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If a well is your primary or only water source, then issues with your well pump can cause major problems in your home. Whether the pump won't run, the pump runs but water won't come out, or the water delivery is insufficient, any well pump issue can bring your daily routine to a screeching halt! Because well pumps are still not the most common form of water delivery, finding a good repair person can take a little time and effort, and it is difficult to figure out whether you are getting the best price for the job. Here are a few things that can affect the cost of a well pump repair
What is a well pump?
A well pump uses suction and pressure to produce water from a well. Well pumps come in various sizes. Residential well pumps may have less than one horsepower of energy in order to produce water. However, a commercial well pump often will contribute, along with other pumps, to supplying water for the entire community. Therefore, much more power will be needed.
What powers the well pump?
Most current pumps are powered by electricity. However, there may times when there is no electricity or maybe a time when the well pump was installed before a point when there was electricity. A hand well pump is then needed to bring the water up from underground. In most cases, if they haven't been used for a significant period of time, they will require priming.
An electric well pump will often not require priming even after being dormant for comparable periods of time. However, when they are first installed, an electric well pump may need to be primed. This consists of simply using a hose to pour water down the well until water starts coming up on its own..
Well Pump Problems
There are a number of different types of problems that can affect your well pump functionality. Being able to pinpoint what the issue is will help your repair professional quickly find a solution. Common issues are when the motor wont start, the motor wont stop, or the water pressure is too low. The first things to always check with a well pump are your circuit breakers, your water pressure switch and any contacts or connections that may have come loose. If the circuit breaker and connection points are all fine, then using a voltage meter to check the voltage may help you determine if there is a loss of power. If your voltage is too low, you need to call the power company. If you find worn or broken parts, you will need to call a repair pro
Professional or DIY?
Well pump malfunctions usually involve a combination of electrical or water problems or both. These can be dangerous repair issues if not handled properly or by someone with the correct experience. Hiring a pro is likely your safest solution. Most repair pros will charge you by the hour for labor. But if you can explain the issues to them in detial ahead of time, they may be able to give you a ballpark cost for your repair before beginning the job.
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