What You Should Know About Electric Motor Replacement and Repair in Water Pumps

November 19, 2021

Electric water pumps are an important part of a home’s plumbing infrastructure if you use a water well rather than a municipal water connection. Electric pumps generally are located near the pressure tank or cold water tank, which differs from submersible pumps that are located in the well itself.

Over time, you may experience issues with the water pump due to general wear and tear or due to issues with the cold. If you need to inspect the pump and make some potential repairs (or electric motor replacement), here are the steps you’ll need to follow:

  • Turn off water: Find the shut-off valves for your water, and turn off the water to your home. Unplug the damaged water pump, so you can be certain there is no electricity running to it while you are working on it.
  • Prepare the area: Lay down some old towels under the pump, and have a few more on hand to prevent leakage from potentially damaging your floors or furnishings. Remove the clamp that attaches the water pump to the pipe; then take off the pump, and set it on a towel. Remove the bolts that hold the casing on the pump together; then set the shell of the pump to the side.
  • Take apart: Remove the four bolts on the outside of the pump, and set them aside; then pull off the outer casing. Remove the pump housing, and carefully inspect it to see if there are any cracks or defects before you decide to purchase a replacement. Make a note of the make and model number, so you can get the exact type of replacement you need.
  • Replace: Purchase a new housing for your pump, and then make the replacement. Take out old seals, and replace them as well to ensure a tight connection and avoid potential issues. Put the shell back on to the pump, reattach the bolts and tighten them.
  • Reinstall: Wrap the end of the pipe with Teflon tape to ensure a strong connection that is watertight. As you hold the pump in place, insert the end of the pump back onto the water pipe. Put the hose clamp back on, and tighten it until it is snug.
  • Water: Turn the water to your home back on; then plug in the water pump to test it out. Carefully watch it as it operates to make sure it does its job without any leaks.

The process is that simple! It’s a job you may be able to take on yourself, but if you do not feel comfortable working with your pump and plumbing fixtures, it is a good idea to have a professional handle the job for you. Your technician will have the skills and training necessary to get the job done efficiently without causing any potential damage to other parts of the pump or your plumbing.

For more information about electric motor replacement and how you can repair damaged water pump components, contact us at Action Electric Motor & Pump Repair.

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