The Circulator Return Line Fitting
Great Dependable Product
I have had circulators in my pool for over 6 years now and they are still going strong. I have saved a great deal of money over the years on chemicals and heating costs. I use to have constant headaches with trying to rid my pool of algae and cloudy pool water. When I discovered this wonderful product, I replaced my fixed returns and my problems were solved. I don’t fight with my pool anymore. . . I just enjoy it. I just purchased an investment home, and the circulators will replace those fixed returns. I cannot see anybody going back to a fixed return when they can have an incredible product like the circulator.
July 14, 2012
No pool owner should be without the circulator
Being a curious engineer, I decided to take the circulator apart to see what makes it work so dependably well. It really amazed me to see the high quality parts that went into this product, at such a low cost. I called the manufacturer to make sure that I had everything back together correctly. I thought that I would get a recording on a Sunday, but they were there and spent time with me answering all my questions, even the silly ones. They told me that I could call them 7 days a week, even after hours. I even called again at 8 in the evening and they were there to help me. What great Customer Service! The company really stands behind their product.
I see now why they tell you not to turn the nozzle by hand, because of all the intricate parts inside that make it work so dependably day after day for years. The best part about the product is that it is made in such a way that if you need a part after so many years, you can easily replace that small part, so the product lives on forever. They have a great warranty also, so now, all I have to think about is the money savings and how this product made my pool maintenance so easy.
I would highly recommend this product to all pool owners. If a pool owner does not purchase a circulator to replace every fixed return in their pool, they just don’t get it! This is truly an amazing invention.
July 27, 2012
Great Investment at such a low cost!
The Circulator works great! I have had pools for over 25 years and could never keep them sparkling clean – there was always some debris floating on the surface or on the floor of the pool, and I could never get the temperature consistent throughout the pool.
I just installed a new in ground pool and replaced the fixed jets with the circulators. The pool cleared within one day of use and my pool builder was so impressed with the performance of the units that he decided to install them in all his customer's pools as a bonus.
My pool temperature is finally consistent throughout the pool and I do not have to hear my kids anymore complaining about cold areas in the pool.
I have recommended the circulators to friends and neighbors who are equally amazed by the results, and love the cost savings by reducing the run time of their pool pumps and using fewer chemicals to keep their pools sparkling clean.
Thanks for a Great Product!
July 27, 2012
Costly product woked but not for my pool
I bought this product based on the other reviews, which are all informative. Unfortunately, for my inground saltwater pool setup, it did not work as stated. Here is why. When the pool was installed, the pool co. only put in 2 returns directly opposite the skimmer on a 33'x16' pool. Who knows why. If you have more than 2 returns spaced out, it would circulate the water much better. Anyway, these circulators worked fine but barely got the water down to the deep end of the pool unlike my directional eyeballs did. I had flys and gnats all over in my pool which I never had before--this is my 5th season.
But here are some things to note that the other reviewers didn't mention: READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY! REALLY. this will save you a lot of time/effort. The circulator can jam if you have a sand filter OR have sand at the bottom of your cartridge filter tank and you don't clean that out after rinsing/replacing your filter. The sand can get into the gears and jam them. In which case they stop rotating. This can be fixed which is in the instrustions and doesn't look too difficult. I just took it out and blew air in the bottom end and it worked.
Also, DO NOT TURN THE NOZZLE HEAD as this breaks the connection to the plastic gears inside. They cover this in the instructions too. The gears can be replaced but you will have to pay more money for a kit. If you turn the nozzle head and break the gears, they WILL NOT REPLACE THE PRODUCT even though its under warranty. They have put a red mark where the nozzle lines up with stem and there is no way you can get the two back in line (I was very careful!) and this contraption is on the delicate side.
The circulator is easy to install and comes with an attachment if your current jet has female inside threads that you just screw in then screw the circulator into that. If yous is different, you can always go to a pool supply store and they'll have what you need
Also included is a 2nd circular disk (white) that's supposed to snap on to the botton of the unit if you have low water pressure. (More on water pressure later)
So here's where the product is cheap: that little snap on piece doesn't screw in, just snaps in, which, because of the force of the return water can come off and the unit doesn't work. (They do tell you this) So get this, they instruct you to use "4 inches of scotch tape" and wrap it around the bottom of the unit holding the snap-on-disc to the main unit. Now for $50 you'd think they could have designed it to screw on. Now I understand that the disks are interchangeable and allows you to get to the circulating fins underneath, but taping it? Come on. This inventor was an engineer from NASA?!?
Water pressure. I noticed that the psi reading on my filter rose from 20psi to 30psi which I thought was strange seeing that my filter was just cleaned before adding the jets. So eventually I took the circulators out and my psi was back to normal 20. I suppose I could have tried the white snap-on disc but was too tired from playing with this thing.
Another thing that I didn't like was that the water shot up about a foot out of the pool when it rotated. Now my jets are closer to the surface so that is why. They have an Economizer Flow Control cover that I bought at InTheSwim's store which when added to the jet, prevented the water from spouting but allowed the nozzel to rotate. Problem was, I had to use my old female threaded insert from the original eyeball jet, along with an 0-ring to keep it tight to the wall so the cover didn't rotate along with the nozzle. This cover set me back another $10 ea.
They also give you instructions to 'Repair" the unit which the kit is extra $$ of course. After seeing all the little gears, pins etc that could break I figured it was easier to just deal with my directional eyeballs.
I think the concept is great and has woked for many pool owners but for me it's just too costly $140 for 2 jets that can break versus under $5 for 2 eyeballs that will last forever.
May 26, 2012