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3 Factors That Affect Your Well Pump Performance

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You will notice certain issues when your well pump malfunctions. The pump may produce weird sounds due to a worn-out bearing or moving part. You may also experience reduced water flow due to restricted flow. This issue can be triggered by rust build-up in the well pump as a result of corrosion. Other malfunctioning well pump signs include air bubbles from the faucets and discolored water.

Here are factors that will affect your well pump performance. 

Pump Size

Submersible pumps are the most common well pumps in the country. Other types of pumps include jet and centrifugal pumps. Whether installing a well pump for the first time or replacing an older one, you should choose the correct sized unit. A well pump that's too big will draw too much water from your well, increasing the pressure in your pipes. 

Excessive pressure can damage your pipes and other plumbing fixtures, leading to leaks. Your pipes may also burst and cause flooding in your home. Conversely, a smaller pump will struggle to draw adequate water from your well, so the system may not meet your home's water demands. Also, an overworked pump won't operate efficiently, making it prone to frequent breakdowns.

You will incur costly repairs, and also pay high utility bills as the pump will consume more energy to compensate for the deficiency. You should call a professional to help you choose the right well pump for your well.


When you notice sand and sediment in your well water, this anomaly may indicate a problem with your pump. The pump could be sitting too low in the well, drawing in sand and sediment. Usually, the component is supposed to be placed at a certain distance above the well base. Also, when the pump is larger than your well's capacity, it will pull in sand from the aquifer. 

You should call a professional immediately after you notice these issues to avoid severe damage. Sand and sediment in the water can trigger clogging and abrasive wear and tear on your pump. The particles can lead to premature deterioration of your pump's valves. 


With time, your well pump and other components will degenerate due to wear and tear. Generally, most well pumps usually last between 8-15 years. Your pump may start to turn on and off too frequently as the system nears the end of its lifespan. The anomaly could be due to the water tank's loss of air charge. 

This problem can be caused by a damaged bladder, leading to improper water pressure in the system. You will have to replace the component to restore normal functioning.

For more info, contact a company like Mastery Plumbing.