Re: To buy a new hookah, or not to buy a new hookah..
Most likely your hookah is not air tight or your hose had holes in it.
To test for leaks, b4 you set anything up, this is what you do.
Put your palm over your bowl and while you do this, suck air through your hose. It you feel a slight tug at your palm and you feel/hear no escaping air, then no leaks But if you do, then there are leaks. Try to look for the leaks and try to make it air tight