As a homeowner who relies on a well for the water they need for their home and family, you will spend a lot of time thinking about and finding the right type of well pump. Even though submersible well pumps are typically a larger investment than other types, these pumps usually make the most logical choice because they have the ability to offer you as long as 25 years of service. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a homeowner to invest in a submersible well pump and see it fail far before it should reach the end of its life span. Take a look at three reasons why submersible well pumps might not last as long as they should.
The submersible well pump was not installed properly.
There is a lot that goes into actually installing a submersible well pump and this is where many homeowners make their biggest mistakes, especially if they go the DIY route and choose to install the pump on their own. In order to properly function, the pump must:
- be installed at the proper depth
- have the check valves firmly seated in place
- be properly wired and those wired connections properly protected
The submersible well pump was allowed to freeze over through the winter.
When the pump is installed to the proper depth, freezing is usually not a concern because below the surface level of the ground, temperatures usually do stay above the freezing point. However, if the well is left uncovered or the pump is not installed to an adequate depth inside of the well, it can definitely cause problems with freezing. If ice forms inside of the pump, it can damage its inner-working components, which means the pump will have to be replaced or repaired soon after.
The water inside of the well is full of sediment.
The quality of the water inside of your well also plays a big role in how long a submersible well pump will last. If the well you have produces water that contains a lot of debris and sediment, it is a lot harder on the pump to actually pump the water because it has to work harder to pull its weight and pull water through the pump. Therefore, if your water quality tests show that your well water has high sediment content, it can mean your well pump will not last as long as what you expect it to.