Our Top Well Pump Troubleshooting Tips

September 2, 2021

Has your well pump seen better days? Problems with well pumps never happen at convenient times. If you have no water, your water pressure is pulsing or the pump is running constantly, you may need electric motor repair. However, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem and possibly avoid more extensive repairs.

Try the following DIY steps if you are having well pump issues.

Check the power

This may sound obvious (and possibly too easy), but the first thing you should do is make sure the pump has power. Check the well switch by the pressure tank, and ensure it’s in the ON position. Then check the circuit breaker that controls the well to see if it has been tripped. If the breaker is tripped, reset it. Note: If the breaker trips repeatedly or frequently, then there is an issue with the well pump, and you should call a professional for electric motor repair.

Check the pressure switch

This switch is located on a tube by the pressure tank. This switch senses when the water pressure drops. Once it drops to a certain level, the switch turns on the pump to provide more water. If this switch is bad, the pump won’t operate. To check the switch, remove the cover; then use a screwdriver to bang on the tube right below the switch. This will jostle the electrical contacts. If this movement causes a spark and the pump starts, you know you need a new pressure switch.

Check the pressure tank air valve

Remove the cover from the air valve. This is located on top of the tank. Depress the valve with a screwdriver. If water comes out, your tank is waterlogged. If this is the case, you need to contact a supplier to replace your tank.

Check the tank

Another method to determine if your tank needs to be replaced is simply to rock the tank. Push against the tank at the top. If you can rock it slightly, it’s probably okay. If you can’t move it or if the tank feels top heavy, it needs to be drained and replaced. Consult with your local water tank expert to determine the best replacement option for your needs and setting.

Check with a professional

If these DIY steps do not solve the problem, or if they uncover serious issues with your well pump, contact a professional for expert repairs. A bad check valve, bad connector, broken water line or bad tank always require professional assistance. Look for a local company that will partner with you to get your well pump up and running again.

We know well pumps

Action Electric Motor & Pump Repair provides well pump repair service and water treatment systems to the city of Wewahitchka and the surrounding areas. We are a local family-owned and -operated business dedicated to providing our clients with quality products and exceptional service. Contact us today with any questions about electric motor repair or other pump problems. Reach our team at 850-247-0500.

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