If you are not connected to municipal water lines, chances are you are using well water for your daily needs. Domestic wells are more common than you may realize. They provide 43 million Americans with water for their homes. If you are one of the millions who rely on well water, there are a few things that you need to know, especially when it comes to your well pump. A faulty pump can mean not being able to get the water you need. Here are three things that you need to know.

Signs There's A Problem

Being able to identify that there may be an issue with your well pump is essential. Of course, having no water at all is a visible sign that your pump is not working. Other things to look out for include sputtering water coming from your faucets, water that does not taste or smell right, higher utility bills, and cloudy water with suspended particles. If you notice any of these signs, your water well pump may need repair or replacement.

The Cost Of Repair

Another thing that you should know about your well pump is how much it will cost to repair. The average range for water well pump repair is between $337 and $1,380. How much your repair will cost will depend on the type of well pump you have and also the components that require repair. Often the repairs are needed due to electrical malfunctions. Since repair can be dangerous at times, in most cases, you will want to hire a professional for the repairs instead of attempting to do it yourself. 

The Cost Of A New Pump

Eventually, repairs will not be enough, and your well pump will need replacement. The cost of a new well pump will depend on the type of pump you have for your system. Common types of well pumps include jet, solar, submersible, and hand. Hand pumps are the least expensive option, while solar pumps tend to be the priciest. On average, you can expect to pay between $930 and $2,387 for the well pump replacement. Before you decide on a new pump, you may want to contact a few well pump installers for quotes. 

Your well pump may not be something you think about daily, but there are a few things that you should know. First, being able to identify the signs that your pump is broken is vital. The cost of repairs will depend on the type of pump you have and the type of repairs needed. In some cases, well pump replacement will be the best option. Replacement costs will depend on the type of pump your well requires. 

Consult with a professional who provides water well pump repair and installations for more information.