The pressure gauge on the well pump tells the water pressure and helps in solving water flow problems. Over the years, pressure gauges start to malfunction due to blockage/buildup, or some parts may stop working. In such a situation, it is important to have knowledge about replacing a pressure gauge. Let’s read more about it.
How to Replace a Well Pump Pressure Gauge?
One Important Consideration: It is possible that the pressure gauge may not be working due to a blockage. In such a scenario, the pressure gauge can start working normally again after clearing the blockage. We suggest you do not buy a pressure gauge unless you check the problematic one.
- Replacement Pressure Gauge
- Garden Hose (you may already have one)
- Teflon Tape
- Channel Locks or Plumber Pliers
Step 1: Turn off the water pump by removing the electrical wire and then turn off the circuit breaker. Safety is very important while doing such DIY tasks.
Step 2: Turn off the water supply to your home and drain the water from the pressure tank using a garden hose. Make sure you vent the pipe to a nearby drain or outside your home to avoid water spilling on the ground.
Step 3: Remove the existing pressure gauge with the plumbing pliers and check for any blockages and buildups. You must remove the gauge by holding the brass fittings below the gauge. Move the gauge in an anticlockwise direction. If there is no buildup, get a new replacement gauge. Otherwise, remove the blockage or sediment buildup and put back the old one.
Step 4: Now, you need to place the new gauge on the pressure tank’s female pressure threads and move the gauge in a clockwise direction with your hand. When the gauge becomes difficult to tighten with the hand, use pliers to tighten the gauge further.
Step 5: Remove the water hose and close the drain spigot.
Step 6: Turn on the water pump and observe the pressure gauge. If it responds to the change in pressure, you have successfully replaced the pressure gauge. Turn on the water supply to your home.