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Barracuda climbing walls almost to be out of the pool. Sometimes I think it is high enough to **** air.

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There are several adapters on the market to allow more water to bypass the cleaner. One is called the Vac-Mate, another is the Hayward skimmer adapter. I personally like the vac-mate. but it's only compatible with most skimmers.

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Thank you for posting your question here on Fixya.com.


Several possibilities to consider...

How old is the filter bag and is it clean?
Older bags or bags not thoroughly cleaned can resist water passing thru them to the point there is not enough downward pressure to allow the unit to 'bite' the pool surface and climb.

How worn are the brushes and tracks?
Worn brushes and tracks will slip once worn enough. Replacing them could fix the problem.

Is it trying to climb or does the unit start up the wall and immediately reverse?
If your motor has been replaced new style motors spend far less time climbing assuming most debris will instead be found on the pool floor. If it has not been recently replaced the program within the motor may be failing.

What is the condition of the pool?
Low water temperatures and/or algae can cause the unit to slip in place and as a result it will not climb. Eventually it will scrub enough to gain traction and will slowly progress up the wall. For temperatures below 70 degrees the unit will find in more and more difficult to climb the lower the temperature.

What material is the pool surface?
Some linered pools and fiberglass pools require climbing rings in the brushes. Do you have those? If so, what condition are they in? Worn rings or missing rings will prevent climbing those and other smooth pool finishes.

For more troubleshooting tips try our site at www.arrowpools.net. Select the FAQ button then from the drop-down select Dolphin. You can also check the manufacturer's site at www.maytronicsus.com.


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Wont climb wall


Thank you for posting your question here on Fixya.com.


Several possibilities to consider...

How old is the filter bag and is it clean?
Older bags or bags not thoroughly cleaned can resist water passing thru them to the point there is not enough downward pressure to allow the unit to 'bite' the pool surface and climb.

How worn are the brushes and tracks?
Worn brushes and tracks will slip once worn enough. Replacing them could fix the problem.

Is it trying to climb or does the unit start up the wall and immediately reverse?
If your motor has been replaced new style motors spend far less time climbing assuming most debris will instead be found on the pool floor. If it has not been recently replaced the program within the motor may be failing.

What is the condition of the pool?
Low water temperatures and/or algae can cause the unit to slip in place and as a result it will not climb. Eventually it will scrub enough to gain traction and will slowly progress up the wall. For temperatures below 70 degrees the unit will find in more and more difficult to climb the lower the temperature.

What material is the pool surface?
Some linered pools and fiberglass pools require climbing rings in the brushes. Do you have those? If so, what condition are they in? Worn rings or missing rings will prevent climbing those and other smooth pool finishes.

For more troubleshooting tips try our site at www.arrowpools.net. Select the FAQ button then from the drop-down select Dolphin. You can also check the manufacturer's site at www.maytronicsus.com.


If this answer does not fix your problem, please comment with additional details prior to rating the answer. Positive feedback is appreciated once your problem is solved!

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Cleaner does not climb walls


First of all do you have enough suction? The cleaner originally should have come with a suction gauge. If not the local pool store will have one. How old is your cleaner? When the G3 and G4 cleaners gets over a year or two a number of things wear out and effect the performance. Inspect the diaphragm especially next to and under the small retaining ring and make sure there are no holes or tears. If the diaphragm is over a year old they sometimes get too spongy and effect performance. Also the small rubber pad that holds the large pad can get worn down and stick to the floor and wall. As parts wear down you can get play or slop between the large disc, the small pad, and the foot plate that snaps all the disc to the body. Also the rear cassette where the hose connects gets slop there as well. all of this slop, especially when combined can make the cleaner performance lack greatly. very common to have a cleaner not climb the walls or reach the far end of pool as it once did

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Dolphin will not climb up walls.


What is you pool surface? It may need climbing rings to assist it on 'slick' surfaces like fiberglass.

Try moving the location of where you set the power supply from use to use to allow it's cleaning patterns to shift around for better coverage.

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I the filter is not very clean the pump will not push hard enough to hold the tracks onto the walls. Try running without filter in a very clean pool for a few minutes to see if it solves the climb walls replace the filter and clean the unit

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