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No Water?  No Water Pressure?  No Problem…

No Water? 

There is nothing more irritating than going to wash your hands at the sink at your house and finding out there is no water at all! No water pressure, what do you do? 

No water means you’re having a problem with your submersible well pump.  Or, the problem could be with the pressure switch.

Well Pump Problem

There are a few reasons you may find yourself with no water pressure in your home.  

The circuit breaker could be tripped causing no power to the well pump.  

There is also a possibility the pressure switch failed. Flip the circuit breaker off and then on to see if your well pump cycles back on. 

Check the contacts on the pressure switch.  The contacts on the pressure switch should be clean and free of dust build up.  Be careful! There is 115 volts or 220 volts of electrical power supplying the pressure switch control. It is advisable to turn off all power when working on the well system even if you’re observing from a close distance. Always turn off the power to the pressure switch before removing the cover.

Well Water

Do you know where your well is located in your yard? 

With the power off remove the well cap. Observe all electrical wires looking for arcing or any wire that may be burnt or shorted out.  If you find a burnt or shorted out wire, this will cause low or no water flow.  

If all electrical connections appear to be in proper order, turn the power back on and listen for the sound of your submersible well pump running. If you hear the pump running for a few seconds then turn off and back on again your well pump motor may be damaged. If you are able, disconnect the wires at the well location and check for proper electrical current.  

If you are still experiencing no water, very poor water pressure, or water that is fluctuating up and down contact Austin Plumbing Heating & Air.  We’ll send a water pump expert to fix the problem today. 

Submersible Well Pump

Did you ever open a faucet to find no water pressure at all?   

If your well pump keeps losing pressure, or if you continue to experience water spurting, you could have one or more of these common well pump issues in your home. 

Before assuming there is no water at all in the well, check to see that your well pump is functioning properly. Verify that the check valve or foot valve could be causing the problem. 

In some cases, a hole in the pipe leading to the pump can occur. This happens most frequently between the water holding tank and the submersible water pump. And of course there is a chance that the well pump has just quit pumping water.  

Unfortunately, when a water pump decides to quit working, there is no advanced warning.  

Did you know that the average life of a submersible well pump is ten years? However, we have replaced many well pumps that have been in operation over twenty years. The lifespan of the product can vary depending upon the quality of the water in the well. When water has high iron and sulfur content, well pumps don’t last as long.  

 There are several major brands of submersible well pumps. A few common brands include Sta-Rite Pump, Jacuzzi Pump and Grundfos Pump. This list is not complete, but it is a good sampling of the major brands found in our service area. Most water pumps manufactured today have a Franklin Electric motor.  

If you are experiencing any water pump issues or low water flow issues please contact Austin Plumbing Heating & Air, and we’ll get your water restored right away.

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Eric Smith

Eric Smith is a 3rd generation State of Wisconsin Master Plumber, Water Well Pump Installer, Plumbing Contractor, Water Well Contractor, HVAC Contractor and Water Treatment Expert and the owner of Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air.

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