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    I should know better!

    My son had loosened to lid on the pump basket the other day, (one drawback to TFP, the water is so clear the basket looks empty. Hubby thought the same before.) so I closed the valve in the hose so I could reposition it, as it was dripping. Well, I briefly turned the pump on before realizing I forgot to open the valve back up. It was the inlet side. Now the pump is very loud. Is it ruined? It's an Intex Krystal Klear and it was purchased in 2012.
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    Re: I should know better!

    HOW briefly?
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    Re: I should know better!

    Not even a minute. And I'm wondering if I should have turned it off before opening the valve. I didn't, though.
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    Re: I should know better!

    I can't imagine that causing any damage. Maybe it just needs to "catch up"?
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    Re: I should know better!

    I'll have my husband look at it when he gets home. I turned it off. But it's definitely the pump making a loud noise, not just the pump basket, etc. It's much louder than the noise it makes when the basket has air.
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    Re: I should know better!

    https://vimeo.com/179569109

    A short video of the noise. It is normally quiet enough that you can't tell it's running when you are sitting on the deck of the pool, or even in the pool, for that matter.
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    It's sucking air from somewhere....probably the lid. Stop the pump, open the lid, check for debris around the lid and lip. Fill basket with water and replace/reset lid. Make sure valve are in correct position, then restart pump.
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    Re: I should know better!

    It usually makes a different noise when there is just air in the basket. I had already opened it and tightened things. The air is all out of the basket now, (it always has a bit of air when you take the lid off, then it works it's way out.) It's definitely something with the motor. I back washed earlier. It's still moving the water well, and the return has full strength. It ran for a few hours, still working, but still loud....

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    Re: I should know better!

    Quote Originally Posted by samiguy View Post
    It's sucking air from somewhere....probably the lid. Stop the pump, open the lid, check for debris around the lid and lip. Fill basket with water and replace/reset lid. Make sure valve are in correct position, then restart pump.
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    I think you were right, after all! I got a little worried that the ump ran dry for a while when I remembered my son had originally thought the pump basket was empty and took the lid off. It got put back crooked. I noticed it leaking and couldn't get it removed. Had the hubby redo it for me. No leaks. The pump was still making that noise for a while, then it was more intermittent, and eventually stopped all together.
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    Re: I should know better!

    Good news!

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    Re: I should know better!

    Well, it last another month, then lights out.mthe pump died over the weekend. Looks like I will have to get one over the winter. I'm going to go ahead and close the pool this week.
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    Re: I should know better!

    What's the water temp running?
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    Re: I should know better!

    It was 65 the other day. I was too depressed (and busy) to look, lol. It had been raining for a few days. I know I probably already have a bit of algae starting. I opened the season this year with a bit because I did not cover it last year. It gave me some real life SLAM experience, lol.
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    Re: I should know better!

    Went out to take the solar cover off. As I was hanging over the side of the deck railing, I stepped on a hornet. I'm having bad pool karma, ha ha.
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