Hi, I just opened my pool for the first time and I'm having some flow problems. I can get the pump to pull water, but then it doesn't go anywhere... The pool was installed last June and professionally closed. I opened it myself yesterday - took off the cover, return plugs, and gizmo. I replaced the pressure gauge, two filter pump knobs, filter drain knob, and return eyes. I tightened all pvc connections and all valves appear to be pointing in the right direction.
I filled the filter pump with water (lots of water - enough that kept leaving the pump) to prime it. I kicked it on and it is clearly pulling some water from the pool, but not that much. The problem is the water doesn't go anywhere. If I open the backwash valve then tons of water gushes out and it keeps pulling more from the pool into the pump. This tells me that the pump is working at least.
I've checked and rechecked my re-assembly of the filter and it appears to be fine. There is some water at the bottom that came from the pump (was not there before I kicked it on), but it looks like the water stays in the pump and doesn't move past there or the filter. Both the intellichlor and the heat pump both say the water pressure is too low, and I don't see anything heading back into the pool. The filter shows 0 psi.
There was definitely some air in the system... When I opened the pump knobs I let a good amount of air out. When I left the pump running and opened and closed the backwash valve quickly you could hear a bit of air come out (and out of the filter air valve as well). But I don't know if air is stuck in the pipes somewhere or what to do about it.
Does anyone have a suggestion? My pool equipment is listed below. Thanks for any help you can provide!
Pentair Intelliflo VS-3050
Sta-Rite PosiClear PXC150
Rheem 8300 Heat Pump