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How do I stop the pool cleaner from stopping at the stairs and not moving around the pool?

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These pool cleaners should not be having problems moving around the pool. I am going to give you several things to try. Check the return line water flow and redirect it if necessary. Make sure that your hose is long enough to reach all ends of the pool. Make sure that your hose has proper balance. Check that your main drain and all suction lines are completely closed except the one you are using. Check for debris in the filter, pump basket, and the cleaner's flapper.

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