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How do you adjust the pool vacuum suction

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how do you adjust the pool vacuum suction
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Pool and Spa
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have a Sta Rite Pool Pump
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Hello there and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you today. I am an engineer with over 30 years of electrical and electronic training, repair and installation experience. I will try and answer your question accurately and precisely so that we can get you on your way.

I need to gather some more information from you in order to help.

Is this a vacuum where the pipe plugs into one of the skimmers?

Let me know.

Steve

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Ok. Do you fill the hose with water first, then plug it into the port in the bottom of the skimmer?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It worked for 1/2 hour then stopprd
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Ok, when you say that it stopped, what stopped? The pump? Or there is no suction?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The suction became less so the vacuum didn't move in the pool
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

If you remove the hose from the skimmer port when this happens, is the water still being drawn into the skimmer?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it is
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Ok. What is the make and model of the cleaner?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Zodiac mx8 elite
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Ok. If you would, give me 20 mins or so to look into this and I will respond back.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The pool pump is a sta rite. Also where the clear part is on the pump the water doesn't go all the way to the top like it used to. It just always seems to fill. No water leak thiugh
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Ok. I have looked at this. What kind of filter are you using?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Looks like a sta rite pentane system 3
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Pentair
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Is that a paper filter, sand or DE?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Paper
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Ok and how many times per year or per season (not sure of your location) do you change it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
3 times a year. Last time at beginning of summer. Early june
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

Ok, because you are aware that on a suction side unit like yours, the dirt is going into the filter. Pressure side is better but not always available depending on the design of your pool.

If you unplug the cleaner and then plug it back in, does the suction come back?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it does
Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

That is strange. And that is without cleaning the actual cleaner itself?

Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

And also, does your pump lose prime when the cleaner is not running (water level in basket goes down)?

Expert:  Steve G. replied 1 year ago.

I think what is happening is that the cleaner is presenting a higher pressure requirement to the pump and air is being pulled into the basket past the o-ring on the lid of the basket/ Remove the lid and apply pool grease to the o-ring and reassemble.

Also check the drain plugs on your pump. There may be two of them. Grease them up also.

Let me know if that fixes it.

I'll be out today but will check in regularly.

Steve