Water Well Pump Maintenance, Part 2

October 15, 2023

DIY Well Pump Repair (and When to Call a Professional)

When your well pump is functioning properly, you may need more than water pump maintenance. It can be easy to take for granted just how much your water well pump does for your home. But when your plumbing system starts to show some weird signs – like low pressure, contaminated water, or strange sounds from the well pump – something may not be right with your well’s water pump or well water system. If you notice your well pump acting strange, knowing how to fix small issues yourself – and knowing when to call in a professional – can save you money and stress.  

DIY Well Pump Repair

Before reaching out to a professional, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can take:

Check the Power: Ensure that the well pump is receiving power. A tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse might be the culprit.

Inspect the Pressure Switch: The pressure switch controls when the pump turns on and off. Check if it’s functioning correctly and adjust the pressure settings if necessary.

Check for Leaks: Inspect the pipes, connections, and pressure tank for leaks. Leaks can contribute to a drop in pressure and the pump’s inefficiency.

Caring for Your Well Pump

Prevention is key when it comes to well pump systems. Regular maintenance, including checking for leaks, testing the pressure switch, and cleaning the pressure tank, can extend the lifespan of your well pump and minimize the likelihood of sudden breakdowns.

When well cared for, well pumps can have a lifespan of up to 15 years. But over time, components start to age, and performance will naturally begin to wane. So, if you’re noticing strange activity from your well pump and you know it hasn’t been completely replaced in about a decade, it might be time for a new one altogether.

When to Call a Professional

While DIY troubleshooting can resolve minor issues, many problems require an expert set of hands. If you’re unsure about a repair, it’s best to consult a plumber. Attempting advanced repairs without proper knowledge can lead to more significant problems. The Messick Plumbing technicians stay ready to serve you and assist with your well pump maintenance. Contact us today more information about water pump maintenance and repair!