Dealing With A Water Well Pump That Has Stopped Working

Posted on: 14 April 2021


Water well pump repair can be challenging because the pumps in most modern wells are located deep in the well and submerged in the water, so they stay primed and ready for use. This can make determining the problem with the pump more difficult, but working with a water well pump repair service can make dealing with a pump failure easier. 

Water Pressure Issues

The water pressure coming from your well may change from time to time, especially in parts of the year that there is not much rain. While that is expected occasionally, if the pressure is changing while you are using the pump, there could be something going on with the pump that requires correction. 

Water well pump repair services can help you diagnose the issue with the pump, and they can determine if the pump needs to come out of the well for physical inspection based on the symptoms you are seeing. In most cases, a water flow issue is related to the pump itself and not other system components, but it is a good idea to have the repair service check the entire system while they are there. 

Pulling The Pump

Drilled wells are often three hundred feet deep, and in some cases, they can go as deep as five hundred feet, so getting the pump out of the well is not easy. The pump can be pulled by hand, but it is not easy to do. Most water well repair services use a machine that sits over the pump and uses an electric motor to slowly haul the pump and water line out of the well safely. 

Once the pump is on the surface, the tech can go over the pump and test it for problems. If the pump is working correctly, there could be a blockage in the water line or a problem with the pressure switch in the house. If the pump is not working right, the solution is to replace it with a new pump and reset it back in the well. 

It can be helpful to have the water well pump repair company inspect the well with a fiber-optic camera while the pump is out of the way to ensure that there is no damage or infiltration in the well that is causing water flow issues. A well that is filling with sand or silt can cause damage to the pump when it is running, and it could change the depth that the well pump should be set at when the new pump goes into the well.