Intex Pool Pump Setup – Complete Step-by-Step Guide

Last Updated on October 20, 2021

Now that you’ve got the pool that you need. It’s time to start setting it up for you and your family to use.

Setting up the frame and pool liner of your Intex pool is easy and pretty straightforward. You just pull everything out of the box and put things together. Be sure to get it level though and know what to put under it.

Assembling or doing your Intex pool pump setup is more complex than that.

Since we’ll be dealing with electrical equipment here, caution should be practiced from the moment you start with your Intex pool pump setup.

Complete Guide To Intex Pool Pump Setup

Intex has various pool sets available today and each of these sets come with different pool pumps.

Haven’t bought your pump yet?

If you have not yet purchased your pool pump, or you are thinking about upgrading your pump, then be sure to check out our guide to choosing intex pool pumps to help make the right choice.

To start, we’ll discuss the Intex pool pump, the Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump that’s used by most Intex pool sets, such as the Easy Set, Metal Frame Pools, and Prism Frame Pool Sets.

How To Setup Intex Pool Pump: Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump

Intex Krystal Clear 1000 GPH Easy Set Above Ground Swimming Pool Filter Pump System 110-120V includes GFCI, Type A Filter and Connector Hose
  • Hydro Aeration Technology: Transforming the Above Ground Pool industry, by bringing water aeration benefits such as improved circulation and filtration; Improved water clarity, increased negative ions
  • Easy Installation: Just hook up hoses and plug in! This pump is a must-have for any INTEX above-ground pool up to 6,000 gal (Partial assembly required)
  • Simple Cartridge Cleanup: Equipped with Krystal Clear Cartridge uses Type A filter cartridges; Can be changed every 2 weeks; Cartridge is made with easy-to-clean Dacron paper for ultimate filtration
  • Pump Flow Rate: Water flow rate at pump (pump capacity): 1,000 gph (3,785 lph); In pool (system flow rate): 750 gph (2,839 lph); Ideal for pools up to 6,000 gal with 1.25in (32mm) diameter hose...

Setting Up Your Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump

Unpack your pool pump

Remove the Krystal Clear™ filter pump and hoses from the packaging. Make sure you’ve got everything you’ll need to set it up.

Connect the hose to your pump

intex pool pump setup

Arrange the filter pump in such a manner, that you can easily put the hose connections to the plunger valve. Grab the two pump hoses and attach the hose nuts to the filter pump.

In a counter-clockwise motion unscrew the threaded filter housing collar from the filter
housing. Secure it in a safe place. In a counter-clockwise motion turn both air release
valves 1 to 2 turns to open.

CAUTION: Do not remove air release valves as water will eject with force if the machine is
turned on and it can cause accidents.

Check if your filter cartridges are placed

Grab your pump’s filter housing cover and check to see if your filter cartridge is properly installed.

Tighten the sediment release valve

The sediment release valve is located at the bottom of your pool pump’s housing. Gently tighten it with your fingers to ensure that water will not leak out.

Connect your hoses to your above ground pool

intex pool pump setup

Fill your pool with water first, then wait for it to be completed.

Once done, connect the hose from the bottom of the filter housing to the highest
strainer assembly. You will find the hose connection at the bottom of the plunger valve

Connect the second hose which is fixed to the center of the motor housing to the
remaining liner connection.

Connect your pump to a power source

Connect the power cord of your Intex pool pump to a GFCI protected electrical outlet.

Turn both plunger valve handles fully counter-clockwise until they stop. This opens the
valve, allowing water to flow into the filter pump.

You may have the option to enable the “Timer” mode on your Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter Pump. You just need to set the timer dial to the desired operating hours of your pool filter pump. You can adjust this based on your preference.

How To Setup Intex Pool Pump: Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System

Intex 26651EG Krystal Clear 16 Inch 3,000 GPH Above Ground Pool Sand Filter Pump with Automatic Timer, GFCI, and 6 Function Control, Gray
  • Intex Krystal Clear sand filter pump with Hydro Aeration Technology enhances circulation and filtration, improving water clarity and increasing negative ions in the water
  • Features 6-function control that simplifies maintenance: backwash, rinse, recirculate, drain, filter, and close; Sand filter pump outperforms standard cartridge filters
  • Built-in 24-hour timer, allowing you to set automatic filtration times, reducing daily maintenance; Pump includes an ergonomic handle, pressure gauge, and a ground fault circuit interpreter (GFCI)
  • Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump generates a flow rate of 3,000 gallons per hour, making it ideal for above-ground pools; Heavy-duty tank is durable and enclosed for pump protection

The Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System comes with most of the Intex Ultra XTR Frame Pool Sets. This pool set is one of the premier above ground pool sets today.

If you need assistance for your Intex pool pump setup, then follow these instructions.

The first step is to grab a Phillips screwdriver. You’ll be needing that later.

Ask for assistance from one of your family members or friends. At least two people should work on your Intex pool pump setup.

Unpack your pool pump

Remove the sand filter and its accessories from the packaging carefully and inspect for any visible damage.

Prepare your pool pump

Unscrew the leaf trap cover in a counter-clockwise motion in the pre-filter housing. Take out the basket and filter housing nut.

Connect your pre-filter housing to the motor water inlet and in a clockwise motion you have to screw the filter housing nut into your motor water inlet. Afterward, put back the basket and leaf trap cover back to your pre-filter housing.

