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Maintaining Your Automatic Cleaner for Your Splash Pool

Having a pool is about revitalizing your backyard experience and creating a comfortable, enjoyable space for family and friends. SplashPoolParts.com can make owning an above ground pool a lot easier. In this article we’ll offer some tips on maintaining your automatic pool cleaner.

Cleaner not cleaning the entire pool?

This can be caused by any number of reasons. The hoses could be too short. Another real common cause is the cleaner could be following the flow pattern of the water in the pool, in other words, strong flow from wall return jets will push the cleaner into a pattern. To fix this; adjust the return port wall fittings, or add wall fittings to the return ports. It helps to point the fittings down or at a downward angle. If you pool doesn’t have wall fittings at the return ports there are alternative wall fittings made by the manufactures to divert the flow.

Unit does not move?

Be sure that the Auto Vacuum is turned on and that no fuses have blown. Check the electrical outlet with another electrical appliance to be sure that power is available. Inspect the unit itself while it’s partially underwater. Is the pump motor receiving power? Is there water gushing out of the top of the unit? This would indicate that power is reaching the unit.

Is the pulley on the drive belt side turning? If the pulley is not moving, this could indicate a shorted motor, or a corroded drive T, which would also require motor replacement.

Is the skimmer bottom suction hose in good repair? Hoses become stretched and weaken over time. If your belts are “skipping” and are not locked into the grooves of either the drive pulley or the wheel tubes, they may need to be replaced. Check that the wheel tubes are in proper position with bushings in place on either end. If the tubes are not straight, the drive belts will not be tight. Do not pull the unit towards the side of the pool, or lift the unit out of the pool by the power cord. Try to reach into the pool and lift the unit only by the handle.

Unit does not pump?

If the unit moves, but does not pick up any debris, lift the unit up near the surface of the water. Does water gush out of the top? If not, the pump motor may be shorted. Unplug the unit and pull it out of the water. Remove the vent cap on top of the unit and check that the impeller does not have string wound around the base. Turn the impeller by hand to check spin. Plug in unit and check spin. If there is no spin, the pump is probably shorted.

Another indication that the pump motor is not working properly is if the unit won’t climb the walls very far before falling off. The pump motor provides the suction it needs for climbing.

If you’ve tried all these tips and your automatic pool cleaner still isn’t functioning properly, it may be time to purchase a new pool cleaner. Should you decide to make your purchase at SplashPoolParts.com use the coupon code 10percent during checkout and receive a 10% discount on your order.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer in your SplashPool!

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July 7, 2010 at 11:55 am
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