I'm having a ton of trouble with water level in the basket and flow problems this year after setting up my Intex sand filter/salt system combo on my non-Intex AGP 18' round and could sure use some advice, please. It was new last summer and is called: Krystal ClearTM Sand Filter Pump 14” (360mm) & Saltwater System Model CS15110.
I feel certain I have my pool hoses and connections set up as I not only referred to photos from last year but when removing the hoses for winter before unhooking the connected motor and salt unit, I labeled the parts and their matching 'partners' with stick-on labels, A to A, etc. through F F.
Same as last year, I have in the daisy chain a round solar pool unit, AquaKwik 4512, similar to what Amazon is now selling (the smaller unit) at this link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1.
The pool has the right amount of water, and the skimmer basket has been kept clean. I have also backwashed 3 times in about 6 hrs of actual use over the past three days, if even that much, because of the constant stopping and fiddling with the hoses etc.
My problem is water level and erratic pressure, causing constant flow issues and warnings, bouncing between no water coming out the inlet at all - to plenty of water. First, I cannot get the water to stay filled to the top of the basket next to motor. Last year, a friend helped me set it up and hook the solar heater into the mix, and after a few minutes of waiting for it to rise to the top, he loosened the cap and that released the air lock and things were perfect the rest of the season.
This year I tried the same thing. The water will fill to the top, and I hear noise from the pump like rushing water and the flow is good, then it doesn't take long before the flow is down again. I have loosened and tightened or removed every hose connection in blind attempts to make it work. Also loosened the cap and the little 'burp knob' many times. Also removed the hose where the water comes out of the solar unit; the water is moving through it. Each of these maneuvers 'usually' results in the water filling up in the basket with accompanying gurgling rushing water noises, but then it falls back off again. Occasionally it has run for an hour ok. Today the water was up full in the basket but over and over, there was no water flow going into the inlet. Water comes out fine in backwash and rinse and waste water.
Does this sound familiar to anyone who can offer a suggestion of what I can do myself? I thought about trying to bypass the solar unit (remove it), but I'm not sure I can cobble the fittings on without it. Being non-Intex, it has been a real mess trying to get other parts to fit what I have with this Rec Warehouse pool from 2006.
I will attach some pix from last season in case that will help. Thank you!!