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The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner

Polarios-280-pool-cleanerThe Polaris 280 pool cleaner remains the most popular Polaris model automatic pool cleaner, and is also one of the best pool cleaners amongst all brands. Although it does require a dedicated pressure line, which some pool owners would like to avoid, it does an excellent job cleaning your pool and is a dependable model. Even when things go wrong with your Polaris 280 pool cleaner many problems are easily diagnosed and simply corrected by replacement with affordable replacement parts. Here is a quick overview of some of the problems you may encounter and some probable diagnosis.

If you find that your pool cleaner is laying sideways in the pool, first check the filter bag and make sure that is not overfull. Your Polaris 280’s filter bag should be cleaned out regularly and if it is full of heavy debris it can knock over. If the filter bag is empty the problem probably lies in the head float. Remove the head float from the cleaner and check for water, necessitating replacement.

If the hoses on your pool cleaner sink or continually tangle then you will need to check the hose floats. There are hose floats located in each of the three hoses. Thee clear hose should have one next to the back up valve and another one 2-3 feet away toward the pool wall. The two white hoses should have hose floats 1 ½-3 feet apart and any variation outside of this can cause problems. Any of these floats could be bad, so check them all as well as their spacing and replace any that have water in them.

Problems with hose floats can also cause your pool cleaner to float around the pool, not staying on the bottom cleaning. If hose floats have been ruled out as the problem in this situation however, the solution is probably to replace the back-up valve. Holding the back up valve out of the water while the cleaner is functioning will allow you to see if it is cycling on and off. For optimum cleaning it should be off longer than it is on.

Finally, wheel problems are quickly remedied also. If one wheel turns and the others do not the problem lies in a broken belt, which will need replacing. The tires may wear unevenly so rotating them can help the pool cleaner run more efficiently. A wobbly wheel should also be fixed quickly after it is noticed, and will mean that the bearings need to be replaced.

Most of these issues can be simply remedied even by pool owners without a lot of do-it-yourself savvy. The Polaris 280 pool cleaner is efficient, cleaning most pools within 3 hours, and is overall a very dependable investment. A properly functioning pool cleaner will leave you with more time to enjoy the clean water as well as your friends and family around the pool.