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Baracuda Troubleshooting Guides


 Alpha 2 Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Machine is patterning. Be certain that return inlet flow has been diverted as noted in "Prepare Pool and Filtration System". Make sure hose does not have a memory from being coiled. Add one or two hose lengths. Machine is not covering the shallow end. Divert return inlets, check hose length, check for hose coil memory, check & increase flow, or add second hose weight. ALPHA 2 ® is sticking on steps. Utilize return flow as shown in "Coverage" section. Use large wheel deflector (Part No. W46155) or the spur bumper fin (Part No. W70615). ALPHA 2 ® sticking under stainless steel ladder. Install ladder guard (Part No. W24000). ALPHA 2 ® ...   More Info

 Alpha 3 Plus Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Alpha 3™ Plus™ patterns or doesn't cover majority of pool. Use Pool Pulse™ to confirm proper flow. Divert all return inlets. Confirm proper hose length. Check hose for memory. Use 45° elbow on wall vacuum installations. Coverage will be limited with the use of a solar blanket. Note: In cold water 60° or less, water flow must be increased to compensate for reduced flexibility of hose and diaphragm. Alpha 3™ Plus won't move or moves slowly. Use Pool Pulse™ to confirm proper flow. Backwash filter (sand or DE) or soak cartridge style filter overnight — consult your pool dealer. Empty all baskets. Tighten hose connections. Check hoses for leaks...   More Info

 Alpha 3 Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Alpha 3™ patterns or doesn't cover majority of pool. Use Pool Pulse™ to confirm proper flow. Divert all return inlets. Confirm proper hose length. Check hose for memory. Add hose weight 4' to 7' from cleaner head. Use 45° elbow on wall vacuum installations. Coverage will be limited with the use of a solar blanket. Note: In cold water 60° or less, water flow must be increased to compensate for reduced flexibility of hose and diaphragm. Alpha 3™ sticks at steps. Utilize flow as shown in coverage section. Add hose weight 4' to 7' from cleaner head. Reduce flow to low side of "ideal" range. Shorten hose if necessary. ...   More Info

 Beta Troubleshooting Guide - MECHANICAL (MACHINE STOPS OR MOVES SLUGGISHLY) Turn the filter system off and check all the connections of the BETA ® to the skimmer. Remove the BETA ® head from the hose, turn it upside down and inspect for debris blocking the diaphragm. Backwash or clean the filter and clean pump and skimmer baskets of all debris. Turn the filter system on and check that there is good flow. NOTE: In cold water 60° F or less, water flow through the BETA ® must be increased to compensate for the reduced flexibility of the hose and diaphragm. If the BETA ® still does not move, lift the hose out of the water, section by section while the filtration system is running. A cracked hose can be detected by a hissing noise. Replace it. If none of the above steps resolves the problem, the pool circulation system is probably not supplying the water flow necessary to propel the BETA ® . Check it using the Pool Pulse™ (Part No. 44800). Have a qualified pool servi...   More Info

 G3 Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Baracuda G3™ stops and starts Check diaphragm for blockage or damage. Adjust worn diaphragm by loosening cassette swivel, gently pushing down on inner pipe & retightening cassette swivel. Baracuda G3™ is patterning Add return diverters or divert return inlets downward. Lay hose in a straight line in the sun to relax memory. Confirm proper hose length - add 1 to 2 hose sections. Baracuda G3™ isn't covering the opposite end of the pool Add return diverters or divert return inlets downward. Use flow to move cleaner to opposite end. Move hose weight away from cleaner head slightly. In deep pools add additional weight. Baracuda G3™ stuck at steps Utilize return flo...   More Info

 G4 Troubleshooting Guides - Problem Solution Zodiac G4™ does not move, or moves sluggishly Ensure ideal flow is being attained using Pool Pulse®. Note: In water 60°F or less, it may be necessary to increase flow to compensate for the reduced flexibility of the hose and diaphragm. Check diaphragm for damage or wear. Backwash filter and empty pump basket. Check for air in system. If water level in pump basket drops, check hose connections, tighten all fittings at pump, check gasket in pump basket for wear. Zodiac G4™ stays in one end of the pool Ensure ideal flow is being attained using Pool Pulse. Point return jets as far down as possible. Make sure hose does not have memory from being c...   More Info

