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Common Phoenix Well Water Pressure Tank Problems [Don’t Ignore]

As the summer heat makes temperatures soar in the Valley of the Sun, having a problem with your residential water tank can lead to serious issues, including inconsistent water pressure or worse—no water at all.

According to most professionals that complete water well repair services in Phoenix AZ, the leading cause of major system issues is reduced water pressure.

Like most symptoms, if not treated promptly and fixed, water wells with pressure problems can lead to significant damage of critical components and complete residential water well shut down.

In order to prevent this from occurring, here are some of the leading Phoenix well water pressure tank problems that you should not ignore.

How a Well Water Pressure Tank Works

When using a water well system, you need a certain amount of water pressure in the line to get water to flow from the faucets or spigots in and around your home.

The water pressure tank is the component that uses compressed air to create that water pressure, helping your water to flow out at a certain speed.

The pressure tank also acts as your home’s reservoir, allowing water to be drawn without the water pump having to turn on and off each time.

This ultimately saves the water pump from wear and tear.

Common Symptoms of a Water Pressure Tank Problem

Whether you are renting or are a homeowner with a well system, it is important to know the common signs of a malfunctioning pressure tank.

Addressing any issues you see early on will prevent further damage to the well system and more costly repairs down the road. Here are some things to watch for:

Wild Swings in Your Water Pressure

If you notice that the pressure gauge needle for your tank is fluctuating greatly from the low set point to the high set point in a short span of time (two minutes or less), that could signify a larger problem.

You can test this by turning on a faucet and observing the pressure going down and then back up.

If your pump kicks on and off more than once in a thirty-second timeframe, you could have a problem with your water pressure tank.

Water Pressure Tank Leaks

The water that is pushed into your home is typically stored in water pressure tanks located in a garage or other storage area near the home.

These tanks are built to withstand the severe elements we have in Phoenix and the entire Southwestern United States.

However, occasionally, problems with the tank leaking can also cause water system problems.

Pressure Tank is Rusted or Corroded

If your water pressure tank has visible rust or corrosion on the outside, there’s a good chance of a larger problem with the structural integrity on the tank’s interior.

If this is the case, the tank will need to be replaced.

Your Tank Feels Full and Cold

When you tap on the top of your water pressure tank, it should sound hollow.

If it sounds full and feels cool to the touch, it could be a sign that the tank isn’t functioning as it should be.

Note: Be sure not to jostle the tank back and forth as that can cause problems with the pipes.

Water Is Coming Out of the Pressure Tank Air Valve

Your water pressure tank has a membrane inside, commonly referred to as a bladder or diaphragm, which keeps the water and the air in the tank separated from each other.

This membrane expands and contracts as the water pump cycles on and off.

Over time, the bladder can develop small holes which allow air to escape.

If you see water coming from the air valve, the membrane has likely been compromised.

In this case, call a professional well contractor to help diagnose and correct the problem.

In addition to the common water pressure tank issues mentioned above, here are some other indicators that there is an issue within the system that may or may not be related to your pressure tank.

Loss of Water Pressure

It’s common for people to assume that poor water pressure and a loss of water pressure is the same thing.

However, they are slightly different.

Poor water pressure typically is reduced over a slow period of time, where a loss of water pressure tends to be a sudden loss of pressure that is relatively noticeable.

A loss of water pressure can be caused by multiple problems and is commonly a sign of system shutdown.

If this problem is not remedied quickly, it can lead to significant repairs.

Poor Water Pressure

If your home water well is experiencing poor water pressure, it can also be a warning sign of a more serious condition.

Most water well pumps are designed to push water from the below ground water source through a series of lines and into storage tanks.

Water is then circulated into the home by way of exterior pumps on the tanks.

Poor water pressure at the end source (any plumbing pressure) can be caused by an obstruction or reduction of flow anywhere in the entire plumbing system.

Again, if you’re experiencing poor water pressure, have an experienced residential water well repair company inspect the problem before it becomes a major issue.

When you notice any problems with your water, whether it’s reduced pressure, noticeable smell or odor from the water or inconsistent airflow, don’t avoid these problems or assume they’ll go away on their own.

Contact a dependable and experienced Arizona well service professional that specializes in repairing residential water well systems in Phoenix so they can fix the problem quickly.


Are you having water pressure issues with your residential water well? Call Pump It Up Pump Services, Inc. and let one of our professionals answer your questions on how to improve your water pressure. Call 623-582-5069 now!

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