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When I turn the suction valve to pull from the pool only and not the jacuzzi, the pump doesn't fill w/ water and has a lot of air and the filter tank loses pressure.

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  • brianandres Aug 24, 2010

    Thanks LP! The skimmer has 2 suction holes and only one of the holes is sucking water. Could this be the problem? If so, how do I fix?

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Sounds like you have alot of air coming from the pool. check the weir in the skimmer to make sure it's not stuck and blocking water from coming in, assuming the water level in the pool is normal.

If you have an auto cleaner, make sure the hoses are not cracked. Use a process of elimination to try and determine where the air is coming from. If you can't find anything obvious, have the line(s) pressure tested.

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I have an above ground pool with a jacuzzi pump. (1.5 hp). I just replaced the sand in the sand filter. I also put on a new o-ring on the jacuzzi pump cover. When I turn on the filter, the pump fills up...


I think you have a air leak. A 1.5 hp motor is very strong and should vacuum well. Be careful to not over tighten the top of your pump housing.

Is your impeller in good shape? It may be worth your while to remove the pump motor from the pump. While you have it apart, replace all the seals (there is a kit for this). Inspect the impeller and all parts of the housing - any junk inside? Remove it. After you complete the rebuild, reinstall the motor, fill the pump housing with water, secure the top and start the pump.

Let me know what happens ...

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Jul 03, 2011 | Jacuzzi Pool & Spa

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Backwashing A Sand Filter with A Push/Pull Slide Valve or Multiport Valve


Lots of people are first time pool owners and pool professionals forget to teach these "newbies" about the simplest aspects of pool ownership.

One of the biggest questions we receive from new homeowners is "How do I go about backwashing my sand filter exactly?"

It doesn't matter if you have a Hayward, Pentair, Jandy, Sta-Rite or any other number of Sand Filters on the market they all utilize the same basic valves for backwashing; a push/pull slide valve or a multiport valve.


To backwash with a multiport valve:
1) Shut off pump motor.
2) Press down on valve handle, rotate valve from FILTER to BACKWASH position.
3) Roll out any backwash hose or open any waste line valves.
4) Open air bleeder assembly on filter, and turn pump on.
5) Watch pressure gauge for backpressure and hose for kinks. Be prepared to shut off pump quickly.
6) After hose fills with water, run for 3 - 5 minutes or until water runs clear.
7) Shut off pump motor and move multiport valve handle to RINSE position. Run on rinse for 15 - 25 seconds.
8) Shut off pump motor and move multiport valve handle to FILTER position.
9) Turn pump back on and note lower pressure.
10) Roll up backwash hose so the dogs use it as a chew toy.


To Backwash a sand filter with a slide valve:
1) Shut off pump motor, roll out backwash hose.
2) Twist to unlock plunger T-handle, push or pull(depending on manufaturer) the plunger 2" - 3".
3) Open air bleeder assembly on filter, and turn pump on.
4) Watch pressure gauge for backpressure and hose for kinks. Be prepared to shut off pump quickly.
5) After hose fills with water, run for 3 - 5 minutes or until water runs clear.
6) Shut off pump motor and push T-handle back down into locked position.
7) Turn pump back on and note lower pressure.
8) Roll up backwash hose.

Now you are a backwash Guru!

More tips and tricks are available form The Ugly Pool Guy, www.WeFixUglyPools.com

on Dec 14, 2010 | Pool & Spa

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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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My jaccuzi message pump pressure is low


It could be any one of the following problems. Try these troubleshooting steps for Jaccuzi pool pumps.

1)Pump not primed. Prime pump.
2) Leakage of air into suction system
3)Impeller clogged
4) Valve in suction or discharge line partly closed; Suction or discharge

line partly plugged or too small.

5)Plugged basket in skimmer or hair in lint strainer.

6)Dirty filter.

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We do not know where the air filter valves are


Air filter?

Remove the strainer basket cover ... fill with water ... check the gasket ... replace if questionable ... close the cover and SNUG the top down. Start the pump ... it should run just fine.

If you are sucking air, tighten the strainer basket cover a little.

Still sucking air? You will have to find the air leak. You might plug the leak with plumbers putty.

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How do i change the sand in the filter? I am getting sand in my pool.


You will simply remove the old sand from your pool filter and follow the instructions from your users manual like you are adding sand for the first time. In case you don't have it, I am going to paraphrase it for you below.

