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How to Know if There’s a Problem with Your Well Pump

How to Know if There’s a Problem with Your Well Pump

Generally speaking, well pumps don’t give much warning that they are giving out. Many people don’t realize there is a problem with their well pump until they strip off their clothes and try to start their morning shower, only to discover there is no water. In other words, you’re likely to find out at the most inopportune time. However, there are a few tell-tale signs that your well pump is going bad. 

Signs Your Well Pump Is Going Bad

Some of the most common signs are: 

  • Fluctuations in water pressure. While this is a possible indicator of a failing well pump, there are several reasons you could be experiencing fluctuating water pressure, and it does not necessarily mean there is a problem with your well pump. It’s a good idea to have a professional check it out to be sure. 
  • Loud noises or clicking sounds. If you hear loud noises or clicking sounds coming from your pressure tank, this could mean that air from the pressure tank bladder is leaking into the air tank, causing the pump to start and stop frequently. A leaky pressure tank bladder can put a strain on the pump motor and reduce its lifespan.
  • Spitting faucets. If air and water start to spit sporadically from the sinks and shower, this could be another sign that your well pump is giving out. 
  • Unusually hot water. Scalding shower water is another sign of a faulty well pump or water tank. If your shower suddenly gets much hotter than usual—causing you to yelp and jump away from its stream—you should call a professional to inspect the pump right away.
  • Abnormally high electric bills. Electric bills can go up suddenly for several reasons—outdated appliances, inefficient lightbulbs, or a poorly insulated home—but one potential reason for an increasingly high electric bill is that an ailing well pump is reducing the efficiency of your home’s water system. 

If you are concerned that your Indiana well pump might need to be repaired or replaced, contact Plumb Doctor today and schedule an inspection.