Homeowners with deep water wells rely on submersible pumps to move water from the well into their homes. Submersible well pumps are known for their durability, but they aren't meant to last forever.
It's easy to overlook the warning signs of pump failure in submersible pumps because the pump itself is located deep within the well. Being able to recognize when your submersible pump is failing allows you to replace the pump before total pump failure compromises your water supply.
1. Dirty Water
The quality of the water coming from your home's faucets can reveal a lot about the condition of a submersible well pump. A pump that is functioning effectively will deliver clean and fresh water on a regular basis.
If you notice that the water coming from your faucets has started to appear cloudy or dirty, this is an indication that sediment is infiltrating the pump. Submersible pumps that are starting to fail aren't capable of filtering out sediment materials as effectively as they once did. The result is suspended sediment particles in your home's water supply.
Sediment particles inside your submersible well pump will corrode the mechanical components of the pump and cause a total failure if you don't replace your submersible pump as quickly as possible.
2. Aerated Water
Aeration at the faucet is another good sign that your submersible well pump is experiencing problems. A functional submersible pump will completely eliminate any contact between the water being moved into your home and the air. Sputtering or spitting water coming from your faucet contains air particles. Aerated water can usually be attributed to a submersible pump with a damaged check valve or cracked housing.
You will need a well technician to replace your submersible pump in order to prevent aeration at the faucets in your home in the future.
3. Electrical Spikes
Submersible pumps need access to electricity to function. Modern pumps are designed to function as efficiently as possible to help preserve electrical resources. If you see a sudden spike in your electrical bill, the submersible pump could be to blame. A failing pump must work harder to meet the water demands of your home. The damaged pump will run for longer intervals, using more electricity in the process. Spikes in electrical usage can be a tell-tale sign that you are in need of a new submersible well pump.
Don't let a damaged pump prevent you from accessing fresh water. Call for a replacement as soon as your submersible pump begins to exhibit signs of a pending failure.
For more information on submersible well pumps, contact a company like Modern Pump & Equipment.