I'm at the end of my rope, I'd scream (again!) if it would do any good. I have a suction side air leak that I cannot find. I have air in the lint pot, not a lot to see per se, but enough to put millions of super tiny bubbles back into the return and cause a gurgling sound from under the multi-port valve on the filter. It is enough also to draw a very small amount of air back into the LQ. In 30 days my TA has gone from 225 to 120. I am where I need to be roughly, and would like to put a stop to the leak.
I've done a miriad of things to the piping system, but am drawn back to the strainer basket. I've replaced the strainer basket o-ring and lubed it up good, but you can still see hidden pockets of undulating air, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch at a couple of places around the strainer lid. Well, I have to assume this is my source of air injection. Incidentaly, there is no water leak when the system is shut down. But every time you fire the pump up, there's a huge purge of air, even with less than a minute between shut-down and start-ups.
So my question is: It is possible that the strainer lid or body of the strainer top is slighly warped or has a crack that I cannot see. What can I put around the lid to temporarily seal the lid to the body, to troubleshoot to conclusion that it is indeed the strainer lid?
For the most part the system looks as it does except the injection point for the LQ is a saddle clamp and the chlorinator has been removed.