Water Well Not Working?
Modern well systems have more components that can fail in comparison to their older counterparts. When your well stops pumping water, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to purchase a new well pump or dig a new well. Well pumps are designed to continue working for many years. Some well pumps can last for 20 years or longer. Residential well systems include many components, any of which can cause the well to stop delivering water. As a general warning, before attempting to check any electrical problems be sure you will not get hurt. Electricity can kill you. If you are not sure what you are doing, make sure to contact a professional rather than try to attempt it yourself.
Water Well Power
Check the system for proper power. Some pumps are 115 V, others are 230 V, and in rare cases some are even 460 V. Lack of power to the system is the most common residential well problem. When you live in the country or in a rural setting you experience power surges, power blackouts, and brownouts often during the winter and summer.
Before anything, verify that the well pump’s electrical circuit has not tripped. Anytime you have an increase in power usage or a power surge it can cause the circuit breaker to trip. This will shut the system off. Locate the service panel and the circuit breaker for the pump, then switch the circuit breaker off and on again. Sometimes when a circuit breaker is tripped, it might look as if it is still on when it is not. If your well has fuses, see if any of the fuses are burned out.
Discolored Water in your
A well that has rust, or other brown or black elements in the water requires a treatment system to correct the problem. Residential wells, depending on their location, can be drilled into areas that contain iron, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, gypsum and other naturally occurring minerals. For instance, iron can leave rust stains or grow bacteria inside your toilet tanks, creating a soft red-brown fur. Under-counter or faucet filters are not sufficient to correct all problems. You need to have your well and system checked by a licensed water well technician.