If you have a robotic pool cleaner, congratulations! You can enjoy your pool and not worry about how to clean it. However, if you want the best performance from your robot, there are some things that you need to do to maintain it.
Here we will share 10 tips for maintaining your robotic vacuum cleaner so that it performs at its highest level.
1) Remove from water after cleaning is complete
This is the number one rule for maintaining your robotic pool cleaner. If you do not remove it from the water, the robot can become bogged down and not work properly.
Take the robot out of water when it has completed its cycle to protect it from damage or injury, such as being punctured by a foot or stick if someone falls in the pool while your robotic cleaner is still inside.
Leaving your robot in the water can also cause problems with electrical components becoming wet so remove them right away to avoid any issues.
2) Keep your pool cleaner in a shaded area to protect it from the sun’s heat
The heat from the sun can cause damage to your pool cleaner’s electrical components. When not in use, keep it out of direct sunlight so that you do not have issues with overheating and prolong its life expectancy.
If you need a place to store your robotic vacuum while it is out of the water, try investing in a custom-fitted storage bag.
3) Regularly remove any debris that may have collected on the cleaner’s filters
After each use, check the filters to make sure that they are free of any debris. If you notice anything on them, remove them immediately so that your cleaner will work efficiently when in use.
A common mistake is not checking the filter regularly and letting things get stuck there over time making it hard for water to flow through it properly which
4) Check the hoses and cables for wear and tear, and replace them if necessary
Now and then you should check the hoses that connect your pool cleaner to its power supply. If there is any sign of fraying or damage, it may be time for new ones so look over them carefully at least once a season.
Even if they are in good condition, replacing old cables can ensure smooth operation as well as protect you from any potential electrical shocks.
Tip: If you are having trouble removing the old hoses and cables, consult your pool cleaner’s manual for specific instructions on how to do so.
5) Make sure the robot is properly balanced before putting it into the pool
If the robot is not balanced properly, it may spin in a circle or move erratically. To adjust its balance, remove any extra weights that are on the machine and then put it into your pool for cleaning to see if there’s a difference.
What if the robot is still unbalanced after removing the weights?
Try adding weight to the other side of the machine until it is balanced. Be sure to only add approved weights and not anything that could damage your pool or robotic cleaner.
6) Clean the robot’s brushes regularly to remove any built-up dirt or algae
If your cleaner’s brushes are not taken care of, they can become caked with dirt and algae which will cause them to stop spinning. By cleaning the bristles every few weeks, you’ll be able to keep its performance at a high level and avoid any damage from excess buildup.
Use a soft brush with warm water and some mild soap. Be careful not to get any of the cleaner’s electrical components wet during cleaning or they may short out.
7) Periodically check all of the robot’s seals and gaskets for damage or wear and tear
Because they need to be airtight, defective gaskets and seals can cause your cleaner’s motor to overheat which will lower its efficiency. Do a visual check of these parts once in a while for any signs of problems such as cracking or warping that may occur over time from constant exposure to water.
If you notice anything wrong with them, replace the part to keep your cleaner working properly and running smoothly.
8) Replace the robot’s filter cartridge every 12 months
The filter cartridge is responsible for trapping all the dirt and debris that your pool cleaner sucks up. If it’s not replaced regularly, the buildup can cause your machine to work less efficiently and even damage its internal components.
To replace it, simply remove the old one and insert a new one according to your robot’s instructions.
9) Ensure that the pool’s water chemistry is correct and within the recommended range to prevent corrosion
If the water chemistry is not correct, it can cause your pool’s surfaces to corrode. This will not only shorten the life of your robotic cleaner but also create a lot of extra work for you in terms of cleaning and maintenance.
Test the pH level, total alkalinity, and calcium hardness at least once a week and adjust them if necessary.
Tip: If you have a robotic cleaner with ionization capability, be sure to only use salt chlorination systems for it to work properly and avoid corrosion damage.
10) Don’t overload the pool cleaner with debris
For best results, run your robot during times when there won’t be much dirt or algae in the water. If you put it into action when your pool is too dirty, its intake will get clogged up and won’t be able to do a thorough cleaning job.
Maintaining your robotic pool cleaner is not a difficult task, but you must do it regularly if you want to keep it running in top condition. By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to avoid any major problems and ensure that your robot operates at its full potential.