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    Pool pump won't prime

    Ok I have read everything I can find and I'm about to give up...
    We're talking ZERO prime. No water movement.
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    I've checked for air leaks everywhere that is exposed, cleaned all the skimmers, tried blasting water in every intake possible... Disassembled the pump and jandy valves, opened up the filter, opened the slide valve...
    The only things I believe I have not eliminated are:
    -suction side underground air leak or obstruction
    -filter may be clogged (just got back from a trip), but I can't clean it without the pump priming

    What else can it be????
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Do you have the ability to run the pump in recirculate or waste to see if its a clogged filter? Or try blowing out the suction line with a garden hose or shopvac?
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    I just have a two way slide valve so just filter and backwash...
    I have tried blowing out the lines but only with a standard hose and rag... I may need to just be more industrial strength...
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Ok I was able to successfully blow air from the pool vacuum inlet back to the filter. I also blew from the skimmer but it shares a line with the main drain so all I got was bubbles coming out the main.
    As long as one is clear I should be able to prime so I don't think it is an obstruction of the suction lines...
    Next I'm going to try to blow through the entire system...pool vac inlet>filter>return jets....
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    If that worked check that the pumpbasket lid is sealing tight i use the pool and spa lube in conjuntion with the gasket for a super tight seal
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    It is sealing tight. Relubed it and checked by spraying soap water all over it...
    Any chance the pump is just torched from running dry in 105 degrees for a few days? I assue it shut itself off, but...
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    I just successfully blew air from vac inlet all the way thru the system and out the return jets.
    Where does tat leave me? Air leak or pump is shot are the only things that seem to make sense...??
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Any chance the pump is just torched from running dry in 105 degrees for a few days?
    Yikes! That's pretty significant info. Has it primed since?
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Have you poured water into the pumpbasket? If so does the pump suck that water into the filter or no
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    I have poured water in; with the lid off it runs back into the suction line, the water that remains appears to draw into the filter, although the pressure doesn't register on the gauge nor do I get any flow out of the jets.
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Hmmm. When you turn the pump on does it sound like its running " normal"?
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Any chance the pump is just torched from running dry in 105 degrees for a few days?
    Yikes! That's pretty significant info. Has it primed since?
    No. I got home and my wife told me it hasn't been working (would been useful several days ago). I tried running it this morning and nothing.
    When I opened up the pump all I did was inspect the impeller and parts that touch water... Motor seems to be running fine.
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyGuy
    Hmmm. When you turn the pump on does it sound like its running " normal"?
    Yes, although it sounds dry, like there is no load... Because it isn't pumping water.
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    The lack of water may have damaged the pump but the hayward pumps are borderline bullet proof in my experience. In the past i have taken my garden hose and just kept dumping water into the pump basket until the lines were full then recovered it and turned the pump on
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyGuy
    The lack of water may have damaged the pump but the hayward pumps are borderline bullet proof in my experience. In the past i have taken my garden hose and just kept dumping water into the pump basket until the lines were full then recovered it and turned the pump on
    I let it run for an hour this morning; it never overflows because the water just runs back into the suction line...I can't imagine the lines are that voluminous so it has to be running back into the pool, right?
    For the record I've never been able to get it to overflow.
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    I have had to put hose bib on suction line and hook up a hose for extra water to get some pumps prime...never will prime with basket lid off

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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    I would use wet vac and see ,if you can suck water from the pool from the suction line

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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    You could try closing all your valves ("to pool", "skimmer" and "drain"), then filling the basket and putting the lid back on (water should not drain out). Then open the valves (if there are no leaks water should still be in basket), then turn on pump.
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Quote Originally Posted by dombey
    Quote Originally Posted by FamilyGuy
    Hmmm. When you turn the pump on does it sound like its running " normal"?
    Yes, although it sounds dry, like there is no load... Because it isn't pumping water.
    Maybe there is no load because the impeller isn't turning.

    Some impellers are 100% molded plastic. In an excessive heat situation, the threaded part of the impeller that connects to the motor shaft can get reamed out. The shaft still goes through the impeller and the impeller will appear to turn freely when you try to turn it by sticking your finger in it through the opening in the pump basket. However, the impeller isn't turning at all via the motor 'cause it isn't connected to the shaft.

    Solution: replace the impeller. The new generation of Hayward Superpump impellers have a threaded brass insert for attachment to the motor shaft versus the old plastic ones. And, get a seal kit, while you're at it.

    I'm assuming that the motor still works after the overheating episode.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Pool pump won't prime

    Ok, I got it working...
    Replaced all rubber parts/seals, basket cover, ceramic seal assembly...
    It now works.
    Except now I have other issues, which I will post separately...
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