Hello, everyone. I've lurked here for a while but I finally registered and now I have an issue I hope someone can help me with. I have a Hayward Perflex DE filter Model: EC40AC. It has an air bleeder valve on the top that I open prior to backwashing. At the end of the season, the part I turn to open and close it, broke off. I went into Leslies Pool (questionable, I know) and I asked them if it can be fixed. He proceeded to tell me that he could drill down into the hole where the piece goes and see if he can pull it out, but he isn't sure it can be fixed. Kind of odd since they stock the part so obviously I'm not the only person who has had this issue before. My question is, is this the proper way to do this, or does the part of the lid that holds the "fingers" need to be removed in order to replace this piece? I'm sure their goal is to get me to buy a new filter ($420), but if it can be fixed with a $9 part, I'll choose that option.
I do my own pool maintenance, but I'm hesitant to start taking the filter apart. Any suggestions?