How to Defrost My Water Well Pump

Defrost Water Well Pump

Homeowners with a water well pump can enjoy the benefits of having great tasting water, free of chlorine and other additives. Plus, the lack of a water bill is certainly a bonus. However, well pumps aren’t without their problems. During the winter, when the temperature gets extremely cold, your pump and the pipes that connect to it can freeze. There is something you can do about a frozen pump system.



Step 1: Open a faucet

First, open one or more faucets in the home. Keeping a faucet running overnight can help prevent the pipes from freezing. This is because moving water is harder to freeze, and you want the faucet open after your system has already frozen for the same reason. An open faucet will encourage your water flow after the pump and pipes begin to defrost. The increase in your water flow will help speed up the defrosting process of your water well pump system.

Step 2: Warm your water well pump & surrounding pipes

Apply a non-flame heat source to the pump and surrounding pipes around your pressure tank. It is important to do this as soon as possible after you have discovered that the system has frozen. When water freezes, it will expand. Expanding water can be powerful enough to break not only your pipes, but the metal housing if your pump is above ground. There are several things that can serve as a suitable heat source, such as: a space heater, a work lamp, even a hair dryer or a heating pad.

Step 3: Track down frozen pipes

Allow your heat source to warm the pipes until the full water pressure is restored. If the pump begins pumping water again, but not all of your faucets are functioning, then you may have a frozen pipe somewhere else in the system. In this case, try your best to track down the frozen pipe and repeat the procedure to defrost the pipe. If you cannot find or access the possible frozen pipe, you can contact Pacific Pump and we will be happy to help resolve this issue.