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    Starting up sand filter/ pump for first time...

    We're starting up our new to us Hayward sand filter and pump today. We have a small amount of debri in the deep end of the pool but its fairly clean. Should we start with a backwash cycle or filter cycle? Thanks! We love this site and appreciate all the help
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    Re: Starting up sand filter/ pump for first time...

    Go ahead and put it on filter for a little while - just note the PSI when you are running, when you are vacuuming, etc. Look for good pressure coming from the jets. Post back and describe what is happening.
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    Re: Starting up sand filter/ pump for first time...

    Will do, thanks!
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    Re: Starting up sand filter/ pump for first time...

    Well my husband went out to turn it on and it's staying on for about 2-3 seconds then its tripping the breaker. Any ideas why?
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    Re: Starting up sand filter/ pump for first time...

    Nm, he got it going! But our pressure gauge isn't working at all. Also, it seems that it's pulling water into the skimmer quickly for a minute or two then it slows down quite a bit then starts again... Not sure if that's normal?
    31,500 gallon IG w/vinyl liner, Hayward Pro Series S-244T Sand Filter w/ 1hp Hayward pump
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    Re: Starting up sand filter/ pump for first time...

    What is your water level? At least half way up the skimmer. Sounds like your sucking air into the skimmer (forms a vortex). All the valves on the suction and return side open?
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    Re: Starting up sand filter/ pump for first time...

    Actually the water was a little low, maybe an inch past the skimmer opening, we've had the hose in abd its filling up. After a few minutes the pressure leveled out and it's been running normal for about an hour. Definitely seemed liked air was getting in. My husband's picking up a gauge today, for now it's running in filter and seems to be doing its job. I'll post psi later, thanks!
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