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Hi have a hayward ec30 earth filter and the bump handle to regenerate the earth is limp it has no resistance at all with the filter on or off..any answers thanks?

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Not sure with an EC30, I have an EC45 but assuming they are similar make sure the steel rod in the center top is attached to the bump handle.

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With an ec45 you can detach the top of the canister fairly easily and inspect the rubber gasket and fingers inside. look for a tear in the gasket, but you'd probably get D.E. going into the pool if this was the case.
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