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Thread: air in system, pressure/vacuum problem...??

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    air in system, pressure/vacuum problem...??

    Hello all,
    I seem to have a problem this year with my 30' AG pool that I have never had before.

    This year for the first time, I decided to replace the sand in my sand filter. I have a 1hp pump with a 150 lb. sand filter. It has always worked fine.
    This year after I changed the sand, it seems to have tiny air bubbles coming out of the return. This does not happen ALL the time, but quite often. I did this about a month ago.

    The pump pressure seems strong when skimming, about 14 psi.

    I have an automatic vacuum, (an round aquatool brand) that has always worked fine. This year when I hook it up, it seems much less powerful, and whenever I hook it up, much more air comes out of the return, and the pressure goes down to 9psi. It is not picking up much dirt.

    In the filter basket, instead of being almost totally filled with water like it should, it seems to go down to about 1/2 full, so I can actually see the water pouring into the pump basket.

    I rechecked and tightened all my hoses, and made sure they were ok. I do not think I have any leaks, but I'm stumped.

    Any suggestions??

    Thanks, Frank D.
    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose....

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    Re: air in system, pressure/vacuum problem...??

    I went back out there and played some more.

    I took the top off the sand filter and checked the o-ring. I also scooped a few handfuls of cottonwood cotton off the top of the new sand.
    Retightened everything and backwashed, and vacuumed again. It was a tiny bit better, but the psi is still the same.........14 psi during regular skimming, and almost no bubbles.

    During vacuuming it is still 9 psi, and the filter basket is still almost only half full. during vacuuming, the return seems to be blowing out a lot of bubbles, some big "gulpy" ones.

    i'm still stumped. Where is the air coming from, and why is the pump basket only 1/2 full during vacuuming??

    Frank D.
    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose....

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    Re: air in system, pressure/vacuum problem...??

    Hi, Frank,

    The air is entering your system somewhere between the skimmer and the pump impellor.

    The first thing I would check is if the pump strainer lid is on securely....that's the most common problem. Might even be on there cocked a little bit crooked.

    Next, you probably have a drain valve at the bottom of your pump basket....make sure that's tight. They leak air frequently.

    Next work your way back to the skimmer checking all the joints and connections that can be letting air in.

    Lastly, you could have an obstruction in the pipe from the skimmer to the pump. Figue a way to check that as well.
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    Re: air in system, pressure/vacuum problem...??

    Thanks Dave !

    After thinking about this a bit, I am convinced I have a sucking air problem somewhere. I do hear a gurgling/sucking noise just under the skimmer basket, (I JUST found).

    Also, I hear a gurgling, air trapped, "jumping pebbles" sound in the multiport valve, like trapped air. Looking through the clear top where the pump basket is, there is always not a bunch of swirling bubbles on the top that are trapped in the dome of the top.

    None of this was like this in past years. Ironically, I was more careful this year with connections, replacing teflon tape, etc.

    I will replace the vacuum hose, and recheck ALL connections until I solve this thing.

    The pump basket drain is ok, and I'm pretty sure the o rings are ok and the pump basket clear lid is good and tight and the o-ring lubed. I'm thinking the air leak is just under the skimmer basket, or a pinhole in the vacuum hose.....

    I just do not know why the problem is much more evident when vacuuming, and hardly there when skimming.....unless it IS the vacuum hose......

    i'll solve this thing even if I have to JB Weld everything...!

    Frank D.
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    Re: air in system, pressure/vacuum problem...??

    Well, I just got home from work, so I went out to play.

    I tightened the suction side in a few places, and I took off the big plastic nipple that screwed into the bottom of the skimmer basket. I first had to figure out how to stop up the hole so I would not lose 6" of water....I used a ball.

    I retaped the nipple and screwed it back in, then retightened all hoses.

    The bubbles went totally away from both the return jet water flow and the clear top of the pump basket strainer. The psi when skimming went up to 15 psi.

    I next tried vacuuming. The vacuum is much stronger. The psi dropped only to 12.5-13 and only the tiniest bubbles are seen in the clear pump skimmer basket. No more big gulps out of the return!!

    I still have some bubble noise in the multi-port, but all in all I think things are much better. I did find another drain plug underneath the pump I never knew existed, and I tightened that up too.

    I think next year I'll take everything apart and use rectorseal on everything.

    Frank D.
    He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose....

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