How To Rotate the discharge port on your Hayward Power Flo Pump

WRITTEN BY:  Alex V.

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The Hayward PowerFlo is a popular above ground swimming pool pump. The design of the Hayward PowerFlo is a sleek design with one flaw. The current design of the Hayward PowerFlo is a “top mount” discharge that can only be connected to a sand filter. If you have a cartridge or d.e. filter, you would typically need a new pump. The housing on the Hayward PowerFlo pump can be rotated to a “side-mount” discharge, which can be used on a cartridge or d.e. filter. This guide will show how to do this in no time.

Things You'll Need

Socket set with 1/4" socket

Flat head screw driver

Step by Step

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Step 1

First and foremost, make sure that power to the pump has been cut off. Unplug the pump if possible.

Step 2

Disconnect the hoses by removing the hose clamp then sliding the hose off of the hose adapter. Place the hoses over the swimming pool wall so that the water does not drain out of the pool.

Step 3

I recommend placing the pump on a shop bench or table so that it is easier to work on.

Step 4

Remove the pump lid by gripping the handle and slowly turning the cover counter clockwise, the pulling up towards you. Once the cover is off, remove the basket and drain any water inside of the strainer housing.

Step 5

Next, we’ll need to remove the strainer. To do this, we’ll first need to remove the c-clip that locks it into place. Simply pull it gently outwards towards you and lift it out of place.

Step 6

Now you can begin turning the strainer counter clockwise (if you are facing the strainer) until it can be removed.

Step 7

Depending on which motor you have on your PowerFlo, this next step will vary. If the motor doesn’t have a cover on the end of it, the four thru-bolts should be visible. Using a ¼ socket, loosen and remove the thru-bolts. If you feel resistance, I would recommend stopping and contacting a professional. If the thru bolts snap, you may have to buy additional parts or a new pump. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Step 8

If the motor has a cover, you will need to remove it to access the thru-bolts. Using the ¼ socket, remove the screw that holds the cover to the motor.

Step 9

The motor cover will still be connected to the motor by the wires on the switch. Simply move the cover to the side so that it is out of the way.

Step 10

The four thru-bolts should now be visible. Using the 1/4" socket, loosen and remove the thru-bolts. If you feel resistance, I would recommend stopping and contacting a professional. If the thru bolts snap, you may have to buy additional parts or a new pump. PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Step 11

Once the thru-bolts have been removed, rotate the housing 90 degrees counter clock wise (if you are facing the wet-end).

Step 12

After checking to make sure that the holes for the thru-bolts are lined up between the motor and the housing, lubricate and re-install the thru- bolts. Make certain not to over tighten them. Replace the rear motor cover once you are done (if applicable).

Step 13

Before re-installing the strainer, inspect and replace the o-ring if necessary. Lubricate the o-ring before installation. Simply thread the strainer back on (clockwise) until you begin to feel resistance. There will be some play when the strainer is in the final position. Just make sure that the slots for the c-clip are aligned.

Step 14

To install the c-clip, place one tab into position. While the tab is in position, gently pull outward and push it into place.

Step 15

At this point you can re-attach the filter hoses to the strainer. Inspect the lid and lid o-ring. Replace if necessary. Lubricate the lid o-ring before placing it back onto the strainer.

Step 16

Re-install the strainer basket and fill the strainer with water to prime the pump then secure the lid to the strainer.

Step 17

Turn the power on to the pump and check for leaks. If these are any leaks, turn off the power to the pump and repair the leak.

Step 18

Your project is now complete and you saved the cost of a new pump.

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Anonymous  Posted: 08/23/2017 13:14 PM 

I can't thank you enough for this!! My new pump came today - the manual doesn't explain how to do this - and the "company" I bought it from; their tech support said it can't be done. Thanks to you and 5 minutes of my time, I am back in business!!!


SEAN  Posted: 05/16/2017 7:53 AM 

THANK YOU. YOU SAVED ME ALOT TIME AND AGGRAVATION.


Inyopools  Posted: 08/10/2016 10:43 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

howie - It's been a while since I've worked with this procedure, but I think the C-clip should take the play out of the connection.


howie  Posted: 08/09/2016 18:29 PM 

I see where you say there will be some play when you put on skimmer basket but it is leaking water is that normal and when pump starts it will go away?????


Scott  Posted: 05/24/2016 2:32 AM 

Thank you so much for this. This is the only place I could find instructions on how to do this.


kat  Posted: 08/19/2015 22:00 PM 

Thanks for the great instructions !!!! Loved having the pictures to accompany the directions.


Inyopools  Posted: 09/15/2014 23:22 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Nancy H. - It sounds like the nut was put on crooked so that the threads aren't lined up right. Use a strap wrench to unscrew the nut than make sure the threads are lined up before re-screwing it back on.


Nancy H.  Posted: 09/14/2014 17:43 PM 

I am having extreme difficulty unscrewing the nut that attaches the pump to the DE filter. (1) I am assuming the nut goes counter clockwise to unscrew it? (2) what is preventing me from doing this, is there something I am unaware of that would make this easier?


David C  Posted: 09/07/2014 8:48 AM 

You are a life saver. I bought a replacement pump and found the outlet going to the filter pointed the wrong way. With your instructions it took me all of 5 minutes to remove the 4 through bolts, rotated 90 degrees and reinstall the 4 bolts. Now I'm ready to replace my old pump. Thanks so much!


Jackie  Posted: 08/13/2014 21:58 PM 

Thank you so very much for your help. Your explanations were very easy to follow. It took me approximately 15 minutes to complete. I'm a single female getting it done...with your help.


Gin  Posted: 06/24/2014 14:30 PM 

Thanks it was a lot of help. Because I am doing this myself and back yard not a soul to be seen. Feel like the may tag guy lol thanks again