A Guide to HVAC Units for the Amateur

When our family first moved into our home five years ago, the central heating and air unit were brand new. We never considered that there would be a time when it would not be operating as we wanted it to. When the time to buy a new unit came, we found that the available options were more diverse than we thought. It was all too confusing. After researching the different options, I decided to create this blog. My hope is that others who are faced with this decision can find easy-to-understand information that can aid in quickly making an informed decision.

Well Pump Failure: Diagnosing The Problem

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Well pumps can fail for a number of reasons, but not all causes of failure require a new well pump to be installed. Before you arrange for new well pump installation, use these troubleshooting tips to help resolve the issue quickly and with little cost to you.

No Power To The Pump

The first thing you should check if there is no power to your well pump is your breaker box. If the breaker for the pump has been overloaded, the switch won't be in the on position. Flip the breaker off and on again to see if power is restored. After this, check to see if the reset button has been activated. You'll be able to tell if it has because the button will appear to have "popped" out. Push the button back in to see if power is restored. After these two steps, you may want to call a contractor to run some diagnostic tests to find the root cause of the problem.

The Pump Keeps Resetting

If the reset button keeps resetting the system, there may be an issue with the pump motor. It may be overheating or the unit may be operating with low water pressure. In some cases, the reset button will activate if the well pump has been improperly wired. If pressing the reset button does not restore function and the button pops out again, you may need to follow one of the following steps:

  • Provide shade or better ventilation for overheating pump motors.
  • Increase the water pressure to the unit if it is operating with low pressure.
  • Have a contractor rewire the pump motor to fix bad wiring issues.

The Pump Is Noisy

Your well pump may become loud and noisy for several reasons. If it is running dry, it may begin to hum loudly. Your contractor can help to prime the pump so that it is once again pumping water into your home properly. Rattling or vibrating could be caused by a loose bearing, which can be fixed by simply tightening the bearings on the pump. When well pumps are installed indoors, the noise that occurs even when the pump is operating properly can be distracting. Your contractor can build an enclosure for the pump that insulates the sound for more quiet operation in your home. You should not enclose an outdoor pump, as this could cause condensation to form that impedes the pump's operation and may lead to mold growth that can compromise your water supply.

If these symptoms and fixes don't solve the operation issues, it may be time to consider having a new pump installed. Be sure to have a contractor like Mike's Pump and Well Service LLC perform an inspection first in case there is an easy fix you might have missed.

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5 October 2015