Troubleshooting Tips For Frozen Well System Components
Now that the winter weather has arrived, it is important that you know what to do when your well pump or pressure tank become frozen and stop working. A frozen pump or pressure tank will prevent your home's well from serving water to your home and will lead to frustration for you and your family. To this end, here are some troubleshooting tips for when your household water stops flowing due to frozen well issues:
Tip: Check the Power Breaker First
The first place your should always start troubleshooting on your home's well system is the power breaker. If there is a momentary disruption in the power caused by cold weather, then it can flip the breaker for one or more parts of your well system. For this reason, take a quick look at the power panel and make sure all of your breakers are currently in the "on" position before you move on to other troubleshooting. This simple step can save you a lot of time and frustration.
Tip: Check the Small Tube Leading to the Pressure Switch on the Pressure Pump
After power breaker problems, pressure switch problems are the most common well system issues during cold weather. The reason for pressure switch problems is that there is a very small diameter tube that runs between the pressure pump and the pressure switch that controls the pump's function. This small tube of water is very susceptible to freezing. When it freezes, then the pressure switch does not ever get the signal that it needs to turn on the pressure pump. With no pressure pump, your water will not flow into your home.
You can check the small tube by looking at it to see if it is full of ice. If the tube is frozen, then you can easily defrost it by running your hairdryer along its length for a few minutes. As soon as the water has been defrosted, then your pressure pump will work once again.
Tip: Check the Pressure Tank for the Presence of Water
Finally, if you have power and the pressure switch's water tube is not frozen, and you still do not have any water flowing, then the plumbing pipe leading into the pressure tank is probably frozen. You can verify that this is the case by gently rocking the pressure tank back and forth. If the tank is very light and you do not hear any water swishing noises, then the tank is empty because the plumbing pipe going into the pressure tank is frozen. You can thaw the pipe with your hairdryer as you did with the pressure switch's tube.
For more information, contact companies like J. A. Schwall Well & Pump Service Inc.