Why Your Well Pump Isn't Working

Posted on: 13 February 2017


One of the worst things to discover with your well pump is a completely dead well. In this situation, you are unable to pump any water from your well. The pump may need to be replaced entirely, but before you do this, you should try to determine why your well is dead.

No Power

When there is no water at all, the first thing to do is to make sure that the pump is actually connected to a power source. Make sure that the switch for the pump is turned on. Inspect the circuit breaker to make sure that it has not been tripped. 

Pressure Switch Woes

The pressure switch is one of the most common reasons for why a well pump is no longer functioning properly. The switch determines when the tank needs more water and then activates the well pump. The switch sometimes goes bad and this causes the switch to need to be replaced. The good news is that the switch is not very expensive to replace. To replace the switch, first remove the wires from the old switch. Then, unscrew the switch. Replace the old switch with a new one and then replace the wires. 

Sometimes, the electrical contacts for the electrical pump are pitted or burned. When this occurs, there can be a poor connection. In this situation, it would be best to purchase a replacement switch. However, if you would like to temporarily solve the problem until you can purchase a replacement switch, file down the contacts with an emery board. Beware that this fix is only temporary and that your well pump will eventually fail again. 

Not Enough Water

Sometimes, there is just not enough water for the well to adequately pump. For example, the water table might become too low. It may be necessary to dig your deep deeper into the ground in order to better access water. 

If your home has always had a shortage of water, the problem might simply be that your pump is not properly sized for your home. If your pump is not powerful enough, it will not be strong enough to deliver water upstairs.

If your well pump just won't function properly, it may be time for an immediate response sell pump installation. Your broken well pump can be replaced by a new pump that will be less likely to break down and will be more efficient thanks to new developments in well pump technology. For more information, contact a business such as Mike's Pump and Well Service LLC.