Polaris 280 Troubleshooting

If you are having problems with your Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner, you are not alone. Many Polaris 280 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 Polaris 280 is not working?

If your Polaris 280 pool cleaner is not working, first ensure that the blue restrictor disk is properly installed in the UWF to decrease water flow. If the cleaner is still too fast or not making contact with the bottom, you may need to install the red restrictor disk to further decrease the flow. Check the wheel RPM and if it’s above 32, unscrew the pressure relief valve to reduce water flow to the cleaner. Note that this adjustment should only be made when a restrictor disk is in place. Additionally, make sure the back-up valve is cycling properly by observing the jet turning on and off when held out of the water.

Should the Polaris 280 pool cleaner hang up on steps or other obstacles for more than 3 minutes, recheck the wheel RPM and ensure the back-up valve is cycling. You can adjust the thrust jet for better maneuverability or remove any unnecessary pool hardware. If the cleaner is running in circles on its side, inspect the filter bag and empty it if it’s full, check the head float for water and replace if necessary, and make sure the hose floats are evenly spaced. If the cleaner is sluggish or running with less power than normal, clean the filter screen in the in-line filter, the skimmer basket, pump basket, and pool filter, and check for leaks in all of the hoses, connections, and swivels that could cause a loss of water pressure. Verify the wheel RPM again to ensure it’s within the recommended range.

Following these troubleshooting steps should help resolve most issues with the Polaris 280 pool cleaner. If the problem persists, consult the user manual or contact customer support for further assistance.

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Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner Problems

Below are common issues and solutions for the Polaris 280:

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner flies around the pool and /or does not make contact with the bottom.

Solution:

1. Confirm that the blue restrictor disk is installed in the UWF to decrease water flow. Or, install the red
restrictor disk to decrease water flow even more.
2. Check the wheel RPM. If more than 32 RPM, unscrew the pressure relief valve to decrease water flow to the cleaner. Note: The pressure relief valve should only be adjusted when a restrictor is installed.
3. Verify the back-up valve is cycling. Hold the valve out of the water and watch the jet. It should come on and go off.

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner hangs up on steps or other obstacles for longer than 3 minutes

Solution:

1. Check the wheel RPM.
2. Verify the back-up valve is cycling.
3. Adjust the thrust jet.
4. Remove unnecessary pool hardware or install a Ladder Guard Kit (order part #G21 from a Polaris
dealer).

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner is running in circles on its side.

Solution:

1. Check filter bag, if full it can weigh the cleaner down on one side.
2. Remove the head float and shake it. If there is water in the float, order a new one.
3. Check the hose floats to make sure they are spaced evenly.

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner is sluggish, running with less power than normal

Solution:

1. Check the filter screen in the in-line filter and clean, if necessary.
2. Clean the skimmer basket, pump basket, and pool filter.
3. Check all of the hoses, connections, and swivels for leaks that could cause loss of water pressure.
4. Check the wheel RPM.

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner does not back up

Solution:

1. Verify the back-up valve is cycling.
2. Check the wheel RPM.
3. If the bag is full, empty it.
4. If head float has water in it, replace it.
5. Make sure feed hose is floating

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner only turns in one direction

Solution:

1. Adjust the thrust jet.
2. Make sure feed hose is floating.

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner sweep hose sprays too much water out of the pool.

Solution:

1. Adjust the speed of the sweep hose by tightening the adjustment screw.
2. Replace the sweep hose scrubber if it is worn or missing.
3. Add a sweep hose weight (order part #B2) to keep the sweep hose from spraying.

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner feed hose becomes tangled

Solution:

1. Remeasure the hose to verify that it is adjusted to the proper length for the pool shape.
2. With the Polaris operating, check that the swivels in the hose and the hose connections turn freely.
3. Make sure feed hose is floating.
4. With the Polaris turned off, spin each of the wheels. All wheels should turn together.

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner hose is sucked into the vacuum tube

Solution:

1. Make sure the opening at the end of the sweep hose is not blocked by the sweep hose scrubber.
2. Adjust the sweep hose to a gentle sweeping motion.

The Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner does not clean the entire pool

Solution:

1. Check the hose length reaches within 6” of the farthest point of the pool. If not, order a new hose section from your Polaris dealer.
2. Check thrust jet for straight back position that optimizes random turning.
3. While the cleaner is operating, hold it upside down and look into the vacuum tube. There should be two distinct, even jets of water. If there are not, contact Customer Service or a Polaris authorized Service Center for assistance.

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How to Diagnose and Repair a Polaris 280

This guide will help you identify and resolve issues with your Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner.

Hose Problems:

Problem: Hose-related issues can impact the performance of your Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner.

Solution: Examine the cleaner’s hose for kinks, twists, or blockages. Ensure it is securely connected to the pool’s skimmer or dedicated cleaner line. Replace damaged or leaking hoses promptly with new ones.

Debris Blockage:

Problem: If your cleaner isn’t effectively picking up debris, there may be a blockage.

Solution: Turn off the cleaner and inspect the debris bag or filter for clogs or obstructions. Clear any debris hindering suction. Regularly clean the filter to maintain peak cleaning performance.

Regular Maintenance:

Problem: Consistent maintenance is vital to keep your Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner running smoothly.

Solution: Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines, which may involve cleaning the filter, inspecting hoses, and lubricating moving parts. Routine maintenance prevents issues and extends the cleaner’s lifespan.

Backup Valve Check:

Problem: A malfunctioning backup valve can cause the cleaner to get stuck.

Solution: Periodically check the backup valve’s operation. It should cycle on and off, causing the cleaner to change direction. If it’s not working correctly, consider replacing it.

Contact Customer Support:

Problem: If you encounter issues you can’t resolve, seek professional help.

Solution: If your Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner experiences persistent problems or needs repairs, contact a certified technician or Polaris customer support for expert assistance.

Refer to User Manual:

Problem: Sometimes, issues can be resolved by consulting the user manual.

Solution: Review the user manual provided with your Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner for specific troubleshooting steps and maintenance instructions tailored to your cleaner’s model.

Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner Troubleshooting

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  1. My brand new 280 wants to ride with his front wheels touching but his back wheels 6″ off the pool floor – popping a reverse wheelie! I’ve tinkered with adjusting float placement, replaced the Head Float which was defective when purchased, and checked the swivels. When resting, the 280 sits in the pool with it’s rear end up. What’s the fix? TIA

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  2. Polaris 280 – feed line is wrapping around the leaf bag; therefore, not able to pick up many leaves.

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