Use A Well Pump? You Should Know These 3 Things

Are you new to owning a home that uses a well for its water source? If so, it helps to know the following 3 things when it comes to maintenance and repairs. 

Have Your Well Pump Information Handy

Once a well pump is installed and underwater, it will be very difficult to get information about it that a repair technician will need to service it. That's why you always want to keep the information about the well pump handy. It's a good idea to put a label on your well pump control box that has the model number of the well pump, the depth that the pump is located, and the date that it was installed. This will help diagnose a problem if it comes up with the well pump down the road. 

It also will help to keep all your receipts and owner manuals handy. Put all this information in a plastic bag and keep it near your control box so that it can be easily found.

Take An Amp Reading While The Pump Is Being Used

A way to diagnose potential problems with a well pump is to take an amp reading over the years to keep track of how much power it is using. A well pump that is starting to break down is not going to operate at the same level of power that it did when the pump was brand new. By taking occasional readings with an amp meter, you will have a good idea of how the pump is performing, even though you can't see it. If you notice that the reading drops and the pump is not operating as well as it should, you know that it may be time to repair or replace the pump. 

Know How To Troubleshoot The Pressure Switch

Your pressure switch plays a key role in the operation of your well pump. It senses when the pressure inside the pressure tank has dropped. It will then turn on and add more pressure to the pressure tank so that the whole system can operate. If you are losing water pressure in your home, it could be due to the pressure switch not operating properly. The best way to test the switch is to actually remove the cover of the unit and manually turn on the pressure switch. If the pump doesn't turn on, then you know this part needs repair or replacement.

For more information about water well system repair services, contact a local well contractor.