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Baracuda problems

Postby Corbotley » Sat 20 Oct, 2007 02:31

The inlet suction for my baracuta seems to oscilate between momentary high and low levels of suction. When this happens, the waterfall feature loses pressure (operates off the return).



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Corbett


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Postby mr_clean » Sat 20 Oct, 2007 11:50

The inlet suction for my baracuta seems to oscilate between momentary high and low levels of suction. When this happens, the waterfall feature loses pressure (operates off the return).


You need to check why your pump is unpriming and causing system to loose pressure?
you can unplug baracuda and see if you still have problem.
If there is no problem when baracuda is unpluged then it's the baracuda causing pump to get air & unprime.
Is your baracuda climbing to high out of water and causing pump to loose prime? It comes with hose weight & when put on & adjusted will stop problem.
There could be a hole in one of the hoses or a hose not plugged in correctly. lift each hose out of water and listen for leak. A sign that one of hoses is leaking would be air bubbles comingfrom return lines. These bubbles should go away after pump fully primes.
You can also check pumpbasket for debris, lube pump basket lid, check impeller for debris, check fliter pressure for possible backwash/cleaning time.
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Postby Corbotley » Sat 20 Oct, 2007 14:10

thanks

It appears that the air from the hose is causing the pump to lose priming. I can both hear and see air coming into the pump.

Should the hose and filter part of the hose be submerged at all times?

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Postby mr_clean » Sat 20 Oct, 2007 14:30

It appears that the air from the hose is causing the pump to lose priming. I can both hear and see air coming into the pump.

Should the hose and filter part of the hose be submerged at all times?


it's normal that the hoses float, if you know which hose is leaking then seperate and buy replacement.
the baracuda's hose are all indivual hoses that go together to make one hose.
Over time they collapse, break, get pin holes.
the baracuda's hose which connects to regulator in skimmer should always be under water. If not you would always being sucking air and would hear a gurgling noise. A good protection for the hose coming out of skimmer to pool is to take a old indivual hose cut off ends and split it down the middle. Then spread in around new hose which will protect it from the rubbing against the tile which causes holes.
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Postby jessie » Sun 11 Nov, 2007 00:26

im trying to connect my vacuum to my pool and it sucks for a while them all of a sudden it seems to be blocked and imk not sure why.. i have looked for air in it and cant seem to find any air coming out im not sure what to do about it...
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Postby mr_clean » Sun 11 Nov, 2007 14:40

im trying to connect my vacuum to my pool and it sucks for a while them all of a sudden it seems to be blocked and imk not sure why.. i have looked for air in it and cant seem to find any air coming out im not sure what to do about it...


I think your talking about your baracuda sense it's in this thread?

If you put it back in pool & it starts & stops & no air is comming from return lines check filter gauge reading & see if filter may need cleaning/backwash.

If filter pressure is normal then check diaphragm which is the rubber part that causes suction. It's the same for either G-3 or G-4 baracuda & is white or yellow.

You can take baracuda out of water with pump off unplug hose & unscrew the back of baracuda from body. It pulls out & again unscrews & pulls apart. You can take clip ring off & inspect diaphragm for hole or sometimes it just becomes to thin.

These come with 2yr warranty so you canget replaced at place you bought or buy new one which is around $40.
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barracuda g2 help

Postby strings » Thu 29 Jan, 2009 01:12

hi there

i am a proud newbie pool owner .

i have a barracuda g2 inground automatic pool cleaner that only pulses for a few seconds after i connect it to the pool pump.

I do not know whats wrong with it.

there is a strong suction coming from its mouth but it doesnt seem to want to move or pulsate at all once it comes into contact with the pool floor.

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Postby lonestar » Thu 29 Jan, 2009 10:46

Are you priming the vacuum hose?

With the hoses attached to the G2, stick the G2 in the water and slowly feed the rest of the hose into the water. I push it directly down so that it goes several feet underwater. This is to push the air out of the top part of the hose your feeding and suck the water into it (like pushing a straw under water.) When you reach the end of the hose attach it with the pump running. Now theres only 2 feet or so of air in the line and the pump can usually reprime itself and start the G2 moving. Give the pump a few minutes to do this. Turn the pump off and seek more help if it does not.

Alternately, check the procedures above for checking your hoses and take a look at the diaphram in the "mouth" of the G2. This is the only moving part on it and might need to be replaced. Ide take the whole head in to the pool store to have them show you how to get the diaphram out the first time (if you havent gotten it running of course.)

any other suggestions?
-alan
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Postby strings » Fri 30 Jan, 2009 02:01

Yes, I primed the vacuum hose.

As you've mentioned, I think the problem is largely to do with the diaphragm, because I've replaced it with another one. The barracuda does pulse and move now, but it works for about ten minutes before it stops.

It starts working again, after i give the head a good shake. The bottom of my pool has alot of fine floating dead algae that accumulates under water like a dark dusty cloud. I think maybe that this is what blocks it from working?

Also I had a pool friend come over to have a look, and he thinks that the suction in my skimmer box is rather weak. We tried forcing a hose down the hole in the skimmer box to flush out anything that could be potentially blocking it, but the hose only goes in for about a metre and wont go in any further. He said it should be able to go in more.

also is it normal to see my pump half filled with water when it is operating?

???
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Postby lonestar » Fri 30 Jan, 2009 11:47

The pump half filled with water is a possible problem. A pump given enough flow would fill up all the way. Sometimes the pump requires too much water flow for the system to provide (it will always be half full unless you replaced it with a smaller pump or went drilling holes in the pool to run extra water.)

You may be sucking air from somewhere in the pump or between the pump and the skimmers/main drain. I would first use silicone lubricant on the pump pot basket. If this doesnt solve it try running a water hose over the fittings before the pump, letting it run on each fitting in the pipes for about a minute.

Please note the pressure on your filter. What type of filter is it? The filter may need to be cleaned.

Ide bet its one of those two things but if not: The impeller may be partially clogged. There may be a clog in one of the skimmers.

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