I have a Hayward S244T sand filter that is at least 11 years old- it has the pre-2005 drain design. I do not have any records documenting its exact age.
-Last year and this year, we had a lot of sand in the pool after opening. Last year we were able to vac it up and it did not return. Haven't vac'd yet this year.
-The drain leaks sand, apparently there is supposed to be a screen on the inside, but it ain't workin'. I had a heck of a time getting the drain cap on this spring without it leaking due to sand that kept streaming out. The threads on the tank are worn also.
-The multivalve is a bit tight and hard to operate. It doesnt leak but is wet in the notches.
-The multivalve label is faded and peeling
-The gauge is shot.
This is my first Sand filter but it does appear to wrk fine otherwise.
I'm thinking I can fix this for about $150 or less with new:
Lateral assembly $60
Drain screen $10
Spider gasket $12-15
Multivalve label $10
Shipping/ tax estimated $30-40
Or...I can get a complete new filter for $295 shipped+ tax...about $320.
hmm, I may have just talked myself into a new one...
I did not account for cost of sand, which would be the same either way.