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    How to drain water while freeze protector is on

    My pool is quite full from recent rain. Now the temps have dropped, and the freeze protector is on. However, a lot more rain is expected and I need to drain some water before it gets close to overflowing. I can't move the handle on my sand filter to waste. When the freeze protector is on, it appears to be locked on to the filter setting. Can I override the freeze protector so I can drain some of the water?
    30k gallon, IG gunite
    Intex sand filter

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    Re: How to drain water while freeze protector is on

    from what I have read about sand filters you should not try to move the filter valve while the pump is on it,s not good for the pump. I have a cartridge filter so I don't have any real world experience but if it were me I would, turn the pump off via the breaker if that was my only option. then move to waste and turn the breaker back on.
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    Re: How to drain water while freeze protector is on

    Yes, I was thinking turning everything off at the breaker would be my only option. I just don't want to damage any of my equipment and I've never had this problem before.
    30k gallon, IG gunite
    Intex sand filter

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    Re: How to drain water while freeze protector is on

    Breaker should be fine as far as the equipment is concerned it is no different than a switch. If you are concerned about the breaker you can replace it with one that is rated for switch duty for $10 to $30 depending the the breaker. Its' probably not necessary though, I know people who have workshops that have been using breakers to turn lights and compressors on and off that are not switch rated for years without problems. If you do decide to change it look for the same breaker with SWD on the front of it.
    12,300 Gallon, IG PebbleFina, 3 ft sheer, 2 Jandy nicheless LED lights, Jandy Pro 1.5HP VS pump (A.O. Smith Motor), PB4-60 Booster pump, Polaris 280, Jandy cv340 cartridge filter, Zodiac Z4 control panel W/iAquaLink, Stenner pumps for chlorine & MA connected to WiOn WiFi switches, TF-100. You can support TFP with AmazonSmile just click the link!

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