1. Be sure correct amount of filter sand media is in tank and
that all connections have been made and are secure.
IMPORTANT: To prevent unnecessary strain on piping system and valving, always shut off pump before switching Filter Control Valve positions.
The correct amout of sand can be determined with this link: http://www.backyardcitypools.com/pool-filters/Filter-Sand-Requirements.htm

2. Set your controls to the backwash position.

3. Prime and start pump according to pump instructions. (be sure all suction and return lines are open), allowing the filter tank to fill with water.

4. Once water flow is steady out the waste line, run the pump
for at least 2 minutes. This initial backwashing of the filter is recommended to remove any impurities or fine sand particles in the sand media.

5. Turn pump off and set valve to RINSE position. Start pump and operate until water in sight glass is clear—about 1/2 to 1 minute. Turn pump off, set valve to FILTER position and restart pump. Your filter is now operating in the normal filter mode, filtering particles from the pool water.

6. Adjust pool suction and return valves to achieve desired
flow. Check system and filter for water leaks and tighten connections, bolts, nuts, as required.

7. Set your filter to the "filter" position.

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Where dothe hoses go


Suction from the pool goes into the front of the pump housing ... Discharge from the pump goes to the filter. If multi-port, there is a suction and a discharge port identified. If it is push/pull, Top port goes to waste, center is water in, bottom is water return to the pool.

Pool water is suppose to go into the top of the filter and out the bottom for return to the pool.

When manipulating the valfe (multi-port or push pull), ASSURE the pump is OFF! If multi-port valve, only turn the handle clock-wise.

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How to open pool, fill sand filter with water?


I happen to have a copy of the users manual for this pool filter. These are the instructions for operating your filter.

1. Be sure correct amount of filter sand media is in tank and
that all connections have been made and are secure.
2. Depress Vari-Flo control valve handle and rotate to
BACKWASH* position. (To prevent damage to control valve
seal, always depress handle before turning.)
3. Prime and start pump according to pump instructions (be
sure all suction and return lines are open), allowing the filter
tank to fill with water.
WARNING: ALL SUCTION AND
DISCHARGE VALVES MUST BE OPEN WHEN
STARTING THE SYSTEM. FAILURE TO DO
SO COULD CAUSE SEVERE PERSONAL
INJURY.
Once water flow is steady out the waste line, run the pump for
at least 2 minutes. The initial back-washing of the filter is
recommended to remove any impurities or fine sand particles
in the sand media.
4. Turn pump off and set valve to RINSE position. Start pump
and operate until water in sight glass is clear—about 1/2 to 1
minute. Turn pump off, set valve to FILTER position and
restart pump. Your filter is now operating in the normal filter
mode, filtering particles from the pool water.
5. Adjust pool suction and return valves to achieve desired
flow. Check system and filter for water leaks and tighten
connections, bolts, nuts, as required.
6. Note the initial pressure gauge reading when the filter is
clean. (It will vary from pool to pool depending upon the
pump and general piping system). As the filter removes dirt
and impurities from the pool water, the accumulation in the
filter will cause the pressure to rise and flow to diminish.
When the pressure gauge reading is 8-10 PSI (0.55-0.69
BAR) higher than the initial "clean" pressure you noted, it is
time to backwash (clean) the filter (see BACKWASH under
Filter Control Valve Functions.)

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My pump is running however it's pressure is less than 10 psi and the heater on the pool will not run.


With the Jacuzzi Magnum pool pumps, low pressure is going to likely be cause by one of the issues below. Try these troubleshooting tips.

1.Pump not primed

2.Leakage of air into suction system

3.Impeller clogged

4.Valve in suction or discharge line partly closed or suction or discharge line partly plugged or too small. 5.Plugged basket in skimmer or hair in lint strainer.

6.Dirty filter.

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My pool pump won't prime


If the pump is above the pool water level the it is unlikly that the tank will fill completely with valves open (which is ok).Most pumps are self priming and will pick up a prime with water level below suction inlet on strainer. Try starting on main drain again and slowly open skimmer line. Did you remove water from skimmer line and winterize(if in cold weather climate)during closing?.I know this sounds stupid, but make sure water level in pool is well into skimmer. If air situation remains after scspriggs' and these thoughts then prepare for a pressure test on skimmer line to determine location of leakage.

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