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Many people have called in asking for a new Multiport Valve (MPV) label because their label is missing or has faded to the point where they can't read it. Most MPV manufactures do not sell replacement labels although I'm told by a Hayward rep that they have copies of most of their labels that are free for the asking. Call 866-772-2100. This guide shows you how to determine the operational settings on an unreadable label.
DEFINE STANDARD SEQUENCE - Most 6 position Multiport Valves have the same sequence of operating settings positioned around the MPV dial. Going in a clockwise direction that sequence is: FILTER, WASTE, (WINTER), CLOSED, BACKWASH, RECIRCULATE, and RINSE. All settings except "WINTER" stop on a deep slot. The "WINTER" setting is generally positioned on a shallow slot to allow water to drain from the valve. The "WINTER" setting is in parentheses because it is not always included in the sequence or when it is, its position in the sequence varies by manufacturer. Since it is inconsistent, we will generally ignore "WINTER"
STATE THE PROBLEM – From the discussion above you can be fairly confident of the sequence of modes around the MPV dial, but you can't be sure where it starts. And once you have established the start point, you will have to check that the actual sequence is the same as stated above and that you don’t have a rouge valve that doesn't comply with the standard sequence.
SET COMMON START POINT – I reviewed most of the common MPVs, including side mounted and top mounted valves, and sand and DE valves and concluded that the “WASTE” setting on all these MPVs is consistently located around the Waste Line port. Therefore, we will use the Waste Line as our starting reference point. With the pump off, rotate the MPV handle so that it is sets in the deep slot about 30 degrees counter-clockwise (CCW) from the Waste Line Port. Note: A couple of Praher Valves are designed so that the "WASTE" slot is located right over the Waste Line. In these cases, rotate the handle so that it is in the deep slot over the Waste Line. Don't confuse it with the shallow slot, "WINTER" that is often set over the Waste Line between "WASTE" and "CLOSED"
CHECK THE WASTE SETTING – With the handle in what should be the “WASTE” position, turn on the pump. Water should flow out of the Waste Line. If no water in the Waste Line, turn the pump off and go to Step 10.
CHECK THE FILTER SETTING – Going in a CCW direction, the next setting in the valve sequence should be “FILTER”. Turn the pump off and rotate the handle CCW until it clicks into the next deep slot. When your turn the pump back on, you should see bubbles coming out of the pool returns indicating that you are in the “FILTER” mode or the “RECIRCULATION” mode. Check the filter pressure gauge. If it is has a pressure reading, you are in the “FILTER” mode. If no bubbles from return lines, turn the pump off and go to Step 10.
CHECK THE RINSE SETTING – Turn the pump off. Rotate the valve handle CCW to the next deep slot. When you turn the pump back on, you should see water coming out of the Waste Line. If no water in the Waste Line, turn the pump off and go to Step 10.
CHECK THE RECIRCULATE SETTING – Turn the pump off. Rotate the valve handle CCW to the next deep slot. When you turn the pump back on, you should see bubbles coming out of the pool returns. To verify that you are in the “RECIRULATE” mode, the filter pressure gauge should read “0” since the filter is being bypassed. If no bubbles from return lines, turn the pump off and go to Step 10.
CHECK THE BACKWASH SETTING - Turn the pump off. Rotate the valve handle CCW to the next deep slot. When you turn the pump back on, you should see water coming out of the Waste Line. If no water in the Waste Line, turn the pump off and go to Step 10.
CHECK THE CLOSED SETTING – If all the other settings check out, you can skip this one. It blocks the filter so the water has nowhere to go. You should avoid running the pump in this mode.
MARK LABEL SETTINGS – If you completed all steps above successfully, you have identified all your valve settings. Label them on the valve with a permanent marker for future reference. If you did not complete all the steps successfully, you have a MPV that does not comply with the standard settings. Call you valve manufacturer for instructions.
Anonymous Posted: 6/27/2022We have a wayward d.e. pool filter and it appears like there’s no filter valve to set it to backwash. What do we do ?
InyoPools Product Specialist Matt S. Posted: 6/27/2022What is the model number or make and model of the filter? First, we need to know what you have to determine the procedure.
Barbara Flannery Posted: 7/18/2020I have a relivant multi port. Ibhave no idea where anythjng is I'd like a new label but cant find it online and it appears where I bought this has gone out of business I emailed relivant but no responc . Can you help me ?
InyoPools Product Specialist Matt S. Posted: 9/9/2020Do you have an idea of what the filter or valve's model number is?
Jim Posted: 7/17/2020New pool Hayward sand filter no back wash setting what do I do?
InyoPools Product Specialist Matt S. Posted: 9/10/2020What is the model number of the valve and of the filter?
Steven Posted: 7/7/2020Jacuzzi Laser pump has no setting for recirculating without engaging the filter. How do I use a floculant?
InyoPools Product Specialist Matt S. Posted: 9/23/2020The Jacuzzi Laser models may label the recirculate function as "Whirlpool"
Sparky Posted: 5/27/2020Hi,why I put in filter and the water come out,why thank you.
InyoPools Product Specialist Matt S. Posted: 10/23/2020Can you be more specific on where the water is pouring from?
Anonymous Posted: 4/20/2020Hi - I have the HAYWARD SELECTA0FLO VALVE. It still has all the labels. Going Clock Wise ... Filter / Waste / Backwash / Boost. So, only 4 positions. All instructions for backwashing say, I need to use RINSE - but I don't see a RINSE location. Am I missing something? Thanks for any help.
InyoPools Product Specialist Matt S. Posted: 4/24/2020The Waste setting is considered the Rinse cycle in this case.
Michele Posted: 6/12/2019Hayward sells replacement labels however I need a replacement label for the blue wave brand
InyoPools Product Specialist Matt S. Posted: 6/13/2019Do you have the model number of your valve?
Miriam Posted: 7/18/2018Just exactly what I needed. Besides the label details, your description of the waste line and other items taught me a lot. Thank you SO MUCH!
john Posted: 5/12/2018WOW man are you a life saver,thanks. Now on to the pool. ;)
Jennifer in the GTA Posted: 8/27/2017Thank you for posting this info! I'm taking care of a friends pool and the filter labels had worn off...so this will be helpful. I also submitted for your free guide which I am sure will also prove useful. I want to make sure it looks just as nice when they return from vacation.
Carla Posted: 10/7/2016This was really helpful! Thank you