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Hayward Navigator sort of floating around by the movement of the water...does not climb walls. Line has suction not sure if its too weak

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I consulter the owners manual for this model. This is what they suggest.

First, remove all of the air from the cleaner head and stop all air from entering the pool through the return lines. Also, if the head and hose are covered with bubbles, give the hose a good tug. This will release the air bubbles and allow the pool cleaners to settle son the bottom of the pool. Also, the cleaner head may actually be being lifted off the bottom of the pool by the hose or the pressure in the return lines. Make sure that the hose stays untangled and the pressure from the return lines is not too low (not enought pressure to power) or too high (too much pressure that cause the unit to lift off the floor).

Posted on May 19, 2010

  • Bob Oldershaw Jun 09, 2012

    What do I do if there is too much pressure?

  • Bob Oldershaw Jun 09, 2012

    What do I do if I have too much pressure?



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Interesting question. Do you have the special Lead Hose, the one with a colored cuff attached to the Navigator itself? Other causes can be, too little or too much hose, a pinhole leak in one of the hoses above water causing the hoses to float, not enough suction on the Navigator. You didn't say if you have the Navigator plugged into a skimmer or in a dedicated suction port in the wall. I would first try increasing the suction to the unit and see if your problem doesn't go away.

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Some things to look for:
1. Make sure all hoses are connected, to each other and to the skimmer/vacuum port.
2. Make sure you're getting plenty of flow through the hose. Remove the hose from the cleaner an, carefully, check to make sure you're getting good suction. If you don't feel much suction at the hose end, disconnect one section at a time, until you find one with good suction. The last section removed probably has something stuck in it.
3. If you have good suction at the hose end (when checking tip #2) turn cleaner over to determine that nothing is lodged in the opening and preventing the turbine from turning. It doesn't take much to stop the turbine. Twigs, palm leaves or other heavy leaves, small animals, small pebbles, etc.
Another thing to consider is the age of the cleaner. These cleaners need to be "tuned-up" every 12-18 months. I usually replace the pads, pods, turbine, wings, flags and A-frame in a tune-up.

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you'll need to increase the suction so it will climb. If it used to climb before and now it won't, even with new feet, it may be a bearing problem with either the turbine or the A-frames. You may have to get a turbine kit with a-frames to make it work like new again.

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Try setting it at 10 lbs of vacuum, see if that works.

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