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    HELP, Afraid I will burn up my pump

    I just topped off my pool, inserted the plugs, attached the backwash hose, turned sand filter to Filtration, filled the pump filter with water and turned on the pump - nothing is happening. It is definitely working, but I am afraid i will burn up my pump if I let it run too long. I have turned the pump on twice and let the pump run two minutes each time, but nothing is happening - no water coming into the pump filter. Am I just too anxious? Do I need to let it run longer?
    18,000 gal, 18x32 IGP, vinyl liner, 3 to 5.5ft depth. One inlet/skimmer (Aqua Genie), one main drain. Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter w/filtration rate of 20 GPM/FT, Two-Speed Pentair Whisperflo 1 HP pump, Natural Gas Hayward H200 pool heater, Aquabot T2 (200 Series) Robotic Pool Cleaner (my best friend), Automatic Electric Pool Cover (2nd best friend).

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    Re: HELP, Afraid I will burn up my pump

    Try closing the valve(s) to the skimmer and drain. Fill the basket until the water level stays at the top. You'll be filling the pipes to the valves as well, so it'll take a little more water.

    Then open the valves and quickly switch the pump on.
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    Re: HELP, Afraid I will burn up my pump

    OK, I tried that - I get a first "gush" of water, then nothing. Should I let the pump run longer than a couple of minutes? Maybe I'm not giving it enough time? When I turn the pump off, water rushes back out of it into the pump filter.
    18,000 gal, 18x32 IGP, vinyl liner, 3 to 5.5ft depth. One inlet/skimmer (Aqua Genie), one main drain. Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter w/filtration rate of 20 GPM/FT, Two-Speed Pentair Whisperflo 1 HP pump, Natural Gas Hayward H200 pool heater, Aquabot T2 (200 Series) Robotic Pool Cleaner (my best friend), Automatic Electric Pool Cover (2nd best friend).

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    Re: HELP, Afraid I will burn up my pump

    Try removing the lid, pouring 5 gallons or so of water in. Close it up and turn it on. If it fails after a couple minutes, posting a pic of the pump and the suction side plumbing will give us a common point to direct you in searching for the air leak.

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    Re: HELP, Afraid I will burn up my pump

    YEEha, its up and running! Thank you. Sometimes the slightest little detail can be a tremendous help to a newbie. You mentioned 5 gals of water. I didnt know I would need near that amount. I poured in the water - more than five gallons, actually, shut and tightened the pump filter and flipped the switch. No problemo now! I even re-read the pool opening instruction, and it doesnt mention that amount of water. I guess it would help if I understand the concept behind it. Thanks bunches.
    18,000 gal, 18x32 IGP, vinyl liner, 3 to 5.5ft depth. One inlet/skimmer (Aqua Genie), one main drain. Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter w/filtration rate of 20 GPM/FT, Two-Speed Pentair Whisperflo 1 HP pump, Natural Gas Hayward H200 pool heater, Aquabot T2 (200 Series) Robotic Pool Cleaner (my best friend), Automatic Electric Pool Cover (2nd best friend).

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    Re: HELP, Afraid I will burn up my pump

    Usually doesn't need that much. Sometimes builders use flex pipe. When the pipe has undulations, air pockets form. The extra water you added gave the water time to build some momentum and overcome the rises and falls that trapped air. Had you let it go initially, it probably would have overcome the air pockets. We just speeded it up some.

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