Buying A Used Submersible Well Pump? Ask These Questions First

Posted on: 25 April 2017

One of the biggest expenses of owning a well comes when your well pump has to be replaced. Even though the investment is a fair trade, buying a new pump can sometimes put a strain on your budget. Therefore, you may be considering buying a used submersible well pump instead of a brand new model just to get you by. If this is a situation you are facing, you should know that buying a used submersible well pump can be a gamble. To make sure you make an educated decision before you buy used, make sure you ask the owner of the well pump these questions first. 

How many years has the well pump been used?

In general, a submersible well pump when installed correctly and well maintained should last about 25 years. Therefore, you don't want to be given an almost new price for a submersible well pump that has already been in use for a few decades, because it likely will not last a lot longer. On the other hand, if you find a used pump that has only been used for a few years for a low price, it could be well worth the investment if the pump is still in good shape. Do keep in mind, however, that there are other factors that can affect how long a well pump will last. 

What was the quality of the well water in which the pump was used?

Even though you may be thinking that the quality of another person's well has no bearing on the pump because it will be used in your well, this is actually not true. If the submersible pump is coming from a well that had a lot of issues with mineral deposits, sand, or sediment, it can mean the pump worked a lot harder than usual, so it will be more likely to face problems early in its lifespan. Submersible well pumps in wells with a lot of debris often have issues with things like:

  • deterioration of the well pump hoses
  • impeller damage
  • worn valves in the motor

Are there maintenance records for the well pump available?

Knowing whether or not the well pump has been serviced is an important thing. Submersible well pumps do occasionally have to have new parts or attention from a technician and these are things you are going to want to know. Ask the owner if they have a service record for the pump before you hand over your money. Contact a business such as Modern Pump & Equipment

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