Three Signs Your Well Pump May Be Failing


Your well pump pulls water out of your well and sends it to your house, and if it starts to fail, you may notice a number of signs. Here are three signs that your well pump may be failing.

Your electric bill is high

Your well pump should only run when you're using water inside your home, but if the pump becomes damaged, it could cycle on and off for no reason. When the well pump turns itself on unnecessarily, you waste energy, and this translates to a higher electric bill. If your electric bill is higher, and you haven't changed any of your habits, your pump may be to blame.

The pump may cycle on and off if it gets clogged with sediment from the bottom of your well, like rocks or sand. If the pump's pressure switch is defective, it may turn on and off quickly.

Your faucets are sputtering

If you hear sputtering noises coming from your faucets when you run your water, your well pump may be failing. These noises mean that there's air in your water, which can happen if your pump is damaged. When the pump fails, a vacuum can form inside it, and this vacuum releases dissolved gases. A leak in the pump could also let air get inside, leading to sputtering faucets. 

Sputtering faucets can also be a sign of other well problems, like bad valves, plumbing leaks or even that the well is running dry, so have a plumber inspect the well.

Your water is dirty

If your water is full of sand or other sediments, your pump may be failing. Screens inside your well are designed to keep sand out of your water, but over time, the bottom of the well can fill with sand and other sediments. If these sediments reach the level of your pump, they could be drawn into the pump, and dirty water will be piped into your house.

Sand and sediments are very damaging to water pumps, and your pump can get worn out very quickly if it's pumping these materials. If the problem is caught early, your plumber may be able to install a screen over the pump, but if too much damage has been done, you may need to have a new pump installed.

If you're worried that your well pump is failing, have a plumber like inspect your pump as soon as possible.


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