I accidentally left the hose on for 5 hours filling up the horse's trough. When I realized it, water was still flowing from the hose when I turned it off.

Water pressure seems ok in the house but I have been trying to not use any water so hopefully the well will fill back up. We have a submersible well pump.

How do I know if I burned up or damaged the pump or if it's ok?

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    Do have have a pressure tank? Well pumps use the water for cooling, so if water was still pumping it should be okay.
    – crip659
    Dec 16, 2023 at 12:01
  • If you're still getting water, the pump's still working. If you're still getting full pressure it sounds like it's working just fine...
    – FreeMan
    Dec 16, 2023 at 16:42

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Should be fine. Where you run into problems is when the well runs out of water, especially if you don't have a low pressure cutout that shuts the pump off when/if it does. Might see a bump in your power bill, though.

  • Not likely to be noticeable on the electric bill. Even if it's 4kW in San Diego at $0.48/kWh, that's still less than $10 ($9.60). A 2kW pump at $0.20/kWh is only $2. Either way, probably not much compared to the monthly total for a house and horse barn.
    – nobody
    Dec 16, 2023 at 22:32

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