How Can I Reset My Well Pump?

Suppose you own a private well water system – Congratulations. It’s one of the best investments you can make and one of the best things you can do for your health and well-being. You probably understand just how important it is to solve problems as soon as they arrive, and you should have an understanding of some of the simple and helpful things you can do to help your well run at its best for as long as it can. There’s just one part that’s exceptionally key to the well’s operation – Your well pump.

For example: Learning how to reset your well pump is one of the single most useful operational skills you can learn as the owner and operator of a home well system. After all, you’ll be paying out of pocket for problems that crop up after hours and need emergency repairs, so this article will give you a few pointers on what you can do to fix a dead well so you can solve these problems fast and effectively.

Guide on How to Reset a Well Pump

There are some common signs of well pump malfunction we’ve gone over – Such as a pump that runs all day, low water pressure, sputtering water, and even a lack of water altogether. However, there are some situations where these issues can be fixed with just a little bit of know-how and understanding of the systems involved – Particularly with that last case.

If you have an above-ground water well pump, it has a safety feature called a cut-off switch. This switch stops your well from over-running, ensuring that it doesn’t burn out. The switch is triggered by pressure in your well dropping below a level where the pump can operate. In submersible pumps, there sometimes isn’t a pressure control switch. In the situation of an above-ground pump that has stopped, you can easily reset the switch. Usually, it’s right beside the pump!

How to Reset A Well Cut-Off Switch

If you decide to reset your well, you can complete the process in a few simple steps. First, you’ll want to turn off the breaker switch to disable power going to the pump. This is usually located in a covered box near the pump. Sometimes, however, it might be in your main breaker inside the home. This step is essential to avoid electrical accidents that may otherwise occur. Once the power is cut, you can remove the cap covering the cut-off switch. There will typically be a cap nut over the plastic box that needs to be loosened. Don’t be afraid to use pliers if you need to!

Next, pull up on the cover and clean inside the structure if needed. An old toothbrush can remove insect shells and other debris from any contacts. Be aware that these contacts are open when the well is out of order. After both sides of the contacts have been cleaned, replace the cover cap and tighten the cap nut. Hold the lever at a 30-degree angle, and let go. If you hear a clicking noise, you’ve moved the lever too far. On the other hand, if everything goes well, you’ll have power restored to your well water system!

Hold the lever until pressure builds up again, and listen for any more concerning sounds that may indicate an emergency, such as grinding or rattling. And there you have it! Simple problems such as a tripped cut-off can be fixed yourself, but figuring out why the cut-off was triggered may warrant inspection by a professional. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!