Well pumps are an instrumental component of your water well.  Without a pump, you will not be able to draw water from your well and into your home.  The lifespan of most well pumps is around 15 years with proper regular maintenance. What happens when a well pump reached the end of its lifespan? How can you determine it is time to replace your well pump?

The Signs of a Faulty Well Pump

If you have been conducting proper and regular maintenance on your water pump, then you should have a good idea of the life expectancy of your pump.  With that said, the following is a list of signs that would indicate that your well pump is no longer working properly:

  • Lack of Water
  • Sudden Low Water Pressure
  • Change in Water Quality
  • Spurting of Air
  • Increase of Power Use

Lack of Water

If you are no longer receiving water from your well, this could be a sign that your pump is broken.  You will want to make sure that your pump system is receiving enough power.  Make sure that the power source is connected properly to the pump with no faulty wires.  Once you have done this, you will want to check the pipes to make sure there isn’t a leak or a blockage. If the pipes are working properly, then there is a chance there is an issue with the pump that will need to be resolved or will lead to a need to replace your pump.

Sudden Low Water Pressure

If you have sudden low water pressure, this could also be a sign that your pump is broken.  Just like the steps above, make sure that the power sources have been properly connected to the system.  Additionally, inspect the plumbing for any leaks or blockages.  If there is power going to the system and no problem with the pipes, then there is a chance there is an issue with the pump that will need to be resolved.

Change in Water Quality

If there is a sudden change in taste, smell, or color of your water, all this is a sign there is something wrong.  The biggest connection to a failing pump is if the water starts to look murky and comes out with sediment.  This means that your pump is no longer pulling clear water and is unable to filter it.  This is a sign that your pump either needs to be repaired or replaced.

Spurting Out Air

If, when you turn on the tap, air spurts out or air and water alternate out of the tap, this is also a sign that your pump might be failing.  This means that your pump is not longer properly drawing up water.  This can be a sign of your well “running dry” or a leak in the pipes or it can be a sign that your pump is no longer working properly.

Increase of Power Use

When a pump starts to fail, it typically starts to work harder to draw the same amount of water that it did during normal circumstances.  A sudden increase in power usage by the pump is indicative that something is not right.  If you notice an increase in power usage, then it might mean your pump is beginning to fail.

What Happens if Pump Fails?

If your pump fails, there is a chance that it might be able to be repaired. Depending on the age of your pump, however, it might be more cost-efficient to replace the pump.  The professional experts at American Pump Services will come to your property, evaluate the life expectancy of your well pump, and assist you with determining the best step to take.