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5 Zodiac MX8 Pool Cleaner Troubleshooting Guide

Zodiac MX8 pool cleaner is a lightweight advanced suction-side pool cleaner that can clean walls, scrub steps and reverse itself if it gets stuck in the corners. This smart robot works on all types of in-ground pools. The materials of this model are light but robust.

There is no meaning to tell you those all things, right? You already have it and most likely, you faced some issues with MX8 cleaner and that’s why you are here. So, in this Zodiac MX8 pool cleaner troubleshooting, you and I will try to solve your problems. Now, let’s see what’s the problem you have. 

5 Zodiac MX8 Pool Cleaner Troubleshooting

Zodiac MX8 Pool Cleaner Troubleshooting

Before moving on to the Zodiac MX8 pool cleaner troubleshooting tips and solutions, you have to follow some regular instructions. You can address a lot of problems by just doing them. 

If your pool gets dirty a lot, make sure to clean your pump basket frequently. Or it can hinder the pool cleaner performance. After using chemicals in your pool, don’t put the cleaner in the water for at least 4 hours. And, lastly, the hose should not be coiled when you store it. Now, let start the troubleshooting solutions:

1. Why My MX8 Doesn’t Move?

While cleaning the pool cleaner may stop its operation suddenly. Many users complained about facing this problem. This is the most common problem to say. It happens possibly because of the engine jamming due to debris or air sneaking into the cleaner.

SolutionFirst of all, you have to check if there’s enough water flow past through the turbine. To achieve that, use the vacuum gauge adaptor or flow gauge. If the reading shows 3, there should be other reasons.

See, are the small shoes worn out or is it able to grip the pool surface? If they are, change them, and the pool surface shouldn’t be too slippery for the cleaner to move.

If you don’t find any problem with the previous steps, look if there is debris, rock, or anything stuck inside the cleaner. In this case, disassemble the cleaner. Remove any internal debris and re-assemble again.

There are other issues like the parts in the drive track that could be worn out. In that regard, it’s better to contact the authorized dealer to solve this problem.

2. Why MX8 Moving In One Direction Or Moving In A Cycle?

Users also complained about this issue quite often. The main reason for this issue is related to the connector hose. It is quite easy to solve.

Solution: Check the hose thoroughly to find out any knots or kinks. They might not be visible yet, but there are chances for them to show sooner or later.

Then, check the cord or the throat. This problem could also be caused by having a blockage in either of them. Lastly, this problem could be caused by the returner allowing too much water in the cleaner and making sure the wings and shoes are properly installed.

3. Why The Cleaner Not Climbing Walls?

There are several reasons for this cause. Some common reasons are insufficient flow and wrong cleaning patterns. The wrong position of the float could also be the culprit.

Solution: The first thing to check out, in this case, is – number of wheel rotations. The number could vary with its flow. Adjust the valve that regulates the flow to a suitable number. Make sure the cleaning pattern is correct. Adjust it in a way that it better approach the walls.

Speed can also affect the cleaner’s climbing ability on the walls as it needs proper traction and suction to climb walls. Slow speed won’t be able to provide enough traction to climb.

Lastly, ensure there is no leak or suction loss in the hose connector of the cleaner. And, you may address the issue by positioning the float at 9 inches for the cleaner.

4. Why Is MX8 Stuck On The Corner And Steps?

This problem likewise could also be caused because of poor flow in the cleaner and wrong hose length. However, there could be other issues of this problem too.

Solution: Check if the hose length is too short. The hose extends in two sections and should pass the farthest point in your pool. Make sure the return lines are not affecting the cleaner or hoses from operating.

You need to measure the vacuum in the cleaner hoses as well. And, Correct the setting following accordingly. Also check for the wings, shoes, and flaps. If they are worn out, change them.

Lastly, make sure to check the flap adjuster and move it to a preferable position.

5. Why Are The Cleaner Twisting And Tangling?

This mess is related to the cleaner moving in one direction. If you address the ‘ moving one direction’ problem, most likely this tangling or twisting will also be solved. However, if it doesn’t, obviously the main reason for this problem is MX8’s hose.

Solution: You need to store the hose properly first. If you are unable to wind it correctly, they will tangle whenever you are using it. And, before cleaning your pool, try to lay the hoses on the ground and stretch them out. This will allow the hoses to remove bandiness.

Stiffness is also a reason for hoses to tangle. So, lay the hoses straightening and bake them in the sun. Lastly, if your hose size is much larger than your pool, this could also occur. So, having a perfect (not perfect, but rather suitable) size is necessary.

Finally, those are all the Zodiac MX8 pool cleaner troubleshooting that I wanted to share with you. Another piece of advice for you, inspect your pool for algae growth as it affects the cleaner’s wall climbing ability and overall performance. And note that, this cleaner is not that good with picking fine debris. So, if your pool accumulates fine debris like algae faster, you may need to think in other ways.

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