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    Did I damage my pump???

    On Monday I connected my new Intex 16" sand filter/pump. Only 2 days later I came home to find my over-the-side skimmer (only intake source) up out of the water. I guess the stupid blow-up ring lost some air and didn't hold the skimmer tight. There was some water left in the basket area of the pump; about 1/3 full. The pump was running like that for anywhere up to 3 hours. I fixed it and reset it and it ran fine. So, was the pump just trying to prime itself or was it really sucking air?
    Intex 15x36 Easy Set (2,800 g.)
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    Re: Did I damage my pump???

    You should be fine, but there could be problems if it happens again. When the pump runs dry it will tend to overheat. If it gets too hot, which takes time, there can be damage. If there had been damage, it would have been obvious right away, usually things like major leaks.
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    Re: Did I damage my pump???

    It was really sucking air. You probably damaged it some, but how much, is anybody's guess. If it's running fine and not leaking then I wouldn't worry about it. Since it still had some water in the basket it didn't run completely dry.
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    Re: Did I damage my pump???


    Thanks for the info.
    Intex 15x36 Easy Set (2,800 g.)
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    Intex 800 gph filter just for the surface skimmer

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