I just ordered and received a 2500 filter, set it up, turned it on, and nothing....motor noise, but no water movement. What am I doing wrong? AS far as I know, I did what I was supposed to. ??? Pools...
1 - Double-check that your water level is above the hose that sends water from your pool to your filter. If the hose has even the tiniest crack, air could be getting sucked in & causing your filter to lose its prime.
2 - If you have not already done so, slowly twist the top of your filter house to loosen it (do this while your unit is on but keep a tight grip on it...once the water pressure hits it, it can push it off completely). You should hear air escaping from the unit. Once water begins coming out, tighten the top back down. Removing the air should 'prime' your filter.
3 - If you've tried this & it didn't work, try putting your filter on a level raised surface (possibly a chair or a sturdy box) at a level about equal to the hose that brings the water from your pool to your filter. Also, try putting it it as far away from your pool as your hoses will allow.
4 - If none of this works, it could be that you have a defective unit. Or, perhaps some other readers will have additional suggestions.
5 - Start saving up. As soon as you are able, purchase a Sand Filter & a Saltwater Chlorine Generator/Saltwater System. I don't know how big your pool is, but mine is 18' x 4' and holds approximately 6000 gallons. The first 3 years I had it, my children & I spent more time cleaning it than swimming in it - literally. (Once we'd shock it, we had to wait 24 hours to swim. By then, it needed a clarifier or ph + or - :-( ) My mom kept telling me that people she worked with had converted to saltwater & were just loving it. I thought that sounded like some sort of lengthy & expensive process & was leary. In the meantime, my sister-in-law was given a sand filter & she raved about what a great difference it made. I began checking online & ebay had the best prices (by far) on the sand filters, but they were still going for about $300 so I waited. My local Wal-Mart had the saltwater chlorinator for $199. It was hard for me to justify paying $500 to convert the pool (especially since I'd gotten the pool at Sam's for only $300 to begin with! Finally, though, I got so sick of having a pool we couldn't enjoy, I did it. I won an auction on a sand filter on ebay for right under $300 and a chlorinator fro $115. I got them in within a couple of days of one another & hooked them up. I got the sand at Lowe's for about $7 & the salt (also at Lowe's) for about $5. I put in the salt & stirred it around with the skimmer-pole. The directions said to wait about 24 hours for the salt to dissolve, but my pool was green & I was tired of waiting so after about 3 hours, I turned on the filter. I let it run for about 5 minutes then turned on & programmed the saltwater chlorinator to operate for 12 hours. That was about 5pm. By the next morning, the water was as clear as when I'd first filled it up. WooHoo!!! That was over 1 year ago & I've just now added my second 40lb bag of salt. Water is still clear - well worth the investment! The only thing I would recommend doing differently is the way I got the saltwater chlorinator. I recommend paying the little extra to get a new one. The one I got off ebay was great - but it only worked for one season. For no apparant reason, about a week ago, I found the power off & could not get it to power on. Wal-Mart has them for $169 this year. Don't know if you have Atwoods where you live, but I just got my new one there for $159. I didn't even hesitate this time...I knew it was more than worth it. No more filter cartriges, no more shock, no more clarifier, no more ph -, no more ph+, no more green water...just a lot more fun in the pool!
Just so you know, in case you do save up & go to sand & saltwater...the filter I got is a 2hp 22" tank. It either pumps 4000 or 5000 gallons per hour - I don't remember for sure which. I do remember, though, that whatever it is, it's 1000 gallons more per hour than the chlorinator specifies but they work GREAT together. I searched ebay for "2hp 22" sand filter" (not in quotes) to narrow down the search results. There are a couple different brands that mostly come up - Hayward & Clearwater, if I remember right. I got a Clearwater, but they probably work the same.
I know you're asking for advice about the filter you already have, so I apologize if the information I've offered is unwelcomed. I just wish I'd switched my pool years earlier than I did. I would have saved a ton of headache, hassle and, in the long run...money.
Jun 20, 2011 |
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