Stuck Vari-Flo Valve!

Leanne75

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Jul 5, 2019
2
Sewell NJ
So, our pool was closed for three years and we decided to reopen it. Had to replace our pump and our o-ring on our DE filter (had a professional install the pump and my daughter and I tackled the filter o-ring with success after watching videos lol). I've shocked and skimmed and shocked, got clear, turned green and skimmed and shocked oh and backwashed a gazillion times in between....then decided I should hand vac some of that sludge out because I was not winning this war. So, I turned my hayward vari flo valve to waste and proceeded to "hand vac". We only got about 1/2 done when I decided we should probably stop and let it all settle to the bottom again. Well, when I went to put the valve back to filter and it won't turn! Logic tells me that maybe something is clogging it and preventing it from turning, but I really don't know. So my questions are, can a control valve become clogged? If so, is it something I can fix myself with limited tool availability? Or, is this Dang thing broken? LOL
 

Bama Rambler

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It could have something in it big enough to prevent you fr turning it, but it could also be broken. The best thing to do is remove the screws in the top plate and take the top off. Mark how it's lined up so you'll put it back the same way.

How does the handle feel when you press down on it? Does it feel like it has the normal spring resistance?
 

Leanne75

New member
Jul 5, 2019
2
Sewell NJ
Well... took it off and there was no problem inside at all so just out it back and...BOOM... it turns again! Sigh.... this is how it's been for me so far lol. Thanks everyone!