Well Pump Stopped Working - Some Questions to Ask

It’s a problem all homeowners with private wells dread – a well pump that stops working. The threat of well repair is enough to make many homeowners break out in sweats.

Here’s the good news – many well problems are minor issues that can be fixed rather quickly. Here’s the bad news – there may come a day when you need well pump service.

However, even if you are facing a major well pump problem, it does not mean you will be stuck without water forever. It is repairable or replaceable. To help alleviate some of the fears you may have, we are answering the questions you might be afraid to ask.

Is the Problem Fixable?

The first question you probably want to ask but are afraid to is whether or not your well pump problem is fixable. This is because you know if it isn’t, then you will need to replace your well pump – and that thought is scary. Most of the time, the problem is fixable. In fact, you may even be able to fix the problem yourself by using our free emergency troubleshooting and diagnostic tools.

Will I Need to Replace My Well Pump?

Without knowing the issues you are facing currently, we can’t accurately say whether or not you will need to replace your well pump. What we can tell you is that well pumps do have a shelf life, so depending on the age of your pump, you may need to replace it. Well pumps tend to have a life expectancy of 10-15 years. However, if your well pump is not at the end of its life, then you can likely have a well pump repair rather than a full replacement.

Will I Need to Replace My Pressure Tank?

In some cases, you will need to replace your pressure tank rather than your well pump. Your well works with your pressure tank to provide water to your home. The water is pumped from the well to your pressure tank, where it remains until someone in your home turns on a water faucet. In some cases, your well pump may be failing because there is an issue with the pressure tank, such as the wrong size pressure tank for the water needs of your household or the tank could be waterlogged causing the pump to short cycle adding more stress to your well pump.

Will I Need to Dig a New Well?

We understand why you are afraid to ask this question. Digging a new well is a costly task! However, it is highly unlikely you will need to dig a new well. Most of the time, well pump problems are a matter of the well pump itself and not the well. A well pump repair, replacement, or even water well deepening may solve the problem you are facing.

How Long Will I Be Without a Working Well Pump?

Since we have not diagnosed your well pump issue, we can’t tell you exactly how long you will be without a working well pump. What we can tell you is that Monticello Pump Services, Inc. offers free emergency troubleshooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Plus, our technicians are available for emergency repair service after-hours and on weekends. We do our best to help homeowners in Manassas, Leesburg, Fairfax, and Fredericksburg got their water running like normal as soon as possible.

How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?

Finally, and possibly the biggest question on your mind is how much pump service near me is going to cost. At Monticello Pump Services, Inc., we offer a free over-the-phone analysis and diagnostic check anytime day or night. Sometimes, we are able to solve well pump problems right over the phone!

However, the cost of a well pump repair varies greatly depending on the problem. Some fixes are inexpensive, while others like a well pump replacement are going to be more costly. When speaking to a licensed professional, be sure to ask about the costs of repair and replacement parts and be willing to spend more on quality products that will last longer.