Pump airlock problem

Discussion in 'Pumps and Waterflow' started by madmike, 24 Dec 2012.

  1. madmike

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    Hi guys

    Could someone please help me? Iv got a pump sucking water out from my tank to my sump, but if the water level drops below the intake pipe it sucks air. Does someone know if there is a way to auto prime the pump?
     
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    internal or external pump?

    when the pump sucks air or stops, there should be some back siphon that will add water...

    sounds like water level is running to low
     
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    No back siphon as the pump suck water out of the tank so works like a overflow just been sucked instead of free flowing.
     
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    it shouldnt really run dry... is your sump above your tank?
    what you can also do is where the pump intake is, add a 90° elbow and face it down, so that it draws water very low
     
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    No my sump is below my tank. There is a straight pipe, then a 90 elbow then a straight pipe then a 90 elbow then a straight pipe don to the pump.
     
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