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3 Reasons Why Your Water Well Isn't Pumping Water

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Do you have a water well on your property? Has it stopped pumping water into your home? A dysfunctional water well can limit your ability to cook, bathe, clean, and perform any number of critical functions. You may be worried that you need costly repairs on your current well or that you need a new well altogether. That may very well be true. However, there are a few simple troubleshooting steps that you should try before you call out your water well drilling company. It's very possible that your well's issue may be very simple. Here are three issues you can check yourself:

The well doesn't have any power. This is one of the most common reasons why water wells won't work. Your water well draws on electricity to function. Just like every other electrical device in your house, it's connected to a circuit, which is controlled by a circuit breaker. If too much power flows through the circuit, the breaker trips to prevent the device from being overloaded with electricity.

Before you do anything else, check your water well's breaker. If it's tripped, it should be in an obvious off position. Flip it back on. Even if it's not tripped, it can't hurt to try flipping it off and then back on. Wait a few minutes and see if the well kicks on. If so, you've solved the problem. If not, you have more investigating to do.

The pressure switch is turned off. If you ever have a broken pipe or faucet, it's possible that water could run continuously, effectively draining your water well. To combat this threat, water wells are equipped with pressure switches. When there's too much pressure in the system, as would be the case if a pipe burst, the switch will flip off, preventing any additional water from exiting the well.

It's possible that there could have been too much drawn on the system at some point. For example, if you had the washing machine and dishwasher running while multiple people were taking showers, the system could build up too much and the pressure switch could flip. Find a gray box that sits on the pipe running from your well to the house. There should be a bar on the side. Try flipping that bar off and then on and then try your water supply. If you have water, then the pressure switch was the problem.

The pressure tank is water logged. Your system also has a pressure tank that must stay at an exactly correct amount of air pressure. When the pressure in the tank changes, that signals the system to begin drawing water. However, it's possible sometimes for the pressure tank to become logged with water, meaning that the system can't detect any changes in pressure, so no water is ever sent. Your water well documentation should tell you how much pressure you need in the tank. The tank should be above ground level and should have a valve, so you can check it with a tire gauge. If the pressure is off, you'll need to have the tank drained.

If none of these solutions do the trick, you may need to call a water well drilling company, such as Hudson Valley Drilling. They can look at your well and see if there's a blockage or if the well is dry. If so, they can suggest repair options.