My name is Randy. I just joined and looking forward to enjoying the incredible information here!
I'm very mechanical and because I live in the Arizona desert I am very diligent about pool maintenance.
I did a quick research to see if I could find any posts on no water flow and a possible CareTaker issue, but I couldn't find anything referencing no flow through the CareTaker.
I have a 2007 10K gallon pebbletec pool with a water feature:
Jandy filter and pump, 1.5" 5 port CareTaker distributor, and pop ups. Also have a Jandy heat pump.
Problem: Pop ups are not coming up. When the Intermatic PE24AV valve is switched from water feature to clean, the flow in the pump completely stops and the pressure in the CareTaker gauge goes way up, the pressure valve on the filter canisiter goes way up. When switching the Intermatic valve back to Water Feature, the water flow appears normal, except there are no pop ups and the pressure gauge on the CareTaker is steady at about 20 PSI with no needle movement (no flow?). The pressure gauge on the filter canister is below normal, which about 30 PSI. There is water flow in the skimmer and over the water feature - just no pop ups.
I have cleaned the filters, taken the CareTake apart and checked for anything stopping the gears and impeller. I can't see anything that would cause it not to work.
My question is... can the CareTaker fail to function properly and completely stop the water flow thru it and thereby not pressurizing the pop ups?
Could any other system areas cause this condition?
Any help or suggestions will be very much appreciated.