Yesterday I completed (or so I thought) our first DIY pump swap, removing the old Whisperflo for a new Intelliflo. Everything went well, pump was installed, got it primed, and ran the pump for the remainder of the night schedule as I had programmed.
Fast forward to this morning. Before I leave for work I go outside to make sure the pump is turning on per the newly programmed schedule without any issue. To my surprise, there was an alarm on the pump saying it could not prime b/c the basket was dry (and sure enough, it was). There are no noticeable leaks on the pad, but my fear is that there is a water leak somewhere. I should point out that the pad is at a higher elevation than the pool, probably 3 feet or so. We had a leak repaired last year (it was behind the skimmer), and the company that fixed the leak said that there were no other leaks.
I should also point out with the old Wisperflo, the pump basket would also be dry when it started up, and the pump would usually take 30 seconds or so to pull water through the system as it was starting up. Unlike the Intelliflo however, it would not stop the pump from working.
What are my options? Is this certainly a leak causing air to get in the system? The only thing I can think to do in the meantime is get the pump primed again and keep it on 24 hours a day so it maintains the prime.