Do I need to replace my filters

Jpschulz

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Jul 11, 2021
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Gilbert, AZ
Thank you in advance for helping with my seemingly simple and dumb question!

I have a Pentair Clean and Clear Cartridge Filter system. I have been getting quite a bit of debris ending up in the Caretaker water valve dome stainer. The cartridges are about 5-6 years old but they don’t have any visible signs of failure that I can see and I clean them regularly. My question is this- is there anything else that could have failed in the cartridge housing that would be allowing debris through or do I simply need to replace the cartridges.

Thank you in advance!!
-Jarrett
 

cowboycasey

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Jarret,

My original filters are now 9 years old and my second set are 7 years old.. I clean mine once a year and my pressure never rises more than 2 PSI for the year..

How much PSI rise are your filters having before you clean them? do you have a second set to change out when you are cleaning the first set? what is your normal PSI? WHat size pump do you have? Do you have a VS pump?

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Jpschulz

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Thank you for the quick reply! As requested, I have updated my sig. I clean my filters 3-4 times per year because I have very large leafy trees that shed into the pool all year long. I live in AZ so I'll deal with that to trade for the shade. I don't see any change in PSI-post cleanings since I keep very much on top of it. I generally don't see any shift in PSI before and after cleanings. I have a 1.5 HP VS pump.
 

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I would not worry about anything, sometimes I get some debris up there also but not bad... From what I have read we will need to replace the filters when they start separating and the glue will start to let loose on the bands.. I have another brand new set that I will start to use once that happens to the first pair of mine...

I would just watch yours and see :)

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Jpschulz

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Thank you again!

I guess just to clarify a bit, I’m not talking about a small amount of debris at the caretaker strainer cup. I have to empty the cup at a max of once a week or the build up is so significant the caretaker doesn’t get enough pressure to run. So this definitely is an issue I’m trying to understand so I can fix it.
 

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I am missing something, I thought you were talking about the metal filter in the top of the filter getting debris on it.. What is this caretaker strainer cup?

this part is what I was talking about
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