Suction Pool Cleaner Troubleshooting Tips

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tessa McHenry of Zodiac Pool Systems demonstrates how to troubleshoot a suction pool cleaner.

    Tessa McHenry: Hi! I am Tessa McHenry, Director of Marketing at Zodiac Pool Systems, the makers of Zodiac and Polaris pool cleaners. Suction-side pool cleaners are an economical and reliable way to keep your pool clean. Pool cleaners require a basic maintenance and occasional troubleshooting. So we have put together some simple tips to keep your pool cleaner in perfect condition.

    First, we will show you how to replace the diaphragm in a disc-style pool cleaner. Start by unscrewing the hand nut and remove it from the main body. The hand nut might take some force to loosen. Then remove the engine assembly from the main body. Next, unscrew the cup assembly from the outer extension pipe of the engine and remove.

    Then, bend the inner extension pipe to remove it from the diaphragm and finally push the diaphragm out of the cup assembly. Then install a new diaphragm by attaching it to the inner extension pipe.

    Next, insert the inner extension pipe with the diaphragm into the cup assembly. Align the tabs on the diaphragm with the notches on the cup assembly and press down. While holding the diaphragm in place, pull on the tube to seat the diaphragm. If this is done correctly, a small portion of the diaphragm should be visible where the tube and cup meet.

    Now we'll show you how to replace the disc on a suction-cleaner. First you will need to remove the existing disc. Pull the front of the disc back and locate the hook. Release the hook from the body assembly. Then remove the skid plate from the body assembly. Pull the rear disk away from the body assembly and separate the complete disc assembly from the body by pushing down while holding the discs.

    Now you will remove the rear disc from the footpads and front disc and finally separate the footpads from the front disc. Once you have removed the disc, you can insert a new one by placing the front discs on the footpads.

    Then, place the rear disc on top of the front disc on the footpads. Align the grooves at the body assembly with the notches of the footpads. Slide the body assembly on the footpads completely. Pull the rear disc and insert it into the lip of the body assembly. And finally, install the skid plate.

    Always use genuine parts from the original pool cleaner manufacturer to ensure the proper fit, operation, and wear of your pool cleaner. By following these tips you will ensure your suction cleaner is in good working condition leaving you with a clean pool all year long.