I inherited an 18 foot above ground pool when purchasing my home (4
feet high) on Long Island NY. It is now 5 years old. Unfortunately I
did not drain the water from the pool filter before the winter freeze
and it is has now cracked. The motor has not cracked but its unclear
if it can salvaged at this point. Does anyone know what I should pay
to replace the sand filter? What if I also need to replace the motor?
Not looking for high end unit. Just something that offers reasonable
performance for the system I have.
Check with http://www.waterwarehouse.com/depts/Pool-Filters.html or
I've been using these mail-order companies for years with no complaints.
Homes around Chicago tend more toward 10-15 feet high ;-)
I'll second the suggestion of looking at some of the mail order
stores. I live near an In The Swim and I buy virtually everything
there. They're primarily mail order, so their store (customer area)
is rather sparse. Their inventory is another story, however (giant
warehouse in the back). They're much cheaper than virtually every
other showroom pool store around here. Plan on $400-$500 for a new
filter and pump combination. They sell the filters and pumps
separately, so you could buy just the tank/valve and try your
existing pump, then buy a new pump only if you need it. According to
their latest flyer, the total price of these components separately is
about the same as the price of a 'complete' system. They offer
'free' shipping, although there's an $8.99 'handling fee'. I often
take them up on the free shipping on the heavy stuff (50 lbs
chlorine, DE, or soda ash, e.g.) even though they're local simply
because it's so much easier. Assuming your pool is of good quality,
it's not too old to consider buying new, particularly if you see a
pool as a 'permanent' toy, rather than a "might as well use it as
long as it's there" kind of thing. Otherwise, you could probably
save quite a few bucks on a lightly used unit.
Get the water down below the inlets and outlets in the pool as soon
as you can.
The motor should be OK, but the canister, flow control valve and
the part with the impeller might be shot. Also hoses and skimmer
In the winter, the water is supposed to be drained down below
I'd be inclined to buy a whole new unit and use the old stuff
for replacement parts. You will need replacement parts soon
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