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Suction is weak and the tips are up instead of staying down on the floor of the pool

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If the suction is weak, first check that the filter is clean, if it is and the pressure is low, check the pump impeller. Debris can get past the pump basket especially if it is damaged and will restrict flow through the impeller. Also check the flow valve in the skimmer if you have an adjustable bypass type valve for the barracuda. If it's a flow problem, the pump and filter are the usual culprits. The most common problem with this cleaner is the diaphragm inside, sometimes they get debris stuck and won't move and sometimes the diaphragm gets deformed and quits or sort of works intermittently. Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009

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