Ways to Increase Your Well Pump Lifespan

June 28, 2021 9:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When you own a property with a water well, it can often seem like since your well is largely out of sight, it can therefore be largely out of mind. But it does need some attention from time to time. The fact is that the average well pump will last about 15 to 20 years. However, if you want to get to the higher end of that lifespan—and avoid shelling out your hard-earned money for a new well pump—there are a number of things you can do to keep your well pump in better condition.

Read on to learn our top well pump maintenance tips.

Install a low-water cutoff

One of the major problems for well pumps is that the pump will keep activating even if there’s no water available in the well. A low-water cutoff prevents this, automatically shutting off the pump if it doesn’t have access to water. This prevents overheating and puts less strain on the pump.

Go with a smart tank

Installing a smart tank will reduce your pump’s cycling rate. You can also go with another device that deals with water pressure regulation.

Add check valves

Adding check valves will protect your pump from losing its prime; this means it won’t have to work to regain prime. Check valves should be installed once every 250 feet of well depth, though shallow wells should also have check valves. Some pumps do come with an integrated check valve.

Bring in the pros

Having a technician come and perform regular well pump maintenance is a smart move. They’ll check the bearings and impellers, replace internal parts and generally ensure that the pump is in good working order. Parts may need to be replaced four or five years after installation.

Pump circuit voltage

Check which voltage rate your pump was designed for. You want to ensure that the electrical current running into the pump is what it’s supposed to be. If it’s less, then this can cause the pump to fail prematurely.

Monitor usage

The more water your home or business uses, the more strain you’re putting on the water pump. You want to spread out your use of major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. Frequent simultaneous usage will be punishing for the well pump and may shorten its life and damage the motor.

Pump noises

Listen to the well pump when it’s running. If the motor noise is particularly loud—if there’s grinding, whining or screeching—these are all telltale signs that the motor is about to break down. In these cases, it’s time to call in the well pump repair technicians to see what the root cause of the problem is.

The next time you need well pump repair, Love Well & Pump Supply, LLC is here to help. We’ve been supplying well pump and water testing services to the region for more than five decades. We specialize in well inspections, abandoned wells, waterline piping, installations of pumps and tanks, camera inspections, trench digging, freshwater services and more. Contact us right now to receive a free quote.

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