Plumbing in the Home/Well water pump problem

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Me and my family were just sitting there when the water pump in the basement started making this noise..it's hard to explain but almost sounded like a fridge motor or a car overheating or something like that. My father went down to the basement, turned it off at the fuse, waited a couple of minutes, turned it back on...noise was still there. I realize you don't know for sure because you're not looking at it but could you please give me possibilities of what could be wrong, how easy it would be for someone with no plumbing knowledge to fix (we're quite broke) and if our water pump will still produce water when we desperately need it to.

Please, when listing what could be wrong, list how many hours on average it would take to fix and what parts/supplies would be needed.


Thanks!

Answer
You haven't given me enough info to know what is wrong.  Answer a few questions for me, and I'll try to figure it out.

1.  Was the motor running when you hear the noise?

2.  Do you have water when the pump is running?

3.  Do you hear the noise only when the motor is running?

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Bob Tabor

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I am a Water Well Driller and Water Pump technician. I own a business in Riverview, Fl. We repair motors and pumps in shop and in the field. We repair and replace submersible and jet pumps, galvanized and bladder tanks, and their controls. Water filtration is another one of our specialties.

Experience

I started drilling and repairing wells and pumps with my dad in 1958 at the age of 13 years. I worked with him on weekends and in the summer when not in school. After graduating high school, I worked for my Dad until going into the Army in 1968. I spent three years in the Army then went back into the Well Drilling/Repair field.

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Many Forums including my own. http://www.pumpsandtanks.com/forum

Education/Credentials
High school and a few courses after getting out of the Army. They were offered on the GI Bill.

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