Power supply problems
In many cases this is likely to arise outside of the equipment itself as, just like anything, it can have its own wiring or circuitry problems. The symptoms are pretty easy to spot and diagnose- usually it will stop! Have a look at well pump repair for more info on this.
There are a huge number of pumps, some using quite different technologies. However, the chances are that most of them will have parts that move. Gaskets, valves, pistons, vacuum chambers, linkages, washers, seals – any of these components can deteriorate due to quality control or poor maintenance and then start to cause problems. That’s particularly so where friction is involved between moving surfaces. In passing, it’s important to think twice about simply opting for the cheapest you can find. Make sure you’re able to do at least some checking on its reliability before purchase.
In some cases, particularly if you’re handy with tools and know a little bit about basic engineering, you might be able to fix the problem yourself. However, if you’re not, it might be sensible to call a plumber who is well experienced in terms of well pump repair.
The symptoms could be many and varied. Low pressure or no water, unpleasant noises originating from the equipment, smoke – all things that probably suggest that something is wrong.
Most modern ones will come with some sort of average life expectancy figures published for them somewhere. Providing you ensure that you use and maintain it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, it should typically be fine, barring sheer bad luck.
Once you pass that average life expectancy figure, the likelihood of age-related component failure increases. Regular servicing will help to improve the life expectancy of course but, even so, anticipate some faults at some stage.
It is true that everybody knows someone who’s had their equipment since the beginning of time and it just keeps going faultlessly. If you’re lucky like that, then fine. If not, as it ages, apart from component failures you might also see: reducing water pressure; perhaps slight discoloration of water; higher power consumption to do the same job; plumbers who tell you they’ve never seen anything like it outside of a museum.
This can be a serious nuisance in the case of some pumps and pipework. It can happen anywhere, but it’s most commonplace around joins in pipework or where the pipes enter or leave the well pump. Repair is most commonly needed when the symptom of reduced water pressure occurs, but depending upon your situation, damp patches and puddles where you didn’t expect any are another sure-fire indication.
As in the case of all of the above problems, if you’re unsure what’s going on then call an expert in well pump repair to help you diagnose and remedy the problem.