Submersible Pump Replacement?

Many people with private well systems have questions about their submersible pumps. Among these are the popular questions “How many years will my submersible pump last?” or “When do I start planning for a replacement?” This is a complex question with several variables, and there are many things to keep in mind when providing an answer. A generalized answer such as “Every ten years” doesn’t take into account the equipment quality, installation integrity, or any of the aggravating factors that could affect the lifespan of your pump. However, pumps do have an average lifespan – And this is only an average – Of seven years. Any one of the previously mentioned factors could extend or reduce this time by a wide margin, so this article will instead cover some of the signs your submersible pump is ready to kick the bucket.

Higher Energy Costs for Submersible Pump

One of the earliest signs that your submersible well pump is nearing its replacement date can be found in your energy bills that rise from year to year without any obvious reasons. Because your well system’s submersible pump is an electrical machine like any other in your home, they use energy to pull water up into your home. This water can have small particulate matter made of minerals and soil that might damage the pump. Sometimes these can form deposits that clog the pump, pipes, or pressure tank. You might not even notice these problems in your home, but it will have a noticeable effect on the amount of electricity your pump consumes as it provides your family with water.

This is especially true if you notice a sudden and huge increase in your electric bill from month to month. If your pump has worn out to the point that it doesn’t create enough pressure to fill your system and turn off completely, it will run non-stop. When it does this 24/7, you can imagine the impact that can have on your electric bill. If you see an electric bill that’s ten times more expensive than usual, you should absolutely have your pump checked out.

Reduced Water Pressure

Your pump should be investigated if you notice a sudden decrease in your water pressure. You can attribute low water pressure to several things unrelated to your pump, such as a low yield well, pressure switch failure, or plugged filter – But a damaged submersible is also a very real possibility. In addition, you’ll notice water pressure problems in the way water slowly leaves your faucets and taps, if the shower stops while the dishwasher is running, or if watering the garden causes the kitchen sink to stop. You can even see it in sprinkler systems which may fail to disperse water with wide enough coverage to water your lawn, resulting in brown patches.

In Conclusion

If you notice these signs of a well pump that’s approaching its use-by date, it’s time to start thinking about a replacement and making plans for who’s going to install it. When that time comes, you can do no better than relying on the professionals at American Pump Services. No matter what kind of water well pump you have, we’re ready to bring water back to your home as fast as possible.