Troubleshooting a Pump that is Running Continuously

Troubleshooting a Pump that is Running Continuously

Troubleshooting a Pump that is Running Continuously

Is your water pump running non-stop? If so, there are several possible causes behind this troublesome issue. Identifying and fixing the problem will help to save wear and tear on your pump as well as help to keep your electric bill lower. 

Hole in the Pump

A hole in the pump, which can be caused by damage or corrosion over time, will prevent the pump from switching off as it attempts to build pressure in the tank. A delay in correcting this problem will only allow the hole to grow larger, thereby further increasing your energy bills and the cost of the repair.

Pressure Gauge Malfunction

The purpose of the pressure gauge is to determine when the proper amount of pressure has been established within the tank. If it is not reading the pressure correctly, it will not be able to determine when to shut off.  Replacing the gauge will help to resolve this issue. 

Plumbing Leaks

A leak in your plumbing system will cause your pump to run continuously as it works to provide water for the leak. Making repairs to leaks will help resolve this problem.

Settings are Incorrect

It is also possible that you simply have the pressure control set incorrectly. You may be able to resolve this issue by simply resetting the settings. It is possible, however, that the settings have been disrupted due to clogged tubes or burned contact points. In these cases, repairs will be necessary in order to address the issue.


If your well pump is old, it may have simply reached the end of its lifespan. Over time, well pumps do tend to become less efficient. If it has been many years since you upgraded your pump, it may be time to replace the system.

Regardless of the cause, Pump Service Idaho will be happy to help address the issue. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help!

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