However, homeowners can not rely on age alone to indicate when their well pump needs to be replaced. They need to also look out for signs that their pump is beginning to malfunction to know when to replace it.
The following are five common signs that a well pump needs replaced:
No water coming out of your faucets
If water is not coming out of your faucets, there could be a variety of plumbing issues causing the problem. Clogs and damage in your pipes could make it so that no water comes out of your faucets. However, your water pump should be inspected as the primary suspect in causing this problem.
Your water pump's failure to pump water into your home's plumbing system could be caused by an issue as minor as a power outage. However, it could also be caused by a more severe issue that will require complete replacement.
Water sputtering when it comes out of your faucets
A malfunctioning pump could allow air to make its way into the system. Air in the system will become apparent when it is pushed through faucets and causes water to sputter out of your faucets when they're turned on.
Abnormally high electricity consumption
Your well pump may be working extra hard because it is malfunctioning or its effectiveness is weakening due to age. An aging pump could consume excessive amounts of electricity because it has to run continuously to adequately supply the home with water.
If your electricity bill has gone up and you're not sure why, you may need a new well pump.
Unusual noises from your pump or pipes
A malfunctioning pump could start to make groaning or growling noises when it is cycling on. Noises from the pipes like groaning or irregular vibrations could indicate an issue like a loose mount.
However, these noises from the pump and pipes could also indicate that a water pump is working harder than it should have to to maintain adequate water pressure. This may mean that it's time for a replacement.
A pump working for only short periods of time
A properly functioning pump should be able to run constantly during periods of high demand. If your pump is only able to run briefly before shutting off, there is potentially a very severe malfunction in your pump equipment.