Six Tips For Dealing With A Malfunctioning Well Water Pump

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If you are experiencing a malfunctioning well pump for the first time, you might not be sure of how to respond to the situation. The sooner you take action, the sooner you can resolve the issue with the appropriate repairs. There are a few things you should do to troubleshoot and deal with the issue.

The following are six tips for dealing with a malfunctioning well water pump. 

See if the Cause of the Problem Is a Tripped Breaker

Hopefully, your well pump is malfunctioning because of a minor issue you can deal with yourself. Sometimes, a home's well pump stops working because the power supply is cut off. You should check your circuit breaker if your well pump does not seem to be working. Well pump malfunctions are sometimes caused by tripped breakers. If this is the issue, you can easily fix it yourself. 

Check Out the Pressure Tank of Your Well System​

Another part of your system that you can look at is your pressure tank. If your pressure tank is overwhelmed with water, it is possible that the air bladder in your pressure tank has broken. Another possible and readily visible problem with your pressure tank is rust development. 

Inspect the Water Shutoff Valve​

A lot of well pumps have a water shutoff valve. When this valve is turned to the off position, the pump will no longer pump water into the home's plumbing system. If you know where the water shutoff valve on your pump is located, you should check to see if it has accidentally become moved to the off position. If so, you can easily restore well pump functioning by switching the valve back to the on position. 

Research Your Well Depth​

If you are new to the area, you might want to put some research into standard well depth in your area. It is possible that the water table in your area has gone down since your home was built. In this case, you might need to invest in drilling a deeper well to restore well pump functioning. 

Contact a Water Well Pump Repair Technician​

If you cannot solve the problem with your initial troubleshooting, you should contact your water well pump repair technician. Your repair technician will be able to solve the problem and restore your pump to proper functioning. 

Stock Up on Bottled Water

Sometimes, well pump repair can take time. If you will have to wait for a new part before your well pump is working again, stock up on bottled water to fulfill your drinking, cooking, and cleaning needs in the meantime.


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