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3 Signs You May Need A New Submersible Well Pump

If your home is not connected to a municipal water source, you most likely rely on well water for all of your household's water needs. The good thing about a well system is the fact that a well can produce ample clean water, and submersible well pumps are designed to last for decades. Unfortunately, submersible well pumps are like any other type of appliance, and they will eventually fail and need to be replaced. Ideally, you will be able to recognize the signs that your submersible well pump is failing so you can make arrangements to have it replaced promptly. Some common signs that it is most likely time for you to replace your submersible well pump include:

1. Sudden Drop in Water Pressure

When a submersible well pump is in good repair, it continually pulls up water at the same rate. Thus, your home should always have normal water pressure. However, over time, a well pump can stop functioning properly and become a lot less efficient. When this happens, the pump may no longer be capable of continually drawing water from the well. If you only have a water pressure issue in one faucet or showerhead, it may be an isolated plumbing issue. But, if your entire home suddenly experiences a drop in water pressure, there is a good chance that your submersible well pump may be failing.

2. High Energy Bills

If you own a home with a private well, it is always a good idea to pay close attention to your home's energy bills. A well pump that is working properly will cycle on and off to provide water to your home's plumbing system. However, a submersible well pump that is on the brink of failure may begin constantly running in order to try to draw up enough water from the well. It is also possible for a bad well pump to start rapidly cycling, meaning that it turns on and then off, over and over, with little time in between. Both situations can result in energy bills that are much higher than normal since the pump is using so much power.

3. Pump Is Constantly Running

It is in the best interest of a homeowner who has a well to do visual inspections on a regular basis. This is especially true if you know that your submersible well pump is very old. When you inspect your well, take the time to listen carefully to see if the pump is running. If your well pump is running every time you inspect your well, it may be because it is having problems drawing water and is running more often to compensate. 

To learn more, contact a company like Modern Pump & Equipment today.