Hello! When the pool company closed my pool this year, they found the inside top of my filter had cracked. I currently have a Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter - same filter that was there when I bought the house about 13 years ago. The company said that because of the cost to replace the entire top of the filter (including the fingers and the bump handle, etc), I should just buy a new one. Which is fine but my question is should I purchase another of the same type? Taking the filter apart to clean the fingers, etc is a little difficult for me. I don't mind backwashing, but I don't always get all the used DE out so the filter does need to be opened up and cleaned a couple times a year. So I was considering purchasing a cartridge filter. The pool company said they do not deal in Haywards anymore, that they would install a Pentair (which is the brand chlorinator they put on earlier this year). So may question is this - is a cartridge filter significantly easier to clean and care for? The Hayward DE filter has always done a great job, and other than being a pain to take apart, I've been very happy with it. Are Pentair filters the same quality as Haywards?
Thank you all for any info you can give me.
21,815 gallons IG vinyl liner
Hayward Perflex EC 65 DE filter