What Size Well Pump Do I Need?

Written on: September 5, 2023

Some Well Pump FAQs

well pump size Fort Montgomery, ny In addition to being the Hudson Valley’s leader for reliable propane and heating oil delivery, Downey Energy also installs, maintains, and repairs equipment including boilers, furnaces, water heaters, and well pumps. Let’s take a closer look at the services we provide to our customers with well pumps.

Well Pump Services from Downey

If you’re one of our many customers who live in a remote location in the Hudson Valley, you may not have the benefit of a public water supply. Your home, farm, or business might rely on a well for water. If that’s the case, Downey Energy is here for you. We sell, install, maintain, and repair well pumps. We also perform well pump conversions.

Let’s now take a look at some of the questions you may have about well pumps.

How Do Well Pumps Work?

Well pumps perform an essential function. They are how water gets from your well to the pressure tank that provides water for your home or business. When your tank needs more water, the pressure switch signals the well pump to send water from the well. Once there’s enough water (pressure), the switch then signals the well pump to turn off.

What’s the Right Well Pump Size for Me?

Well pumps are classified by their flow rate in gallons per minute (GPM). The average home needs a well pump with a flow rate between 6 and 12 gallons per minute. An easy way to get a good estimate of your home’s water needs is to count every water fixture in your home and add one GPM for each one. Include any water-using appliances as well. Still not sure, let the experts at Downey calculate the right well pump size for your home’s needs.

How Long Do Well Pumps Last?

The average life of a well pump can fall anywhere between 8 and 15 years. That’s a pretty wide range, and where you pump falls on it is determined by a few factors. The largest determinant of your well pump’s longevity is the frequency with which it has to run.

How often your pump runs most days will affect the degree of wear and tear its motor experiences. Something that can affect how often your pump has to run is the size of your water tank. If it’s too small, your pump will have to run more than necessary and the motor will experience more wear and tear, decreasing the pump’s lifespan.

A few other factors that will affect your pump’s longevity are the height of your water table, the amount of sediment in your water, the quality of your pump’s motor, and the level of maintenance your well pump receives.

Quality Products & Service

Downey Energy is proud to install Goulds submersible well pumps. They have state-of-the-art mechanics and smart technology integration. So if you need your well pump replaced, come to Downey Energy.

Downey Energy also provides well pump maintenance and repairs—an essential part of getting the most out of your well pump. And all of our service trucks are equipped with a full inventory of replacement parts. When you need well pump service, we’ll always have the parts you need to get the job done right so you can have running water again as soon as possible.

The Downey Difference

Downey Energy has served our Hudson Valley customers for over a century. All of our plumbers are trained, experienced, and licensed, so you’re always in good hands with Downey Energy.

From Cortlandt Manor to Carmel, all around Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, and northern Westchester County, Downey Energy is there for our Hudson Valley customers. And we’re always expanding.

Contact Downey Energy today to learn more or for well pump installation or service!