Pool Cleaner Repair Guide Pool Cleaner Repair Guide

Automatic pool cleaner repair is straightforward, when you can pinpoint the problem accurately, and then apply the most effective solution. Here is how to troubleshoot your suction pool cleaners, pressure pool cleaners and robotic pool cleaners.

Suction Pool Cleaners

These are the standard pool vacuums, because they use suction to clean. Their most common problems are slow movement, and developing a repetitive motion pattern that does not clean the whole pool. You can remedy these quickly, through a quick check of the filter pump basket for clutter such as leaves, twigs and insect bodies.

Examine the intake throat of the suction cleaner for material that may be clogging it. Next, check the union between the hose and the suction line for damage. Look at the hose, finally, for holes, splits, or any jammed debris. If you have trees leaning over your pool, connect a specialized leaf trap to your suction cleaner.

Pressure Pool Cleaners

Pressure pool cleaners fit into the pool cleaning system as the water is returned under pressure to the pool. They use their own trap bag to capture debris and other undesirable material. The bag must be emptied any time the pressure pool cleaner is merely stirring up particles in the pool, instead of drawing them out of the water.

Pool water flows through the pressure pool cleaner into three parts: the sweeper, the venturi and the thrust propulsion jet. The sweeper brushes fine particles off the walls and floor of the pool and moves them to the filter. The venturi directs water pressure to grasp leaves by suction and send them to the trap bag. The thrust propulsion jet is made up of gears and ports that steer the pressure pool cleaner through the pool. Most pressure pool cleaners need an auxiliary pump to help clean the pool efficiently.

The main problems faced by pressure cleaners are inadequate pressure, and overfilled trap bags. Adding the auxiliary pump will usually solve this problem. Check the trap bag after every cleaning and empty it as needed. Also inspect all parts for build-up of debris, and clean them at least twice during the pool usage season.

Robotic Cleaners

You put these self-propelled electric cleaners into the pool when it needs cleaning. They are operated by electricity generated by a low-voltage transformer which stays outside the pool area. Most are computer controlled via a remote from your deck lounger.

Robotic cleaners stop moving sometimes, and they will not pump water through their structure. Fix the first as follows: Check all electrical power sources and connections including the fuse in the power box. Tighten the drive belts, if they are loose.

If they are stretched beyond repair, replace them. When removing the robotic cleaner from the pool, lift it only by its handle - do not pull or drag it. If the pump stops, the cleaner will not vacum up debris, and will not climb up the pool walls. Open the unit, take off the vent cap and check that the impeller fan is not obstructed. If the impeller does not spin, replace the pump motor.

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