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Thread: Run booster pump without cleaner attached?

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    vtowntom's Avatar
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    May 2008
    Katy, TX

    Run booster pump without cleaner attached?

    Hello all-

    I seem to be getting a grasp on the water testing thing and now have a question regarding equipment. The other day, while the cleaner was out of the pool, I turned the cleaner on by accident on the panel. The booster pump did not sound like it was running right. Very loud actually. Is it possible to damage the booster pump if it runs without the cleaner attached? It really sounded funny so I turned off the cleaner.

    The PB set the panel so that when the "cleaner" button is pressed, the intelliflo kicks up to a higher rpm after the booster pump is kicked on. It is also set to happen automatically during the day.

    Thanks in advance....
    Freeform 24' x 31' IG gunite, chlorine pool, 3'-4.5'-6.5' deep, 15K gallons, 8' Dia. Spa, Pentair CNC Plus 420 cartridge filter, IntelliFlo 4160 pump, WhisperFlow WF-30-2.5 HP Spa pump, Pentair .75 HP booster pump, Pentair MasterTemp 400 Heater, MDX Debris Removal system, Intellibrite Color LED lights, Tropical Breeze PebbleTec, Pentair Legend Platinum pressure side pool cleaner

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    Oct 2008
    Hillsborough, NC

    Re: Run booster pump without cleaner attached?

    The pump is designed to run with high pressure side head and cavitates without it. You would wear the impeller out a bit prematurely if you constantly ran it with no cleaner, but you'd have to be really bad about it.

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    Mar 2008
    Central VA

    Re: Run booster pump without cleaner attached?

    The first day, literally, THE first day we opened our new pool (2 years ago) I started 'r up and heard the worst noise...I could see dollar signs floating away...
    I called our PB in a tissy, and let our account manager hear the noise and she said "turn the booster pump off."

    That kept me humble for awhile!
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