Pentair Racer Troubleshooting

If you are having problems with your Pentair Racer Pool Cleaner, you are not alone. Many Pentair Racer owners experience issues with their pool cleaner from time to time, and it can be frustrating to deal with these problems.

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What to do if your Pentair Racer is not working?

If your Pentair Racer pool cleaner is not working or moves slowly, begin by ensuring that both the filter pump and booster pump are on and moving water, which may involve cleaning your pool filter system. Check that the wall fitting screen is clear of debris, and use the Flow Gauge provided to verify proper flow, adjusting at the wall fitting if necessary. Inspect for leaks in hose connections and swivels, and look for debris in the gear teeth of the front drive wheels or any issues with the rear wheels not spinning freely, addressing these as needed.

Should the Pentair Racer pool cleaner experience issues such as hanging at the steps, tilting to one side, or not going in reverse, verify that the front wheels are reversing as expected and check the debris bag, emptying it if it’s full. If the cleaner struggles to climb or hoses are tangling, ensure proper flow, adjust the thrust jet for better climbing, check the length and buoyancy of the feed hose, and confirm that swivels and wheels are free of debris and functioning correctly.

Following these troubleshooting steps should help resolve most issues with the Pentair Racer pool cleaner. If the problem persists, consult the user manual or contact customer support for further assistance.

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Pentair Racer Pool Cleaner Problems

Below are common issues and solutions for the Pentair Racer:

Problem Cause Solution
The Pentair Racer cleaner doesn鈥檛 move or moves slowly. Filter or booster pump issues, debris in wall fitting screen, incorrect flow, leaks in hose connections, debris in gear teeth, rear wheels not spinning freely. – Ensure filter pump and booster pump are on and moving water; clean pool filter system if necessary.
– Clean wall fitting screen.
– Adjust flow using the Flow Gauge and adjust at the wall fitting.
– Check hose connections and swivels for leaks.
– Clear debris from gear teeth by rotating front wheels backward.
– Check rear wheels and replace if they do not spin freely.
The Pentair Racer cleaner hangs at steps. Wheels not reversing properly. – Ensure the front wheels reverse approximately every 2-1/2 minutes.
The Pentair Racer cleaner tilts to one side. Full debris bag or part of its normal operation during a turn cycle. – Empty the debris bag if it is full.
– Observe the cleaner for a few minutes to see if it repositions itself upright.
The Pentair Racer cleaner does not go in reverse. Wheels not reversing properly, incorrect flow. – Ensure the front wheels reverse approximately every 2-1/2 minutes.
– Check and adjust flow using the Flow Gauge and adjust at the wall fitting.
The Pentair Racer cleaner will not climb. Full debris bag, incorrect flow, thrust jet position. – Empty the debris bag if full.
– Check and adjust flow using the Flow Gauge and adjust at the wall fitting.
– Reposition the thrust jet to increase climbing.
The Pentair Racer hoses tangling in loops. Hose length too long, hose floats misplaced, swivels not spinning freely, kinks or bends in hose. – Adjust the length of the feed hose.
– Ensure the hose floats are spaced correctly.
– Replace swivels if they do not spin freely.
– Straighten out any kinks or bends in the hose.
The Pentair Racer sweep hose caught in vacuum tube. Sweep hose regulator valve not fully open. – Ensure the sweep hose regulator valve is fully open.
Booster pump very noisy. Filter or booster pump issues, leaking wall fitting. – Ensure filter pump and booster pump are on and moving water; clean pool filter system if necessary.
– Check wall fitting and replace O-ring if leaking.
– Consult a pool professional for booster pump issues.
The Pentair Racer brush on front of cleaner is not spinning. Tangled debris. – Ensure the scrubber is free of tangled debris.
– Check that the front wheels and brush rotate simultaneously.
The Pentair Racer rear wheels dragging/not spinning. Tangled debris. – Ensure the wheel sleeve is free of tangled debris.
– Remove the wheel if necessary to clear debris.
The Pentair Racer rear wheels falling off. Tangled debris. – Clear any tangled debris from the wheel sleeve.
– Remove the wheel by pulling straight off the sleeve to remove debris if needed.
The Pentair Racer night cruize LEDs are not illuminated during cleaner operation. Debris clogging generator turbine. – Clean debris from generator turbine by removing the left rear wheel and using a paper clip to rotate the generator turbine paddle through the access hole.

