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Three Signs That Your Well Pump Is Failing

When you live on a property with a well, you must constantly be vigilant about your water usage, especially when the weather has been dry for a prolonged period of time. It's also important to be able to detect the signs that your well pump is experiencing problems. When this pump fails, you'll be completely without water until you can have it repaired or replaced. To avoid this issue, you'll need to call a well contractor right away as soon as you begin to suspect that something isn't right. Here are three easily detectable signs that tell you that something is wrong with your well pump.

Weak Water Pressure

Having no water at all when you turn on your tap is an indicator that the well pump has completely failed; if you're experiencing weak water pressure, you're getting a symptom of a well pump that is experiencing problems. The complicated nature of this symptom is that it can also be caused by a leaky supply line or even problems with the plumbing in your home. It's a good idea to call your well contractor right away so that he or she can identify the source of the issue and if it's the well pump, get the pump repaired or replaced before you end up without any water in your home.

Sudden Spike In Electricity Bills

If you've noticed that your electricity bills are higher than usual and there's no plausible explanation for the increase, the culprit could be your well pump. If the pump is dying or becomes clogged with elements from the earth, it will end up running longer and harder than it has to -- and subsequently draining power the whole time. If the pump's check valve has failed, for example, the water will flow away from the surface, your pump will pump it back up and repeat this energy-draining pattern of constant use.

Air Coming From The Tap

While weak water pressure can indicate that the pump is failing, you might also experience bursts of air shooting out of the tap. This problem is easy to notice because, in addition to the interrupted flow of water, this release of air is often accompanied by loud bursting noises. This issue is similar to the brief water interruption your system can experience if the water supply to your home has been turned off -- such as when you're away on a vacation -- but doesn't quickly correct itself if there's a problem with the well pump.