It’s bound to happen at the worst time: pulsing water pressure, a well pump that’s constantly running, or no water at all. No matter what the issue is, you’ll want to act fast to get your water working properly again. While some problems require a professional, there are certain things you can do yourself when time is of the essence. North Florida Water Systems Inc. offers these well pump troubleshooting tips to help keep the water flowing.
If you require experienced technicians to get your well pump working again, contact us for quick and efficient well pump services.
Make Sure The Power Is On
When troubleshooting well pump problems, the easiest place to start is by checking the breaker box. Power surges and faulty fuses can cause the well’s breaker to trip. A tripped breaker can also be a sign of a failing well pump. To ensure your safety and no further damage, contact a water treatment company to see if you need water pump repairs.
Investigate The Pressure Tank
The pressure tank uses an air bladder or diaphragm inside the tank to supply your house with water without requiring the pump to turn on every time. This mechanism increases the longevity of the pump, helping it to work better and longer. Many things can go wrong with the pressure tank, causing the well to stop working. Check the outside for visible rust, leaks, or other issues. If you don’t see any visible damage but can find no other reason for your well pump to stop working, make an appointment with one of our technicians for a more in-depth inspection.
Check The Pressure Switch
The pressure switch powers up the water pump when the tank’s water pressure is low. If it’s not working, the switch won’t trigger the pump to turn on when more water is needed. You can find the pressure switch mounted on a tube near the pressure tank. Remove the cover so you can see the electrical components, then bang a screwdriver handle once sharply against the tube. If there’s a spark and the pump starts, the issue is with the pressure switch, which will need to be replaced.
Replace The Pump Controller
Replacing the pump controller is easy on many units. If the pump control is mounted in the house near the pressure tank, most homeowners can easily switch it out themselves. If it’s mounted inside the well pump, you’ll need to consult with a professional. However, replacing it yourself can be a pricey gamble. That’s because there’s no way to test if it’s working correctly. If it is the pump controller and you can replace it, you should be back in business, but if the unit is good, you’ll end up wasting unnecessary money.