Trustworthy Well Pump Replacement & Installation Services
Our well pump replacement & installation services are built on an 80 year tradition of doing the right thing, craftsmanship and being there when our clients need us the most. When you decide it's time for a replacement well pump and you're looking for a well installation expert that you can trust, lean on Team Austin.
Well Pump Replacement- The Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air Way
Installing a replacement well pump can be a big job, which is why it's critical to make sure you have all the facts before you replace your existing well pump. Our well pump plumber will do a thorough evaluation of your existing system and provide you with all of the facts so you can determine if a new well pump is right for you.
Should you decide that investing in a new well pump is right for you and your family, we will lay out all of the well pump replacement options that you have. Our team are experts in all different types of well pump systems and will help guide you to the right well pump system for you, your home, and your budget.
Emergency well pump replacements are typically installed the same day, so don’t fret about that. Believe it or not, most of the well pump systems we install are preventatively replaced or upgraded.
Planned well pump upgrades are much more fun for everyone! If you have been living with poor water pressure or the other frustrating side effects of an old or aging well pump for a while, the day of installation of your new well pump system will be a day to remember!
Craftsmanship is a core value at Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air, and although most of our work will be “well” below ground (pun intended), our work will be impeccable. We take great care in protecting the ground water resource and take all the precautions necessary to do so.
After your well pump replacement is complete and you are completely satisfied with our work, we will take care of all of the paperwork and collect the final payment. All of the well information and new equipment will be logged in our system preserving your warranties and we will follow up after install with the results of the post-pump work state required water test.
What to Expect On The Day of Well Pump Installation
We typically start inside and with a site walk
Upon arrival at your home, your well pump plumber will want to get a lay of the land both inside and outside. If you're all set with water for the next several hours, we will properly shut down the water to your home and disconnect all power to the well pump for our safety during the work. We will also likely want to walk the yard with you if we will need to cross it during our work.
Access to your well
Well pumps are typically hundreds of feet below the ground and heavy, which means it takes a crane to pull them out. Our specialty well pump truck has a well pump crane mounted on it to assist with removal of the well pump. If we have to cross grass or landscaping to access the well, some (although typically very minimal) damage to the yard can be expected and is unavoidable. In extreme situations where a well is inaccessible by truck, we do have remote puller equipment.
Well truck setup
Once the truck is in position, we will start to set up the well truck. This is a cool thing to see if you haven't seen it before. The well truck crane extends about 40’ in the air!
Well pump removal
Once the truck is all set up we will begin by pulling up the old well pump. The pump will be pulled by the drop pipe, typically 20’ at a time. During this process the wire is also removed.
Well depth verification & chlorination
After the successful removal of the old well pump, we will evaluate the existing system, looking for any potential modifications we should make during the new well pump installation. The water level in the well will be verified as well as the depth, if we are able at this time. Also during this step we will disinfect the well to help with any bacteria that may be intruding into the well during work.
New well pump installation
Specialty waterproof connections will be made between your new well pump and special well pump wire and the installation will begin. The new pump will typically be installed down the well 20 feet at a time with new PVC piping and any corrosion couplings. Great care will be taken during installation, as many premature pump failures occur because of sloppy well pump installation.
If there is any inside work around the well pressure tank that is needed and included in your installation, that will usually happen after the new pump is installed in the well. In larger jobs, there are often two well pump plumbers on the job so the inside and outside well work can happen at the same time.
Test out & fire up
Once all final connections are made and pre-startup checks are complete, we start up your new well pump!
Cleaning up the well, while we clean up the work area
During the course of well work, lots of debris gets stirred up in the well. For this reason, we will need to run water for a while into the yard until the chlorine has dissipated and the water is clean enough to restore to the home. In extreme cases where the well isn't cleaning up, this can take several hours.
Restoring the water
Once the water has cleaned up, we will restore the water to your home.
Wisconsin DNR requires us to take a water sample post pump installation. The sample is collected from the well tank and sent to a state certified laboratory for testing.
Typical time from shut down to restoring water
Six to eight hours. Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air has been replacing well pumps for over 80 years! Everyone of them is a bit different and depends greatly on many factors we don’t control. Once we get the old pump on the ground, our well pump plumber can provide an update on timing!
When Should I Replace My Well Pump?
Many well pumps start showing signs of failure long before they give up the ghost. Installing a replacement well pump on your schedule as part of a planned well pump upgrade is much more enjoyable for most homeowners, which is why if you notice any of the following you should consider Well Pump Service or begin to plan for well pump replacement.
Well pumps tend to last 12-15 years. Of course this depends on a lot of things, which is why if your well pump is more than 10-15 years old, it may be time to consider replacement. Well pumps start to malfunction with excessive use over time.
Through our well pump repair we are able to repair most issues that seem like a failing well pump. But sometimes we can’t repair the well pump or it doesn't make financial sense to do so. In these examples, the well pump may need to be replaced. Common signs of a malfunctioning pump include low water pressure, air in the water lines, and a pump that runs continuously or won't turn on at all.
Pools, additions, and new sprinkler systems are all examples of adding water supply demands to your home. An upgraded well system that is designed to meet the needs of your new water additions will improve user experience and reduce burning out your old well pump.
Upgraded well pumps boast a significant increase in energy efficiency. If you're looking to improve the efficiency of your water system and reduce your energy costs, upgrading to a more efficient well pump may be a good option.
