There is nothing worse and more inconvenient than not having running water in your home. A bad well pump, or a faulty well water pressure tank or a combination of the two can lead to no water or not enough water for daily needs.
Well Pump & Pressure Tanks Problems
- No water
- Dirty looking water
- Noisy operation, clunking
- Power Issues, (possible control box problems – replace/repair control box)
- Pressure Switch Maintenance/Repair
- Low pressure (check pressure (40-60 psi), no pressure problem possibly well pump)
- Low pressure due to sediment/mineralization/iron oxide of pipes or pump
- High electric bills – Your pump will constantly run to keep water pressure constant
- Dry Well (not a pump/tank problem)
- Intermittent Water Flow (low GPM, usually an issue with the pump)
- Air in the plumbing lines, spitting
- Surging water
Are you experiencing any of these well water issues? Call us for a free consultation at (518) 488-9977.
A little knowledge about well pumps and well water system components can help you understand how you get your water and how things work.
Types of Well Pumps
There are two main type of well pumps, but the basic concept is the same, move water to your pressure tank for use.
Submersible Well Pumps
Submersible electric well pumps sit down in the well shaft and push/pump water up from the well to your pressure tank inside your home.
These pumps are popular with drilled wells and have a lifespan of about 20 -25 years. An advantage of a submersible well pump over other types is their ability to deliver more gallons per minute (gpm) as well as their lifespan.
(Submersible pumps are a modified version of a centrifugal pump)
Shallow Well & Deep Well Pumps
Shallow Well Pumps – Single-drop Jet Pump:
These pumps are typically used for wells with a depth of 25 feet or less, they use a style of electric well pump called a single-drop jet pump, which can sit above ground away from the well in a well house or enclosure. These pumps lift or suck water up from the well to your pressure tank in your house.
Deep Well Pumps – Double-drop Jet Pump:
These pumps are can be used for wells with a depth of over 200 feet or less, they use a style of electric well pump called a double-drop jet pump, similar to the single-drop, which sits above ground, part of the the double-drop the jet assembly is placed down into the water to lift or suck water up from the well to your pressure tank in your house.
(Jet pumps use a centrifugal pump and venturi to create a vaccum to suck the water)
What is the Pressure Tank?
The pressure tank is where water is temporarily stored (under pressure or usually 40 – 60 psi) for on demand use. As water is used, the pressure sensor on the tank activates the well pump via the control box to deliver water to help maintain the tank pressure. Failures in the pressure switch, the tank itself or the pump can be the cause and need to replace one or more of the components.
What is the Well Control Box?
The control box is what sends power to the well pump, activated by the pressure switch on the pressure tank. If you are experiencing a problem with your water, it is possible that is an electrical and not a well pump issue.
How Your Well Works
Repairing or Replacing Well Pumps
Petra Plumbing & Heating has over 30 years of experience repairing & replacing well pumps. We can diagnose and troubleshooting well pump, pressure tank and control box issues. Our goal is to fix your water issues with the most cost effective and sensible options available.
We believe in encouraging all our customers to use preventative maintenance and inspection to avoid costly repairs. All pumps have a certain lifespan, and no matter how well you take care of it, if 25+ years have past, it is best to address your well pump during the warmer months when your well is easier to access.
Ready to solve your well water woes or schedule an inspection?
Call Petra Plumbing & Heating at (518) 488-9977.