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    Pump won't prime and water is coming out of air pressure release

    Our pump was working delightfully for the last couple of weeks - I even vacuumed the pool successfully and we've been backwashing regularly without problems. Today, the pump won't prime. I can't find any leaks anywhere When I tried the air pressure release on the pump, water started pouring out of it. Usually, I either hear a rush of air or nothing. I've never seen this. What on earth? Has anyone ever seen this?
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    Above ground pool 36,000 gallons, 14x36 and 16' wide and occasionally the bane of my existence. We have a sand filter and a Hayward pump. We live in Colorado so our swimming season is quite short. We try to extend it with a solar blanket.

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    Re: Pump won't prime and water is coming out of air pressure release

    Is there any chance you might have sucked-up something into your return (suction side) from your last vacuum session?
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    Re: Pump won't prime and water is coming out of air pressure release

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Splash View Post
    Is there any chance you might have sucked-up something into your return (suction side) from your last vacuum session?
    Does that mean I should check the skimmer side?

    Thanks for replying, by the way
    Above ground pool 36,000 gallons, 14x36 and 16' wide and occasionally the bane of my existence. We have a sand filter and a Hayward pump. We live in Colorado so our swimming season is quite short. We try to extend it with a solar blanket.

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    Re: Pump won't prime and water is coming out of air pressure release

    That's what I was wondering. If by some chance, while vacuuming, something got sucked-up into your suction line under ground that goes to your pump and pump basket. Just a thought. Stranger things have happened. With that line plugged or obstructed, it might explain why you aren't getting any water at all to the pump area.
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
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    Re: Pump won't prime and water is coming out of air pressure release

    ctpdenver,

    Welcome to the forum.

    What is your current psi - pump running?

    Is it the same as before this happened?
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    Re: Pump won't prime and water is coming out of air pressure release

    Hey everyone - thank you so much - something was stuck in the suction line underground. After much effort and some inappropriate language, we finally got it fixed. Thank you for your help. I really appreciate it.

    Great forum.
    Above ground pool 36,000 gallons, 14x36 and 16' wide and occasionally the bane of my existence. We have a sand filter and a Hayward pump. We live in Colorado so our swimming season is quite short. We try to extend it with a solar blanket.

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    Re: Pump won't prime and water is coming out of air pressure release

    Good language comes through again! Yippee! Enjoy.
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    Re: Pump won't prime and water is coming out of air pressure release

    I was talking up this forum something fierce last night.
    Above ground pool 36,000 gallons, 14x36 and 16' wide and occasionally the bane of my existence. We have a sand filter and a Hayward pump. We live in Colorado so our swimming season is quite short. We try to extend it with a solar blanket.

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