Your Aquabot is designed to clean the pool many times over within a recommended 7-hour cleaning cycle by cleaning one section at a time in a systematic pattern (note that some models come equipped with internal 7-hour automatic shut-off timers). If large portions of the pool are missed, then please check the following:
1a. Make sure that the Floating Handle (Ref.# 1.1) is locked diagonally across the top of your Aquabot’s body.
1b.Shake the Handle. Listen for the presence of water within it. The Handle should be lightweight and airtight without water in it.
Note: When at the waterline your Aquabot should have a portion of its Scrubbing Brushes (Ref.# 1.4 & 1.4.1) out of the water. Should your Aquabot not make it to the waterline during its cleaning cycle then the Aquabot will be unable to move left or right at the waterline. Then it will be unable to reach and clean all areas of the pool and may remain in one or two sections while missing others. If an obstruction is impeding left/right movement refer to Step# 5 below.
2. Clean the Filter Bag (Ref.# 1.16) thoroughly so that the fine particles of dirt that get trapped within the fibers of the Filter Bag are removed (See Page 5, Cleaning and Changing the Filter Bag). To test if the Filter Bag is inhibiting the Aquabot’s performance simply remove the Filter Bag and operate the cleaner without it. If the Aquabot then pumps water strongly, and climbs the walls properly, the Bag most likely requires a thorough cleaning.
3. Be sure that the Power Supply (Figure 4) is located in the center of one of the long sides of the pool. This will allow optimum use of the Aquabot’s Floating Cable’s (Ref.# 1.19) length (See Page 4, Location of the Power Supply in the Op. Manual). Make sure that the Floating Cable is untangled and spread out on the surface of the water (See Page 2, #2 and Page 6, Cable Care).
4. Check that the Pump Motor (Ref.# 1.14) is operating. Please refer to the Troubleshooting section titled Moves But Does Not Pick Up Dirt And Debris (Page 11).
5. Remove obstructions from your pool. Objects protruding from walls may impede the left/right movement of your Aquabot when it is at the waterline causing the cleaner to remain in one or two sections while missing others. For optimal performance, it is recommended to remove objects from the pool walls when operating your Aquabot. If some objects, such as ladders, can not be removed during your Aquabot’s cleaning cycle, place the Aquabot in each of the‘separate’ portions of the pool allowing each portion separate 7-hour cleaning cycles. In this case place the Power Supply at the farthest points of the pool during each cleaning cycle.
6. Check that the Drive Belts (Ref.# 1.8) and Drive Tracks (Ref.# 1.5 or 1.5.1) are properly aligned and are taut (See Pages 7 & 8). Adjust or replace if necessary.
7. Check for excessive wear of the Scrubbing Brushes (Ref.# 1.4 & 1.4.1) and replace if necessary (see page 7) .Note: Rubber Brushes begin to stiffen in water less than 70 F which lessens their ability to climb pool walls.
8. You may need to add Floatation. Your Aquabot needs to properly climb the walls and to move left or right scrubbing the waterline in order to properly clean the entire pool (see page 6).
9. Check the surface of your pool walls. In rare instances (e.g., new pools) the pool walls may naturally be slippery and require manual cleaning/brushing first. If algae has accumulated in your pool and there is a slick green or clear layer along the base of the walls, this impedes the climbing ability of your Aquabot. We suggest you “Shock” your pool*, and then manually brush and vacuum the dead algae from all surfaces to “waste” (not through the main filter) to remove the bulk of the algae from the pool.
If you use your Aquabot to remove the dead algae be aware that the Filter Bag may clog quickly, requiring several cleaning cycles and thorough Filter Bag cleanings. NOTE: Your Aquabot’s Brushes will become covered with algae. Thoroughly clean them to ensure traction for future use.
*IMPORTANT: When shocking your pool water, remove your Aquabot from the water for at least 24 hours to allow proper dilution before returning the cleaner to the pool. Otherwise premature discoloration and wear of plastic and rubber components will occur.
10. If you use a non-chlorine solution (i.e. Baquacil) to clean your pool a clear slick film may form along your pool’s walls impeding the Aquabot’s ability to climb. We suggest maintaining 225 to 300 parts per million of Calcium Hardener in your pool water to combat the film built-up.
11. If your pool is irregular in shape (T, L, freeform) or has large swim out areas your Aquabot may not be able to properly negotiate coming out of or entering all pool areas in a standard 7-hour cleaning cycle. To ensure cleaning of all areas, we suggest placing the Aquabot in each of the ‘separate’ areas of the pool allowing each area a 7-hour cleaning cycle