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Why does my pump lose prime when I vaccum my pool?

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Probably have to many things open on the suction side at one time try closing bottom drain and one if the skimmers if you have more than one.

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Why would it lose prime


Many reasons!!! Air is getting into your plumbing system, before the pump... On the suction side. Our at the shaft seal. Check all threaded fittings in front of the pump reseal as required. If above ground pump is easy to check all the way to pool. Which will include skimmer and main drain. If in ground, very difficult to check skimmer and M/D. Good luck.

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the pump is doing what it was designed for any difference in suction will make it error out you might have to set it on manual to vacuum

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My 24' above groung pool with a 1.5hp pump and sand filter ssems to be losing prime when i hook up my aqua critter. If i unhook the critter the pump re-primes. Any sugguestions as to why?


Your hose either has a hole in it, at the sections at the waters surface where it is exposed to the air? Even a "Pin" hole will create the symptom you are experiencing.
Or... there is a clog in the unit itself.
It appears that you are either sucking in air, or the water flow is being blocked. The pump should pull water no problem through a vacuum hose or a suction style pool cleaner. If the pump loses prime, then "Water" flow is being restricted either physically are mixing with air.

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You will see NO leak if the pump is on.
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The pump lose prime when we vacuum


The reason the pump will lose prime anytime is because insted of the pump pulling in water, it is now pulling in air from some source. When you set up the pool to be vacuumed, you must be sure to prime the vacuum hose with water before inserting the vacuum hose into your suction. The easiest way to do this is to:
1. attach vac.head unto the vac.pole and 1 end of the vac hose.
2. holding on the the other end of the vac. hose so it doesn't get away from you. slowly lower the the set up into the pool and make sure the pole doesn't get away from you either.
3. now you will notice part of the hose is filled water and part of it is floating ontop of the water with air still in it. Now while sitting on the edge of the pool, pull the hose toward you to where you think the part of it is now full of water. than slowly feed the rest of the hose, hand over hand until the end of the hose and you will see water come out the end, the hose is now totally full of water.
4. This is the tricky part, cuff your hand over the end of the filled hose and with the pump running plug the end into the suction, re: skimmer or suction port.
At this point you might have induced some air into the system and the pump may lose prime or start to lose prime. Go over to the pool equipment and if present, bleed the air out of the filter.
Hope this solves your problem.

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Not self priming itself. when it turns off the water pushes back out of the skimmer and pushes the basket up. it loses water and the pump cant re-prime itself.


PRIME PUMP, OPEN AIR VALVE ON FILTER. OR TAKE THE LID OFF YOUR FILTER AND SEE IF IT STARTS TO PUMP... YOU DO HAVE IT PLUMBED RIGHT? THE PIPE COMING OUT OF THE PUMP GOES TO THE FILTER !! I'M YOUR LOCAL POOL PUMP REPAIR GUY IN LONGWOOD FLORIDA. WHERE THE POOL IS ALWAYS OPEN

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