Is It Time To Replace Your Well Pump? Signs That Say Yes

30 November 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Well pumps are often overlooked. Most homeowners simply turn on the water and expect it to flow out. However, an issue with the pump can make this process nonexistent. Since you don't want to be without your much-needed water supply, being able to recognize a malfunction or issue with the pump early on allows you to repair the problem before a complete failure.

Home Addition

Even if you aren't experiencing any outward issues with your water supply, if you've made additions to your home and you haven't upgraded your well pump, it's only a matter of time. All well pumps have a pressure rating that is configured based on the size and usage needs of the home or building it will support.

When you add on to the size of your home or even add an additional bathroom, you increase the pressure needs. To meet your upgraded usage needs, the pump will work harder, putting excess wear on the unit and your water pressure will decline. Whenever you make an upgrade, have a contractor come out and determine if a new installation is necessary.


One of the more practical reasons to replace your well pump is that it's old. All well pumps have an anticipated lifespan based on the type of pump it is. For instance, the average submersible pump will last for around 25 years, provided you have properly maintained it. If the time frame for which your pump is intended to last has passed, it's time to upgrade.

Even if you aren't experiencing any problems now, the unit will generally start to malfunction soon. You can save time and money by avoiding unnecessary repairs and just have the unit upgraded. If you aren't sure how old your pump is a technician can come out to your home to inspect it and give you an idea as to how much more use you may be able to get out of the pump.

Poor Water Quality

When you turn on your water and it's more of a trickle than a forceful flow or the water is discolored, this could be an indication that it's time to upgrade the well pump. One of the problems with well pumps is that they aren't designed with discretion in mind when it comes to what they intake.

For this reason, a pump can take in water just as easily as it can dirt and sediment inside the well. Over time, this debris can clog the pump, leading to reduced pressure and contaminant the water, leading to the change in color. If there is an excessive amount of buildup, it might be impossible to remove, requiring a new pump be installed.

At the first sign of an issue, make sure you are reaching out to a professional, such as those at Jamison  Well Drilling Inc, to meet your repair or installation needs.