First time pool owner and opened it about 3 weeks ago. We live close to farm fields and the wind deposits plenty of soil into the pool which is visible on the bottom. Pool was installed in 2007 and came with a Pentair EZ Vac cleaner. Problem is the cleaner will make one or two random passes around the pool before it gets stuck in about the same place on one side.
I have read the cleaner manual and it says it is important not to let any of the short hose segments get bent or curved. The people we bought the house from had the hose segments stored in a short tub which did put a slight curve in about half of the hoses. I have tried to straightened them out but the curve comes back in them. I have also assembled the hose sections with the curve facing up and not to one side or the other.
The cleaner also came with a return diverter and I have tried pointing it in different directions including straight down to see if the flow was affecting the way the cleaner moved. It still gets stuck in about the same area on one side of the pool.
One thing that may be causing this is the depressions in the liner. As far as I can tell, the liner does have a small coping ramp around the bottom but there are big footprints about a foot apart all around the outer edge of the liner. These footprints are one to two inches deep and I wonder if they may be what gets the cleaner stuck? There are many wrinkles in the liner also but the cleaner seems to move across them ok.
In the meantime I have been manually vacuuming the pool and the footprints make it tough. Probably next year I will try to get the wrinkles and footprints out. They look terrible and are hard on your feet when in the pool. I will be reading up more on that process later but for now need to resolve the cleaner issue if possible.
Thanks for any help or suggestions you can give me!