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    Help - System Froze

    Good afternoon! Our system froze during the sub-freezing temps and now our pump isn't working. There was frozen water in pipes/filter and a thin sheet on top of the actual pool. I had set the motor to start whenever temps dropped below 40, but it must have failed somehow.

    Now everything is thawed out but when i turn the pump on it sounds like it's on but no water flowing through filters or anything at all.

    I am admittedly very inexperienced with the pool but have only had to do routine maintenance up till now.

    Thanks!!!
    Dallas Texas Area
    Blue Haven 27x14 Plaster Free Form Play Pool
    11,500 Gallon
    Tri-Star Hayward 1 1/2 hp Pump
    190 sq ft filter

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    Re: Help - System Froze

    Welcome to TFP.

    How have you tried to prime it?
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    Re: Help - System Froze

    No...I'm not sure how to do that (or almost anything else related to the operation of the pool). I haven't done anything other than turn it on and off.
    Dallas Texas Area
    Blue Haven 27x14 Plaster Free Form Play Pool
    11,500 Gallon
    Tri-Star Hayward 1 1/2 hp Pump
    190 sq ft filter

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    Re: Help - System Froze

    Take the lid off the pump basket and pour a good bit of water in it. If water isn't pouring out the casing, put the lid back on and start the pump again. Don't let it run longer than a minute or two and repeat the sequence if it doesn't prime. You may have to do it a few times to get it to prime.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Re: Help - System Froze

    Great! I'll try that when I get home. I'll let you know!
    Dallas Texas Area
    Blue Haven 27x14 Plaster Free Form Play Pool
    11,500 Gallon
    Tri-Star Hayward 1 1/2 hp Pump
    190 sq ft filter

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    Re: Help - System Froze

    I poured water in the pump basket and the water went down through the drain hole. Turned motor on and no movement through the pump. There is water in the pump but it stays at the level of the hole.
    Dallas Texas Area
    Blue Haven 27x14 Plaster Free Form Play Pool
    11,500 Gallon
    Tri-Star Hayward 1 1/2 hp Pump
    190 sq ft filter

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    Re: Help - System Froze

    You put the lid back on correctly, right? Try again.....This time pour more water in again and let the pump run for 2 minutes. If you still get no flow, shut it off and report back.
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    Re: Help - System Froze

    Check all of your above ground piping, sounds like you may have a cracked pipe.

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    Re: Help - System Froze

    Can you post pictures. Is the water leaking out of the pump at all, or is it draining out the when it comes in?
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    Re: Help - System Froze

    I'll try the suggestions and will take some pics when I get home this evening.
    Dallas Texas Area
    Blue Haven 27x14 Plaster Free Form Play Pool
    11,500 Gallon
    Tri-Star Hayward 1 1/2 hp Pump
    190 sq ft filter

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