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I just replaced my Hayward Super 2 pump. It is surging and I

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I just replaced my Hayward Super 2 pump. It is surging and I am trying to determine why. The filter seems to be holding fairly steady pressure, but the pump is losing prime, flowing back then repriming and pumping for a short time then again going through the same cycle. I also just disassembled and cleaned the DE filter. The skimmers are not sucking air, so I am puzzled by the cause.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Pool and Spa
Expert:  Fix my Pool and Spa replied 4 months ago.

I have seen this a lot before and in most case it is a stuck weir in the skimmer mouth. There are white flaps that bob with the water and if one gets stuck it blocks the water going into the skimmer and then the pump pulls all the water out of the skimmer until it pulls air then the pump drops out the skimmer fills back up and the cycle repeats. Look into the front mouth of the skimmers and push the weirs down with your hand then turn pool pump on and see how it works.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Not a bad answer, twigs or accumulated debris could cause a weir to stick, however that was not my problem. I had commented that I had observed the skimmers were not sucking any air when the condition occurred.
Expert:  Fix my Pool and Spa replied 4 months ago.

OK so from there we need to look at all areas around the pump for air leak, check pump lid o-ring be sure it is not missing or pinched, get some lube for o-rings an apply it to lid o-ring, check pump lid for any signs of cracking. I just did a job the other day where the pump was doing the same thing and I opend the pump housing found a stick and leaves in the impeller clear that out but I did find that the union at the front of the pump where water enters was not tightened all the way and the o-ring needed lube, once I did this the pump pulled water nicely and ran fine. If you have no union in front of pump you still will have a male adapter threaded into pump housing this could be warped or cracked and the pump draws in air.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Somehow 2 of you were assigned to this. I am not sure how the system works, but I had already resolved the issue with garrygoeson. He asked a series of questions to begin. I answered those and he suggested a suction side air leak. I came up with a test procedure to test the assumption, found the leaks and repaired them and retested. Sorry for the confusion.
Expert:  Fix my Pool and Spa replied 4 months ago.

ok no problem

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