I need some help troubleshooting my pump/filter.
A couple weeks ago a bunch of tree droppings were in my pool. The impeller was clogged, and no water was flowing. the water in the pump was really hot.
I got it unclogged buy taking it apart and cleaning out the impeller.
Everything seemed to work ok, but the amount of pressure on the filter is close to 0. There seems to be plenty of water flowing out of the jets / waterfalls, but its almost as if the filter was missing or had a huge hole in it. The filter was really old, so I bought a new one. Same thing.
This pump also powers a polaris 360, which works fine too, but I do need to set the jandy valve to let most of the water flow to it instead of the filter (about 3/4). Before all of this, I had to set it to block most of the outflow to the polaris 360.
If i block the 360 completely and turn off the waterfalls, I can get about 5 pounds of pressure from the pump.
The setup is:
Pentair Mitra Stainless Steel Cartridge Filter 100sq ft.
Its hard to tell but i think the pump is Pentair Challenger
The pump seems to sound fine when its running.
The only thing i can think of is that something is letting water bypass the filter causing it to flow too freely.
I was thinking about putting some saran wrap around most of the filter, to see if the water still flows freely.