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Pentair Clean & Clear Plus Cartridge Filter | 420 Sq. Ft. | EC-160301

Pentair Clean & Clear Plus Cartridge Filter | 420 Sq. Ft. | EC-160301

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  • Four-cartridge design traps more dirt and extends time between cleanings.
  • Cartridges are easy to remove and rinse.
  • Clamp ring allows easy access to cartridges and internal parts to speed service routines.
  • Fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene tank is strong and corrosion resistant for extra long life.
  • Online part number EC-160301 is the direct replacement for part number 160301
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Clean & Clear® Plus Filters have a corrosion resistant injection molded filter tank featuring superior strength and reliability. The cartridge assembly uses four easy to clean, non-woven, polyester cartridges. Each filter is supplied with a bulkhead union set for easy installation.

An Eco Select„ Brand: Water flows very efficiently through Clean & Clear® Plus Filters filters allowing the use of smaller pumps or lower pump speeds to minimize energy use. And when consumers rinse cartridges rather than backwash, they can significantly reduce water use, too.

Clean & Clear® Plus cartridge filter combines top-end filter performance with low maintenance. This dependable design uses special filter elements to strip tiny particles from your pool water¦particles as small as 30 microns. (An average grain of beach sand is 1000 microns!) Our four-cartridge design provides maximum filter surface area to capture more dirt and extend time between cleaning. And cleaning is a snap. Open the top, remove the cartridges, hose them off, and Clean & Clear Plus is ready to go again.

We've maximized cartridge surface consistency to block and trap the maximum amount of solids, plus we use the most durable materials to extend cartridge life. Clean & Clear Plus delivers commercial-grade performance that keeps pools clean and sparkling, day in and day out.

