Your well pump plays an important role in your home. It brings you the water you use to drink, wash your clothes, do the dishes and take your showers. The length of time you can expect a well pump to last depends on a variety of factors, such as the type of equipment, the brand, how it’s used and the environment in which it’s installed—but what is clear is that by staying on top of well pump maintenance, you can maximize its lifespan.
What happens when your well pump starts to break down? How do you know if you need to spring for well pump repairs or even a full replacement of the unit?
Here are a few telltale signs for you to watch for:
- Water pressure problems: Your pump system needs a sufficient level of water pressure to function properly. If you’ve started to notice lower pressure in the water coming from your taps or shower, this could be a sign that there’s something wrong with the pump.
- Foul smells: If you’ve noticed smells of sulfur or rotten eggs emanating from your plumbing fixtures, this is a potential sign of trouble with your well pump. In most cases, the smell comes from sediment coming up from the well with the water it’s pumping to your home. The issue here could be an oversized pump or a pump that is placed down too deep into the well.
- Unusual noises: Have you started to hear clicking sounds regularly coming from the pressure switch on your tank? This is often a sign of a pressure tank that is beginning to fail. You should call a plumber to your property as soon as possible if you notice this issue so you can address it immediately.
- Spitting at the faucets: Have you noticed spitting at your faucets in your home? This usually indicates a problem with the pressure tank. If that tank is leaking, air might get into the water line and cause air bubbles to come up through the faucet along with the water. This technically isn’t an issue with the well pump, but it’s an issue that can be addressed alongside general well pump repairs and maintenance that you’d otherwise have to perform anyway.
- Significant increases in utility bills: It’s normal for utility bills to fluctuate throughout the year, as you use certain utilities more in some seasons than others; however, if you’ve noticed a drastic spike in your system, this may be a sign that you are having some efficiency issues with your well pump. This is normal for well pumps as they grow older or break down—it will take more energy for them to operate to their usual standard, which will increase your utility bills.
Need advice on how to handle the issues you’re facing with your well pump? Contact our trusted providers of well pump repair at Advanced Pump & Well Service. We look forward to answering your questions and assisting with your project.
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