Intex above ground pools are a cost effective alternative to installing an inground pool. They come in many shapes and sizes to fit different yards and budgets. They will provide great many pleasant and memorable summer splashes as long as you vacuum them and maintain just like you would any other pool.
To make the vacuuming and cleaning easier for you, Intex has come up with their own vacuum Auto Pool Cleaner which is easy to set up and operate. We have reviewed this great auto vacuum cleaner in our article: 11 Best Above Ground Pool Vacuum Reviews 2017 and if you have, hopefully, read this review, you probably remember that many other vacuums don’t do the best job for Intex pool. Well, this unit does!
Vacuuming the Intex above ground pool once a week will help you keep the water looking clean and clear. You also need to maintain proper chemical balance of your pool water and check it regularly.
To vacuum a swimming pool efficiently, you will first have to remove large debris using a skimmer and then use the vacuum to remove all the dirt from the bottom of your Intex pool.
How to hook up Intex pool vacuum
Before assembling your Intex vacuum, you should get familiar with all its parts.
Here are all the parts from the scheme above (1 piece of each or as stated in brackets):
- CLEANER TOP
- COLLAR NUT
- GEAR MODULE
- DEBRIS NET
- CLEANER BASE
- HOSE CLAMP
- HOSE ADAPTER
- HOSE A
- HOSE B (3 pieces)
- HOSE C (3 pieces)
- HOSE D
- BRUSH SUPPORT A (WITH 2 EXTRA) (4 pieces)
- BRUSH (WITH 10 EXTRA) (12 pieces)
- BRUSH SUPPORT B (WITH 2 EXTRA) (4 pieces)
- EXHAUST RING PLATE
Your automatic vacuum cleaner needs to be connected to a filter pump with a flow rate between 1600 – 3500 gallons/hour. The actual cleaning performance will depend on the filter pump flow rate. The higher the flow rate the better the performance will be.
If your pool has a sand filter, make sure that the sand media is clean by backwashing it first. Run the filter pump for 10-15 minutes before connecting the auto cleaner to the water return connector.
Bear in mind that your auto vacuum cleaner will not work if your filter pump is not operating. In case you want to be able to schedule your pump’s working hours, purchase a pool pump timer which will provide you exactly that!
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How to hook up pool vacuum to Intex pump
First, you need to turn off the filter pump. From inside of the pool, unscrew the nozzle from the water return connector (See Fig. 1.)
Now, screw the end of hose A (8) with adaptor to the threaded strainer connector, from inside of the pool (See Fig. 2).
Connect the rest of the hoses together outside the pool in one of the two possible orders depending on the size of your pool: B-C-B-C-B-C-D or B-C-B-D (See Fig. 3).
Brush assembly as shown in Fig. 4.
(You will need to remove the brushes from underneath the device when vacuuming large debris or leaves on the pool floor)
With the hose clamp (6), fasten the end of the hose D (11) to the top connection of the cleaner. No special tools are needed for this: even a small coin can be used to tighten the hose clamp (See Fig. 5).
Now put your vacuum auto cleaner into the water. Then fill up the hose assembly with water by submerging the hose into the pool to remove all of the entrapped air from the hose.
The next thing you need to do is hold the auto cleaner upside down below the water surface to let the water jet out as in Fig. 6. This will get all the air from the hose and the vacuum cleaner and let it sink to the bottom to clean your pool.
Connect hose B (9) from the hose assembly to the hose A (8) which you had already installed in step 2. (See Fig. 7). Your vacuum auto cleaner is now ready to use.
It’s time to turn on the filter pump and make sure the water is flowing through the cleaner. The auto cleaner will now be moving and vacuuming the pool floor. See Fig. 8.
If you notice that the vacuum starts to stir the debris and sediments on the pool floor, you will need to clean or replace the filter cartridge more frequently because the fine sediments will be trapped in the cartridge.
After we’ve explained how to hook up vacuum to Intex pool, let’s cover some of the possible reasons for less than optimal vacuum cleaner performance.
To start with, if you’ve followed our setup guide and the cleaner doesn’t even move in the pool, let alone vacuum, the first thing you need to check whether the filter pump is operating. Also, lift the auto cleaner out of the pool to check if water is flowing out from either end of the device.
Try tightening each hose section securely, and connecting the hose to the water return connector more firmly.
Maybe the cleaner is stuck if your pool has wrinkled bottom. Simply lift the auto cleaner out of the wrinkled area, and smoothen the pool floor as well as you can.
If the unit is moving but slowly, check and clean the debris net. Another fix is cleaning or replacing the filter pump cartridge. If you are using a sand filter, make sure that the filter medium is clean. If need, backwash the filter.
If the cleaner is still not moving as fast as you would like, try increasing the flow rate of the filter pump.
Another occurrence which we need to address is unwanted lifting of the unit from the pool floor. Maybe it feels like having a swim, but what’s more likely is that there is air trapped inside the vacuum cleaner.
To fix this, release the air from the auto cleaner by following the setup instructions (Step 7).
In some instances, the vacuum cleaner won’t operate well if your pool water is too dirty. Skim larger debris manually and if the water is green, brown or black, test it to see which levels need to be balanced.
Another maintenance tip: clean all the debris from the Auto Cleaner after it has been vacuuming for 2-3 hours continuously.
When the job is done
Make sure the filter pump is turned off, and disconnect the power cord from the electrical outlet. Clean and air dry the unit and all the accessories and parts thoroughly.
If you won’t be using it for a longer period, disassemble the auto cleaner and keep the hoses straight during storage. The brushes should be removed and kept flat and straight during storage.
Bear in mind that other vacuum cleaners operate in much the same way and have similar setup instructions. If you happen to stumble upon a unit which can vacuum Intex pools as efficiently as Auto Cleaner, you are more than welcome to let us know and share your experience with us!
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