Brand: Pentair
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I have an older 1.5" system. How much would I have to take off the 150 gallon per minute rating for that?
Mike C on Sep 5, 2015
What size pump and filter do I need for pool that 18.5 -k gallons with solar and waterfall?
A shopper on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My pool is about 17K gallons. My pump motor is 2HP. I use a Pentair Clean & Clear Plus Cartridge Filter ( 420 Sq. Ft.) like the one shown in the photo.
how do you figure what size unit you need for your pool? Please tell me how to measure the pool to decide what filter system I need.
Kevin B on May 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have a 1,700 gallon in ground pool/spa combo. This was recommended by our pool guy who put our first unit in. Our first unit lasted 8 years. We put in our second unit ourselves.
does this come with filters, and any other parts?
A shopper on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This comes with filters and mating connectors to allow attaching the inlet and outlet pipes. The PVC piping is not included.
I have a Pentair Clean & Clear Plus Cartridge Filter | 420 Sq. Ft. | 160301 that is leaking and it needs replaced. I have been wanting to switch from clorine to salt. Would now be a good time or
does it matter. Is this same filter used in salt water systems and clorine?
A shopper on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It would not make a difference if your using chlorine or salt. This filter works with both.
can i use my 6 port valve with the cartridge filter ?
mike s on Dec 13, 2020
Does the bottom portion come with any of the plumbing preinstalled, or is it bare bones?
Chadwick B on Oct 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I think it is just as pictured....an inlet, an outlet, and a drain plug.
Do I put sand in bottom of this filter?
A shopper on Sep 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No. Sand is not needed with this filter system. The cartridge filter cleans the water as it passes thru the material.
Can you clean the filter with a pressure washer?
A shopper on Aug 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It might be possible to use a pressure washer, but I would be concerned about too much water pressure causing a tear in the filter. I use a garden hose with hose end sprayer. I've not torn the filter so far and it does a reasonably good job of cleaning. I start at the top of the filter and clean toward the bottom in vertical sections, then rotate the filter slightly to clean the next section of the filter until I've fully rotated and cleaned the entire filter. It takes me about 15 minutes for each filter and there are four (4) filters to clean.
Do the 4 filters come with this?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When I purchased mine, it came with the filters inside of it already installed. Does a great job of filtering the water in our pool.
do they sell just the top half of the unit?
A shopper on Apr 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sorry. No idea.
I live 10 minutes from your warehouse. Can I walk in and purchase?
Leonard M on Sep 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Some things may be picked up at our will call office. Please contact one of our representatives to check specific items. Thank you.
my pool is 23k. no spa. solar heated. electric pool cover. What size do i need? 420 or 520..
mark c on Apr 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All I can say is my pool is 17k, with spa, and I have a 450.
what does it mean when the pressure drops when in use?
A shopper on Jul 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That happens when air enters the system and there is no water circulating through the pump.
I only need the bottom portion of the Pentair Clean & Clear 420...but only see the entire product. Other sites sell separately? What is your price for just the bottom portion?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The filter bottom is 178578 and costs $286.93
Does the pentair model 160301 include all the filters?
Steve on Sep 29, 2021
I see the clearance dimensions, but I need to know the actual exterior physical dimensions of the unit. Height, width and depth? Thanks!
KAY F on Jan 21, 2021
Is this filter available in Philippines? Living in Bulacan Province. What is the availability for delivery?. Filter to serve pool 3 x 10 m with variable depth 4 to 5 ft,
A shopper on Sep 26, 2020
16500 gallon what size. Filter I need?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2020
I am building a 20 x 36 pool. Iw will have an average depth of 4.9 feet. It is to be piped with all 2 inch piping. What pentair filter do I need?
A shopper on Jun 29, 2020
Does this part number work in place of part number 178557?
A shopper on Dec 2, 2017
is this the same as ccp420 at other sites?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2017
4.8 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Clean the filter
The filters need to be hosed down every six months or so, but last for several years. You want your filter to turn over the water at least twice every 8 hours to filter out the bacteria and particles. You will enjoy the cartridge filter once you start to clean it regularly.
March 4, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
Excellent filter! I don't have much time to maintain my pool, but when it comes to filters it can't get any easier.
December 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Pentair clean & clear plus
I am super satisfied with this system. I had a much smaller filtering system previously and it was losing pressure. Now, with this system, I have a lot of pressure and it keeps the pool clean. One of the outlets produces enough pressure to make it feel like I'm in a Jacuzzi when I place my back in front of it. Very happy with the purchase and would recommend this system happily.
August 19, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
HIgh quality filter
High quality filter that really impressed with the weight of the tank body. This filter seems like it will last for many, many years. The cartridges are easy to remove and clean and the pool water has never been clearer.
August 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent product
Everything is exactly as described. Easy to install and working great.
December 21, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Received as described. It was nice to just undo the in/out connectors of the old one and move the new one in place and tighten the in/out connectors install pressure gauge and turn on. Easy peasy.
June 27, 2021
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
First Purchaese with excellent service
I purchased the Pentair filter EC-160301 due to the recent Texas freeze.
Pool Supply Unlimited gave me the best price, best service and best ship time and this was even with a supply shortage. It arrived in about a week from my order date which was amazing.
I placed the order on-line and got a follow up call with the details.
I do recommend Pool Supply Unlimited to anyone.
April 3, 2021
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Changing from Diatomaceous filter
Really cleans well! Had problems with the pump ring clamp at first Not easy to put back on and parts fly off when opening filter
Other than the ring I am very happy with this new filter
May 24, 2020
1 year ago
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You've always been able to count on the quality and long service life of Pentair products. Pentair uses state of the art workmanship, materials and manufacturing processes to create the most innovative pool and spa equipment anywhere. And now Pentair products can deliver even more value and peace of mind, because Pentair offers extended warranty coverage on select products that are installed by a qualified installer*.
While the majority of Pentair products are covered by a sixty- (60) day warranty, a select number of products qualify for extended warranty coverage.
Select Bundled Products: applies to purchases and qualified installation of a minimum of a pump and filter, and one or more of the following: heaters, heat pumps, control systems, automatic cleaners, lighting, salt chlorine generators or UV sterilizer**
*Note: Qualified Installer - Defined as a licensed professional who charges a fee for his services, and possesses a business license, contractor's license and/or resale permit. Common examples of a "qualified installer" include: Swimming Pool, Home Repair or Landscape Professional; Plumber or Electrician; General Contractor; Heating and Air Conditioning Specialist.
**Note: Bundled products - must be purchased on the same invoice and installed at the same time. If any product within a bundle is ineligible for the bundled warranty coverage then all products within the same bundle will be disqualified from receiving the three (3) year extended warranty coverage for bundled products.
TradeGrade products must be purchased from a retail store (brick & mortar), pool builder or pool service company to receive a one-year, two-year or three-year warranty. If purchased online will only receive a sixty-day limited warranty. View the list of TradeGrade Products.
Ecommerce (EC) products: Products purchased from an Authorized Pentair Online Reseller (products beginning with EC-) receive a one (1) year (parts only) warranty from the date of purchase. The exceptions are: IntelliChlor cells and IntelliFlo SVRS pumps which receive a two (2) year warranty. EC products are not eligible for the bundled three (3) year extended warranty.
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This information was updated on 11/19/2021. For the most current information and full warranty policy please visit www.pentair.com/warranty.

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