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Thread: Intermittent suction on the cleaner

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    Intermittent suction on the cleaner

    I am experiencing a new issue with my automatic cleaner. Now, suddenly it sucks for 20 secs and then almost stops ( low intensity) for about 15 secs and continues sucking with higher intensity. I cleaned the skimmers and backwashed. The pressure is about 13 psi (normal after recharge).
    Any tips/suggestions

    vaidhy

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    Re: Intermittent suction on the cleaner

    Welcome to TFP!

    What kind of cleaner do you have and how old is it? Cleaners have parts that do wear out after a couple of years of use and simply getting a replacement part on there is usually all you need to do.

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    Re: Intermittent suction on the cleaner

    I have a Barracude G3 which is little than 2 years old. Also, the pressure gauge is steady at 13 psi during the time when the cleaner nearly stops.

    Quote Originally Posted by 257WbyMag
    Welcome to TFP!

    What kind of cleaner do you have and how old is it? Cleaners have parts that do wear out after a couple of years of use and simply getting a replacement part on there is usually all you need to do.

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    Re: Intermittent suction on the cleaner

    First off, you need to determine whether the water flow is adequate at the suction connection. Do this by using your little flowmeter that came with the cleaner. Disconnect a section of the hose while the cleaner is running and place the flowmeter in the end of the hose pulling suction. Ensure that the flow of water pulls the flapper between the two lines on the flowmeter. If it doesn't, adjust your cleaner line valve at the pump until you have the right flow.

    If your flow is fine and the cleaner still isn't running with gusto, you can suspect a worn out diaphragm, foot pad, or both.

    The diaphragm is the rubbery valve thing inside the cleaner. It is white and has a "mouth" that opens and closes to create the clicking sound you hear when it is working. After exposure to water and chemicals for a while, it hardens up and won't work as well. These are cheap and easy to replace.

    The foot pad is the little yellow or blue shoe on the bottom. The fin disc which is the rubbery disc that is about 15" wide or so, fits over the foot pad. Anyway, the foot pad is subject to wear much like a tire does. It skids along the pool surfaces, wearing down all the while. It is recommended that you replace it when the tread depth gets down to 1/8". Also a cheap part and easy to fix. For what it is worth, the fin disc itself will wear out over time as well.

    Check these things out and see what you find out.

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