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How to Diagnose Well Pump Issues

How to Diagnose Well Pump Issues

You can’t go on without a functioning well pump.

Picture this: its 6 am, and you’ve hit snooze a few too many times. You stumble into the bathroom, preparing yourself for the long day ahead, and spin that shower handle. Nothing happens. No water. You turn back the handle a few times, hoping and praying for some water to shoot out, but it still will not work. Now that you’re wide awake and upset with your situation, you might Google, “what is wrong with my well?” Do not worry, though. Here’s a guide to help you diagnose precisely what is wrong with your well pump and how to fix it up properly.

Common Well Pump Problems

Although the most accurate way to diagnose any well-related problems is to pull the works out of the ground, you can get a solid start topside. Here are some of the following symptoms of well pump issues:

No Water In My House

There are a couple of reasons why this might be occurring. There could be no power in your well pump. Check both the well switch and circuit breaker to see if they’re turned on. Reset it once to see if the water will turn back on. If your breaker keeps tripping, it might be time for a replacement. The well pressure switch could have also failed. When the pressure inside your water tank drops below a certain point, the pressure switch tells your well pump to turn on to draw more water. If this switch isn’t working, it can’t communicate with your pump. If this is the case, we at Alpha Plumbing can switch it out for you.

Pulsing or Sputtering Water

There could be air in the system of your well pump if there is sputtering water. Air can seep inside your system because of a malfunctioning pump or because the well pipe itself has become compromised. The only way to determine where the wind’s coming from is to pull the well pump up. The well pump’s pressure tank bladder could have also failed, which leads to leaky faucets in your home.

Murky Water

Your well pump could be failing if you notice dirty water. Part of your pump’s job is to filter out all the silt and sand before it reaches the tank. If the pump is failing, it will do a poor job at that. There could also be a lack of water inside your well, which is causing it to look murky and gross.


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with GPS systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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