 Hide-A-Hose Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Hose will not rise when pump is switched on and connected. Check that there is good flow through the hose. If not, your filter may need backwashing or your vacuum plate or flow valve may not be located securely in the skimmer box. Make sure it is seated properly. If you are sure there is good flow through the cleaner and the hose will still not rise properly, then water may have got into the tubing because the float was held underwater when the pump was switched on. The tubing will usually clear water out of itself automatically by squirting the water out as the pump is switched off. You can assist this process by turning the pump on and off repeatedly, waiting a full minute between each switch, to allow the water in the tubing to escape. Hose will not sink when the pump is turned off. ...   More Info

 Mars HP Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Mars HP™ sticks in corners or in-pool obstacles for longer than 4 minutes. Confirm wheel RPM is between 40 and 48. Check that the wheels spin freely. Turn off the booster pump and spin the wheels. If binding is noticed, remove the wheels and rinse the wheel and axle bushings. Mars HP™ is missing large areas of the pool. Confirm wheel RPM is between 40 and 48. Clean the in-line screen at the universal wall fitting/quick disconnect. Check the supply hose for coiling. Confirm that the supply hose length is correct for your pool. Confirm that there is a hose float, on the white hose, within 6" of the swivel that separates the clear hose from the white hose. Empty ...   More Info

 Pacer Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Mars HP™ sticks in corners or in-pool obstacles for longer than 4 minutes. Confirm wheel RPM is between 40 and 48. Check that the wheels spin freely. Mars HP™ is missing large areas of the pool. Confirm wheel RPM is between 40 and 48. Clean the in-line screen at the universal wall fitting/quick disconnect. Check the supply hose for coiling. Confirm that the supply hose length is correct for your pool. Confirm that hose floats are in the proper location. Empty the debris trap. Confirm that the back-up jet is operating. Check that the wheels spin freely. Mars HP™ will not climb the pool walls. Confirm the wheel RPM is between 40 and 48....   More Info

 Ranger Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Machine does not move, or moves sluggishly. Ensure ideal flow is being attained using pool pulse. Note: In water 60° F or less, it may be necessary to increase flow to compensate for the reduced flexibility of the hose and diaphragm. Check diaphragm for damage or wear (see Care and Maintenance). Backwash filter and empty pump basket. Check for air in system. If water level in pump basket drops, check hose connections, tighten all fittings at pump, check gasket in pump basket for wear. Machine does not cover entire pool. Ensure ideal flow is being attained using pool pulse. Point return jets as far down as possible. Make sure hose does not have memory from being coiled (see ...   More Info

 Zippy Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Cleaner Does Not Operate Is the pump on? Check the Star Control ® setting to ensure it is in the black range. Remove dirt and debris from the cleaner. Clean the pool's filtration system according to the manufacturer's directions. Ensure that the ZIPPY ® has been installed properly. Hose Coils Some hose coiling is normal. If the coils are preventing proper operation: Assure that the proper length of hose is in use. Clean filter screen thoroughly. Check and adjust the flow range. Lay the hose straight in direct sunlight for a few hours. ...   More Info

 Zoom Troubleshooting Guide - Problem Solution Machine does not move, or moves sluggishly. Ensure ideal flow is being attained using pool pulse. Note: In water 60° F or less, it may be necessary to increase flow to compensate for the reduced flexibility of the hose and diaphragm. Check diaphragm for damage or wear. Backwash filter and empty pump basket. Check for air in system. If water level in pump basket drops, check hose connections, tighten all fittings at pump, check gasket in pump basket for wear. Machine does not cover entire pool. Ensure ideal flow is being attained using pool pulse. Point return jets as far down as possible. Make sure hose does not h...   More Info