There are two primary options for water well pumps to use in your home or business on the market at present.
They are the Standard, or Traditional, well pump and the newer option known as the Constant Pressure well pump. They both work well at pumping water, but the Constant Pressure design is gaining in popularity. Below are some details about both –
Standard Water Well Pumps
This is a time tested design and has been reliable over the years. It has a pressure switch that senses a loss of pressure of water pressure in the pressure tank. When that occurs, the well pump simply turns on at full speed and replenishes the water in the pressure tank. The vast majority of water well pumps around Cross Plains WI, as well as Middleton, Waunakee Black Earth and Mount Horeb are the traditional pump type.
In this water well pump system, the pump itself sits idle and when it turns on, it runs at top speed until the pressure switch senses full pressure in the tank. This “all or nothing” run cycle tends to wear out the pump and its components more quickly.
Constant Pressure Water Well Pumps
With this well pump design, the pump spins constantly. It will spin faster or slower depending on need. When water is demanded, the pump spins faster and it will slow down when the demand abates.
It is designed to have a long life. It does not have the hard full speed starts and stops as experienced with Standard water well pumps. It keeps a constant pressure in the tank by running continually with smooth up and down cycles as water is needed. This water well pump design puts less stress on the system and well pump components, helping the pump last longer. This style pump system will also save energy because it uses less over time.
The Controller is the component driving the pump speed and is responsible for maintaining pressure in constant pressure water well pumps. It is the most expensive component in the system. Because of its expense, it makes water well pump systems with smaller tanks a more expensive system on a relative basis as compared to a similarly sized Traditional well pump system. However, the larger the pressure tank is on the Standard system, the more comparable the cost is.
An important benefit of the Constant Pressure system controller is water well pumps can self-diagnose any running problems they have. So, when you call in for a repair, you can tell your plumber exactly what is causing the problem and be sure the correct parts are packed and ready for your water well pumps.
If you start seeing signs your well pump is beginning to fail, below are a few features of a Constant Pressure water well pumps system has that are good for homeowners to remember –
- Space saving
- Increased water pressure
- Energy efficient
- Expected longevity because of less wear and tear
- Self diagnosis – saves time – correct parts packed for repair (1 visit only)
To learn more about the differences between Standard and Constant Pressure water well pumps, contact Sauk Plains Plumbing and Pumps, serving Cross Plains WI as well as Middleton, Waunakee, Black Earth Mount Horeb and western Dane County. Call us at 608-798-2121 or email us and we will call you.