might have been at the right depth when it was installed. However, as the water level has decreased, it might be sitting too high for it to work properly. Normal water usage, and even drought conditions can cause problems with your pump. If your pump is no longer positioned properly, it will not be able to move water from the well up to your home properly. Here are some signs that the depth of your pump may need to be adjusted.

  • Increased air in the lines
  • Sputtering sounds when you turn the faucets on
  • Dark or murky water

Check the Pressure Tank

Your pump works in conjunction with the pressure tank. If both devices are working properly, the system will provide water to your home. However, if one of the devices isn't working, neither of them will. Sometimes too much water is drawn from the tank, which causes the pressure to decrease. When that happens, the unit will shut off to prevent a catastrophic breakdown. Here's how to tell if the unit has shut off.

  1. Take a look at the pressure tank.
  2. Locate a small silver bar next to the pressure switch.
  3. If the silver bar is parallel to the ground, you'll need to reset the tank.
  4. Shut all the water valves on the tank and lift the handle.
  5. Once the pressure inside the tank builds up, open the valves.

You rely on your well to provide you with fresh water. If your well isn't working properly, do some troubleshooting. If the information provided here fails to repair the problem, you'll need to have your pump inspected by a professional like Jamison  Well Drilling Inc

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