Question about Hayward Phantom Pool Cleaner Complete with Booster Pump
Hayward phantom stuck in top mode - doesn't appear to be switch. Gear box working fine other than that - clenas top fine, spins out fine, but never switches to bottom mode. When we manualy put switch on bottom mode, it still shotts jets for surface cleaning - not bottom jets
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Try running the cleaner with the top cover off and the pressure on while you hold it with your hand. If you move the switch back and forth you should see pressure changes in the hoses that attach to the manifold. Check to make sure the hoses are attached and there is no leaking pressure. Even a small leak will have a big effect. Next on to the manifold - it has two pistons, one controls the "turnaround" function and the other controls the dive and surface. The pistons get bound up and don't slide easily in their cylinders. Really it's a serious design flaw - how are the pistons suposed to stay lubricated long term with chlorinated water running through at high pressure?
The manifold can be taken apart and the pistons lubricated with standard pool lube. Take the piston caps off of the ends (very carefully) and lubricate the rubber seals. The piston rods may come loose as they do not secure tightly to the small plastic doors that slide to control water flow in he manifold. In that case, take the manifold apart carefully and be sure to keep the various screws organized - reattach the piston rods. I have done this entire process without disconnecting any rubber hoses. You will definately feel like you are in he weeds when you have this thing completely apart. This is normal!
I have had to do this about once a year to keep my phantoms running. Finally, you may want to take a picture of the innards beforehand to help you remember how the hoses and components fit in the unit. It's confusing. Good luck!
Posted on Jul 22, 2011
If it has skimmed the top of the pool before try rearranging sections of the hose and make sure all sections of hose can rotate freely.
Posted on Apr 05, 2009
There are 5 screws on the bottom, remove them and hold the cleaner together while turning it right side up. Lift off the top cover (watch the styrofoam inserts that go behind the back wheels), sometimes they fall out when the cover is removed but they're easy to put back in place. This will give you access to both the switch and the round gear box. Lift both out then put the switch on and lower the gear box back into place.
Posted on May 28, 2009
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