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  • Writer's pictureSean Flanagan

Common Problems With Automatic Pool Cleaners And How To Troubleshoot Them

Swimming pools provide countless hours of enjoyment, but maintaining them can be a complex task. Many pool owners have turned to automatic pool cleaners as a solution to help keep their pools in pristine condition. However, like any machinery, automatic pool cleaners can occasionally run into problems. So we're exploring some of the most common issues and how you can troubleshoot them to ensure your pool stays sparkling clean all season long.

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Problem #1: Cleaner Is Not Moving

One of the most frequent issues with automatic pool cleaners is that they stop moving. This problem may be caused by several factors.

Check for debris

If your pool cleaner has stopped, the first thing to check is whether it has become clogged with debris. Remove and clean out the bag or filter and inspect the cleaner's mouth for any obstructions.

Check the hose

If the cleaner is still not moving, the hose might be twisted or kinked. Untangle the hose and make sure it's long enough for the cleaner to reach all areas of the pool.

Check the suction

Another potential issue is insufficient suction. Inspect the skimmer basket and the pump's strainer basket for debris, as a clog in these areas can reduce suction. You can also test suction by disconnecting the cleaner and placing your hand over the open end of the hose.

Problem #2: Cleaner Is Not Covering the Entire Pool

Sometimes, a pool cleaner might not clean the entire pool. It may seem to favor one side, or it might miss spots entirely.

Adjust the hose length

If the hose is too short, the cleaner will not be able to reach all areas of the pool. Add sections to the hose until the cleaner can reach all parts of the pool.

Adjust the hose weights

Hose weights are used to balance the cleaner. If the cleaner is not covering the entire pool, it might be necessary to adjust the position of these weights.

Check the wheel RPM

If your cleaner uses wheels, too low or too high wheel RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) can lead to inefficient cleaning. Refer to your user manual for the ideal RPM and how to adjust it.

Problem #3: Cleaner Is Getting Stuck

If your cleaner keeps getting stuck on the pool's steps, drain cover, or other fixtures, it's another common problem you may face.

Adjust the flow

By increasing or decreasing the water flow, you can often prevent the cleaner from getting stuck.

Check the wheels or tracks

Ensure they are in good condition and replacing them if they are worn out can also help to solve this problem.

Use a ladder guard

If your cleaner gets stuck on the pool's ladder, a ladder guard can prevent this from happening.

Problem #4: Cleaner Is Flipping Over

Sometimes, a pool cleaner might flip over and fail to right itself.

Check the float

If your cleaner has a float and it's not properly positioned, the cleaner might flip over. Make sure the float is correctly placed as per the user manual.

Check the hose

If the hose is twisted, it can cause the cleaner to flip. Ensure the hose is correctly aligned and free of twists.

Problem #5: Cleaner Is Moving Too Fast or Too Slow

If your cleaner is moving too fast or too slow, it might not clean the pool effectively.

Adjust the flow

The water flow controls the speed of the cleaner. If the cleaner is moving too fast, reduce the flow. If it's moving too slowly, increase the flow.

Inspect the gears

If your cleaner uses gears and it's moving too slowly, the gears might be worn out and need replacing.

Problem #6: Cleaner Is Not Climbing the Walls

For many automatic pool cleaners, the ability to climb walls is a vital function to clean the entire pool effectively.

Check the suction

If the cleaner is not climbing the walls, it may not have sufficient suction. As before, check the skimmer basket and pump's strainer basket for debris.

Adjust the flow

If the cleaner has too much suction, it might become stuck to the pool floor and fail to climb the walls. Adjust the flow to correct this.

Examine the tires

If your cleaner uses tires, ensure they are in good condition and replace them if necessary.

Maintain Your Pool Floor with Sea Breeze Pools

Troubleshooting automatic pool cleaners can be a bit of a task, but with a little patience and the above tips, you should be able to solve the most common issues. Regular maintenance and cleaning of your pool cleaner will also go a long way in preventing problems and keeping your pool in prime condition.

Remember, if you can't solve the issue on your own or the cleaner requires extensive repairs, we're here to help you. Maintaining a clean and safe swimming environment is always our top priority. Give us a call today to find out how we can ensure your pool is clean and ready for fun year-round!

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