Hey there guys. I have been reading the forum for a few weeks, and I have some questions about my pump for my Intex Easy Set Pool. I got the pool from Craigslist, as the person who had it took wonderful care of it. It is the regular 18 x 48 Easy Set pool and it came with the standard pump for the set as well as a few other goodies (such as the skimmer basket).
Quite frankly when we got the pool we knew nothing about pool care (which is how I stumbled to this forum). So the pump that we got along with the pool was making strange noises, but it still worked. However when we would hook up the skimmer, it didn't work very well and the output of the water was just about non-existent. So we thought that purchasing a new pump would fix everything.
So we purchased the Intex 2500 gph pump from Amazon. Now this is where my questions / possible issues begin. I figured out how to take the old pump stuff off, but I retained the old plunger valves, hooked the new hoses up that came with the new pump and that was that. I left the old plungers because I had no clue on how to change the plunger without letting all of the water out of the pool, so that is my only reason for doing it like that.
However, I see little difference between how the new pump works as opposed to the old pump in terms of suction power and how it is putting water out. I know to bleed out the air before turning on the pump, but usually it feels like it doesn't do much of anything. I have watched a few You Tube videos on how to install the pump that I purchased and the water that goes to the pool seems to jet out fiercely. However in my pool, it seems to cause a few little ripples in the front of where the water comes out and bubbles as doing so.
My question is this..is that normal? Should the water be shooting out more forcefully? I have read where people with the same size pool as me get this pump and you can see the movement of the water. Secondly, I am not expecting the skimmer to suck my hand off, but how forceful should it be? I have everything aligned properly with that, but it seems like the suction just isn't that impressive.
I have been considering changing out the plunger valves, but how do I go about doing that without letting all of the water out? There are no drain closers / plugs that come with the pool, so I am not sure what I need to buy, and the sooner that I could do it, the better, so if you can recommend something that I can purchase at a hardware store or what not would be super helpful.
Thanks in advance for your help, this pump thing has been stumped. I don't know if my expectations where too high or what, as we have only had the pool for a short period of time.