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    How to clean impeller

    I noticed a drop in the pump pressure on my Sta-rite Max-E-Pro 1 hp, the skimmer and pump baskets are both clean. The pump is 1 year old and I 've never taken it apart to clean the impeller. We do get a lot of pine needles in the pool. Has anyone done this and is there anything I should watch out?
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    Re: How to clean impeller

    Undo the clamp ring, pull apart and set the housing o-ring aside, then unscrew the diffuser, then inspect the impeller. To remove debris from them I like to use pipe clears(bendable wires covered in cotton from a craft store) or a zip-tie because it's flexible.

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    Re: How to clean impeller

    Do I need to apply teflon gel on the O-ring? The skimmer and pump baskets are not too effective in catching pine needles, because they are so thin, they can go right through, I do get lots of pine needles when I clean my cartridge filter.
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    5 Poolstar 1000 LED Lights, LED strip light at waterfall, Prozone Ozonator PZ7 with degasser column,
    Jandy Auto Waterfill, Aquamatic motorized pool cover, Poolbuster Max CC handheld vacuum.

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    Re: How to clean impeller

    The instruction manuel for the Star-rite pump isn't too clear, after I pull the pump motor portion away, there is a diffuser plate I need to remove, will I be able to get to the impeller after this? Or must I remove the impeller in order to clean it? Also someone mentioned about every time you take the pump apart there is a seal you must replace rather than reuse, which seal is that? I just want to know as much before I actually do it. Thanks.
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    Sta-Rite Max-E 200,000 BTU gas heater, Aqua Logic SWG with P-4 panel. Goldline wireless remote control,
    3 Jandy Neverlube Valves with Goldline motorized control, iRobot Verro 500 pool cleaner
    5 Poolstar 1000 LED Lights, LED strip light at waterfall, Prozone Ozonator PZ7 with degasser column,
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    Re: How to clean impeller

    When you're through with that project, you might want to give skimmer socks a thought. They have helped me greatly with my millions of pine needles. Last year, I thought I had a clogged impeller, but I found the impeller turned easily manually when I started to investigate. Turns out I had a large clump of pine needles stuck behind my light fixture/return. I was able to break apart the clump and fish them out with a heavy duty plastic wire-tie.

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    Re: How to clean impeller

    Quote Originally Posted by Ke
    The instruction manuel for the Star-rite pump isn't too clear, after I pull the pump motor portion away, there is a diffuser plate I need to remove, will I be able to get to the impeller after this? Or must I remove the impeller in order to clean it? Also someone mentioned about every time you take the pump apart there is a seal you must replace rather than reuse, which seal is that? I just want to know as much before I actually do it. Thanks.
    Yes, you'll find the impeller directly behind the diffuser plate. You won't have to remove the impeller to clean it. The seal that you mention that needs to be replaced every time a motor is replaced is between the impeller and the motor, so you won't need to worry about it.

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    Re: How to clean impeller

    Yes, lubricate those o-rings. Replace them if they're not round, or squared.

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    Re: How to clean impeller

    Ke, I have to do this about every other weekend due to pine needles. I'm amazed that you haven't had to do it in a year! You definetly need to get skimmer socks. I have come to the conclusion that they are critical in my case. They really help with catching the needles. When I open the impeller up, it usually looks likes strings on a vacuum! I just hose it out and dig them out with a screwdriver and hose some more until they're all out. I've become a pro!
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    Re: How to clean impeller

    Yes, I'll give skimmer socks a try, I am worried that it might slow down the flow.
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    San Juan 8500 gal Fiberglass Pool, Sta-Rite Max-E 1 HP pump, Star-Rite System 3 Cartridge Filter 300 sq. ft,
    Sta-Rite Max-E 200,000 BTU gas heater, Aqua Logic SWG with P-4 panel. Goldline wireless remote control,
    3 Jandy Neverlube Valves with Goldline motorized control, iRobot Verro 500 pool cleaner
    5 Poolstar 1000 LED Lights, LED strip light at waterfall, Prozone Ozonator PZ7 with degasser column,
    Jandy Auto Waterfill, Aquamatic motorized pool cover, Poolbuster Max CC handheld vacuum.

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    Re: How to clean impeller

    With all this information on hand, I took my pump apart today, everything went as planned, removed lots of pine needles from the impeller, the pressure immediately went from 9 to 15 psi, big difference! I also put on a skimmer sock for the first time, so far so good.
    I am so glad I could do this myself, my pool is about 1 year old, so far I have been doing all the up keeping myself, my PB does not do pool maintenance. Here in Toronto, Canada, I guess the economy isn't as bad as it seems, it is very difficult to get tradesman to do small jobs, my friend just bought a house with a swimming pool, when she called a well known pool company they refused to accept new clients.
    Anyway, thanks everyone for the help.
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    San Juan 8500 gal Fiberglass Pool, Sta-Rite Max-E 1 HP pump, Star-Rite System 3 Cartridge Filter 300 sq. ft,
    Sta-Rite Max-E 200,000 BTU gas heater, Aqua Logic SWG with P-4 panel. Goldline wireless remote control,
    3 Jandy Neverlube Valves with Goldline motorized control, iRobot Verro 500 pool cleaner
    5 Poolstar 1000 LED Lights, LED strip light at waterfall, Prozone Ozonator PZ7 with degasser column,
    Jandy Auto Waterfill, Aquamatic motorized pool cover, Poolbuster Max CC handheld vacuum.

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