Aging well pumps produce less water flow and pressure. This decrease in production can lead to other problems such as a poor performing outdoor sprinkler system. Investing in a new upgraded well pump can greatly improve how your yard sprinkler system functions.
If you have a newer iron curtain or iron filter in your home but it's not performing like you think it should, this could be a sign of a failing well pump. A well pump that is unable to produce the proper pressure for backwashing can lead to premature iron curtain failures.
Types of Replacement Well Pumps
Shallow Well Pumps
Although there are still some above ground shallow well pumps in Southeastern WI, they are rare for a number of reasons. There are two major reasons that shallow well or above ground well pumps have become obsolete. One major reason is code compliance and the other is performance. Let's look at some of the major points about above ground shallow well pumps.
Typical life of shallow well pump- 8-12 years when installed properly and with a properly set up well pressure tank
Flow rates- LOW- Shallow well pumps are not able to produce much flow and therefore are not a good solution for homes with more than one bathroom
Pressure range- LOW- Shallow wells typically run on a 20-40 PSI pressure switch, some run at 30-50 PSI
Efficiency- LOW- Most above ground shallow well pumps are 115V which means they are much less efficient than other well pump options
Noise- VERY LOUD- Above ground well pumps are very, very noisy
Submersible Well Pump Systems
Submersible well pumps are the most common existing well pump that we replace. This is a traditional well water system that combines a submersible well pump and an above ground well pressure tank typically installed in the basement. Let's look at some of the major points about submersible well pump systems.
Typical life of submersible well pump- 12-15 years when installed properly and with a properly set up well pressure tank
Flow rates- Good- Submersible well pumps are available in a wide variety of flow rates to accommodate just about any plumbing system
Pressure range- Good- Traditional well pumps typically operate on a 40-60 PSI pressure switch
Efficiency- Midrange- With a 220V motor, a submersible well pump is more efficient than an above ground shallow well
Noise- Moderate to low - Submersible well pumps are much quieter than above ground well pumps, and when a new submersible well pump is properly installed, it creates a very quiet replacement well pump solution
Constant Pressure Well Pump Systems
For great reasons, the constant pressure well system is becoming the replacement well pump system people rave about. Constant pressure systems not only deliver a much better user experience with constant pressure and high flow rates, but they are also extremely efficient.
Typical life of constant pressure well pump- Because of the variable speed motor, a constant pressure well pump should last longer than a traditional well pump at 15+ years when installed properly and with a properly set up well pressure tank
Flow rates- Excellent - Constant pressure well pumps are available in any flow rate needed to acclimate any Southeastern Wisconsin home
Pressure range- N/A- Constant pressure well pumps don't operate on a range, rather they deliver a constant flow and pressure at whatever setting you choose, although most are set at 65 PSI
Efficiency- HIGH- Variable speed constant pressure well pumps are ultra efficient, way more so than any other replacement well pump option available
Noise- VERY LOW- Many clients who upgrade to a constant pressure well pump system comment make the comment “I can’t even tell if that pump is running!”
With all of the different choices you have when it comes to well pump replacement, you can rely on the well pump pros at Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air to help you decide which is the best well pump replacement option for you, your well and your home!
Why Choose Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air for Your Well Pump Replacement
We have experienced and knowledgeable plumbers who are trained to work on all types of well pumps. We can diagnose problems, recommend solutions, and perform well pump replacements safely and efficiently.
Tools & Equipment
Our trucks are fully stocked to be able to perform most well pump replacements on the same trip. Our “Warehouse on Wheels” is stocked with pressure tanks, well pump control boxes, well pumps, and other water well system components that commonly fail and cause well pump failure.
Knowledge of Local Regulations
We can ensure that your new pump is installed correctly and that all necessary permits and inspections are obtained.
We pride in providing quality workmanship on every job we undertake. We use only the best materials and parts to ensure that your new well pump is durable, reliable, and efficient.
Common Questions About Well Pump Replacement
Well pumps can be a long lasting part of your home's plumbing system. With a properly functioning well pressure tank, most submersible well pumps last 12-15 years.
Only plumbers that are licensed by the DNR are able to work on wells and install well pumps. Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air is licensed by the Wisconsin DNR for well pump installation and well services.
The length of time it takes for a complete well pump replacement varies. The experienced well pump plumbers of Team Austin have most well pumps installed in 8-10 hours.
There are risks involved with all work in and around wells such as losing a pump in the well and seized pitless adapters. Many of these risks are unavoidable but mitigated with experience. When it comes to choosing a replacement well pump contractor, you can trust the 80-year experience of Team Austin.
There are a vast amount of variables that go into the cost of a replacement well pump system. So many that it is difficult to provide an accurate tight range of cost. Some of the most common variables that impact how much a replacement well pump will cost are well depth, access to the well, pump type, inside work needed, plumbing system requirements, code updates, etc. For planning purposes, the cost of replacement of a well pump can range from $2,500 to $17,000. That range covers equipment, material and installation ranging from a basic above ground shallow well pump replacement all the way to a constant pressure system in a 500+ foot well. Understanding that these are the extreme low and extreme high, most well pump replacements Austin Plumbing, Heating & Air performs are completely installed in the bottom 3rd of that range.