When it rains...it pours (or not)
Saturday night, about 10:30, I suddenly had no water.
We checked things and saw that the bladder in our pressure tank had ruptured. This was surprising since we installed that tank a few years ago and the previous tank had lasted 20 years. So Sunday morning, hubby went to the store, bought a new pressure tank and spent the afternoon installing it.
Got it installed, everything hooked up and...still no water.
So first thing Monday morning, we call a well service company. They couldn't send anyone out until about 4:30pm. They did some checks and determined it was either the pump or the motor (or both) at the bottom of our well.
They came back Tuesday, had to drill down and, surprise surprise!!! Both the pump AND the motor had failed and needed to be replaced!!
We were told this isn't uncommon. Both parts have an average lifespan of 15-20 years and they were last replaced about 12 years ago. So they didn't last quite as long but still, not too far off. Still, the pressure tank was confusing.
They finish the well work around 6:30pm, hubby installs a new filter and...no water.
So we call Wednesday morning, they come out and...turns out when the previous owners put the house filtration system in, they were using the wrong filter, and we've been replacing the filters with the same kind.
So...turns out the pressure tank almost assuredly failed because of the filter putting undo strain on the system.
No way to know for sure if it caused the pump and motor failure as well, but they would have needed replacing in a few years anyway.
What an expensive (and exasperating) lesson! We've always done a vast majority of our home repairs. Sometimes, it really is worth it to hire the pros. Ugh.