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I need to gather some more information from you in order to help.Does the water level in the pump basket go down when this happens?Let me know and we can continue.
Does water keep circulating through the system?
Ok. Tell me about your pool. Above or In Ground? Gallons? How many skimmers? Main drain? How many returns?
Ok and do you hook the vacuum hose into the port in the bottom of one of your skimmers?
Ok. While vacuuming, at any time do you see bubbles coming out of the 4 returns?
Ok. So water does not go down in the pump basket and you do not see bubbles.What is the make and model of the vacuum? Or is it just a generic "broom" on the end of the hose?
Ok, that sounds typical of your problem except that the water level in the basket usually goes down when this happens as the pump starts to lose its prime.In any event, the problem is nearly always at the pump. You have an air leak somewhere. Most commonly it is around the basket lid. Remove that, check the o-ring and grease it up with pool grease (avail. at the local pool store). Then check the drain plug(s) on the pump and make sure if they have o-rings, they are also greased up.Let me know what you find. I'll be here.Steve
On the pump body almost underneath is a drain plug, sometimes two. See THIS photo.I'll be here and if not, I will be alerted when you reply.Regards.
Hi again. I'm sorry for the delay. I was off yesterday.
I would try the other skimmer. Does the same thing happen if you plug the hose into there??
This is a weird one. I would snake out your skimmer lines. You can sometimes do this with a garden hose with water flowing trhough the hose. I'm wondering if something is in the return lines. It can't hurt to try this.
I do not. You have a leak somewhere that is causing the pump to lose prime. I'm not sure where it could be coming from.
You may want to consider a Polaris pressure side cleaner or a robotic one. Suction side cleaners quickly clog up the filter. A pressure side doesn't and of course an electric one doesn't either.
I'm sorry I just don't know what is going on there. All the usual fixes do not work.