For those who own homes with a well, there could be instances when the pump starts to fail and gives signs of trouble. This could be due to deteriorating water conditions in the well or in the functioning of the pump and its connections.
Understanding the problem
Many homeowners who are comfortable with troubleshooting plumbing or electrical components might be able to address a faulty well pump themselves. However, it is imperative that one identifies the problem correctly in order to know where to start the fix. Often when homeowners are clueless, it would be best to ask for an expert plumber to come in and inspect the device. Here at A Better Plumber, an experienced plumber will be able to understand whether there is any electrical problem, pump, and piping problem or check valve failings. Often DIY kits are available at home centers, however it is best to opt for plumbing parts at a supplier store. With a well pump issue the following problems are common:
Common resolution steps
When your well pump is giving problem, you might want to check if the power supply is not interrupted. Check the well switch that is located by the pressure tank. This can get switched off sometimes. There is a double pole circuit breaker which needs to be checked to ensure that it has not tripped. These are common electrical faults that might occur. Usually an experienced plumber will check for these errors as well and have a technician to help with such a problem. In such cases the pump might also have to be dismantled and taken for repair.
The next possible source of the problem could be the pressure switch. This is usually located by the pressure tank and indicates when the water pressure is too low. The switch then helps to power up the pump. If the switch has gone bad, this needs to be tested. Usually a plumber inspecting the problem will check if the switch is working properly or get the switch changed.
Often the tube that is under pressure needs to be hit in order to kick start the pump. In case the electrical wires are burned or pitted, your connection will be faulty. Hence, you might want to rewire the unit. If that is not possible the pump might need replacement.
Getting Expert Plumbing Help
At the time of calling in for assistance, seek A Better Plumber’s help because they have the right expertise. Often plumbers have experience in setup and repair of well water pumps and they are able to handle such systems efficiently. However, if a plumber is inexperienced and has not handled repair or troubleshooting of a well water pump before, you would want to verify the same before you call in such a person. Finding the right experienced person is crucial to ensure that the problem is correctly identified. Or else, the fixes might be done costing tons of money, but leading to problems surfacing again soon.
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