The Hayward PowerFlo is a popular above ground swimming pool pump. The design of the Hayward PowerFlo is a sleek design with one flaw. The current design of the Hayward PowerFlo is a “top mount” discharge that can only be connected to a sand filter. If you have a cartridge or d.e. filter, you would typically need a new pump. The housing on the Hayward PowerFlo pump can be rotated to a “side-mount” discharge, which can be used on a cartridge or d.e. filter. This guide will show how to do this in no time.
1. First and foremost, make sure that power to the pump has been cut off. Unplug the pump if possible.
2. Disconnect the hoses by removing the hose clamp then sliding the hose off of the hose adapter. Place the hoses over the swimming pool wall so that the water does not drain out of the pool.
3. I recommend placing the pump on a shop bench or table so that it is easier to work on.
4. Remove the pump lid by gripping the handle and slowly turning the cover counter clockwise, the pulling up towards you. Once the cover is off, remove the basket and drain any water inside of the strainer housing.
5. Next, we’ll need to remove the strainer. To do this, we’ll first need to remove the c-clip that locks it into place. Simply pull it gently outwards towards you and lift it out of place.
6. Now you can begin turning the strainer counter clockwise (if you are facing the strainer) until it can be removed.
7. Depending on which motor you have on your PowerFlo, this next step will vary. If the motor doesn’t have a cover on the end of it, the four thru-bolts should be visible. Using a ¼ socket, loosen and remove the thru-bolts. If you feel resistance, I would recommend stopping and contacting a professional. If the thru-bolts snap, you may have to buy additional parts or a new pump. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
8. If the motor has a cover, you will need to remove it to access the thru-bolts. Using the ¼ socket, remove the screw that holds the cover to the motor.
9. The motor cover will still be connected to the motor by the wires on the switch. Simply move the cover to the side so that it is out of the way.
10. The four thru-bolts should now be visible. Using the 1/4" socket, loosen and remove the thru-bolts. If you feel resistance, I would recommend stopping and contacting a professional. If the thru-bolts snap, you may have to buy additional parts or a new pump. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.
11. Once the thru-bolts have been removed, rotate the housing 90 degrees counter-clockwise (if you are facing the wet-end).
12. After checking to make sure that the holes for the thru-bolts are lined up between the motor and the housing, lubricate and re-install the thru- bolts. Make certain not to over tighten them. Replace the rear motor cover once you are done (if applicable).
13. Before re-installing the strainer, inspect and replace the o-ring if necessary. Lubricate the o-ring before installation. Simply thread the strainer back on (clockwise) until you begin to feel resistance. There will be some play when the strainer is in the final position. Just make sure that the slots for the c-clip are aligned.
14. To install the c-clip, place one tab into position. While the tab is in position, gently pull outward and push it into place.
15. At this point, you can re-attach the filter hoses to the strainer. Inspect the lid and lid o-ring. Replace if necessary. Lubricate the lid o-ring before placing it back onto the strainer.
16. Re-install the strainer basket and fill the strainer with water to prime the pump then secure the lid to the strainer.
17. Turn the power on to the pump and check for leaks. If these are any leaks, turn off the power to the pump and repair the leak.
18. Your project is now complete and you saved the cost of a new pump.
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