by Sean Griffin, April 15, 2010
Top 5 Swimming Pool Cleaner Problems
Knowing and understanding how your pool cleaner operates and common problems that arise will give you the tools to make sure your cleaner is working 100%. A troubleshooting guide is usually found in the owners’ manual (see below) to assist you. There are numerous cleaners out there and each make and model differs in design. Learning your cleaner's ins and outs will also assist you if you ever decide to upgrade or are in need of a new unit. Manufacturers improve on their cleaner designs on a yearly basis. The headaches you have with your unit might have been rethought and resolved on a newer model. For a selection of the state of the art pool cleaners on the market check out our pool cleaner comparison page.
Every pool is designed differently and your options as to the style of pool cleaner may be limited. There are pools that are plumbed with a designated pool cleaner return line. This gives you the option of running a pressure cleaner and to utilize a booster pump as an option. Other pools only have return lines that are ran off the same line so you would be a candidate for a suction cleaner that runs off the pool filter pump suction. Certain cleaners are designed for above ground units while others are designed for concrete, vinyl, or fiberglass finished in-ground pools. Pool builders often include a cleaner as part of the building agreement to get you started down the right path.
So you own a cleaner and you are having problems. Some of the most frequent issues can easily be attended to by the homeowner. My cleaner gets stuck in the corner, the cleaner is tangled, and the cleaner will not move, are all very common issues regardless of what cleaner you own.
1. Pool Cleaner Hose gets Tangled
2. Pool Cleaner moves very slowly
3. Pool Cleaner does not move at all
4. Pool Cleaner gets stuck in one spot
5. Pool Cleaner does not reach all areas of the pool
All cleaners require some type of maintenance. There are some commonly replaced pool cleaner parts you should have on hand, or order when you need them.
For those homeowners who have tried cleaners that operate on the pool filtration system but still havn’t found the right cleaner for your pool you might want to consider a robotic cleaner. Robotic cleaners operate completely independent from the pool plumbing. A roaming filter that operates on a low voltage and can simply be plugged in and dropped into the pool. They have come down in price in recent years, and are now available for above ground pools at a lower price, ranging from $300 - $1500.
If you currently own a malfunctioning unit or are just considering adding an addition to the pool to help with the cleaning duties the right solution is out there. Know your cleaners limitations and take some time to research and explore all the current features available to get you on the right track.
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