Still haven't gotten the HP fixed up other than to confirm that the theory of broken heat exchanger presented here is likely correct. Also, the sparkle is gone to be replaced with an oily sheen on the surface (presumably refrigerant).
In previous posts, there was reference to the enzymes in Pool First Aid as aiding in some of the cleanup, and you do see some of the action as the gobs are broken down into baby gobs. I've skimmmed up as much as I can, but two things are working against me:
The few times that I've run the filter, a cloud comes out of the returns and the sheen gets worse. I think it's pervavise thru the pipes and even the filter. Just more extended running, First Aid, and a cleaning of the cartridge will improve that, right? As for cartridge cleaning, anything better than soaking in _______________ detergent? (was it dishwashing or dishwasher?)
The HP has not been fixed yet (Leslie's handed off to manufacturer so that it could be serviced under warranty as opposed to replacing - I'll fight that battle later) so there may still be remaining refrigerant coming out? Would have thought that after a certain point it would be all gone. How much does it have - gallons?
So, wasted a beautiful swim day yesterday since I did not want to feel like I just swam in the Gulf oil spill.... Once I get a fixed up system, what is a reasonable estimate of Pool First Aid applications and ultimately chlorine. Product says do not shock within few hours before/after, but I know that shocking is a process etc - do I need to ramp up the chlorine at some point to complete the breakdown etc?
I hope that by the time tax deadline rolls around and I'm working < 60 hours/week I can get to enjoy a sparkling pool!