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What to Do When Your Well Pump Will Not Hold Pressure

The average cost to replace or install a new well pump is typically between $1,000 and $2,750, with the national average being about $1,750.

The type of well pump you install or replace can greatly change both the unit cost and the installation cost.

The overall cost is also affected by the depth, location and size of your well.

While water wells are a cost-effective, environmentally friendlyenvironmentally-friendly option for homeowners, they come with some care.

Sometimes, a well pump will not hold pressure.

Luckily, there are ways to remedy that issue and keep your water flowing the way you need it to. Let’s talk about that.

How to Know When Your Well Pump Will Not Hold Pressure

While there are many benefits of a water pump, including lower monthly payments, all great things can come with some problems.

If you are having problems with water pressure, there are a few things you can do.

But first, you will need to know how to detect the issue before you can resolve it. Sometimes it can be obvious.

When the water pressure in your house is lacking or non-existent, it’s a good first indicator, but it doesn’t always involve your well pump.

Here are some ways to troubleshoot the issue.

Check the Pressure Tank

Confirm that the pressure tank is still operational. If the pressure tank doesn’t have the right air pressure in it, it will not send the correct signal to the pressure switch to turn the tank on.

To check this, use a tire pressure gauge and locate the air fill valve on top of the tank. Make sure that it is 2 PSI below the point where the pressure switch will shut off.

There should be information on the tank, and if not, search for the manufacturer and find out the proper PSI level.

Read up for more information on checking and adjusting the pressure.

If the pressure in the tank is low, high, or exactly where it should be, what can you do?

Check the Pressure Switch

If there is no water flowing, confirm that the pressure switch has not shut down the system.

As a safety measure, when a pressure tank is attached to the water delivery system, too much draw on the system can trip the pressure switch to shut the system down.

If the pressure switch was activated and went back to a normal level, it couldcan still keep the well shut down.

To reset it, close all water valves leading to the delivery system. Check out more information on a bad pressure switch.

What You Can Do

If you have taken the steps and have confirmed that there is still a lack of pressure or no pressure at all, check for discolored water or rust on the tank.

If there is any discoloration or a different smell to the water, it is time to call in the professionals.

If this is the first time this has happened, there are many maintenance tips to prevent further issues, especially before winter, when most of the problems are caused.

Next Steps

The most important thing to do is keep up with proper maintenance to keep your water flowing properly.

If the pressure is off and you are unable to address the problem on your own, get some professional help.

We offer many repair services if your well pump will not hold pressure. Contact us today and we will diagnose and fix the problem as soon as we can!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my well pump not holding pressure?

A faulty check valve on your pressure tank may also cause your pump to run without holding pressure. A check valve prevents backflow and maintains pressure inside the pump. If the valve becomes faulty, it may affect the pump’s ability to hold pressure, reducing the flow of water into your home.

Why does my pressure tank not hold pressure?

Check for leaks in the air charging system by dripping a soap solution on the air charging valve. Restart the pump and run through a normal cycle to verify the setting. If tank pressure drops abnormally, the bladder inside the tank may have a tear or hole in it.

Why is my water pump not giving enough pressure?

Improper inlet conditions are one of the most common reason pumps fail to produce their expect pressure. Inlet issues may also cause ongoing reliability problems. One culprit is air entrainment or lack of prime. It is important to make sure that system is designed so that liquid floods the pump to prime it.


If your well pump isn’t holding pressure or is exhibiting another issue, you will want to contact the best well pump repair company to handle the job. Pump It Up, Pump Services, Inc. is a top well repair and installation company in Phoenix, AZ.  Give us a call at 623-582-5069 today and we’ll be happy to fix it for you!

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