How to Troubleshoot a Baracuda G3 Pool Cleaner

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The Baracuda G3 is one of the most reliable Suction Side Pool Cleaners we sell. Being a cleaner that works itself to the bone, the G3 is going to need some help from you in order to stay in good condition.

Common Baracuda G3 Problems

Check out these troubleshooting techniques to see if it will help your Baracuda G3 start cleaning again:

ProblemSolution
Cleaner does not move or moves slowly.
  • Confirm that the main drain is closed.
  • Use Flow Gauge to ensure proper flow. Note: In water 60° F (16° C) or less, it may be necessary to increase flow to compensate for the reduced flexibility of the hose and diaphragm.
  • Backwash filter and empty pump basket.
  • Check diaphragm for damage or wear.
  • Check for air in system. If water level in pump basket drops or you see excessive air bubbles in the pump basket or coming from the return lines, there is air in the system. Check hose connections, tighten all fittings at pump and check o-ring at pump basket for wear.
Cleaner patterns, does not cover entire pool.
  • Use Flow Gauge to verify proper flow. Increase flow to improve climbing. Reduce to move cleaner off the walls.
  • Ensure return fittings are directed down. Add a return diverter if necessary.
  • Make sure hose is not kinked or coiled. Lay in sun to straighten if necessary.
  • Verify correct hose weight positioning.
  • Move hose weight away from cleaner slightly. For deep pools add a weight.
  • Confirm proper hose length
Cleaner gets stuck at steps.
  • Use Flow Gauge to verify proper flow.
  • Confirm proper hose length. Shorten if necessary.
  • Use return jets to guide cleaner.
Cleaner stays on walls or edge of pool
  • Using Flow Gauge as guide, reduce flow to the cleaner.
  • Verify correct hose weight positioning.
  • Move hose weight away from cleaner slightly.
Cleaner won’t climb walls.Note: Climbing ability may be limited in some vinyl pools and pools with safety ledges.
  • Using Flow Gauge as guide, increase flow to cleaner.
  • Verify correct hose weight positioning.

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Baracuda G3 Owners Manual

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