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[Fixed] Well Pump runs but no Water Pressure Problem

Updated on May 6, 2020

The most irritating thing is to see your pressure pump running but poor or no water pressure at your faucets.

In this article, we will discuss how you can fix the pressure problem while your pump is running fine. However, you still need to check the pressure pump before inspecting anything else to ensure that it is working smoothly. If you have low pressure on your well water, then check this guide to increase it.

Solutions to no Water Pressure when Pump is Running Fine

You can use the following fixes to get rid of this annoying problem.

Check Water Pipes – Well water contains a large amount of calcium and magnesium. They can cause scale buildup in your pipes. This buildup will reduce water flow at taps by restricting water movement. You can get your pipes cleaned by a professional.  One way to get rid of this problem is to install a water softener before well water enters your plumbing system.

Suggested Water Softeners for Well Water

SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener

SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener

SpringWell’s whole house water softener is best for well water with high levels of calcium and magnesium. The salt-based softener removes these minerals and replaces them with sodium or potassium during the ion exchange process.

The softener enhances water flow by reducing scale buildup and takes care of your plumbing fixtures and appliances. It also reduces soap and shampoo usage, resulting in better glowing skin and healthy hair.

It has 3 variants based on flow rate and your home size. You can also add a UV filtration system or an RO filter to improve drinking water quality.

SpringWell’s FutureSoft® Salt-Free Water Softener

SpringWell’s FutureSoft® Salt-Free Water Softener

Some states don’t allow installing salt-based softeners due to environmental concerns. You can install SpringWell’s salt-free softener there. We recommend this softener because it can soften water for large homes, unlike other salt-free softeners that can handle limited hardness and moderate demand.

FutureSoft softener will not let you down as it can handle up to 7 bathrooms with its 20 GPM flow rate. The unit comes with a standard sediment filter. You can upgrade by adding a UV purifier, RO filter, or a whole house water filter system.

check showerheads for low water pressure

Check Showerheads and Aerators – A low pressure can also happen due to clogged showerheads and aerators. Sometimes water pipes, pumps, and other components of your well system have no issue, but the showerheads and aerators are blocked due to sediment deposits. The best way to get rid of this problem is to clean showerheads and aerators. You can use vinegar and baking soda for more effective results.

Check your Demand and Supply – A low-pressure problem may be due to a greater demand than supply of water. The well may not be able to keep up with withdraw rate while the pump is working fine. You can install a constant pressure system to overcome this issue.

Adjust your Pressure Tank Pressure – The average pressure of well water, which is suitable for most of the families, is 40 PSI. If the reading is below 40 PSI, you need to adjust the pressure setting on your pressure tank. To adjust the pressure setting, you need to turn off the electric power to your pump, drain all the water from the pressure tank by opening a couple of taps close to the well. Now attach a pressure gauge on the air valve, the air valve is usually located at the top of the pressure tank. If you cannot find it there, refer to the user’s guide. Once you have adjusted the pressure settings, turn back the power, and attach the pressure gauges to check the reading on the tank. If the reading is fine and you are still not able to get water pressure, you would need a pressure booster or a constant pressure system.

Always keep the pressure between 40-60 PSI, pressures above 60 PSI can be harmful to your system as it can cause malfunctions with your pump and water leakage.

Increase water pressure

Installing a Pressure Booster System – You can install a new pressure booster system to pump water at a constant speed. The best place to install a pressure booster is the point where water enters your home. Booster pumps are very powerful devices and are commonly installed at multistory buildings and houses located far away from wells.

Read More: 12 Reasons Why Your Well Pump Is So Loud


Which is the best well pump?

Well pumps are of two main types. They are jet pumps and submersible pumps. Some wells also use shallow well pumps. If you are looking for a shallow well pump, our recommendation is Lanchez 1.6 HP shallow well pump. For submersible pumps, nothing beats Hallmark deep well submersible pump, and Simer’s pump is recommended for deep wells.

Shall I go for a pressure booster system or get my well checked?

A pressure booster doesn’t come cheap. Before spending hundreds of dollars on a pressure booster, it is better to get your well checked by a professional. The booster won’t work if the water level has depleted or a your well doesnt replenish quickly. However, if the contractor suggests you go for a pressure booster, choose Davey’s pressure booster pump.

What is the normal water pressure from a well?

The normal water pressure from a well is 40-60 PSI. If your well is capable of producing more pressure, we suggest you keep it under 60 PSI. Pressures above 60 PSI can be harmful to your plumbing system.


Instead of getting costly appliances for solving pressure problems, it is better to start with small issues. Most of the time, pressure problems can be solved by checking the above problems instead of installing a new pump.


  • Earl Rojo

    Earl Rojo has been a senior mechanic in well drilling and maintenance firms for 3 years. He is from Longview, Texas, and he loves sharing his experience with others. He frequently writes on various well water issues with a special focus on well maintenance and drinking water quality.

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