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    Blue Pearl robot - drive motor failure?

    Bought a Blue Pearl robot last summer through Woot, and after one year of happy use, it seems to have suddenly broken entirely. Our best guess is that it's the drive motor -- it will barely go forward, won't go backward, won't climb walls, etc. Of course, the warranty just expired 3 weeks ago.

    The repair will cost more than we paid for the unit, and then it's only warrantied for 6 months. (Not enough time to make it through the next pool season!) Might actually be able to replace the motor ourselves, but the whole water + electricity thing is worrisome, it will still cost over $400, and then we might only get one more season out of it and have it break again. (We've heard that their drive motors are notoriously breakage-prone.) It doesn't seem logical to us to spend $400 per season for a pool robot!

    What to do? Toss it out and get something else next season? Have it repaired and pray it makes it through another season? Give up on robots altogether?

    We can't afford a $1500 robot, which is why we went with the Blue Pearl in the first place. I had expected it to make it at least 2-3 seasons! * sigh * I'm not looking forward to hand-vacuuming this fall ...
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    Re: Blue Pearl robot - drive motor failure?

    Most robots of this type have drive belts that need periodic replacement. That would be the 1st thing I would check.

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    Re: Blue Pearl robot - drive motor failure?

    The belt doesn't seem to be slipping, but there's a grinding noise coming from the drive motor. Does that fit with a drive belt issue? Maybe we mis-diagnosed ...
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    Re: Blue Pearl robot - drive motor failure?

    Possibly but I would have to see/hear the unit.

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    Re: Blue Pearl robot - drive motor failure?

    Any idea whether there is a drive belt inside the drive motor compartment? The other belts seem to be fine.
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    Re: Blue Pearl robot - drive motor failure?

    i could almost guarantee its the drive motor. there are no belts inside, the drive motor connects to the side, had a little shaft that comes out the side and then connects to the belts.

    you can get blue diamonds for around 900 online if you search around, those have 4 years or X amount of cycles on the motors. unfortunately you learned what I have been trying to tell people on here, robots can and will break. its really all about the warranty as they cost too much to fix otherwise.

    I would not get it repaired unless its under warranty,. my blue diamond remote cleaner broke over and over and over again. you would be crying if you spend 400 and then have the pump motor go. lately i've been lucky with my blue diamond and it has been working okay,but its been repaired at least 6 times.
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    Re: Blue Pearl robot - drive motor failure?

    That's what we thought -- drive motor. Have you heard about any especially reliable robotic pool cleaners?
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    Re: Blue Pearl robot - drive motor failure?

    Quote Originally Posted by singerteacher
    That's what we thought -- drive motor. Have you heard about any especially reliable robotic pool cleaners?
    its all hit or miss pretty much, one can work perfectly, another can blow motors all the time, thats why you get the one with the best warranty.
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