Having your own private well to get water from removes your reliance on public water suppliers, and that in itself can be highly advantageous for a lot of property owners. However, owning a well means you have to get familiar with the well's components, and the well pump is one of the most important. Unfortunately, a lot of misconceptions exist where well pumps are concerned. Here is a look at a few of those misconceptions and the actual facts you should know.
Misconception: All submersible well pumps are basically the same.
Most well owners assume that there are two types of pumps: submersible and above-ground or jet pumps. While technically this is true, not all submersible well pumps are actually the same thing. You can find submersible pumps that are suspended from the top of the well, pumps that get installed near the base of the well, and many other variables in between. It is all-too-easy to get into the process of picking a pump and get lost among the choices if you are not familiar with the different submersible pumps and how they function. This is why it is so important to work with a qualified expert or a plumber familiar with well pumps to pick what you need.
Misconception: Most well pumps will last you for many years without any attention.
Even though some well pump models have a nice reputation for lasting homeowners a lot of years, this does not mean that the pumps will never require any attention. In fact, if you drop in a new pump and never have it serviced or cleaned, you are probably going to be replacing that unit in a few years. Proper maintenance is an absolute must if you want your well pump to last you for a long time.
Misconception: Replacing a well pump is a simple thing to do.
If your well pump does go out, don't be swayed by people telling you that replacement is easy. Replacing a water well pump is not the easiest thing to do, especially if you have a submersible version. You will be dealing with detaching electrical wiring, maneuvering a very cumbersome unit from a great depth, and installing a new pump without bumping it against the interior of the well. It is always best if you hire a professional, such as Action Well & Pump Repair, for this task as it is not as easy as it may sound.