2 Signs That Your Water Pump Pressure Tank Is Bad

Posted on: 31 December 2015

If you have a well that supplies water to your home, you will also have a pump that is used to pull the water up from the well into your home. One key component of a well pump is a pressure tank, but pressure tanks can wear out over time. If you are having problems with the water supply in your home and are wondering if your pump is bad, you might be happy to discover that it is your pressure tank that is actually the problem. Here are two signs that your pressure tank might be the cause of your water problems.   

Your pump runs each time water is used

One of the features of a pressure tank is the ability to store water along with water pressure in your water pump. This feature is nice because it allows you to have water ready for you whenever you turn on a faucet or flush a toilet. Each time you do something like this, your pump should not have to kick on. If your pump does kick on every time you use water, it could be because your pressure tank is not working properly.

This is a common sign that a pressure tank is bad. If your system cannot hold any pressure in it, the pump will have to kick on each time water is demanded from a faucet.  

Your pump short cycles

Short cycling is something that refers to the times when a water pump will kick on and off repeatedly. The pump may run for only one second before it shuts off, and it will then continue to do this, or it may run for a minute before it shuts off and turns back on.

When your pump does this, it might be because it is trying to build up pressure in the tank. Unfortunately, the pump may never be able to build up pressure in the tank, though, which could cause the pump to continuously short cycle. If this happens for an extended period of time, it could cause the pump to burn up.

Replacing a water pump is more expensive than replacing a water pressure tank, which is why you should have a contractor examine your system soon if you are experiencing problems.

If you are having any problems with your water or water pump, contact a contractor that specializes in plumbing repairs. Getting your system examined soon could help you save money on repairs.