How Does A Pressure Side Pool Cleaner Work
Pressure side pool cleaners or we can say automatic pool cleaners are extremely useful for in-ground pools. These cleaners attach to the pressure side of the pool, meaning the side which returns water back into the swimming pool.
Having their own hydraulic power point, these pressure side automatic pool cleaners are very advantageous in that they help distribute clean, filtered water throughout the swimming pool and have their own filter bag which means they don’t influence the filter system at all. As long as its filter bag is emptied once filled, then the automatic pool cleaner will continue sucking up debris automatically.
The pressure side pool cleaners are either attached to one of the existing pressure ports powered by a pool pump or a separate cleaner line with an additional booster pump.
Once attached to a port, the water flows into the system and splits three ways: the sweeper tail, thrust jet, and venture. What the sweeper tail does is get debris off the wall and floor and into the filter system. The thrust jet is made up of gears which power the system around the pool in a random pattern.
Lastly, the venture sucks up all the leaves and throws them into the filter bag which will need to be emptied in order to suck up more debris. A valve at the back of the cleaner will reverse the water flow and change up the pattern so it can clean every area of the pool thoroughly.
Pressure side pool cleaners such as Pentair Legend Platinum Pool Cleaner LL105PM and Polaris Vac-Sweep (180, 280, 380) Pool Cleaner require a separate booster pump to work efficiently. Without the booster pump, they would not have enough power and would crawl around the pool very slowly picking up little or no debris at all.
However, an automatic pool cleaner such as the Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pool Cleaner doesn’t need a separate high-pressure system such as the booster pump to operate which allows it to run very smoothly with a pressure port powered by the pool pump.
The only drawback is that it won’t run as smoothly if the swimming pool itself isn’t a high-pressure pool. This can be checked by testing if the circulation system can provide enough pressure to the cleaner.
Comparing the two ports, the booster pump would be at an advantage because it has a timer system and can automatically turn on and off depending upon when you want it to clean, unlike the swimming pool pump which you would have to switch on in order to make it automatically clean.
I hope it's clear to you now how does a pressure side pool cleaner or automatic pool cleaner works