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    priming the pump

    I've done a search but couldn't find th answer to this question, sorry if I missed it.

    What is the best way to prime the filter after I've taken out the cartridge for cleaning? I have used a hose but that just seems to send the water back in the pool and not fill up the filter area.
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    Re: priming the pump

    If all is plumbed properly all you should have to do is close it all back up and turn the pump back on. It should fill the filter canister up on its own. If your pump lost its prime then that is a different story.

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    Re: priming the pump

    Mostly you just turn the pump on. Once the pump us running, you should open the vent on top of the filter and let all the air out. When water starts running out, you close the vent again.
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    Re: priming the pump

    It does fill again once I close it up but I was worried about running it with all that air in the tank. I guess I could close off the returns to keep it from draining out. That is if I can turn those valves, they have been in the same position for 3 years.
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    Pentair Intelliflo Vairable Speed Pump
    Pentair 150 Sq Ft Cartridge Filter
    Pentair Ultra Temp Heater

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    Re: priming the pump

    There is a bleed at the top of filter tank, turn pump on, open bleed until water comes out. Close bleed and carry on.
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    Re: priming the pump

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    Mostly you just turn the pump on. Once the pump us running, you should open the vent on top of the filter and let all the air out. When water starts running out, you close the vent again.

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