Is my water pump bad?

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9 warning signs to tell if your Well Pump is Bad:

  • Cloudy or Muddy Water.
  • Low Water Pressure.
  • High Electric Bills.
  • Poor Tasting Water.
  • Noisy Spitting Faucets.
  • Your Pump is Running Constantly.
  • Strange or rapid clicking noises coming from the tank.
  • Well Pressure Tank.
  • No Water from Well or Dry Well

1. Cloudy or Muddy Water

This sign indicates a failing well pump that is unable to filter out silt before pumping the water up the surface, once you see cloudy or muddy water starting to appear on your pumped water, this is a clear sign that the pump is wearing out at a very high rate because of friction of the sand and silt.

2. Low Water Pressure

The most common indicator of a struggling well water pump is the low water pressure in the faucets and showers. This is usually caused by iron bacteria clogging the nipple pipe, leading to the pressure switch.

These iron bacteria affect the pressure switch negatively, leading to adverse pressure outcome. Therefore, there is a need to test the well water for iron bacteria.

If there are traces of iron in water, then the well pump and screen are likely to be clogged with high iron bacteria.

To restore the well pump to a better condition, the pump and well should be cleaned to remove slime, iron bacteria, and scales.

3. High Electric Bills

If the power usage for each month is creeping up and there is no other apparent reason, and the well pump is running every day.  Then, there is a high possibility that the well pump is malfunctioning.

Therefore, the pressure switch needs replacement/adjustment. Also, the water level in the well might below, thus requiring more power to pump up the water.

Another common cause is when the pump is blocked with silt, sand, or iron bacteria. As a result, the pump is forced to work much harder to draw water to fill up the pressure tank.

4. Poor Tasting Water

Well water can be contaminated by decaying organic waste, bacteria, sand, and silt. This usually creates an off taste and odor, Though  not dangerous to human and animal consumption, It is not pleasing

Additionally, corroded plumbing pipes can cause water to smell and taste rusty. The best way to identify this problem is to test the water with a Well Water Test Kit.

5. Noisy Spitting Faucets

Spitting faucets issues are caused by air in the plumbing system. To identify this problem, first, check for a leaking pressure tank bladder that always causes a sporadic air spurt in the water system.

Secondly, check for a malfunctioning well pump. finally inspect for cracks or breaks in the water pipes above the pump.

6. Your Pump is Running Constantly

If the well pump is running continuously, this can be a sign that your well pump is struggling to draw water from the well to fill up the pressure tank.

7. Strange or rapid clicking noises coming from the tank

The water pressure tank contains a bladder that is full of air. Sometimes the bladder may leak or loses air. Due to this, you may hear rapid clicking sounds emanating from the pressure nozzle near the pressure tank.

This air escaping from the bladder may affect the well pump negatively, making it get into a non-ending, stop-start, and start-stop cycle. Therefore, it is advisable to inform plumbing experts to come and access the problem.

8. Well  Pressure Tank

The pressure well tank is mostly located in the basement and is used to hold water pumped from the well for consistent home-usage.

If the holding tank capacity is small compared to the family need, Then, the well pump will be forced to run constantly to keep the tank filled all the time. This may cause it to burn out. Therefore, it is advisable to install a larger tank in order to protect the well pump.

9. No Water from Well or Dry Well

Drought seasons may cause the well to run dry, Thus cause the pressure tank to run low on water. This may lead to a “call signal” being sent to the well pump and result in a dry well, causing the pump to burn out.

Low water cut off system is a must-have. This will always sense when the water is running below the set levels and prevent the pump from overheating and getting burnt out.


Nothing is meant to last forever, right! A top high-quality and properly maintained well pump has an average lifespan of 16-23 years. After years and years of service, the parts inside the pump will begin to wear down.


A faulty well pump could be a real disruption in your daily livelihood. Stained water, not being able to get water in your faucets, a noisy pump, high electric bill are some of the indications your well pump is deficient. The well pump should be able to work efficiently with minimal disruptions, the maintenance of the well pump should not be too costly as the pump is supposed to be convenient for homeowners.