I have a Pentair Sta-Rite PLM150 filter. It has an 'air bleeder assembly' which is internal to the filter housing. This is not the same component that is used to bleed air from the housing when turning the pump on, nor is the pressure gauge screwed into this assembly. The filtered water flows through this device after being filtered, as it goes into the return. The thing is, it clogs very easy due to being so small and results in very low return pressure. I am tempted to just remove it because I have to take the filter housing apart every couple of weeks to clean this thing and I just don't see what good its actually doing. Can somebody enlighten me as to the importance of it? If it is just to filter the return water, I can do without that. I don't mind a little of debris making its way back into the pool.
Here is what the assembly looks like. It connects to a tube, which leads to the underside of the filter and into the return.