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    high pressure at filter

    Hi guys,

    I have an issue I would appreciate some assistance with.

    I have a 34x16 IG SWG pool about 6 years old. All equipment is hayward.

    When new the psi reading was around 9 - 12 depending on how dirty the cartridge filters were. Now even with filters removed the psi reads 13. With filter cartridges installed the psi shows 14-19psi. 14 when brand new up to 19 after a few days. The water tests and looks clear with no issues. I have installed new cartridges and have tried different pressure gauges with the same results. The return jets are supplying equal and sufficient pressure to operate the skimmer efficiently.

    The hayward heat pump shows a P5 code for low pressure and will not run after the psi increases above 14.

    I have checked the obvious causes of this situation. The skimmer and pump baskets are clean, the pump impeller is clear and there are no obvious leaks or lose fittings. The pump has some air bubbles in the viewing window which increases as pressure rises. There may be a small suction side air leak but I can't find it and I'm not sure that would cause the low pressure at the heat pump.

    The pool shop is checking with hayward for any ideas.

    Thanks for looking.

    Chris

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    Re: high pressure at filter

    Do you have a multi-port valve? If so, set in on recirculate and report psi.
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    Re: high pressure at filter

    No I don't.
    psi without cartridges in cartridge filter is 13 psi, with clean cartridges it is 15.5psi

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    Re: high pressure at filter

    Without cartridges, your psi should be much lower (3-4 psi). Can we assume your gauge is good? If so, about the only other restriction you can have is a blocked return. Are all your return ports open? Strong pressure from each?
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    Re: high pressure at filter

    I tried 3 different gauges to confirm psi.
    I have 4 jets. all have good pressure and feel equal. Just in case I will remove all return port covers and double check individual pressures.
    I'm off to work soon and won't be able to reply until late tomorrow night.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: high pressure at filter

    Have you changed the plumbing at all from the filter to the pool (including eyeballs)?
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    Re: high pressure at filter

    nothing has been modified or changed. When I return from work I will take some pictures of the setup.

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    Re: high pressure at filter

    Does your system have a bypass for the heater?
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    Re: high pressure at filter

    Not true. Theres no real set number for what every filter should read as there too many variables BUT the psi should be about the same (within 1-2psi) with a clean or new cartridge vs no cartridge. This was in reply to what was said above "Without cartridges, your psi should be much lower (3-4 psi)." but the reply thing didn't work

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    Re: high pressure at filter

    Are you sure the p5 isn't really PS for pressure switch?

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    Re: high pressure at filter

    Yes it is the pressure switch warning. That indicates low or no flow. Not really the case probably a seperate heater fault.

    I had the pool shop out and had all o-rings changed. That fixed the bubbles in the filter for a couple of days. The psi rose 3 psi almost immediately after I cleaned the 2 wk old cartridges. Now bubbles are back. I cleaned any debris ( mainly pine needles and hair) from the front side of the impellor. Is it typical to disassemble the pump in order to clean debris from the back side? The only possible other source for a air leak is from the shutoff valve. Again, is that a typical possible problem area?

    Thanks again guys. I'm off to work for a couple of weeks and would have liked to solve this for the family.

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