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Signs You Might Need a New Well Pump

If your home relies on a well pump for its water supply, it can be hard to tell if your well pump is going bad. Oftentimes, you’ll realize there’s a problem with your well pump when you go to take a shower and there’s either very low water pressure or no water at all. On average, most well pumps last for about 8 to 15 years, but that’s with proper maintenance. Just like your home’s HVAC system and fixtures, your well pump will eventually need to be replaced. Not sure how to know when it’s time? We’re here to help!

In this blog, we’re sharing some telltale signs that you need a new well pump. Keep reading to find out.

No Water

If you have no water at all when you turn on your faucet or flush the toilet, there’s definitely something wrong with your well pump. Before you immediately call for a replacement, check to see if the reason you have no water is because of the following issues:

Is Your Well Getting Power?

Turn off your well pump, check and reset the circuit breaker, and then turn your pump back on.

Pressure Tank

Perhaps your pressure tank, the tank that stores your well pump’s water, has been shut off and it needs to be reset and turned back on.

A Plumbing Issue

If there has been another plumbing problem in your home, such as a broken pipe, it will result in a flood in your yard.

If you’ve checked for all of these issues and you know they aren’t the cause of your well pump not supplying water, a repair or replacement is needed.

Fluctuating Water Pressure

There’s nothing worse than turning on your faucet to take a shower and your water pressure is nowhere near the pressure it should be. Not only is this a serious inconvenience for your household’s water supply, but it can make taking a shower and doing the dishes very tedious tasks. A decrease in water pressure doesn’t always mean your well pump is failing, but it’s good to check with a professional to make sure. A few reasons your water pressure is low could be the following:

  • A hole in the pressure tank
  • Bacteria buildup in your pipes

Spitting Faucets

Another sign your well pump needs to be repaired or replaced are spurts of air, or air bubbles, coming out of your faucet when you turn it on. If there is a crack in the pipe that connects the well pump to your home, the well pump may be pulling in air instead of water. In other cases, your well could be running dry. Whichever issue is causing the spitting faucets, West Coast Plumbing Pumps & Filtration will inspect your well pump and offer a lasting solution.

Boiling Hot Showers

When you’re showering, the water is always warm or hot to your preferred temperature, however, if someone flushes the toilet while you’re showering, you should not scream due to the water becoming scorching. If this is happening, there could be a problem with your well’s pressure tank. A malfunctioning pressure tank will cause more hot water to flow through your fixtures, which creates the sudden burst of scorching hot water.

Increase in Electric Bills

All of the above issues will cause a decrease in your water supply efficiency, which can cause your electric bills to skyrocket. Keep a close eye on your electric bills and if they are increasing with no explanation, give us a call at (360) 979-1491and we’ll come out and inspect your well pump.

Olympia Well Pump Repair

No matter what the issue is, West Coast Plumbing Pumps & Filtration is equipped to fully inspect your well pump and determine the best way to move forward. Whether you need a quick repair or a full replacement, you can trust our team to get the job done right. Fill out our online contact form to make your appointment today!