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My pump is running but the water is flowing slowly into the basket, never filling up. I have cleaned everything and its still not flowing right. the gauge is not moving and stays on 0. barely any suction. i dont know what else to do.this is a pool pump

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  • irishdebweis Sep 27, 2009

    still not working. i tried the water hose in the skimmer and still did not work

  • irishdebweis Sep 27, 2009

    Pentair whisperflo pump runs, sounds good, wont prime no pressure, hardly any suction. Anyone???

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Your line is plugged up! the one coming from the basket to the pump.

you cleaned all the filters out and back washed the system?

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    michael schultz Sep 27, 2009

    you have to blow air through it with an air compressor to see if it builds pressure and if it does then it is plugged.

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    michael schultz Sep 27, 2009

    work with me here we need so more info and if you have tried these suggestion.

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    michael schultz Sep 28, 2009

    did you figure out the pump/ just wondering i haven't heard back from you?

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Hi

Thanks for using FixYa. When a pump is not primed, the motor is running, but no water is being pumped through it. If a pump runs unprimed for a length of time, it can do serious damage to the pump components.


It is normal for a pump to take up to a minute or two to prime up. In some extreme cases, it might take up to five minutes to prime a pump. If it does not prime up within that time, then something is probably wrong.
When attempting to prime a pump, make sure that the pump pot is full of water and that the lid is securely attached. Make sure also that the lid o-ring is sealing properly. A light coat of silicone lube is a good idea. If the lid o-ring is hard, flat or damaged, it should be replaced.
If the pump shows no signs of priming up on its own, it may be necessary to force water from the skimmer into the pump to encourage the pump to prime. This is sometimes needed if the pump is situated more than a foot above the water level.

The best way to do this is by using a "drain jet" in the skimmer

1. Hook the drain jet up to a garden hose and insert it into the skimmer line that leads to the pump. Shut off or plug all the other intakes (main drains, skimmers). This will force water into the pump.

2. Turn on the water and let it force water up into the pump trap. When the water has filled the trap, turn the pump on.

3. As the pump starts to prime, open up one of the other intakes partially in order to keep from starving the pump. This will allow the pump to fully prime. As the pump primes, open the other intakes gradually, allowing the pump to pull out any trapped air.

4. When the pump is fully primed, turn off the drain jet and remove it. Be careful that you do not allow the drain jet to be sucked into the skimmer line.


Also check for--


1. Check filter pressure gauge, filter may need cleaning.
2. Check for clogged plumbing lines around the pool pump.
3. Check for worn or damaged impeller in the pool pump.
4. Check for low voltage.



If the pump will not prime, even using a drain jet, then check the pump components for blockage or breakage.


Please do accept the solution if the issue is resolved or else revert for further assistance.

Thanks

Rylee

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