Well Tanks & Pumps
Having Well Pump or Tank Problems?
If you have a well that provides water to your home in Lapeer or Davison Michigan, eventually, over time it will start giving you some problems. The sketch shown below shows the components of a typical residential water well, well pump, water pressure tank and water pump control system.
With such a complex system, it can be hard to determine what may be causing an issue or problem with your well tank, pump or pressure tank. The list below will outline a few of the common problems that residents or commercial businesses may have with their water supply.
Some common well tank problems are:
- No or Low Water Flow
- Leak in piping system
- Pump starting and stopping frequently
- Water pressure drops
- Lost air in the water tank
- Water pressure control or water pump control switch sticking “on” or “off”
Some well tank issues that are probably not commonly recognizable:
- Incorrect voltage to pump
- Damaged wiring
- Faulty motor
- Faulty pressure switch
- Pressure switch setting is incorrect
Well Water Tank / Pump Tip:
If your home water supply stops and takes minutes to hours to recover, you may have problems with the well flow rate. But the problem of lost water supply and pressure could be more mechanical: a bad well pump. The well pump, in turn, could have been damaged or hastened to the end of its life by a bad water pressure tank which has caused well pump short-cycling. Short cycling of the pump motor can burn up the pump relay control.
Water Pressure Tank Tip:
What is Water Pump or Water Tank “Short Cycling” – Short cycling of the water pump means that the water pump keeps turning on and off rapidly whenever you’re running water at one or more fixtures in the building.
You can tell if your water pump system is “short cycling” if:
- Water pressure pulses, that is the pressure goes from strong to weak, at a short time interval ranging from just a few seconds to perhaps a minute.
- The water pump turns on and off rapidly, on the same time interval. You may hear the pump motor running and stopping and running again.
- The water pressure gauge oscillates from high to low pressure rapidly on the same time interval. You can use this method if your well pump is not located in the building where you can hear it. The pump itself may be outside in a well pit or down in the well itself (a submersible well pump).