What To Do When Your Pump Quits

Firstly and especially at this time of year, turn it OFF.  Why?  If the line is frozen your pump will continue to run against a dead head condition, this causes up-thrust of the pump impellers.  Most pumps cannot handle up-thrust without damage.  Most failure situations will only get worse if the pump is left on or if the fuses are replaced repeatedly.  NEXT:  Find the suspected problem and turn the pump on to test it,  if it does not pump, turn it off.  If you can’t find the problem, call a professional, as it is usually the least expensive route. Ninety percent of our service calls on pumps don’t require a new pump. It’s amazing how many do-it-yourselfers put in a new pump, only to find out the pump was not the problem (it has happened to more than one licensed professional too.)  Most issues are control box related or electrical in nature.  Even a lot of electricians don’t have the skills to trouble shoot a pump’s electrical system. The State of Colorado allows only Licensed Pump Installers to work on well pumps (with a homeowners exception).  Not even Licensed Well Drillers can work on pumps. — David Nequette

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