Looking for some advice. I have an above ground oval 21 x 41 with a deep end. The pool came with the Hayward Xstream 150 Sq. Ft. Cartridge System with 1.5 HP Matrix Pump. Everything was working fine for the last 4 years up until the middle of last summer. For some reason the "easy lock ring" that seals the filter compartment started sticking to the point where I could not get it closed. It screws about 3/4 of the way it is supposed to, but won't complete the last half turn needed to lock in place. If I don't have a filter inside, it will close, but with the filter, no dice. I replaced the O-ring because it was loose, but that didn't solve the problem. I bought a new filter, tried silicone lubricant, but it still wont close all the way.
Another annoying thing with this unit, probably because of the heat in Las Vegas, but the fiberglass tank has tons of tiny little splinters that dig deep into your skin if you brush against it. I tried covering the top half in duck tape, but I still end up with nasty rashes whenever I have to mess with it - which became much worse now that it takes so much force to open and close it.
So - I am at the point where I know I need a new unit. Since this is going to be at least a few hundred bucks, I am wondering if I should replace it with the same Hayward product, or if there is something out there that would be a much better investment. Anyone out there with a pool close to or as big as mine that has a pump/filter product they absolutely love?