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4 Signs You Need To Replace Your Well Pump

by Sara Cook

Well water can provide a number of benefits to your home, including a reliable source of water and improved taste over municipal supplies. However, you do need a well pump system to get that water out of the ground, and like any other system in your home, wear and tear coupled with general age can cause that pump to break down, leaving your entire home without access to water. Thankfully, there are a number of early warning signs for well pump failure that you can watch out for to identify when you need to contact a plumbing professional to replace your well pump.

Low Water Pressure

The most common sign of a well pump that needs to be replaced is if you notice a sudden drop in your water pressure. This can be caused by a variety of issues within your well pump, but the bottom line is that your pump is no longer able to function properly in providing a steady stream of water to your home. Keep in mind that this is only an issue if you notice low water pressure at a single tap: if multiple taps are running, you've likely just reached the capacity for your well pump and can increase water pressure by turning some taps off.


Another common and easily noticed sign that your well pump needs to be replaced is if the water coming out of your taps sputters or has a great deal of air trapped in it. Similar to the above point, air trapped in the pipes can be caused by a well pump that is no longer able to maintain a constant level of water pressure, though it can be because of a variety of other plumbing or pump related issues as well and should be examined by a professional. 

Contaminated Water

If you notice that the water coming out of your water fixtures is dirty or soiled, you likely have to have your well pump serviced, if not replaced. This points to a mechanical failure within the pump's filtration system, which means that sediment and dirt may be gumming up other parts of the pump and increasing the stress on individual components, thus making a pump failure more likely.

Constant Noises

Finally, another good indication that your well pump is on its last legs is if you notice that it is constantly making noise. This points to damage to the pump itself, which can cause it to run constantly, exacting more wear on the moving parts of the pump and making mechanical failure a likely possibility in the near future. Beyond damaging the internal components of the pump, a constantly running well pump can also cause your energy bills to suddenly spike.

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