How to Connect and Run Pool Cleaners

In this article, we'll describe the different types of pool cleaners on the market so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs. We also explain how to use them.
How to Connect and Run Pool Cleaners

Last update: 26 March, 2020

If you have a swimming pool cleaning it regularly is a very important part of its maintenance. Fortunately, we now have tools like pool cleaners that help us save time and energy when doing this task.

Also called pool cleaning robots, pool cleaners vacuum all the dirt that accumulates on the pool floor after some time. They can even remove rocks, insects, leaves, and other particles that make the water appear dirty. What types of pool cleaners are there? How do we connect them?

Types of pool cleaners

A man is using a manual pool cleaner.

Before learning how to connect this tool we will first describe the different types of pool cleaners, as we can see at TuandCo The two most popular are manual and automatic, but there are also hydraulic ones. Let’s look at the differences below.

Manual pool cleaners

This is the classic way to keep your pool floor clean without getting yourself wet. In this case, you have to move the manual pool cleaner throughout every area of the pool to suck all the dirt from the floor.

Automatic pool cleaners

Automatic pool cleaners are a type of vacuum cleaner that cleans your pool without manual help. In other words, it helps us keep the bottom of the pool impeccable without much effort. This is possible because it has a system that requires you to put it in the water and remove it after the pool is clean.

Hydraulic pool cleaners

Hydraulic pool cleaners are automatic pool cleaners. However, we want to mention them, because we must take into account the power of the pump in our pool when choosing them. Why? Its proper functioning will depend largely on this element. Seek advice before choosing one in this category.

Steps to connect and use a pool cleaner

A man is holding a robot pool cleaner.

Now that you know about the different types of pool cleaners, we’ll now give you instructions on how to connect and use them. Both the automatic and the manual robot cleaner have a similar procedure, so we can use these steps in both cases. However, you should follow the manufacturer’s assembly instructions for the best results.

To connect the pool cleaners, you need pool filters. This is where the dirt that sucks through the cleaner goes. Also, we need skimmers, whose function is to connect the pool and the filter system and absorb the water’s surface. Now, let’s look at the steps:

  1. Assemble the pool cleaner according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If it’s a manual pool cleaner, you’ll have to connect the vacuum cleaner head to a telescopic handle. In the case of the automatic pool cleaners, the telescopic handle isn’t necessary since it works as an independent unit.
  2. Next, configure the filter system. To do this, connect the two hoses to the water inlet and the pool. This system will have to work for about 15 minutes before connecting the vacuum cleaner.
  3. Next, insert the suction plate into the skimmer. The function of this is to serve as an adapter to connect the hose. Then the connection can be made between the hose and the robot cleaner.
  4. Then, submerge yourself into the water to fill the hose. You should do this until all the air is purged from the hose. Otherwise, it could cause problems for the pool pump.
  5. Once all the air is removed from the hose, pass the end of the hose through the door of the skimmer and connect it to the vacuum port.
  6. Turn on the cleaner and start cleaning the floor of your pool. If it is a manual cleaner, use it the way you would if you were cleaning regular carpets. The automatic cleaner will move independently thanks to the negative pressure of the filter system.

As you can see, a pool cleaner is quite useful to keep your pool in optimal condition. You can choose between one model or another according to your needs. In any case, it is in your best interest to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when connecting and handling it.