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3 Water Tank Pump Problems And How to Troubleshoot Them

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Water tank pumps can develop a variety of problems that prevent them from working at their best. Whether your pump is supplying no water, failing to start, or running continuously, there are steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem. Take a look below to get started.

1. Water Tank Pump Refuses to Start

If you cannot start your water tank pump, then the first thing you should do is check that it has an active electrical supply. You might need to reset a circuit breaker if one has tripped.

Next, check the feed line of the water tank pump. If something is stuck inside the feed line, blocking it, then you will not be able to get the pump to start. If you know your way around your pump, you can take it apart yourself to clear the blockage, but if you are at all unsure, you should call a plumber who can do it for you.

Another possibility is that the pump has a faulty pressure controller, which means that it detects no water inside the tank even when the tank is full. You could try resetting the pressure controller, which in some cases might resolve the issue. If it does not, you should ask a plumber to take a look.

2. Water Tank Pump Doesn't Pump Water

If your pump is running but not pumping any water, then it is possible that you have not primed the pump correctly. It is essential for both the suction line and the pump body to be filled with water before the pump can begin to pump.

If you cannot prime the pump, then check for a leak or clog in either the pump body or the suction line. You might be able to clear a clog yourself if you have experience in maintaining a pump, but you will need a plumber to deal with any leaks.

3. Water Tank Pump Runs Continually

Perhaps your water tank pump delivers water as it should do, but you can hear it running all the time, even when you are not demanding any water from the system. A continually running pump is often a sign that there is a leak somewhere in the system. A professional plumber can use a special set of tools to help them locate the leak, which they can then repair for you. Once the leak is repaired, you should find that your pump runs only when necessary.

Talk to a water tank pump supplier for more information.