I know I am going to get some grumbling from some if not all of you for the way I have things set up.
But anyways, this is going to be the last year for the intex pool. Next year we will have a new permanent pool installed. I have a Hayward power flo matrix 1hp pump hooked up to a jaccuzi 190L 200lb sand filter that I got off of ebay 2yrs ago for I believe around $100. I have had the pump plugged into a heavy duty extension cord since I bought them, obviously unplugging and putting it up in the winter.
This year the psi gauge has been going crazy. normally it runs around 14psi. this year in a matter of hours it will jump up to over 20psi! and water is just returning into the pool about the same as a garden hose. I back wash which the water isn't really that dirty and then do the rinse thing. When back in filter mode, the return has the normal pressure and the gauge runs about 14psi. Next day, same ordeal all over again.
I know I have a cracked lateral or I think I do, due to vacuuming up sand out of the bottom of the pool every few days. Sand only comes out when pump is first started.
This evening I went to put bleach in and got a funny smell. gauge was back up to almost 20psi and this time the pump was extremely warm/kinda hot. I checked the intake and it was clear of debris. Started tracking the smell and narrowed it down to the water resistant box that I have the pump cord/ extension cord in. the two are melted together and hotter than the pump was. So I ran over to the GFI to unplug it, that end of the cord was normal outdoor temperature.
I took apart the pump the best I could, the motor area smells like it got hot at one time (obviously) the propeller moves/turns freely.
I haven't looked inside the filter since I first set it up 2yrs ago. I know, Probably another strike against me.
Is it something I can fix to get through the summer?
On our new pool for next spring, we are getting a package deal. If I get a filter and pump system now, it will only shave $110 off our package price, but the new filter system alone by itself is running close to $370
The new pool system is sorta on a layaway type plan, however, when its paid for in Nov. We will be getting a 2012 model in the Spring.
What do I do?