My new Hayward Navigator pool cleaner (PB provided) cleans really well when it’s running, but is driving me crazy with how often the thing stops. The slightest bit of debris clogs the impeller. I can deal with this (seasonal acorns and leaves). But, what’s really upsetting me is how the slightest bit of sand jams the A-frame and impeller bearings (both bearing-sets are open style). Increasing pump vacuum does not help (when it’s jammed, its jammed good).
With a slowly-recovering backyard, kids and my water-loving Labrador, keeping sand from the pool is not realistic. I’m not going to trash a new cleaner just yet, so I’m wondering if anyone knows of a fix. My thoughts are to change the cheap bearings to a sealed style. Maybe Hayward offers this? If not, I’m sure I could find something from a bearing supply house. Looking at the design (I’m now an expert Navigator mechanic), this problem is definitely not isolated!
Anyone have any other ideas? I will update if I find a fix or post a video of me destroying it if I can’t!