The Right Way to Use an Automatic Pool Cleaner

Have you been cleaning your pool manually all this time? Don’t you think it’s high time for an upgrade? Purchasing an automatic pool cleaner is a wise decision because it saves your time and it’s convenient. Also, they help you maintain your pool by completely cleaning it efficiently.

An automatic pool cleaner is made to move around the pool base while it’s linked to your pool skimmer. To use the cleaner properly, you should first install it correctly. Gone are the days when you have to clean your pool manually, my friend. If you’re not convinced yet, below are the reasons why you should join the better side of pool cleaning.


  1. Hayward PHS21CST Aquanaut 200_smallYou won’t have to babysit the pool cleaner and do the cleaning manually.
  2. Setting it up will only require 5-10 minutes of your time, depending on the brand (some products have pre-installation procedures).
  3. Automatic pool cleaners usually just take up to three hours to set your pool free from algae, dirt, debris, and leaves.
  4. They work well with pool chemicals.


Before doing anything, read the instructions carefully. You wouldn’t want to break your newly bought pool cleaner, would you?

Even if you’re not a first timer, I still recommend you read the manual.

After reading, you’re now ready to install and use your automatic pool cleaner.


  1. Take out the skimmer basket from your skimmer unit.
  2. Thoroughly clean the basket. Make sure there are no remaining dirt and debris to prevent the basket from damaging the pump.
  3. Ensure that the pump basket and pool filter are clean.
  4. Find the return line fittings in your pool and turn them downward.
  5. Assemble the hose by connecting the hose pieces till the hose is long enough to reach the entire pool area.
  6. Attach the end of the hose to your pool cleaner’s head.
  7. Submerge the head of your pool cleaner into the water.
  8. pool pump pool filterTurn your pool pump on and let the water flow through the pump.
  9. Get the open end of your hose and attach it to a return jet valve. Let the cleaner hose fill with water. Doing so will clean the air from the hose and guarantee proper suction.
  10. Turn off your pool pump.
  11. Attach the open end of the hose to your pool skimmer and make sure it reaches the bottom of the skimmer. Keep the head of your pool cleaner in the water.
  12. Turn on the pool pump again.
  13. Leave the pool cleaner and let it clean your pool while you relax. If you’re opting for robotic pool cleaners, remember that they should be submerged in water for at least 20 minutes after the cleaning process so they could cool off.

To be completely safe from dangers, accidents, and other negative consequences, read the instructions that come with the manual.

Here’s a video on how to use a suction pool cleaner: