Troubleshooting Problems With A Residential Submersible Water Well Pump

Posted on: 18 May 2016

If you rely on a private well for water, the whole idea has many perks, from saving loads of cash on the water your household uses to ensuring the purity of the water consumed by your family. However, owning a private well also means that you have to be in charge of maintaining the well and all its working components to ensure you get the water you need. This is especially important when it comes to the submersible well pump. As a well owner, it is a good idea to get to know some of the most common problems with submersible well pumps and the potential causes. 

Problem: You get a lot of spitting and sputtering when you turn on the faucets in your home. 

Cause and Solution: In periods of dry weather,  sputtering and spitting from the water lines is a common problem for residential well owners. However, if you are experiencing air in your water lines frequently, it could mean that your submersible well is not situated deep enough to continuously withdraw water. Even if the submersible well pump is installed at an adequate depth in the beginning, water levels can change with time and your pump will have to be adjusted. Take a look inside your well and make sure the shaft of the submersible pump is covered with water. If it is not, your pump will need to be lowered. 

Problem: The well water pump is plugged in, but will not come on. 

Cause and Solution: If there has been a power surge or other issue, make sure you check to see if the circuit breaker leading to the well pump has not tripped. It is not uncommon for an interruption or disturbance in power to cause the breaker to your well water pump to trip. However, if your breaker is not tripped and there seems to be no issue with power connection, the motor of your water pump could be bad, which will mean you will need a replacement pump. 

Problem: Your well pump is running, but is not delivering water to the pressure tank. 

Cause and Solution: The pressure tank houses water to be fed to your home as it is needed. If the well pump is trying to pump water but the tank is staying at the same water level it could actually be a problem with the pressure tank and not the pump itself. Make sure the pressure release valve on the tank is not open, which may be the problem. 

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