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How Much Does a Well Pump Cost?

low costShallow Well Jet Pump: $100-$500+average costDeep Well Jet Pump: $175-$800+high costSubmersible Residential Well Pump: $200-$1,200+
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There are two main types of pumps used to bring water up from residential water wells: submersible and jet. With submersible pumps the electric motor and the pump are installed inside the well as a single cylindrical unit, so the pump actually pushes the water up. In contrast, jet pumps act like a long straw, using high pressure to create a vacuum suction that draws water to the surface. Shallow jet pumps (up to 25' deep) have the equipment mounted at the surface, while a deep well jet pump has an ejector installed inside the well.

Typical costs:

  • Shallow well jet pumps typically cost $100-$500 or more, depending on materials (cast iron, stainless steel, thermoplastic, carbon-ceramic), capacity (gallons per minute), motor (from 1/3 horsepower to 1.5 HP) and options like a self-priming feature or pre-wired pressure switch. For example, the Dayton 4HEY4 1/2HP Shallow Well jet Pump[1] in thermoplastic costs $269 and the cast iron Dayton 1D872 1HP Shallow Well Jet Pump[2] costs $484.
  • Expect to pay $175-$800 or more for a deep well jet pump, depending on materials, capacity, motor (1/2HP to 2HP) and features such as multiple stages (to lift water from greater depths). For example, the cast iron Flint & Walling CPJ15 Deluxe Deep Well Jet[3] pumps depths up to 150' and costs $675-$745. Within this general price range there are also convertible jet pumps that can be used in either shallow or deep wells. For example, the cast iron Dayton 1D875 3/4HP Convertible Jet Pump[4] costs $375.
  • Submersible residential well pumps typically cost $200-$1,200 or more, depending on size (usually 3"-6" in diameter and 2'-4' long), capacity (gallons per minute), motor (3/4HP-5HP) and materials (cast iron, stainless steel). For example, the stainless steel 1/2HP Dayton 1LZR4 Deep Well Submersible Pump[5] pumps 10GPM and costs $475, while the stainless steel 1HPl Goulds 25GS Submersible Water System Pump[6] delivers 25GPM and costs $740-$1,000.
  • In addition to labor, the installation of a water pump may require additional piping or other plumbing, and possibly repairs to the water system if replacing an old pump. Installation can add $250-$2,500 or more to the total, depending on what's included. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources[7] estimates the total cost of replacing the typical domestic submersible pump at $600-$1,200, not including cleanup or repair of the well and/or plumbing system.
Related articles: Well Drilling, Water Testing and Treatment

What should be included:
  • Well pumps raise water from a well and, typically, deliver it to a storage tank where it is held under pressure until needed. Most well pumps are not designed to run continuously, and don't start pumping water each time a faucet is turned on or a toilet is flushed. Instead, the pump delivers water to the storage tank until the tank's pressure hits a preset level, usually 40 to 60 psi (pounds per square inch). The pump then switches off until the pressure in the tank drops a specific amount, which prompts the pump to re-fill the tank. Popular Mechanics explains how well pumps work[8] .
  • Installing or replacing a well pump can be a do-it-yourself project with basic plumbing and electrical skills, but depending on the depth of the well it may require strength and assistants to pull the existing flexible pipe out of the well. A well pump professional typically uses a pump puller machine or a derrick truck to remove the old well piping. A well pump installer provides an installation video[9] for a replacement 3/4 HP submersible pump, while a well owner demonstrates a shallow jet pump[10] used for landscape irrigation.
  • The water system should be disinfected and re-tested after any work is done. Most well pump installers include this in their installation fees.
Shopping for a well pump:
  • Well pumps are typically available from most home improvement and hardware stores like Home Depot[11] ; online retailers like Amazon[12] ; plumbing supply centers; and well drilling companies.
  • The size and type of well pump needed depends on the depth of the well, the elevation, local conditions and the total amount of household water usage. The right size well pump should have the capacity to meet the normal peak household demand, rather than just average use. The Water Systems Council provides guidelines for sizing and selecting a water pump[13] .
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Recently Replaced Pump and motor
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: a user in Lincolnton, NC.Posted: May 27th, 2013 07:05AM
Type of Pump: GrundfosInstallation Required: Yes
Replaced over Memorial Day Weekend. Well is 700 feet deep with the pump set at 650 feet deep. Replace the old pump with a new Grundfos motor 1 1/2HP and a Goulds pump end model 7G515. Parts and material total was $2000.00. The gentlemen that did the work were very professional and timely.
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DVA well pump on electric panel
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Blanche in Sequim, WA.Posted: February 29th, 2012 12:02AM
Type of Pump: do not knowInstallation Required: do not know
I have been in a rental for two years now and was not aware that my water is supplied by both city utility company and an electric well pump. There is a circuit on my electric panel box labeled "DVA Well" and the circuit was flipped in the 'on' position. Last month the adult son of our neighbor walked over on a Sunday morning because his dad wanted us to know that our electric well pump had been on for quite some time and were we aware of it. We were not; since all circuits were turned to 'on' position for at least a year does that mean we have had continuous well water pumping via the electrical panel? Who is responsible for the exorbitant water and electricity costs for the past year; tenant with no knowledge of such device or the owner?
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need new well pump
Amount: $8,000.00
Posted by: rich vang in fresno, CA.Posted: February 18th, 2012 04:02PM
Type of Pump: farmer for 4 acresInstallation Required: yes at the farm
i need to put a new well pump to my farm i want to know how much is it.
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