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How to Diagnose and Repair a Pentair Racer

This guide will help you identify and resolve issues with your Pentair Racer Pool Cleaner.

Why Doesn’t the Pentair Racer Cleaner Move or Moves Slowly?

If your Pentair Racer cleaner isn’t moving or is moving slowly, check if the filter pump and booster pump are on and circulating water鈥攜ou may need to clean your pool filter system. Make sure the wall fitting screen is clear of debris by removing and rinsing it. Use the provided Flow Gauge to check for proper flow and adjust at the wall fitting if necessary. Inspect all feed hose connections and swivels for leaks. Look for debris jammed in the gear teeth of the front drive wheels and gently rotate the wheels backward to dislodge it. Also, check if the rear wheels are spinning freely and replace them if needed.

What to Do If the Pentair Racer Cleaner Hangs at Steps?

If the Pentair Racer cleaner gets stuck on the steps, ensure that the front (large) wheels are set to reverse approximately every 2-1/2 minutes. This feature helps the cleaner to navigate away from obstacles like steps.

How to Fix the Pentair Racer Cleaner Tilting to One Side?

When the Pentair Racer cleaner tilts to one side, it usually indicates a full debris bag. Empty the debris bag to correct this issue. Note that the cleaner may temporarily tilt on one side during a turn cycle, so observe the cleaner for a few minutes to see if it repositions itself upright.

What to Do If the Pentair Racer Cleaner Does Not Go in Reverse?

If the cleaner doesn’t reverse, again ensure that the front wheels are set to reverse every 2-1/2 minutes. Check for proper water flow using the Flow Gauge and adjust the flow at the wall fitting as needed.

How to Address the Pentair Racer Cleaner Not Climbing?

If the cleaner won’t climb, first empty a full debris bag. Use the Flow Gauge to verify proper flow and adjust at the wall fitting if necessary. You can also reposition the thrust jet to improve climbing. Keep in mind that the cleaner’s ability to climb may be affected by the pool’s shape and the available water flow.

Why Are the Pentair Racer Hoses Tangling in Loops?

Tangled hoses may be due to excessive feed hose length. Trim the feed hose according to the instructions on page 4. Ensure that the hose floats are properly spaced, approximately two feet apart, and that the hose is floating on the pool surface. Check that the hose swivels spin freely and replace them if they’re tight. Also, straighten any kinks or bends in the feed hose.

What Causes the Pentair Racer Sweep Hose to Get Caught in the Vacuum Tube?

If the sweep hose is caught in the vacuum tube, ensure that the sweep hose regulator valve is fully open to allow proper movement.

What to Do If the Booster Pump Is Very Noisy?

A noisy booster pump may indicate that the filter pump and booster pump are not circulating water properly, so you may need to clean your pool filter system. Check if the wall fitting is properly installed and if the O-ring needs replacement. If the issue persists, contact your local pool professional as there may be a problem with the booster pump itself.

How to Fix the Pentair Racer Brush on Front of Cleaner Not Spinning?

If the front brush isn’t spinning, observe the front wheels while the cleaner is operating. The wheels and front brush should rotate simultaneously. Ensure the scrubber is free from tangled debris.

What to Do If the Pentair Racer Rear Wheels Are Dragging/Not Spinning or Falling Off?

Check the wheel sleeve for tangled debris, which can impede wheel movement. You may need to remove the wheel by pulling straight off the sleeve to clear any debris.

How to Address the Pentair Racer Night Cruize LEDs Not Illuminated During Operation?

If the Night Cruize LEDs are not working, debris may be clogging the generator turbine. Remove the left rear wheel to access the generator turbine. Use a large paper clip inserted into the access hole to rotate the turbine paddle and clear the debris. Rotate the paddle several times with the paper clip to ensure it is clean. Note that LED operation does not affect the cleaner’s performance.

Pentair Racer Pool Cleaner Troubleshooting

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  1. My Pentair racer stops at stairs, everything else appears to work

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  2. the tires dont seem to turning as normal, slower… can not move up pool walls at all.

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  3. I have a pentair racer LS pool cleaner. It rolls but that’s about it. It does not vacuum up anything. Any help would be appreciated.

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