My heater is not turning on because the pressure switch is apparently not being triggered (seeing the "FLO" message perpetually).
I'm trying to isolate whether it is:
(a) bad flow switch (or)
(b) pump volume has gone down for some reason
* AquaCal TT120 Heat Pump (internal pressure switch should trigger at roughly 30 GPM)
* WhisperFlo WFE-3 (3/4 HP Impeller) Recirculation Pump
Running B891 Motor @ Full Speed, 1.2 SHP (0.75 * 1.65)
* Approx 40' of 2" Pipe from Pool to Recirculation Pump, 5 elbows.
* Hayward 24 SqFt DE Filter (take out of the equation by setting valve to skip filter)
The back story:
* The recirculation pump was sucking some air ... around the same time, I noticed the heater was not coming on.
* I serviced the pump (normal go-kit full gasket replacement), double-checking impeller vanes.
* Re-assembled everything and pump seems to be running good (no more air getting in).
However, the heater is still reading "FLO" signalling that the pressure switch isn't being triggered.
I eliminated the heater by setting the Hayward multi-valve to skip the filter.
I then tried backwashing and it did seem the pump was slower than it was previously (but I didn't feel it was exceptionally slow).
As water is passing through the line, I looked at the Jandy Check Valve (the 2/2.5" Jandy black valve) and noticed that the check-valve-flap is only opening to about 15 degrees, as opposed to about 80 degrees (nearly full-open) when running a high-volume pump.
On one hand, I'm leaning towards the thought that the pump may not be pumping enough volume because it does seem to be lower than it had been.
On the other hand, the persistent FLO arose before I switched out the pump and it could be the flow switch is bad.
...At this point I'm out of ideas and to move forward, I thought I'd seek the advice of TFP members...
Is there a way that I can isolate whether it's the (a) heater's flow switch or the (b) the pump's volume being too low? For example, an easy way to determine the GPM the pump is putting out?
Separate question .. If it turns out it is the flow switch, or the diagnostic is more than I am able to do with TFP help, does anyone know of a very good pool plumber in the West Palm Beach, FL area?
Thank you in advance for any ideas or suggestions