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Thread: IntelliFlo started without any water in basket. Am I OK?

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    IntelliFlo started without any water in basket. Am I OK?

    I started my IntelliFlo up for the first time yesterday without any water in the pump basket. It pulled water in soon after and it's been running great for a day now. Did I likely cause any damage not having water in the basket as indicated in the owner's manual? Sure hope not :/

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    Re: IntelliFlo started without any water in basket. Am I OK?

    raw,

    It will be fine.. You just don't' want that to happen for a long time..

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    Re: IntelliFlo started without any water in basket. Am I OK?

    That's a relief. I read that in the manual this morning and got weak in the knees

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    Re: IntelliFlo started without any water in basket. Am I OK?

    Based on the way pool pumps are able to prime themselves, you had to have had some water in the pump. It may not have been visible in the pump pot but there was definitely water in the volute or it wouldnt have been able to prime itself.

    As i understand it, every new Intelliflo is test run so even fresh out of the box, the pump likely had some water in it as i am sure Pentair doesnt go to any great lengths to completely drain the pump after testing.
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    Re: IntelliFlo started without any water in basket. Am I OK?

    Quote Originally Posted by griffths View Post
    Based on the way pool pumps are able to prime themselves, you had to have had some water in the pump. It may not have been visible in the pump pot but there was definitely water in the volute or it wouldnt have been able to prime itself.

    As i understand it, every new Intelliflo is test run so even fresh out of the box, the pump likely had some water in it as i am sure Pentair doesnt go to any great lengths to completely drain the pump after testing.
    Makes sense...thanks!

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    Re: IntelliFlo started without any water in basket. Am I OK?

    For those who are interested in the theory and more visual learners...

    Centrifugal pump priming video
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