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Do you have a Hayward SwimClear cartridge filter?  The kind that requires four replacement cartridges?  Please be aware that there are many different models of the Hayward SwimClear, each requiring a different size replacement cartridge filter.  The cartridges needed for each model all have the same diameter, however, they vary in length.

You do NOT want to guess which filter model you have when purchasing replacement cartridges online.  That will most likely and unfortunately result in the need for you to return them and re-order.

Hayward lists all of the different sizes of the Hayward SwimClear four cartridge models on the label of the filter body.  They are supposed to clearly mark which model is yours.  However, many filters do not have that clear identification.  Without knowing your specific SwimClear filter model you will have to identify the part number and/or measurements of your current cartridges to ensure you purchase the correct replacements.

Turn off your pump, release the air pressure in your filter using the air relief valve and remove the filter lid.  Most filter cartridges will have a manufacturer and part number located on the plastic end cap.  Most common replacement filters are Hayward originals, Unicel, and Pleatco brand filters.  These are all viable options to fit in the various Hayward SwimClear filter series models.  While you have the filter open it may also be a good idea to note down the length and diameter of one of your filter cartridges.  Having the measurements will provide another method to ensure you order the correct replacement cartridges.

Below is a list of the most common Hayward SwimClear filter models that require four cartridges:

  • Hayward SwimClear C2025 - uses the Hayward CX480XRE which will show part number C480E on the actual filter cartridge endcap
  • Hayward SwimClear C2030 - uses the Hayward CX481XRE which will show part number C481E on the filter cartridge endcap
  • Hayward SwimClear C3025/C3030 - uses the Hayward CX580XRE which will show part number C580E on the filter cartridge endcap
  • Hayward SwimClear C4025/4030 - uses the Hayward CX880XRE which will show part number C880E on the filter cartridge endcap
  • Hayward SwimClear C5025/5030 - uses the Hayward CX1280XRE which will show part number C1280E on the filter cartridge endcap

Check out the Hayward SwimClear filter parts diagram for further information.  In the diagram you will notice that most all parts are exactly the same for the different models of the Hayward SwimClear.  The main two variations are the filter lid and the filter replacement cartridges.  These items vary in size based upon the model of the filter.

I hope you have found this information to be useful.  And I hope it will assist you in ordering the right filter parts for your pool filter.  For all of your filter parts needs come check out

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