Christine Vega. Pool Cleaner. February 25th , 2018.
They have few moving parts that equals to shorter down times due to maintenance. The Polaris 280 cleans in diving and play pools well. I have found that a 4 wheeled cleaner such as the Lerto Legend by Pentair can outperform the 280 cleaner when the design of the pool is square in shape. The nonboosted pressure side cleaners operate off of your pool pump. They take a portion of the water that is returned to the swimming pool and direct it to the pool cleaner. These can work well but often have problems in a pool with water features that require the return water to operate, such as a spa spill over.
Lets address each possible environment, configuration and cleaner application. When your pool was built will obviously dictate some of your options based on limitations of your pool equipment and plumbing configuration. Basic pool with no dedicated cleaner line: By basic I mean a pool built with a skimmer, a maindrain and returnline. No screen enclosure and moderate exposure to leaves, fine debris. Suction type cleaners such as a Hayward Navigator, Barracuda, Kreepy Krauly etc, come with a sectional vac hose that would connect to the pools skimmer.
There are a few varieties of automatic pool cleaners. The first is a suctionside pool cleaner. Some pools already have a dedicated pipe for this type of cleaner. It has a long moulded plastic hose that connects a cleaning unit to filter suction, plugged into an intake pipe below the pools skimmer basket. When the suction side unit is connected and the filter is running, the cleaner will move in a random pattern across the floor and sides of the pool. Pulses of water will naturally propel the unit. Brushes are attached to the underside and have the ability to detach particles of debris. Suction carries the debris to the filter.
These solutions have their own pump, a drive motor and an internal bag for collecting and storing debris. Robotic automatic pool cleaners also feature a computer chip, which allows the units to be programmed to clean your pool in a specific pattern for enhanced cleaning efficiency and effectiveness. Robotic inground pool cleaners are extremely convenient and powerful. They clean pool walls as well as pool bottoms very effectively, even in swimming pools with unusual shapes and spots that are difficult for random pattern cleaners to reach.
The more common types of cleaners are the suctionside driven, pressureside driven, robotic and returnside driven cleaners. The last one, though, has lost its popularity due to high maintenance costs. Its dedicated motor pump and need for bigger volumes of water make it less energyefficient and costly to maintain. Older pools may still have these cleaners but new pool buyers prefer to use more modern pool cleaners. The pressure sidedriven cleaner is a close offshoot of the return sidedriven pool cleaner.
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