Identifying a Faulty Well Pump Pressure Control Switch

When it comes to the safety and convenience of your home, running water plays a critical role in meeting the needs of your family. Many homeowners rely on private wells to supply their home with the water needed to engage in daily hygiene and cooking tasks. These wells utilize a pump to help move water from the well and into the home. If your well pump is acting erratically, it could mean that the pressure control switch is malfunctioning.

Here are three simple things that you can watch for when trying to diagnose a faulty well pump pressure control switch in the future.

1. Erratic drops in water pressure.

The pressure control switch on your well's pump is responsible for ensuring that the water entering your home is pressurized. If you are taking a shower or running a sink and notice that there are fluctuations in the water pressure, this is a good sign that your pump's pressure control switch needs to be replaced.

Your water should maintain a constant and steady amount of pressure when it is released from your pipes and through your plumbing fixtures. Erratic drops in water pressure should be addressed by checking the functionality of the pressure control switch on your pump.

2. Drops in the flow of water.

In addition to controlling the amount of pressure applied to your water before it is delivered into your home, the pressure control switch helps to control the flow rate of the water your home uses as well.

If you notice that you are unable to produce a strong flow of water using your plumbing fixtures, you should examine the pressure control switch on your well's pump to determine if it is malfunctioning. Replacing the pressure control switch should restore proper flow, allowing you to enjoy the convenience of a steady flow of water in your home once again.

3. Short-cycling of your well pump.

One easy way to determine if your pump's pressure control switch needs to be replaced is to pay attention to the cycle lengths of your well pump. A cycle begins when your well pump kicks on in order to transfer water from your well into a pressurized holding tank, and the cycle ends when the tank is filled and the pump kicks off.

A faulty pressure control switch will send mixed signals to the well pump, causing it to turn on and off repeatedly throughout the day. This is known as short-cycling. If your well pump is short-cycling, it may be time to replace the pressure control switch.

Being able to identify and replace a faulty well pump pressure control switch will allow you to keep your home's water supply system functioning properly in the future.