I am new to the forum and new to pool care in general. I've already learned a ton from this site over the last few weeks. I think i'm close but my setup is still not quite working correctly.
Our pool is at least 15 years old, in ground and plaster. I think the equipment is about 2 years old and consists of a Suntouch controller, Intelliflo-VS pump, CVA-24 Solar Actuator; "Clean and Clear" filter. We have a heater but our intention is to only heat via solar. There is also a "kicker pump" which was used to run the pool sweep however we no longer use the sweep and plan on using a "dolphin" pool vac.
My first question is understanding the correct orientation of the CVA-24 solar actuator. The actuator is shaped like a "T", with the water from the filter flowing into the "top right port" of the "T". The "bottom" of the "T" has a pipe labeled "to solar" and the "top left" of the "T" is labeled "bypass". The top of the CVA-24 has a lever and opposite the lever is the word "off". In my experience with "T or ball valves" the water flow is in the direction of the inline handle. On the CV-24, unfortunately the handle and "off" are in the same direction so I suspect when a handle if pointing to a port, that port is off and the other port is on. Please confirm if this is correct.
Question 2: When the word "off" is above the pipe labeled "solar bypass", I would expect to see water flowing through a "port hole" which is inline with the "solar return" pipe. I see a trap door in the "port hole" open up and after about 5 minutes I see some water (good turbulent flow) but then within another 5 minutes the water goes away but the trap door stays open. I have tried different pump speeds but that doesn't seem to help. I am currently running the Intelliflow-VS around 3100 rpm. Additionally, I notice that the pressure gauge on top of my filter goes up significantly when the actuator is in this position. I've checked for leaks, etc on the solar but don't see anything.
Appreciate any suggestions.- Thanks