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My filter is buzzing but no water is going through

The filter is continuosly buzzing and no water is coming out, i tried washing the filter sponge and still nothing

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I have this issue with my filter when I unplug it. Occasionally, I can hit the side of it a few times and it will work. The issue is that something is blocking the inside and preventing the impeller blades from spinning freely.
To fix the issue I usually do three things:

  1. I remove the bottom pipe from my filter and tap it on the ground to free the blockage.
  2. I also run water from my sink through it to clean it out.
  3. Lastly, I use Q-tips to try to get in there and remove the gunk (I have a small filter).
Time Spent? I have spent anywhere from 5 minutes to an 1 hour cleaning out the filter with the above techniques.
Advice: Change your filter cartridge every 2 weeks or when it's covered. Don't unplug it if you can help it!
Best of Luck!

Posted on Jan 25, 2013


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