Why is My Pool Cleaner Not Moving

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Pool cleaners are great to clean the walls and floor of your pool, that it is until they stop working. A pool cleaner is an important piece of equipment that many pool owners have. They make maintenance easier and to keep their pools clean. But, like anything else, it can stop working. If you notice your pool cleaner not moving, let’s take a look at several reasons why it may have stopped.

What is a Pool Cleaner?

A pool cleaner is a machine that cleans your pool so that you don’t have to do it manually. There are three varieties of pool cleaners: pressure, robotic, and suction.

Pressure cleaners are powered by water that is pumped to the cleaner, typically by a separate booster pump. Robotic cleaners don’t need a filter pump. They work under their own power and don’t need any suction or pressure from the filter. Suction cleaners hook into a line specifically for the cleaner that sucks water into a filter pump.

The reason why your pool cleaner is not moving is going to vary depending on the type of cleaner you have.

Problems with Suction Cleaners

If you have a suction pool cleaner that is not moving, check the cleaner hose. It should be firmly attached to the suction line in the skimmer or the cleaner line. If you check these and they are all connected, the next thing to do would be to make sure there are no air leaks in the hose.

As you check all of these connections you may need to close or restrict other suction lines to increase the power to your pool cleaner and get it moving properly. For these types of pool cleaners, the culprit is usually a problem with the hoses that are either clogged or not connected properly.

Problems with Pressure Pool Cleaners

When you notice your pressure pool cleaner not moving the first thing to do is to check the booster pump. The booster pump should be on and the filter pump should also be running at the same time. Check this and also make sure that the cleaner has about 30 psi to operate.

If that all looks good, the problem may be in the wall fitting connection or the feed hose. Rocks or sand can get stuck in there and prevent the pool cleaner from moving.

Another reason why your pressure pool cleaner may not be working may have to do with one of its power trains. Pressure cleaners are either shaft driven, belt driven, or chain driven. If any of these have a problem it could lead to your pool cleaner not moving.

Problems with Robotic Pool Cleaners

Since robotic pool cleaners don’t rely on any of the pool’s connections to work you already know that the problem does not lie there. If your robotic pool cleaner stops moving, check the power cord. It may not be plugged in properly or there may be a problem with the power supply.

Check the power supply to make sure the indicator light is on. If it is and the pool cleaner is still not moving, then the problem lies with the cleaner. See if there are any rips or tears in the cord that may be causing a short circuit.

When all the cords are working properly and the power supply is on, you may have a problem with the drive motor. The connections all need to be tight and power needs to be reaching it. If power is not reaching the drive motor or the motor isn’t responding, this could be a sign that you need a new drive motor for your pool cleaner.

As you can see, finding the reason why your pool cleaner isn’t moving is tedious, no matter which type of pool cleaner you have. Besides checking for simple leaks or unconnected hoses or making sure the power line is on, finding the reason why your pool cleaner stops moving isn’t easy.

Troubleshooting Pool Cleaner Problems

Since many pool owners don’t know how to troubleshoot problems with their pool cleaners or other pieces of equipment, they often rely on a professional pool company to find and fix the problem. Pool repair professionals know what to look for and where to look to find problems with your pool cleaner. They can likely diagnose the problem quickly and let you know what needs to be done to fix it.

There may be times when it may not be cost-effective to fix the pool cleaner and you may need to get a new one. This will depend on the length of time you had the pool cleaner and what the problem is. Whatever the case, you’ll want to either get your pool cleaner fixed promptly or get a new one as soon as possible. Leaving dirt in your pool can lead to bacteria and algae growth. This can cause a variety of health problems for anyone who uses the pool. That’s why keeping up on your pool maintenance is so important.

Call Flower Mound Pool Care & Maintenance for Pool Cleaner Repair

When it comes to common swimming pool repairs, you need a company you can trust to get the job done right. When your pool cleaner is not moving and it needs repair, call Flower Mound Pool Care & Maintenance and have a factory-trained and licensed professional come out to fix your pool cleaner. Getting your pool cleaner up and running is important to keeping your pool healthy.

Call Flower Mound Pool Care & Maintenance today at (214) 974-8960 to schedule an appointment to fix pool cleaner problems and deal with other common swimming pool repairs so that you can enjoy your pool.


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