• Howard Gallagher

Does My Home Warranty Cover Well Pumps ?

Updated: May 12

Water is an important resource. Transporting clean and dirty water is the job of our plumbing system. If you are in a major metropolitan area then your water supply mostly comes from the city. If you are fortunate enough to live in open spaces and access to a private water supply you most likely use a well. Over 15 million households use wells for drinking water. Well water comes from deep underground. Rocks and soil act as a natural filter and results in well water having more minerals than city water. Well Water requires regular maintenance , an electrical well pump and a water softening system in your property.Like everything in your home , well pumps can break down over time. With a great home warranty coverage you don’t have to worry about expensive repairs or replacements.

What Are Well Pumps?

Well pumps are devices that carry the water up from the ground and into your home. There are 3 main types of well pumps Submersible pumps,Jet pumps, and Centrifugal pumps. Submersible pumps are deep inside the well and use direct pressure to move water up the well. Jet pumps are versatile pumps fit for both shallow and deep wells. Lastly Centrifugal pumps are only used for shallow wells that are no more than 25 feet deep. Most well pumps require electricity to operate.

Well Pump Repair or Replacement with Home Warranty

Well Pump Coverage is available at Global Home Protection. This is an additional add-on that can be added to any of our 3 plans. If your well pump is malfunctioning, we have you covered. Call Global Home Protection’s 24/7 claims department at 877-660-1621 or submit your claim online. Global Home Protection will send a local licensed and bonded contractor to repair or replace your unit. You will be required to pay a small service call fee for the claim directly to the contractor. The contractor will diagnose your well pump issue and take the necessary steps to repair or replace your well pump unit.

Saving on Well Pump Repair with Home Warranty

A well pump can be installed utilizing the do-it-yourself (DIY) method. However the DIY method may lead to serious problems down the line. You want a licensed and bonded contractor to install your well pump. Average cost for Installation/Replacement ranges from $200 to $5000. You also want to get a unit that matches the needs of your well. Maybe you have a deep or shallow well. The costs associated with replacing a well pump is determined by the type of pump, its depth, its location and the size of your well. A well pump replacement can be as costly as a HVAC system replacement. There is a lot of money saved when you purchase a home warranty .

Well Pump Maintenance

Well water is more resistant to natural disaster compared to city water . However just like city water without proper maintenance can quickly become contaminated. Chemicals, radiation, sewage, dead animals, manure and detergents can greatly impact the quality of the water in your well. A common issue that is experienced with well water is odor and staining on toilet / bathroom fixtures. This issue can be dealt with water treatment. Your water should be tested once a year. This is testing for waterborne bacteria like Ecoli and coliform bacteria . You can research known water issues in an area through the EPA and by conducting an independent water test .Key signs of a well problem are dirty water, loud noises, inconsistent pressure, and air in your faucets . If there is an electrical issue in your home, then there will be failures in your well pump.There are hand pumps that you can use to pump out your well water as long as you have energy.Shocking is a part of well maintenance. This process is done by adding very high levels of bleach into your well system to kill bacteria. During this time don’t use your water. Let the bleach sit in your system for 1-2 hours and run faucet until the bleach smell is gone. Proper Well Pump Maintenance consists of 2 aspects a visual inspection and flow test. An annual preventative maintenance check up must be conducted to monitor pumping levels, gallons per minute and pump performance. A flow test shows the output of the system.