When Your Well Pump Works But No Water Is Running

When Your Well Pump Works But No Water Is Running

Having a well on your property requires that you are always making sure that everything is up and running. Not only do you need to make sure that your water is clean and good for drinking, but you need to make sure that it is available whenever you need it.

One issue can occur when your well pump works, but no water is coming through your faucets. If this happens, you will need to solve the problem so that you will have water running again.

Why Your Well Pump Works But No Water is Running

How a well pump works

There are different factors that can cause this problem to happen, but you can run through a checklist before you call a technician out.

Go through the following troubleshooting tips, and you may fix the problem or pinpoint it so that you can explain it to the technician when he or she comes.

Check Your Power

The first and simplest thing to check is your power source. You have to have power to run your well pump, so you should check the power and the circuit.

You may even have a GFI switch located somewhere, so you should look for that as well.

If you have a power outage, it is always a good idea to turn the breaker for your well pump off so that you don’t have a surge when the power comes back on.

A power surge can damage the motor of your well pump, among other things.

Check Your Water Filter System

If your power is on, you should check your water filter system. You could have a clog in your sediment filter, or you may have a problem with the system.

You should first make sure that this system is plugged in. They can come unplugged. Most of the time, water filtration systems will have a “bypass” option.

Select it, and if your water runs again, then you know that this system is the culprit.

Have You Overused Your Water Supply?

If you have recently done something that used a lot of extra water, you may have used more water than you should have. This can happen when you fill up a pool or accidentally leave the hose outside running.

You can shut it off and wait a few hours to see if it fills back up. You can also have a low water switch installed, which will turn your well pump off when you are low on water.

In addition, if you have added irrigation or an addition, your old well may not be deep enough for your needs. When your home was built, the well would have been built for the size it was then with a little bit of room to grow.

If you have expanded your need for water recently, you may not have a deep enough well to handle it. This is always a possibility when your well pump works but no water is running.

Power Surge

A power surge can cause problems, and it can blow out certain parts of your water system. If you have recently had a power outage, this may be the problem.

If you think it is, you can call a professional for help. It is important to always remember to shut your major appliances off at the breaker, including the well pump, any time after a power outage.

Get a Professional to Come to Your Home

If you have checked everything and can’t find any reason for this problem, you may want to call a professional to come and take a look.

These professionals know exactly how to diagnose and repair your water system, and they will know what is going on.

Your well may be working, but there could be any number of parts that are experiencing a fault.

If you have recently had low water pressure, this could have been a warning sign that something isn’t right. You may not have a deep enough well, and drilling deeper may be exactly what you need.

There are a number of checks you can perform when your well pump works but no water is running, and if they don’t solve the problem, then you should call a professional for help. Professionals will have the right equipment and be able to fix your problem quickly.

Jon Agarwal

Jon Agarwal works as an environmental consultant focused on water resources, and he volunteers his time for non-profit organizations. He lives in the heart of Melbourne with his beautiful wife, two sons, and three Persian cats. He particularly enjoys working part-time as it leaves him the time to work on his own writing and share his knowledge. Visit our About page to learn about the contributors of Healthy Buddys.

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