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    Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    I have a Sta-Rite modular Media Filter. At start up, you are supposed to open the air release valve until a steady stream of water comes out. Although the air stops coming out, I cannot get a stead flow of water. In addition, the gauge reads 0 pressure. I have replaced the entire air release valve assembly and have double checked the installation of the filters and position of the bleed tube and filter, but the results are the same. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    And water is coming out of your returns into the pool with good force / your pump is fully primed?

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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    Yes, the pump is fully primed and water is coming out of the returns with moderately good force. There is only a little air swirling around at the top of the skimmer basket when the pump is on. I replaced the pressure gauge, so that is not the problem.
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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    It's not unusual for water to not come out of the relief. I'd check the back of the pressure gauge to make sure you didn't cover the hole with teflon. Is there any sort of bypass or valve for the filter?

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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    I checked the pressure valve for teflon covering the hole, but that's not the problem. There is no bypass for the filter that I am aware of. The other problem is that fines are getting through the filter, but the manual states that this will occur for a short while with new filter cartridges. This is so frustrating.
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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Stanl
    Yes, the pump is fully primed and water is coming out of the returns with moderately good force.
    Does moderately good imply less force than usual? Even if you had the filters in upside down and backwards the tank should still be under pressure. If you have a valve after the filter, try closing it off a bit to cut off the flow and see if that makes the gauge register anything. That should also make the noise coming from the pump noticeably different. If not, you might have something going on with your pump. Check the strainer basket and impeller for debris.

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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    This morning I pulled the pump off and cleared the impeller. There were a couple of berries stuck in it. It was completely cleared when I put it back together. This has resulting in improved flow and now I get a steady stream of water from the air release valve after all of the air bleeds out. Although the pressure gauge went up slightly from zero when I first started it, it is now at zero again. I have stopped and re-started the pump, released all of the air, and adjusted the valves, but I cannot get the gauge to read anything but zero. I guess that I will wait to see if the filter works OK this week. If it does, I'll just stop worrying about it.
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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    I would stay with that issue until I got a decent filter pressure reading.....usually around 10-20 or so.

    Proper psi is a great indicator your sytem is working correctly and will usually help you identify impending or existing problems.
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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    It is possible that the gauge is broken. They frequently only last a few years, occasionally less. Fortunately they are inexpensive to replace.
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    Re: Sta-Rite Pool Filter

    I replaced the gauge with a new one and, in fact, replaced the entire air release valve assembly.
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