Hi, everyone...I am having some pump issues and need some advice. Last year, the pump that came with my above ground pool, which is an oval 15' x 30', 52" deep above-ground pool, croaked. We couldn't afford the $350+ for a new Hayward pump, so we stupidly went the Rec Warehouse and got some off-brand, 2-speed pump. Low is like 'no movement', and High is ridiculous...We use a Mr. Zippy cleaner, and we have to have the pump on high to get it to move...well, suddenly, the hose from the top of the pump to the side of the filter flies off. We put it back on, tighten the clamp, and it does it again...of course, this happened when we weren't looking, so we lost a good bit of water. We go to the pool store to talk to them and they say we have the wrong hose on there (the one they just sold us two weeks ago because ours was leaking)...so, we spend another $10 for a section of the white, softer hose. Clamp it on, turn on the pump, and all seems to be good - until we go inside and come back 10 minutes later to find a geyser again. So, of course we were having a pool party that night, so we just turn the pump on low and left it. The pressure gauge is always at 30psi on low, and jumps to 44psi on high...the old pump never went above 12psi. We were told to ignore the pressure. We're wondering now if something might be clogged in the sand filter or something...we have back washed several times. I read somewhere on here about about hard-plumbing, which we could do, but I'd rather not have to spend the time or money if there is some 'reason' this is happening.
Any comments would be appreciated. We're really frustrated...and, truthfully, I think the pool places around here are mostly incompetent folks...different answers from each person - very frustrating. I think this pump is awful, but, it was only $130, which was better for me financially...stupid in the long run. Anyway - please let me know what you think. My pool, supposedly, is 10,500 gallons....I don't even think we need a two speed pump...but, it's what they had.
Thanks for your help - Pam