Two things that most equipment users are concerned about are lowering the cost of usage and maximizing utility. When it comes to expensive equipment like water pumps, machinery owners are constantly trying to find ways of saving on repair and maintenance costs. While regular maintenance is a must, there are many more tips that can help you to profitably use your water pump and get the most out of it.


Valves are the lifeline of any water pump. They not only protect the water pump from loss of prime but also prevent the building of mechanical pressure on the pump due to the restoration of prime. Most pump manufacturer guidelines will contain detailed information on recommendations for the type and placement of check valves. While most submersible pumps have an inbuilt integrated check valve, installing a secondary check valve helps to further reduce the load on the pump’s internal valve, prevents loss of prime and improves the life expectancy of your water pump.

Low water cutoff system

Installing a low water cutoff system ensures that the pump is automatically cut off from the circuit when water levels dip. This ensures that the motor does not overheat due to lower water levels. You can think about installing a low water cutoff system like well drawdown low water cutoff device or well tailpipe for this purpose. Installing either of the two types of equipment in the well itself to prepare for any kind of seasonal drop that may occur and protect your pump. Another option is to install a smart tank or other water pressure regulation device which can help to regulate water flow and reduce the water pump’s cycling rate.

Control Pump Amperage Draw & Pump operating temperature

If the pump motor is overworked it will heat up unusually. If your water pump motor feels very hot, compare its operating temperature to the rated operating temperature available on the pump motor data plate. That way you can conclude if your pump is running hot. If you notice that your pump is acting oddly, check the actual motor current draw (amperage) when the motor is running under load. This will help you to detect if your water pump is drawing amperage which is significantly more than stated on the data tag. This can be an indication of a mechanical or wiring problem with the equipment and you may have to pay extra attention.

Pump capacity

One of the biggest issues for many pump users is that most of them select the wrong pump motor horsepower or size. As per anticipated use, generally, a larger motor will outlast a smaller one. Make sure to match pump output rate to the safe well yield.

General maintenance

Your water pumps are constantly exposed to water and weather elements. Both of these can cause significant rusting and general wear and tear on your equipment. It is extremely important to ensure that your equipment is installed, checked and maintained by professionals.

If you are looking for more information on how to get the best out of your water pump or are looking for professional help to maintain, install or repair your water pump or alternator, contact O.T.S Auto Electric.