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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.

3 Different Types of Pool Cleaners

Pool-CleanerIt’s a hot summer day and you have to get your pool cleaned because you are having a huge party. So now you go into your shed and pull out your telescopic pole, your vacuum head and hose and you start putting all the pieces together just to start cleaning your pool. You stand on your deck slowly pushing the vacuum back and forth and in about 2 hours your pool is slightly cleaned.

I mentioned that you did this for a party but in fact you do this every week if not more depending on where you live. Pool cleaning can be a real hassle but that’s why they’ve invented automatic pool cleaners.

There are three different types of automatic pool cleaners that you can choose from and they all range in price. The most inexpensive pool cleaner is the suction side pool cleaner. They hook up to your swimming pool just like a regular manual vacuum except you don’t have to stand on your deck and push it around. It moves by itself around the bottom of your pool.

You can go for a pressure side pool cleaner like a Polaris. They use your filter system but instead of hooking it up to your skimmer box they hook into the return line that pushes the water back into your swimming pool. This cleaner uses water pressure to push the cleaner along the bottom and it creates a suction vortex of water pressure that lifts dirt off the bottom of the pool and into a cleaning bag attached to the cleaner.

Robotic pool cleaners are the most costly but for good reasons. They do not require your filter system. You simply plug them into a standard outlet and drop them into your swimming pool. They move along the bottom sucking debris up and into a self contained filter bag.