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Signs Your Well Pump Needs To Be Replaced

Well pumps are in constant use, providing a steady supply of water to your home's plumbing. Over time, this use can cause wear and tear on your pump, which can affect how well water flows throughout your home. If your pump fails, you can be suddenly without water. Thankfully, there are a number of warning signs that can tell you that it may be time to replace your well pump.

Air in the Plumbing

If you notice that there is air in your pipes, usually manifested by spluttering or coughing when you turn on a tap or water fixture or variable rates of water pressure, your pump could be failing. Small amounts of air can be fairly common, depending on your system, but if you notice that it is happening more frequently than usual, you should contact a contractor.

Dirt in the Water

If you notice that your water is discolored or appears to have a large amount of contaminants in it, there may be an issue with your pump. This may mean that your water supply is contaminated, and you need to invest in a water filter, or it may mean that dirt has found its way into the pump, which can cause increased wear on the moving components and expedite the failure of the unit.

Increased Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bills are increasing without an increase in the amount of appliance use within your home, your pump may be having difficulty maintaining a stable level of water pressure in your well's pressure tank. This could be caused by a leak in the tank or your plumbing, which is a serious issue in itself, or it could be because the pump simply cannot keep up with demand any longer. Another clear warning sign of pump trouble is if it turns on for a short period of time, usually less than a minute, before shutting off again. Constantly stopping and starting can increase the amount of wear on the unit. Either way, you should contact a plumber immediately.

Low Water Pressure

In the same vein, if you notice that your home recently has lower water pressure than normally, there may be a leak or your pump may be on its last legs. If there is a leak somewhere within your plumbing system, an increased amount of strain is placed on your pump as it tries to maintain the water pressure within your home. This can lead to malfunctions and damage if not corrected quickly. To find out more, speak with a business like County Pump & Supply Co.