It’s important to take care of your automatic pool cleaner so that it lasts and will clean more efficiently. In order to maintain peak performance, it needs to be maintained regularly, like a car. Keeping your cleaner in shape doesn’t take much, but there are a few things that you should check regularly.
Leaving your APC in the pool for long periods is a sure-fire way to speed up the wear and tear of vital parts. To reduce deterioration, keep it a cool, dry place. This will help keep all parts in good working order and away from chemicals. When storing, be sure to drain the hoses and straighten them out to avoid coiling and maintain flexibility.
It is important to inspect all components frequently for any signs of wear, cracking or other damage. This includes the wheels or tracks, wings, and anything that touches the pool's surface. Check the bearings, too. This is especially important if you live in an area with a high amount of sand debris. Check all the scrubbers as well, including those on the tail if your APC has one.
Remind yourself to empty debris baskets, filters or nets every time you take the cleaner out of the pool. Also, be sure to check your pool filter frequently and clean it if the pressure exceeds 10psi over the normal operating pressure.
Finally, get a maintenance check from the experts at your local Pinch a Penny at the beginning of the season or every 6 months. This will ensure that your cleaner is in top working order and will last for many seasons to come.