An electric pool robot is expensive! To maximize its lifespan, we deliver some tips from our experiences with several brands of pool robots. In this article, we will discuss the most critical points to properly maintain your electric pool robot to keep it for years!
Do not use your robot if the pool is too dirty.
Typically, the beginning of the season. You are at the beginning of April, and you unravel your pool, and there is the drama: green water, mud, sand … You do not want to take the lead and put your electric robot in the pool: to avoid entirely except individual cases!
Indeed, if debris is present in the bottom of the swimming pool (pebbles, mud, sand …), you risk damaging your electric robot: drilling of the filter of the robot and thus inefficient cleaning, or obstruction of the turbine of aspiration.
For the first spring cleaning, prefer a manual broom/vacuum connected to the sewage filtration: thus, you will evacuate the pool mud, sand, and large debris so that they do not clog your robot or your pool filter.
Check the water settings before using your robot.
So that the cleaning of the robot is as effective as possible and to avoid damaging it, it is good to check the following water parameters (general recommendations that may vary slightly depending on the pool robot manufacturers):
- The temperature of the water must be higher than 12-15 ° C: indeed, the too cold water could damage the plastic parts of the robot.
- pH between 7 and 7.6: same, a pH too high or too low will result in the lower performance of the robot, and could damage in the medium term.
- Disinfectant rate: If you have just made a shock treatment in your pool (whether chlorine, bromine, active oxygen, or another disinfectant), do not use your robot for 48 to 72 hours. Too high a rate of disinfectant can also damage the plastic parts of the robot (power cable, seals …)
Visually check the status of your robot.
A small manual check is required from time to time (at the beginning and the end of the season at least): look for any signs of wear of the following parts:
- The turbine: it is in charge of the suction of the robot: check that no debris impedes the turbine, and also check its good condition (no broken/cracked fin).
- The robot’s caterpillars: if your robot has caterpillars, they are used to move the robot, and are therefore subjected to a severe test: check their good condition, and change them from the first degradations (caterpillar ate/cracked).
- Robot brushes : same: these are used to move the robot. Foam brushes, for example, tend to crumble after a few years of excellent and loyal service. In this case, replace them (it is easy to find spare parts usually).
- The power cable: check that it is not damaged (twisted/pinched): if necessary, replace it without delay.
Keep the robot cable straight.
The cable of a pool robot tends to tangle easily and quickly. After a while, it can even hinder the robot’s movement. To avoid tangling, there are not 50 solutions: unroll the robot cable to your pool, and leave it in the sun for a few hours.
The heat expands the plastic, and the cable will return to its original shape after a few hours of exposure to the sun. More details in the Zodiac video below!
Given the price of an electric pool robot, we strongly advise you to take a few minutes per month to perform these few checks: this will allow you to maximize the efficiency and life of your pool robot!