Why and When to Upgrade From a Jet Pump to a Submersible

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Are you tired of the constant noise and maintenance your jet pump requires? Have you experienced frequent interruptions in your water supply due to pump malfunctions? If so, it may be time to consider upgrading to a submersible pump.

Why and When to Upgrade From a Jet Pump to a Submersible

Jet pumps were commonly used in residential and some commercial water systems, but they have several limitations compared to submersible pumps. Jet pumps use suction to draw water from the well, then once the water reaches the pump, it pushes and builds water pressure. Submersible pumps simply push the water, and they and able to provide a high volume and high PSI. Additionally, you heard jet pumps when they run and require more frequent maintenance than submersible pumps.

Submersible pumps, on the other hand, are designed to be installed underwater, directly in the well or other water source. This allows them to operate more efficiently and quietly, with less risk of cavitation or other performance issues. Submersible pumps also have longer lifespans and require less maintenance than jet pumps.

So when is it time to make the switch from a jet pump to a submersible pump? Here are a few key indicators:

  1. Jet pumps and old 1¼ or 2” wells can be time-consuming and expensive to fix. Water mineral builds up in your pump and old galvanized pipes, these minerals can bust free and lodge in the impeller or jet nozzle; this can take multiple service calls to get everything working again. In the end, you have invested a lot to fix and still have an old well and pumping system.
  2. Frequent pump failures: If your jet pump is breaking down frequently, it may be time to consider a more reliable submersible pump.
  3. Sand, dirty, or smelly water.
  4. If your jet pump is losing prime or won't hold prime.
  5. Low water pressure: If you're experiencing consistently low water pressure, a submersible pump may be able to provide the higher pressure you need.
  6. High energy bills: Submersible pumps are generally more energy-efficient than jet pumps, so if you're seeing high energy bills, an upgrade could save you money in the long run.
  7. Increased water usage: If your water needs have increased over time, a submersible pump may be necessary to meet your demands.
  8. Loud noise: If your jet pump is making a lot of noise, a submersible pump can provide a quieter solution.

Overall, upgrading to a submersible pump can provide numerous benefits, including improved performance, energy efficiency, and reliability. If you're experiencing any of the issues listed above, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Contact Champion Well Drilling to discuss your options and find the best solution for your needs.

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