Why Won’t My Pump Fill with Water (Prime)?
There are several possible reasons why your pump won’t fill with water. Check for any air leaks on the suction side of the pump. Also, make sure the suction line is free of obstructions. Check to make sure the impeller is still attached to the shaft of the motor. If the impeller has broken off it will need to be replaced. If the pump is installed a distance from the pool or is elevated above the normal deck level, the time needed to prime the pump could be longer. For elevated installations, a check valve may be needed on the suction line to allow for easier priming.