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Most Common Signs That Your Well Pump Is Going Bad


Having a well on your property is a great way to ensure you have a virtually free water supply for life. Of course, you’ll need high-quality mine dewatering pumps to lift the water out of the well and to your filtration station. It can then be pumped into your home and used as and when you need it.

In most cases, this is a reliable and economically viable system. However, if your well pump fails you won’t have any water and will need to take quick action to resolve the issue.

The good news is that you can generally avoid this issue by having your well pump serviced annually and by being aware of the most common signs that your well pump is going bad.

Water Pressure Fluctuations

This is the most common sign there is an issue with your water system. Pressure fluctuations can be from blockages in your system but this is rare. In most cases blockages reduce the pressure but do so slowly and steadily, the pressure doesn’t fluctuate.

However, your well pump controls the pressure the water is delivered into your home. If the pressure is fluctuating it's likely to be because the pump is failing. The sooner you get it looked at the better.

Strange Noises In the pipes

Strange noises in your pipes can be air trapped in them. While this can be from a leak in your pipes it is likely to be a result of the water pump starting to fail.

The pump uses a bladder of air, if this develops a leak then the air escapes into the pressure tank. This then causes the pump to stop and start, creating the clicking noise in your pipes and reducing the lifespan of your water pump. The faster it’s repaired the better.

Increase In Electric Bills

If your electricity bill is fairly constant and it suddenly starts to rise you need to have your well pump checked. When your pump has issues it will start to use more electricity and cause your bill to start increasing.

You can contact highly-rated operators at Reliant Energy Houston to help you figure out what is causing the bill to increase so you can stop spending more than needed on your electricity bill.

If you can’t find any other reason for your electricity bill to increase you should suspect the well pump and have it checked out.

Fluctuations in Shower Temperature

A well pump usually has a balancing mechanism that controls the flow of water even if you have more than one faucet open. However, if the pump is starting to fail then it will be incapable of balancing the water effectively.

In short, if you’re taking a shower and someone pulls the flush the water is going to get very hot.

Spitting Taps

If your taps start to spit then they have air in them. This can be a result of a leak in your pipes but it more likely to be due to an issue with your water pump.

Final Thoughts 

The key to preventing these issues is to have your well pump serviced annually. This will ensure problems are detected and can be solved at your convenience. That’s better than being burned in the shower or not having any running water.

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