Constructed with reinforced polyester and features 100 square feet of filtering material. It delivers a high level of filtration and, if taken care of, may go longer than other brands before needing replacement.
Some arrive with a small bit of extra plastic which may keep them from fitting into your filter.
These will work with a variety of models. They measure 8 inches tall by 4.25 inches in diameter and do not have a place to deposit chlorine tablets.
Although these are not that durable, the 12 filters in this pack will be more than enough to get you through a season.
Features chlorine resistant end caps, which give the unit a longer lifespan. Comparable to the Unicel C8412 and the Filbur FC1293.
This unit may not hold up as well as other, more expensive replacement cartridges.
Manufactured using reemay, a spunbonded, polyester fabric chosen for its added strength. Comparable to the Sta-Rite PXC-95.
If you are diligent with regular cleaning, this unit will serve you well.
These will work with Krystal Klear pump models 51, 51R, 520, and 520R, as well as several Intex filter and pump models. They measure 10 inches tall by 5.75 inches in diameter.
Not that durable. With proper care, however, you should get about two weeks out of them.
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If you have a cartridge filter for your pool, it's only a matter of time before you will need to replace the cartridge that’s inside. Although you will need to purchase the right size cartridge for your filter, that's not all there is to the process. In order to do what is best for your pool, you will need to learn a little bit about pool cartridge filters.
There may be things you are doing on a daily basis that are diminishing the effective life of your pool cartridge filter. It's important to know how to best care for that cartridge to get the most out of it. It's also vital to be able to identify the difference between having a cartridge that just needs a cleaning and having one that needs to be replaced before it causes costly damage to your system.
A cartridge filter performs the essential function of cleaning the water in your pool. In order to do this, the dirty water must pass through the pleated fabric so the debris is removed from the water. If you do not filter your pool water, it won't be long until your water turns green. (To keep your pool even cleaner, take at look at our reviews on the best pool covers, pool skimmers, and automatic pool cleaners.)
The cartridges in a cartridge filter system are tube-shaped, and they stand upright in your filter tank. Depending on your system, you may have one or several filters inside that tank. The dirty water fills up the tank and flows through the cartridges to the center of the tube. The filtered water exits the bottom of the tube and is pumped back into the pool.
When replacing a cartridge, it’s essential to get one that is the exact same physical size. This includes height, outer diameter, and inner diameter. If the cartridge is too large, it simply won't fit. If the cartridge is too small, unfiltered water may be slipping by, which means your pool will shortly turn green. Additionally, it is important to remember that a cartridge is basically stiff polyester fabric and plastic, so the pressures exerted on a cartridge that doesn't fit properly could easily crush or crack that cartridge, making it useless.
When purchasing a replacement cartridge that isn't an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridge, be sure to double-check the measurements. If they aren't exactly the same as the cartridge you are replacing, keep looking.
Besides being certain that you have the proper-size cartridge, there are a few other aspects you'll want to consider.
If you venture below the $20 threshold, you will find disposable filter cartridges that last about two weeks and are designed for smaller aboveground pools. At the lower end, from around $20 to $60, the cartridges are mostly budget filters for larger pools; these might not last for a full swimming season.
In the $60 to $100 range, you will find cartridges with better build quality, often with a larger square footage of filtering material. This type is more likely to last longer than a single season.
When you go above $100, you are either getting an OEM cartridge, a specialty cartridge, or a multipack, which contains two or more pool cartridges.
Unfortunately, at some point in a pool cartridge filter's life, there will come a time when the cartridge will need to be replaced. It is far more important to look for signs of wear and tear than it is to count the hours of usage. The following are some of the giveaways that let you know it's time to replace your cartridge:
A. A cartridge filter is the most environmentally friendly filter option, as you do not need to backwash, which discharges chemicals into the environment and wastes water. Additionally, a cartridge filter works almost as well as a D.E. filter, so you will have remarkably clean water if you just keep your filter clean. That maintenance, however, is where this type of filter falls a little short. In order to work at peak efficiency, cartridges must be cleaned regularly, and that process is rather involved.
A. There is no set answer to this question. It depends on usage and other factors. For instance, the more people who swim in your pool, the more oils, sunscreen lotion, and dirt will enter your system, and the more frequently your filters will require cleaning. The best strategy is to carefully monitor your system pressure. When it begins to creep up significantly, 8 or 10 psi (pounds per square inch) above normal operating pressure, then it is time to clean.
A. After shutting down your pump, closing the valves, and removing the filter, you just need to carefully hose the pleats off. Using a specially designed filter-cleaning tool can speed up the process considerably, but cleaning is not a job that you should rush. Careless cleaning can damage the fabric or your filter, making it wear out more quickly.