Are you here because you turned on your faucet and no water came out? Are you wondering, “How do I turn my water back on?”
There are a number of reasons why your home’s water system might have suddenly stopped working. Most of the time it’s because something is wrong with the well pump. While the average lifespan of a well pump is 12 to 15 years, there are many components of the pump that could fail and cause the well to stop delivering water to your home.
Signs your well pump may have failed or simply may not be functioning properly include:
- No water when you turn the faucet on
- Very low water pressure
If you suspect your well pump has quit working because your home is currently without water, there are a few things you can do on your own before giving us a call.
Check the Electrical Breaker Box
Your well pump may have stopped working due to lack of power. Sometimes resetting a breaker or replacing a fuse affected by a power surge or brownout can fix this.
If the well pump circuit breaker has tripped, the well pump itself may be failing. Partial shorts in the wiring or motor can also cause breakers or fuses to trip or blow. To be on the safe side, you should call a qualified technician to check components of the system to ensure proper and safe function. Electrical issues can be dangerous if not addressed.
To determine if your well pump is currently without power, locate the service panel and circuit breaker for the well pump. Then switch the circuit breaker off and on. This should not be repeated to avoid potential fire hazards due to over heating wires.
If you find your well pump still isn’t working after this switch, it’s time to call an experienced plumber to analyze the well pump system. We can inspect the system to ensure proper and safe operation.
Inspect the Pressure Tank
Your well pump moves water to the water pressure tank. Inside the tank is an air bladder, or diaphragm, that becomes compressed as water is pumped into the tank. The compression, or pressure in the tank, is what moves water through your home’s pipes. This system is designed so that the pump does not have to run every time you turn on a faucet, which would cause premature failure of the well pump.
Briefly inspect your pressure tank. Does anything seem off about it? Any number of problems can go wrong with a pressure tank – it can become waterlogged, the air bladder can break, it may not have the right air pressure inside, etc. You might also find the tank has started to heavily rust or pit.
If you notice any abnormalities, it’s time to call an experienced plumber to determine how to best remedy them.
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