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5 Things to Know When Getting Your Well Pump Replaced

Your well pump is the heart of your home’s water system. It’s designed to pump water upwards and into a designated water system. Your home has either a submersible pump or jet pump. Regardless of the type of pump your home has, you will eventually need to have it replaced. Here are some things you should know about getting your well pump replaced.

1. How Does a Well Pump Work?

A typical well pump lifts water from your well and delivers it to a storage tank. However, a jet pump and submersible pump works slightly differently. A jet pump includes a pump and a motor to drive the pump. They always have a pressurized water tank in the home. Submersible pumps are placed below the water line in your well, use a motor pump, and have an internal check valve that regulates water flow. These types of pumps don’t always have a pressure tank.

2. When is it Time to Have it Replaced?

When properly cared for, submersible and jet well pumps can last up to 15 years. However, a pump won’t last that long if the well contains high levels of sediment. Your well pump will begin to show signs that it’s time to have it replaced. Some of the most common signs are:

  • Pump running constantly
  • Low water pressure
  • Air spitting through the faucets
  • No water at all 

3. Which Type of Pump is Right For Your Home?

Although you have two options, one type of pump is usually best for your home. If your home has a shallow well a jet pump may be the best choice. Because these types of pumps are above ground and accessible, they usually require less maintenance. If they do need to be maintained, it’s easier to accomplish.

If your home has a deep well, a submersible pump may be the most efficient type of pump. Submersible pumps are installed underground below the waterline in a well. They can draw water up to 400 feet. These types of pumps usually have fewer problems than jet pumps and are more energy-efficient. 

4. How Much Does it Cost to Replace?

The typical range for well pump replacement is $538 to $1,851. There are a variety of factors that affect how much it costs to replace a pump. Some of the things that affect cost are the type of pump, horsepower, brand, and well depth. Talking to your trusted plumber is the only way you will get a better understanding of how much it will cost to replace your pump. 

5. Regular Maintenance Can Prevent Problems

Just like everything else, well pumps should be maintained to ensure that they work efficiently. Wells should be checked by a professional MD plumber annually. They will look for mechanical problems, cleanliness, and the presence of harmful contaminants. During your annual inspection, your plumber will also ensure that your well pump is working properly

MD Well Pump Replacement Services

The expert plumbers at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating are ready to help replace your well pump. With over 20 years of experience, we know how to choose the right well pump for the unique needs of your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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