While water wells are a cost-effective, environmentally-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 can 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!


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 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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