Important Reasons To Have A Professional Replace Your Aging Submersible Well Pump
Do you have your own private water well? Is your current pump starting to get old? Here are some reasons why you should have a professional replace your current submersible well pump:
- Confirm proper wiring: A submersible well pump can use significant amounts of electricity. Because it is used in and around water, it should also be installed with a ground fault interrupter circuit to prevent electrocution. A professional will be able to confirm whether or not the circuit is supplying enough power for the submersible well pump that you need. They will also be able to make sure that the ground fault interrupter circuit is installed properly and will shut off the power when needed. They'll also be able to show you how to test the ground fault interrupter circuit in order for you to ensure that you and your family are safe from this kind of electrocution.
- Match flow rates: Do you need more water from your well at once? Unfortunately, you can't simply drop a larger submersible well pump into your well and call it a day. A pump that is too large and pumps too fast will periodically end up draining the well dry. If a submersible well pump is run when dry, it can overheat. This can cause failure from overheating or it could even spark an electrical fire. A professional will be able to confirm whether a particular well pump will work for you or not. They'll be able to recommend the largest and strongest pump that will work with the water flow rate of your well. By making sure that your well isn't dried by your pump, you'll be prolonging the life of that pump.
- Check for damage: If you live in an area of the country where it gets extremely cold, your well could freeze. You may not initially be aware that your well has frozen until you turn a faucet on and no water comes out. Should the water freeze, attempting to run the pump for long periods can cause it to be damaged. If you're unaware that the well has frozen, that brief period of attempting to run the submersible well pump may or may not cause damage. There is no way to know for sure without inspecting the pump. Once the well thaws, have a professional like Modern Pump & Equipment come out to take a look at the pump. They'll be able to verify whether the pump now needs to be replaced or whether you'll be able to continue using the same pump for now.