In Floor Cleaner Pump Not Priming

boltjaM3s

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Jan 21, 2019
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Houston, TX
I have an infloor cleaner. Yesterday, I saw big air bubbles coming out of the cleaning heads in the floor of the pool. I checked the pump and there's no prime at all. I shut off the pump and cleaned the basket (wasn't that dirty). I checked the water valve (paramount 6 valve), but didn't see any debris there.

The pump is not priming at all- there's barely any water coming in from the suction side pipe. Any ideas what could be wrong? Thanks!
 

boltjaM3s

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Jan 21, 2019
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Houston, TX
Did you check the impeller inlet for debris? Anything stuck in the impeller can prevent priming.
Yes, I checked the impeller, and it appears to be free of debris. When I start up the pump, it does pull in water for a good second or two, and then the flow goes down significantly.
 

mas985

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You might need to pull the motor and impeller out of the pump housing to do a full inspection.

But before doing that, have you inspected the pump lid gasket and drain plug gaskets for any cracks? Some pool lube on those would rule out leaks in the gaskets.
 

boltjaM3s

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Jan 21, 2019
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Houston, TX
Got it. I had greased the lid a few days back, so I'll go and check it out again. Didn't check the drain plugs- so thats a great idea to look into!

Thanks!
 

boltjaM3s

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Jan 21, 2019
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Houston, TX
How long are you waiting for it to prime? Are you opening filter valve go let air out?
This is for the cleaner pump- it's not connected to the filter, so no way to let the air out. I've waited over a few minutes to let it prime. I initially found out when I noticed air coming out of the cleaner heads- the pump was running for a good hour or so before I noticed.
 

boltjaM3s

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Jan 21, 2019
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Houston, TX
So the lid and drain plugs are nicely lubed and closed. I checked the impeller and it appears to be free of debris. I opened up the water valve of the cleaner and made sure all the valves are opening and closing. It's beyond me what could be going on. I might have to get someone out to look at it.
 

mas985

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The only way that air can continually come out of the in-floor returns is that it must be getting in the suction side of the pump somewhere.

Does this pump draw from the skimmers too or just the cleaner main drain? If the skimmers too, is the water level half way up the skimmers and is the skimmer weir door freely moving?
 

boltjaM3s

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Jan 21, 2019
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Houston, TX
The only way that air can continually come out of the in-floor returns is that it must be getting in the suction side of the pump somewhere.

Does this pump draw from the skimmers too or just the cleaner main drain? If the skimmers too, is the water level half way up the skimmers and is the skimmer weir door freely moving?
Thanks for the reply! As far as I know, it pulls only from the cleaner drain. The skimmers do have proper water level (and free from debris) as the filter pump pulls water from there. The filter pump is running with no issues.
 

boltjaM3s

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Jan 21, 2019
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Houston, TX
Apologies for not responding back to this- wanted to post an update. I ended up switching out the pump lids between the cleaner pump and filter pump. That helped resolve the issue. I guess it was the lid that wasn't seated properly or something.