Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that you should never throw away a pool filter/pump assembly unless you’re dismantling your pool and will never need a pool filter again. However, if something isn’t working properly, replace the part. The parts are replaceable and interchangeable. Don’t toss out the filter.
Here’s My Above Ground Pool Story:
Two years ago at the end of the summer season, I threw away my DE Sta-Rite System 3 DE pool filter and pump assembly. I was having problems with it and decided to ditch it (dumb move). The motor was loud, the suction was barely existent and the filter was becoming a pain in the butt. I didn’t realize I had it good until I saw how much it would cost to replace the entire assembly the following year. Whew!
A 24 foot round pool needs at least a 1 hp motor to properly clean the pool. Fortunately, my next door neighbor decided to take his pool down and had a 1 hp pool filter/motor assembly that he wanted to sell for $100. What a bargain (or so I thought).
Hayward EC40 DE Pool Filter and Pump
For $100 I bought an older Hayward Perflex EC40 DE pool filter and a 1 hp pump. It was set up quite a bit differently from my old filter/pump assembly. Not only is the Hayward filter set up differently, the connectors are hose and clamp as opposed to the screw on type of hose that my old filter had. As a result, I needed to buy a few adapters to the Hayward to work with my existing hoses (which didn’t work so I had to replace the hoses, but that’s a story for another day).
As of this writing, I still don’t have the Hayward EC40 filter hooked up because I had to spend quite a bit of time getting warm and fuzzy with the new filter. Since I bought it used, it didn’t come with instructions (thank God for the internet). The way I get warm and fuzzy and intimate with a pool filter and pumps is to take it all apart to see how it works and that’s just what I did.