Tips For Choosing A New Well Pump

It's easy to overlook your well's water pump as just another component and nothing to be concerned about, but the truth is that well pumps can fail due to wear and tear. If you're in the market for a new pump or you're having a new well drilled, it's important to understand how to choose the right pump. Here are a few things that you'll want to consider as you're looking for a new pump.

What Pump Is On Your Well Now?

If you're replacing an existing pump as opposed to drilling a new well, the first thing you should look at is the pump that is currently in the well.

If the pump is sitting above the ground in a pump house or in the basement of the house, it's a jet pump. These pumps draw water from the well itself into a pressure tank. Depending on the type of jet pump, it may draw water from one line or two. There should be a horsepower rating stamped on the side of the pump.

If, on the other hand, the pump is inside the well, that's what's called a submersible pump. It's positioned near the bottom of the well and it only runs when necessary to push more water up to the pressure tank. In order to determine what size it is, you'll need to look at the documentation that you received when it was installed or when you bought the house.

Once you know what size pump you currently have, it's time to determine what size you need to buy. If the pump was meeting your water demand easily, you can invest in one of similar size. If, on the other hand, it wasn't keeping up well, you'll want to move up to a larger size. That way, it runs less often and may actually last longer.

What If You Aren't Replacing An Existing Pump?

The easiest way to determine the pump capacity that you need for a new pump is to consider all of the water fixtures and appliances. Count each one, then consider what their peak water flow is. Your well drilling contractor or plumber can tell you what the flow rate is for each of your fixtures if you aren't sure. Add up the peak water flow of all of the fixtures together to determine the maximum capacity you'd need from the pump. Then, you can decide if you want a pump large enough to meet that demand or something a little bit smaller.

With these tips, you can find a well pump that is a good fit to either replace the one you currently have or get your new well flowing properly. Talk with a company like T. W. Stanley & Son Well Pump & Plumbing Repair about the best options for your property.