Automatic Pool Cleaners

Q: Why doesn't my cleaner move?

A: Cleaners depend on several factors to make them operate. First, there must be enough water flow past the turbine. Use a vacuum gauge to measure the vacuum in the cleaner hose. You should have 1" vacuum per section of hose. Second, the 4 small "shoes" must be able to grip the pool surface. Make sure that the "shoes" are not worn out and that the surface of the pool is not slippery because of a buildup of algae. Third, the shoes and "pods" must be working correctly. Any wear in the "drive train" can cause problems. To check for wear, hold the left and right "pods" in your hands and firmly, try to rock the pods. All force on the pods should be transferred to the turbine and no "play" should be evident. As a test, hold the cleaner by the hose. Keep the cleaner below water with the pump running. Hold the cleaner off the bottom of the pool and observe, the cleaner should: rotate right - not rotate - rotate left - not rotate - rotate right - etc. All the time, the "pods" should be kicking. Remember, check the vacuum reading before calling your dealer for assistance.

Q: Why are my hoses twisting?

A: Cleaner hoses can not be coiled up for storage. If you have coiled them, take the sections apart and lay them straight in the sun. Once the curls are removed, the hose should be usable.

Q: Why doesn't my cleaner climb the walls of my vinyl liner pool?

A: Depending on the angle of the pool floor to the pool walls, the cleaner may not be able to "climb" the "slope." Picture the cleaner on the pool bottom at the intersection of where the pool wall meets the bottom at a sharp angle, (like the walls in your house.) The cleaner will not be able to make the transition, don't worry, it's not supposed to. After all, the dirt is on the bottom.

Q: Why is my cleaner sticking at the steps?

A: The hose might be too short. First, check to see that the hose extends two full sections past the furthest point in the pool. Second, check to see that the return line(s) are not affecting the cleaner's movement. Third, use the vacuum gauge to measure the vacuum in the cleaner hose. You should have 1" of vacuum per section of hose. Fourth, check the shoes, wings and flaps for wear. Fifth, check the rear flap adjuster, and move it to the I position. As a test, hold the cleaner by the hose. Keep the cleaner below water with the pump running. Hold the cleaner off the bottom of the pool and observe, the cleaner should: rotate right - not rotate - rotate left - not rotate - rotate right - etc. All the time, the "pods" should be kicking. If the cleaner is not doing the "test" movements, call or take your cleaner to your local dealer.

Q: Why is my cleaner floating above the pool floor?

A: The cleaner is heavier than water, and should not float. Make sure that all the air was removed from the cleaner head and hoses during installation. Second, make sure that the hose extends two full sections past the farthest point in the pool. Third, use the vacuum gauge to measure the vacuum in the cleaner hose. You should have 1" vacuum per section of house. Fourth, check to see that the return line(s) are not affecting the cleaner or the cleaner hose. Fifth, check for signs of air returning to the pool through the return line(s). Look for air bubbles attached to the cleaner hose and head. If present, pull sharply on the cleaner hose to release bubbles. Then, correct the source of the air leak to prevent further "floating."

Q: Why is my cleaner moving slowly?

A: Check the shoes, wings and flaps for wear. Second, check for obstructions in the cleaner. Third, use the vacuum gauge to measure the vacuum in the cleaner hose. It should be 1" vacuum per section of hose. If the cleaner still moves slowly, call or take it to your local dealer.

Q: Why are the pods worn at the front of the cleaner?

A: The cleaner is sticking at the steps or against a wall. Refer to "why is my cleaner sticking at the steps?"

Q: Why is my cleaner climbing to the surface and sucking air?

A: The vacuum is probably too high. Use the vacuum gauge to measure the vacuum in the cleaner hose. You should have 1" vacuum per section of hose. Second, check the rear flap adjuster, and move it to the I position. Third, check the shoes, wings, and flaps for wear. Fourth, as a test, hold the cleaner by the hose. Keep the cleaner below water with the pump running. Hold the cleaner off the bottom of the pool and observe, the cleaner should: rotate right - not rotate - rotate left - not rotate - rotate right - etc. If the cleaner is not turning, call or take your cleaner to your local pool dealer.

Q: Why is the bottom of my cleaner worn?

A: The shoes are worn, and the vacuum in the cleaner hose is probably too high. Use the vacuum gauge to measure the vacuum in the cleaner hose. You should have 1" of vacuum per section of hose.

Q: Why won't the top of my cleaner turn?

A: You will not be able to turn the cleaner top when the cleaner is full of water. Drain the water from the cleaner head, and try to rotate the top both left and right - there might be some debris in the gears. If the top does not turn, call or take the cleaner to your local pool dealer.

Q: Why does air come into my pool when the cleaner is installed, and stop after the cleaner is removed?

A: There is a leak on the suction side of your filter system that only shows up when you stress the system. i.e. - install your manual vacuum cleaner or an automatic vacuum cleaner. Check for obvious leaks at the pump housing, check the lid and o-ring. If the air persists, contact your local pool dealer.

Q: Why have the flappers/wings fallen off?

A: There is excess wear on the bottom of the cleaner, and the wing hooks have probably broken off the pods. The shoes are worn, and the vacuum in the cleaner hose is probably too high. Use the vacuum gauge to measure the vacuum in the cleaner hose. You should have 1" of vacuum per section of hose.
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