Connect your pre-filter assembly to your tank support base

Once you’ve finished preparing your pre-filter assembly, you can go ahead and connect it to your tank support base. Make sure that your water inlet hose connection in facing your above ground pool.

Fill your sand filter system

Put No.20 silica sand or glass sand (with particle size of 0.45-0.85 mm) into your tank. Make sure you place the sand shield over the top of your filter’s center pipe.

You must only fill it halfway. And to evenly distribute the sand inside the tank.

Put your 6-way valve on your machine

Once you add the sand in, you can now put the 6-way valve on the center pipe hub top opening. Place an L-shape O-ring on the 6-way valve inlet connection and the pump motor outlet.

Connect your sand filter hose between your 6-way valve inlet connection and pump motor outlet.

Grab your Phillips screwdriver to tighten the clamp bolt around your 6-way inlet valve.

6-way Valve Positions and Their Functions

Valve PositionFunctionWater Flow Direction
FilterNormal filtration of poolFrom pump through filter media to pool
BackwashReverses water flowFrom pump through filter media to valve drain outlet
RinseFor leveling the sand bedFrom pump through filter media to valve drain outlet
WasteFor vacuuming your pool or draining itFrom pump to valve drain outlet
Recirculate For water circulation without filteringFrom pump through valve to pool
ClosedShuts all flow to your pool and filter

Connect your hoses to your pool

Connect one hose securely to the pre-filter inlet and the lower plunger valve with the strainer.

Connect the second hose to your 6-way valve water outlet and the upper plunger valve with the inlet-nozzle.

intex pool pump setup ultra frame

For the third hose connect it to your 6-way valve and a proper draining receptacle. This third hose will serve as a drain/waste outlet. Make sure you remove the drain cap before attaching the drain hose.

Setting Up Your Intex Saltwater Filter System

Turn on the machine

Plug the power cord into an electrical outlet. And turn on the unit. With the filter pump turned on and operating.

Set the operating hours for your saltwater system

Each pool size has different required operating hours. You can refer to your Intex pool pump manual for this one.

It will activate your saltwater system depending on the number of hours you’ve set.

The best indication that your saltwater system is running is when you hear a beep once you press the button and see a green working indicator on your control panel.

Boost your saltwater system

For the first time setup it is required that you boost your pool’s saltwater system. You just need to press and hold the “Boost” button for five seconds.

It will increase the time that your pool saltwater system is running by eight-fold. If it’s running at 2 hours per day. It will be running for 16 hours.

After the boosting procedure is done, your system will switch back to normal operations.

What kind of salt can I use for my saltwater system?

Use only sodium chloride (NaCl) salt that is at least 99.8% pure. Avoid using iodized or yellow-colored salt.

Salt is added to the swimming pool water and the electrolytic cell uses the salt to create the sanitizer. So, the purer the salt the better the performance of your system’s electrolytic cell.

Add your salt

Change your saltwater system mode to “Filter Pump“. Hold the button for the Filter Pump until “FP” flashes on your screen.

Determine the amount of salt you need to add and evenly spread it inside the system. Avoid adding salt through the skimmer for you not to clog your filter.

How much salt should I add?

The ideal salt level in the pool water is between 2500-3500 ppm or parts per million. The optimal
level is 3000 ppm.

A too low salt level will reduce the efficiency of the saltwater system.

A high salt level may generate a salty taste to the pool water, this usually occurs at a salt level above 3500-4000 ppm.

Having too high of a salt level will damage the power supply and may cause corrosion to pool metal fixtures and accessories.

Download Your Intex Pool Pump Manual

For Intex Easy Set, Metal Frame, and Small-sized Prism Frame Pool Sets

For Large-sized Intex Prism Frame Pool Sets

For Intex Ultra Frame Pool Sets

Basic Tips For Intex Pool Pump Setup

  • Never put pool chemicals directly into the filter pump. This may damage the pump and void the warranty.
  • Your Intex pool pump must be installed on a solid level and vibration-free base. It should be protected from the weather, moisture, flooding, and freezing temperature.
  • Provide adequate access, space, and lighting for routine maintenance.
  • Pump motor requires a free circulation of air for cooling.

Frequently Asked Questions About Intex Pool Pumps

What’s the most powerful Intex pool pump?

The most powerful Intex pump is the Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System CG-26679 that can easily serve a 15,000-gallon pool. The pump flow rate is 2,650 gallons per hour. And It has a sand capacity of 120 lbs.

With the Hydro Aeration Technology, the pump provides improved circulation and filtration, better water clarity, and an increase in negative ions at the water surface.

The Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System CG-26679 is best for above ground pools that have a capacity of 4,800 to 15,000 gallons.

Why is my Intex pool pump not working?

The most probable cause of an Intex pool pump not working is you may set it up wrong if this is your first time using it. You can download your pool pump manual if you don’t have it with you for more specific instructions for your Intex pool pump.

It may also be caused by a dirty filter cartridge if you’ve used your pool pump before.

A clogged filter will have a hard time pumping water in and out of your pool system. Replacing your filter cartridge whenever necessary is vital in keeping your pool water clean and clear.

Should I upgrade my Intex pool filter system?

If you’re not satisfied with the quality of your pool water, then you can easily get a much better filtration system for your above ground pool.

Investing in a good filtration system is good to keep your pool well-maintained and can lessen the amount of time you have to clean your above ground pool manually.

Best Pool Filter Systems For Your Above Ground Pool

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