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is my filter screwed?

I was doing a water change and I decided to change my filter media so I turned off the filter (which is an aquaclear 30) and I went to turn it back on after putting new media in and it won't turn on, so I tried priming it and it seems that the motor isn't working because I didn't hear anything at all, is it broken? what could have caused this? can it be fixed?

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That happens to me some times, and I have to take the intake hose off and get the propeller/magnet out and clean it.

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are you sure because there is no noise whatsoever like there usually is when I try and prime it.

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Dump out the water, remove the black box at the bottom (it turns 90 degrees or so), pull out the magnetic impeller assembly.

Wipe down the ass'y, and run a Q-tip gently around the impeller in the cylinder. Replace. Once you realize what I'm talking about, it's a 60-second process from removal to plugging back in.

I'm agreeing with Jess, btw. There's no harm in doing what we're suggesting. Do it first, and then argue
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ok I will try that right now

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tried it it didn't work

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One of mine does this on a regular basis, as in almost every water change. I clean it and then if that doesn't work I smack it a few times and it starts again. I think mine is starting to go on me. It's really old.
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I have an AC50 that I tried using silicon grease on the impeller shaft to cut down on noise. Ever since I did that, about 50% of the time I turn it off, I have to do what I just described to turn it back on. You might try taking it apart again and pulling out the shaft using needle nose pliers, wiping it down, and then jamming it back in and replacing the assembly. I assume there's some sort of electronic connection at the base of the shaft to get the magnet spinning.
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AC's are awesome - even if it requires the occasional banging, cleaning, etc like kevmo and others have discussed above... mine sat on the shelf for 5 months and then i said, "why not use this as a QT filter", it was out of the closet, setup and running, dead-silent as ever, about 30 seconds later. And just like that I was the proud owner of an official quarantine tank :p


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Just have it plugged in then get something needle like (I use my plant prongs) and start spinning the white propeller. It should start spinning then (then simply put down the intake pipe and it'll run like normal). Sometimes it needs a nudge. I found this is common for hang on back power filters.
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I have like a ton of HOB's and 9 times out of 10 I have to take it apart or manually start the propeller or bang on it, LOL. Most of the time when I plug them in they make no noise or movement whatsoever and I just go down my list doing these things to them. Usually they eventually work.

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yeah i was initially worried because there was no noise whatsoever, but I will try those again.

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i poke it with a chop stick (the impellar), they usually kick back on
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I banged on it a few times after poking something through that little hole in the impeller and it worked!!! LOL thanks for all the help!

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It really could be shot, just don't want you to throw it away and it still be good, ya know?

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