How to Fix an Intex Pool Filter Pump Jammed With Sand

The filter pump for my Intex 12x30' pool jammed with sand, hair, and nasty stuff and stopped running. A new pump cost nearly the amount I paid for the whole pool! Here's what I did to fix it instead.

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How to Fix an Intex Pool Filter Pump Jammed With Sand
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Remove hoses, cover, and filter from filter pump and unplug it from the electrical outlet.

2
Turn the filter over and loosen 8 screws using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove black motor from the gray housing.

Turn the filter over and loosen 8 screws using a Phillips screwdriver. Remove black motor from the gray housing.

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3
Twist the white collar and lift it off.

Twist the white collar and lift it off.

4
Clean off any gunk you find. Then lift the next white piece straight up.

Clean off any gunk you find. Then lift the next white piece straight up.

5
With a needle nose pliers, pull out hair and gunk. Then use the pliers to grip one blade of the impeller & pull straight up. It's held in by a powerful magnet; give a little tug & it will come out.

With a needle nose pliers, pull out hair and gunk. Then use the pliers to grip one blade of the impeller & pull straight up. It's held in by a powerful magnet; give a little tug & it will come out.

6
Don't lose the small, black washer!

Don't lose the small, black washer!

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Rinse or pick out any sand and gunk you see.

Rinse or pick out any sand and gunk you see.

8
Invert the motor and partially submerge it in a bucket of water. Do not cover the motor completely. Run the pump to clear sand. Watch for splashing! And to be safe just hold a dry part of the cord.

Invert the motor and partially submerge it in a bucket of water. Do not cover the motor completely. Run the pump to clear sand. Watch for splashing! And to be safe just hold a dry part of the cord.

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If you got the pump to run, reassemble it in reverse order and enjoy your pool! If not, look on Craigslist for someone selling a leaky pool with a good pump. :)

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