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I have a smart max star oumo 1.5 and it will not pull enough water to run vacume. i have had for two years and now when i first kick on pulls hard the slows down.My pool looks like a frog pond.do i need new ppump or motor.Thanks-Jody

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Read all my comment before you choose a course of action:

Is this above ground? If yes, dump the water and start again. Whether in ground or above ground, back wash the sand filter, if you have sand, replace the DE if a DE filter, if a cartridge filter - replace the cartridge. Better yet, get rid of the cartridge and get a sand filter with capacity for your pool.

If in ground, get rid of as much water as you can without danger of (1) popping the pool out of the ground due to ground water (2) bankrupting the budget.

With new water, treat for metal with a sequestering agent. If you don't, when you add sanitizer, the water will turn green or brown from the metal. Follow bottle instructions for the sequestering agent. You will also stain a gunnite pool with the metals.

While this is going on - check your pump for impeller damage - over haul your filter. Get your filter running and leave it running 24/7. When this is done, get your water in balance. First, get the calcium to 300 PPM, Second, get the Alk to 100 ppm. Next get the pH to 7.4 ... these steps may take days ... don't try to do this in one quick afternoon. Dose your pool with several small doses of chemicals not one big dose. Add chemical to water - not water to chemical.

The final step (with your filter running for sure) introduce CL to the 4 or 5 ppm level.

If you don't want to do these steps, and just want to get the pool clear do this: Get the filter clean (you dont say what kind of filter you have ... so I will just say GET IT CLEAN) Raise the CL to 20 ppm. Get a filter aid product and use according to contailer instructions. Let the filter do its thing for at least 24 hours before you clean it again and try it again. If you are using liquid CL, you must protect it with cyanuric acid at the 80 ppm level. Dry CL normally has cyanuric acid built in - check the label.

Metal, algae; big problems in pools. Get rid of them - Brush your pool at least one time per week. Maintain sanitizer at 4 ppm or better - shock the pool to the "break point" if you find Combined CL (Combined CL is Free available CL + Total CL = combined CL) Your pool supply place can teach you about "break point" which will release the CL from the contaminents and allow the CL to go back to work. If yor pool smells like CL you must follow the "break point" CL procedure.

I hope this helps you get your pool going ...

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