Well Pump Replacement in Gaithersburg, MD
Residents of big cities like Rockville or Silver Spring get water from the municipal water supply. However, if you live in a more rural area such as Darnestown, Olney, or Laytonsville, you’re probably very familiar with getting your water from a well. Of course, this requires the use of a well pump.
Do you need to have your well pump replaced? Call James A. Wheat & Sons at 240-399-5051 for well pump replacement today!
Signs it’s time to replace the well pump
Many homeowners don’t have the information they need to decide if a well pump repair will do the job or if a replacement is in order. By determining the age and condition of your well pump, you can decide if it’s really time to replace it.
- Old age: If you have a submersible pump (the most common type of well pump), expect it to last 8 to 10 years with heavy use and upwards of 15 years with moderate use. An old pump that starts giving you trouble is a sign it’s time for a replacement.
- Incorrect size: If your pump is relatively new and not providing the necessary flow rate of about 6 to 12 gallons per minute, it could be undersized. A recent home expansion or increase in water usage could prevent the pump from meeting your water needs. Overuse of an undersized pump could also cause it to break down sooner, increasing the need for repairs. A well pump replacement is bound to be the ultimate solution.
- Other problems: You know there’s something wrong with the well pump if you hear odd noises, if dirty water or air “spits” from the tap, or if your electric bills climb suddenly. Anything that puts strain on the well pump could lead to these symptoms and cause premature failure.
How to extend the life of your well pump
Once you replace your well pump, you want it to last as long as possible. Try these methods to keep your well pump working properly for many years.
- Choose a high horsepower model: More horsepower means the pump can run less often to keep your water pressure at the desirable level. Spending a shorter amount of time operating helps your pump last longer.
- Tackle repairs promptly: Common repairs include replacing the tank or pressure switch. Addressing these repair needs quickly may help you avoid replacing your well pump prematurely. Regular maintenance also helps your well pump stay in good condition so the need for expensive, sudden repairs decreases.
- Hire a professional to perform the replacement: Because of the amount of technical knowledge required to install a well pump properly, you should certainly hire a qualified professional for the job. Capacity requirements, discharge pressure, pumping level and unique characteristics you need for a properly functioning well are all considerations a professional can make when recommending a new pump.
Contact James A. Wheat & Sons online or by phone at 240-399-5051 to determine if you need to replace your well pump and to receive a quote from a qualified professional.