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How Can You Tell If Your Well Pump is Bad?

You expect water to flow immediately when you turn on the faucet – regardless if your home gets its water from municipal sources or your backyard well. Over 15 million homes in America utilize private water wells, and all of those wells require a well pump to get the water from the well and into the house. If the well pump goes bad, homeowners will not have access to their private water supplies. Take a look at these common signs of a bad well pump. 

How Can You Tell If Your Well Pump is Bad

Fluctuations in Water Pressure

There are several reasons why your home’s water pressure is fluctuating, including a bad well pump. Well pumps run on electric motors, so if the motors fail, you’ll notice a difference in your water pressure. Because fluctuating water pressure can be caused by multiple things, it’s always a good idea to have a professional plumber confirm that your well pump is to blame. 


Odd Noises from the Pump

You probably know how your well pump usually sounds. If the well pump starts making new or unusual noises, it could be a sign of a failing well pump. Unusual noises are often caused by a bearing or moving parts within the pump that are wearing out. 


Noisy Pressure Tank

In addition to water, pressure tanks also house a lot of air. Like the inner tube in a bike tire, the bladder can leak or lose air. When this happens, you may notice a constant or rapid clicking noise coming from the pressure switch near the pressure tank. Air that has escaped the bladder causes the well pump to start and stop frequently and strains the motor. Call a certified plumber to have this problem resolved. 


Spitting Faucets 

Another sign of a bad well pump is spitting faucets. When your faucets spit out air, it’s usually because of a leaky pressure tank bladder. While the spitting can occur intermittently, left unchecked, it could shorten the life of your well pump. The best solution is to have a professional plumber evaluate the problem for you and replace your well pump if necessary.


Scalding Shower Water

We all love a hot shower, but the water should never be scalding hot. If you’re showering and someone flushes the toilet, you should not be met with scalding hot water. If you are, it can be an indication that something is wrong with your well pump or pressure tank. The drop in pressure from a malfunctioning pressure tank will allow more hot water than cold water and create surges of scalding hot water. 


High Electricity Bills

When there’s an issue with your well pump or pressure tank, the system often decreases in efficiency. That forces the system to work harder, which can use more electricity. As a result, homeowners can see a sudden increase in their electricity bill. If this is the case for you, have a plumber inspect your system and replace your well pump if necessary. 


An Experienced MD Plumber

The plumbing experts at Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating are here to help with all your well pump problems. Whether you have low water pressure, high electricity bills, or spitting faucets, let us evaluate your system and come up with a solution. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 


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