Suction Cleaner Problems

zodiac-suction-pool-cleanerSuction Pool Cleaner Trouble Shooting

Automatic pool cleaners can suffer from any number of problems and diagnosing problems can at times  be very difficult.

I will try to cover some of the more common problems that arise with automatic pool cleaners and hopefully, this article will be of some help to you.

  1. Is there good flow through the filtration system?  Do your baskets need emptying or does the filter need a clean?
  2. Is the vacuum plate inserted correctly and the speed control valve set and inserted correctly? ( some have a directional flow arrow )
  3. Is there anything jammed in the head of the pool cleaner?
  4. If yours is a diaphragm propelled cleaner, have you checked the diaphragm for damage?
  5. Are the vacuum hoses in good condition?, splits or cracks will let air in and reduce flow through the cleaner head.

We offer free in store assessments of automatic pool cleaners. So if you believe the problem lies within the head of the pool cleaner, bring it in to our store and one of our staff will have a quick look.

If its repairable, you pay for parts only.

If you have the owners manual for your pool cleaner, there will be a trouble shooting section that you can refer to. This will be of great help with tuning your pool cleaner to your pool as every brand of pool cleaner will have it's own set of rules.

Below are some tuning tips for the Zodiac suction cleaners.

If your pool cleaner is not a Zodiac Pool Cleaner, some of these tips may not be applicable.

My Suction Pool Cleaner Stops & Starts

Check if any debris is stuck in the diaphragm, hose, skimmer basket and the hair and lint pot in the filtration pump. Conduct a suction pressure test with the Zodiac Pool Pulse (supplied with your suction cleaner) to determine the proper flow. Following the suction pressure test, make the necessary AD Flow Valve setting changes if suction is to high or too low. Check hoses for leaks and splits.

My Cleaner Flips Over

Conduct a suction pressure test with the Zodiac Pool Pulse (supplied with your suction cleaner) to determine proper flow. Following the suction pressure test, make the necessary AD Flow Valve setting changes if suction is to high or too low. Check the swivel on the cleaner is not jammed and it turns freely.

My Cleaner Climbs Walls Excessively

This is normally an indication that the flow is too high. Conduct a suction pressure test with the Zodiac Pool Pulse (supplied with your suction cleaner) to determine proper flow. Ensure the AD Flow Valve is on setting #1. Reduce flow to the cleaner head.

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