If you own a robotic pool cleaner, you know how much it can simplify your pool maintenance routine. However, like any other piece of equipment, it requires proper care and maintenance to ensure it continues to function effectively.
In this article, we’ll provide you with some essential tips on how to maintain and care for your robotic pool cleaner.
First and foremost, it’s crucial to keep your robotic pool cleaner clean. After each use, make sure to remove any debris or dirt that has accumulated on the cleaner’s brushes, filter, and other components. Additionally, it’s essential to clean the filter regularly to prevent clogging and ensure optimal performance.
Another critical aspect of maintaining your robotic pool cleaner is to store it correctly. When not in use, store your cleaner in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. This will help prevent damage to the unit and ensure it lasts for many years to come.
Cleaning the Filter
I remove and at least clean the filter every time my Dolphin does its job. This normally just involves cleaning it with a hose but then now and again I soak it in a cleaner, as below.
Removing the Filter
Before you begin cleaning the filter, you need to remove it from the robotic pool cleaner. The process of removing the filter may vary depending on the model of your robotic pool cleaner, so refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific steps. In general, you’ll need to:
- Turn off the power to the robotic pool cleaner and unplug it from the electrical outlet.
- Locate the filter compartment on the robotic pool cleaner.
- Open the filter compartment and remove the filter.
Cleaning the Filter
Cleaning the filter is an essential part of maintaining your robotic pool cleaner. Over time, the filter can become clogged with debris, reducing the cleaner’s efficiency. Here’s how to clean the filter:
- Remove any large debris from the filter, such as leaves or twigs.
- Rinse the filter with a hose to remove any remaining debris.
- Occasionally, soak the filter in a solution of water and filter cleaner for the recommended amount of time. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific guidance on the type of cleaner to use and how long to soak the filter.
- Rinse the filter thoroughly with a hose to remove any remaining cleaner.
- Allow the filter to dry completely before reinstalling it in the robotic pool cleaner.
It’s important to clean the filter regularly, especially if you use your robotic pool cleaner frequently. A dirty filter can reduce the performance of your cleaner and even damage it over time. By following these simple steps, you can keep your robotic pool cleaner running smoothly and extend its lifespan.
Cleaning the Brushes
Removing the Brushes
Before cleaning the brushes, you need to remove them from the robotic pool cleaner. The process may vary depending on the model of your pool cleaner, but it usually involves removing the brush caps and pulling the brushes out of their slots. Refer to the user manual for specific instructions.
Cleaning the Brushes
Once you have removed the brushes, it’s time to clean them. The brushes can accumulate dirt, debris, and algae over time, which can affect their performance. Here are the steps to clean the brushes:
- Fill a bucket with warm water and add a mild detergent.
- Place the brushes in the bucket and let them soak for 15-20 minutes.
- Use a soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush to scrub the brushes gently. Pay attention to the bristles and make sure to remove any debris or dirt that may be stuck in them.
- Rinse the brushes thoroughly with clean water.
- Inspect the brushes for any signs of damage or wear and tear. If they are damaged, you may need to replace them.
Once you have cleaned the brushes, you can reinsert them into the robotic pool cleaner. Make sure to tighten the brush caps properly to prevent any leaks or damage to the pool cleaner.
Cleaning the brushes of your robotic pool cleaner is an essential part of its maintenance. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your pool cleaner performs optimally and lasts longer.
Cleaning the Tracks
Removing the Tracks
Before you can clean the tracks of your robotic pool cleaner, you need to remove them. Start by turning off the power supply and unplugging the machine. Then, locate the tracks and remove them from the cleaner. Depending on the model, this may involve unscrewing the tracks or simply lifting them off the machine.
Cleaning the Tracks
Once you have removed the tracks, it’s time to clean them. Start by using a soft-bristled brush to remove any debris or dirt that has accumulated on the tracks. If there is any stubborn dirt or debris, you can use a toothbrush or a small wire brush to gently scrub the tracks.
Next, fill a bucket with warm water and add a small amount of dish soap. Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the soapy water and use it to clean the tracks. Be sure to remove all the soap residue with a clean, damp cloth or sponge.
For a more thorough cleaning, you can use a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Simply soak the tracks in the solution for 10-15 minutes, then scrub them with a brush or sponge. Rinse the tracks thoroughly with clean water and dry them with a clean cloth before reattaching them to the cleaner.
It’s important to clean the tracks of your robotic pool cleaner regularly to ensure that it continues to operate efficiently. By following these simple steps, you can keep your pool cleaner running smoothly and extend its lifespan.
Cleaning the Exterior
Keeping the exterior of your robotic pool cleaner clean is crucial to its longevity and effectiveness. Here are some simple steps to follow:
Wiping Down the Exterior
After every use, it is important to wipe down the exterior of your robotic pool cleaner with a damp cloth to remove any debris or dirt that may have accumulated on the surface. This will prevent any buildup that could potentially damage the surface of the cleaner.
For tougher stains or buildup, you can use a mild detergent and water solution to gently scrub the surface. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry the cleaner completely before storing it.
Storing the Robotic Pool Cleaner
Proper storage of your robotic pool cleaner is important to prevent damage and extend its lifespan. Here are some tips:
- Always store the cleaner in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
- Make sure the cleaner is completely dry before storing it to prevent mold or mildew growth.
- Store the cleaner with the cord wrapped neatly to prevent tangling and damage to the cord.
- Never store the cleaner with the power supply unit attached.
I have a covered pool equipment closet/house or whatever you ant to call it so I have built a shelf inside where I can store my Dolphin to keep it dry, clean and out of the sun.
Even with regular maintenance, parts on your robotic pool cleaner may eventually need to be replaced. If you notice that your pool cleaner isn’t working as well as it used to, it may be time to replace some of the parts.
Common parts that may need to be replaced include the brushes, filter, and motor. Check with the manufacturer to see what parts are available and how to replace them.
Here are some key tips for maintaining your cleaner:
- Always unplug the cleaner before performing any maintenance.
- Empty and clean the filter bag or cartridge after each use.
- Check the power cord for any knots or tangles.
- Inspect and replace worn or damaged parts, such as brushes and drive belts.
- Store the cleaner in a dry, shaded area when not in use.
Following these simple steps can help ensure that your robotic pool cleaner stays in great condition for many years to come.
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