You may have recently opened your pool only to realize that you haven’t replaced your pool filter in a long time. Pool filters are a critical part of keeping your pool clean and operational, but sometimes it’s difficult to know when to replace these valuable pieces of equipment. In some cases, you may not even need to replace it and cleaning it will suffice. Here are some tips for knowing when and how to replace or clean your pool filter.
Your filter should always be cleaned every 6 months, or if the filter’s pressure gauge increases by around 8 PSI. Initially, remove any large chunks of dirt or debris. Then soak the filter in a pool filter cartridge cleaning solution to get rid of any oils that may be clinging to your filter.
Typically, cartridge filters need to be replaced every 3 to 5 years. You can also tell your cartridge filter needs to be swapped out if you start having to clean it more often; that is, if the pressure gauge increases by 8 PSI much more often than every 6 months, you may need to replace it. If you notice that water stays green and cloudy, you may need to replace your filter. Check for tears in the fabric or any kind of physical damage on the filter too as that is a clear sign it needs to be replaced.
If you have a sand filter, you may have heard that they never need to be replaced. Sand filters do last quite a long time, around 5 to 7 years assuming it is maintained properly. Nonetheless, a sand filter will inevitably lose its sharp edges, making it ineffective at catching all the dirt it’s supposed to filter out.
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