I have the Hayward Aquabug for my 18' diameter above ground pool. It
worked very well for the first year or so, but after I replaced my pump
motor, the bug stopped cleaning 100% of my pool. It does not move
around the pool as well as it used to, even though it's been serviced
by my local pool shop. Another symptom that concerns me is that when
the pump is pulling water through the bug, I get a lot of air in my
filter housing, and less water return to the pool compared to when the
pump is pulling water through the skimmer. This leads me to think that
my pump is too powerful for the bug - is that possible? The pump has a
1.5 HP motor. Is it possible that the hoses and bug are restricting
flow so much that air is leaking through the hose and pipe connections?
Thanks for reading.
I had almost the exact same symptoms this year when I started my pool
up, with the aquabug only cleaning part of the pool and the air in the
filter housing. In my case, it was indeed air leaking through the pipe
connections. I disassembled the connections between my skimmer and
pump, cleaned the gaskets, and reassembled everything tightly with
some teflon tape around the screw connections. Afterwards the flow with
aquabug attached, while still less than with the skimmer, is much
greater and doesn't have any air in it. My aquabug is moving noticably
faster and producing greater suction.
I'm having a problem with the cone gears, which appear to easily get stuck.
I took it to a local pool shop who said they dismantled it and found a lot
of hair inside, which they cleaned out. The cone gear tube at the top
still didn't move freely and, when I asked about it, the repairer said
that it didn't matter. I don't think he's right. I'd like to dismantle
the bug myself, but I can't find how to do it. Has anyone done it and
could describe how, or know of a repair manual that gives instructions?
Exploded view of unit available at:
Download relevent file(s)........ :-)
PS....the one I looked at was 212-213.pdf in "Replacement Parts -
Cleaners", AquaBug hyperlink.
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