When you own a swimming pool, performing routine pool maintenance (or having a pro do the job for you) is essential. And one of the most crucial aspects of regular pool maintenance is filter cleaning and replacement.

Keeping your pool filter clean and in good condition will help ensure the water remains as clean and clear as possible, reducing the risk of skin and respiratory irritation. A clean, well-maintained filter will also help extend the life of your pool’s other functional components, so keeping tabs on it is key for system performance and longevity.

How can you tell whether you need to clean your filter or install a new one? Here are X signs that it’s time to replace your pool filter.

Cloudy or Dirty Water

Water that’s consistently dirty or cloudy is the most obvious sign that it’s time to perform a pool filter replacement. If your filter gets cleaned regularly and the water never quite gets totally clear, swap out the existing filter for a new one and see if that solves the problem.

If a new filter doesn’t do the trick, the pH of the pool water might be chronically off. If you don’t know how to test the water and fix the issue, you can hire a pool maintenance pro to handle the job for you.

Consistently High Pressure

When the pressure gauge on your pool filter is chronically elevated, that’s a solid sign it’s time for a new filter. High pressure indicates the existing filter is working harder than it should, which may be because it’s clogged or because its functional life has expired.

If you’re unsure whether you just need a cleaning or pool filter replacement, contact a pro who can assess the existing filter and advise you on your options.

Signs of Excessive Wear and Tear

All pool filters experience deterioration over time, and at a certain point, that natural wear and tear makes them much less efficient and effective at filtering dirt and debris from the water.

If you notice any of the following signs of excessive wear, it’s time to perform a pool filter replacement:

  • Flattened filter pleats
  • Damaged or missing band(s)
  • Collapsed or crumpled inner core
  • Cracks, holes, or tears in any part of the filter

If your filter is damaged or excessively worn, you’ll likely also notice reduced water flow from the jets, since the filter can no longer operate according to its design. 

Increased Need for Chemicals

When you need to add more chemicals to the water to keep it clean and balance the pH, that’s a good sign the filter is no longer working as it should and must be replaced. That said, there are other issues that can cause your pool to need more chemicals, including algae growth, high evaporation rate, and more.

If your filter looks fine and you’re still adding more chemicals to the water than usual, contact a pro for help. An experienced pool maintenance specialist can test the water, assess the situation, and formulate an action plan for getting your pool back on track.

Schedule Pool Filter Replacement Near White Bear Lake, MN

Think your pool might be due for a filter replacement? If so, our team at Royal Pool & Spa would love to help you out!

For more than 30 years, we’ve provided swimming pool repair, maintenance, and renovation services throughout the greater Twin Cities area and are proud to hold Certified Pool Operator Certification. Each member of our team has a minimum of ten years of professional pool experience and is committed to providing our clients with top-notch service and support.

Ready to have your pool filter serviced or replaced? Then give us a call today at 651-779-7606 or contact us online, and we’ll get in touch!