Submersible pumps are efficient, reliable, and long-lasting well pumps, typically a better choice for many well owners than their jet-pump counterparts. They usually offer years of service: Sometimes 15 or more, in fact.
Every well pump eventually gives out, though. After all, your well pump works hard daily, being the critical component that drives the transfer of water from your well into your home. It’s important to key into signs of a failing submersible well pump, as the earlier you can address the issue, the better.
Here at Greco & Haines, we’re proud to offer top-of-the-line submersible well pump installation to customers all across the great state of Connecticut. We can also assist in evaluating the performance of your submersible pump and, if need be, execute the necessary repairs — or provide an upgrade or replacement — to get your well system back in peak operating condition.
Let’s run through some of the main signs that your submersible well pump may require replacing (or at least some professional attention).
What is a Submersible Pump?
First, what exactly are we referring to when we say submersible pump? A submersible water well pump is a pump that lies deep within your well, below ground level. A submersible pump draws in water, and its motor then pushes the fluid up to the surface and into your storage tank. This contrasts from a jet pump, which is situated aboveground and uses the force of suction to pull water up out of the well.
Submersible pumps can be used in very deep wells up to several hundred feet deep and require less energy than most jet pumps. They don’t need to be primed like a jet pump, which is another big advantage. And their in water position keeps submersible pumps cool during operation, usually prolonging the lifespan of their motors.
Here at Greco & Haines, we install jet and submersible pumps, but often recommend the latter for many homeowners because of their greater efficiency, reliability, and longevity. You can always contact our team to discuss how to select the best well pump for your setup and needs.
Signs It May be Time to Replace a Submersible Well Pump
A failing well pump of any kind shows a variety of symptoms that often clue an observant well owner into the situation before a complete pump breakdown and potentially greater damage to the well system.
Diminished water pressure or slower rates of flow out of your taps are among the common signs. So is a spike in your electricity bill, which may betray a harder-working pump. A submersible well pump relentlessly cycling on and off needs to be looked at.
Other signs include spitting or spraying faucets, indicative of air in the system. If water out of your taps shows increasing sediment or discoloration, your pump may be intaking sand or silt and, therefore, at risk of damage.
Phenomena such as this may not reflect a failing or malfunctioning well water pump, but it’s essential to determine whether that might be the case, given how critical this component is to your well system.
Submersible Pump Replacement: How to Replace a Well Pump
Replacing a submersible well pump on your own isn’t recommended. This can be a tricky and high-stakes technical job that’s best left to the experts.
First, a professional well technician can conduct thorough testing and inspection to determine whether your submersible well pump needs to be serviced or replaced at all. Again, other problems in your well system — everything from malfunctioning pressure switches to cracked pipes — may produce symptoms similar to those of a declining pump, and you want to be sure you’re tackling the root source of the issue.
Because of their deep-set location within the well — and because of the water in the well pipe — submersible pumps are challenging for homeowners to remove on their own.
It’s best to turn to experts such as Greco & Haines for water well pump replacement. We’ve got the experience and tools to do the job right the first time, minimizing disruption to your water supply — and the cost to replace the well pump, which will be all the steeper if trying to extract the pump causes greater damage, maybe even to the well casing or cover.
A well owner can help with any necessary submersible well pump replacement or repair work by keeping the area around the wellhead easily accessible.
Turn to Greco & Haines For Top-Quality Submersible Well Pump Installation, Inspection, Repair, and Replacement Work in Connecticut
From checkups and tests to installations and emergency repairs, our services are available seven days a week and 365 days a year. Get in touch with the Greco & Haines team at 203-735-9308, 203-777-2256, or (toll-free from any CT area code) 1-800-922-2958, or use our online contact form.