How to Maintain Your Robotic Pool Cleaner

Maintaining your robotic pool cleaner is crucial to keep it working for years to come. Though your robotic pool cleaner has state-of-the-art technology, maintaining it doesn’t need to be as complicated as rocket science. We will focus on two aspects - daily maintenance, and off-season storage.

To keep your robot in tip-top shape, follow these steps:
1. Clean the filter

Make sure to rinse the filter as soon as you take the robot out of the water. This prevents debris from drying and sticking onto the filter. Keeping the filters clean will ensure your robot can tackle any challenge in your pool. A clogged filter won’t allow water to flow through it. Taking a few extra seconds to wash the filter will keep your robot ready for its next use.

2. Clean the Impeller (underwater propeller)

We recommend cleaning the robot’s impeller every two weeks to keep it running smoothly in the pool. Make sure to disconnect the power supply before handling the impeller. If you have a cordless robot, make sure it is off and connected to the charger when cleaning. See your user manual for details.

3. Rinse with fresh water 

After removing from the pool, rinse the robot with fresh water to remove chlorine. Certain chemicals, such as chlorine, can wear out the plastic parts. Note that it’s extra important if you have a saltwater pool.

4. Shade

Your robotic pool cleaner is just like us and prefers being in the shade when the sun is strong. While the robotic cleaner can operate easily during the warm summer months, we suggest storing it in a shaded, dry area when it’s not in use. Intense exposure to the sun can damage some of your robot’s plastic parts and seals, fade its color, and more. Protecting it from the sun will prolong its lifespan.

5. Power supply location 

We recommend positioning the power supply in a shady place. Also, it is splash-proof but cannot withstand immersion in water. Keep it at least 11cm (4in) above ground, and at least 3.5m (12ft) away from the pool to ensure that it doesn’t get into the water. It can be hung on the wall or caddy near a power outlet.

6. Cover your Dolphin 

Keep your robotic pool cleaner protected from sun, wind, humidity and dust, by using a caddy cover. 

7. Coil your Dolphin 

Be sure to coil the robot's blue cable like a garden hose to keep it from tangling. Keeping it rolled up is also a smart safety measure – a loose cable can trip people. It is best to keep the cable neatly rolled and away from people.

If it starts getting tangled, unplug it from the power source and lay it out flat before coiling it again.

8. Manage the water chemistry

Properly maintaining your pool’s chemistry is an important way to keep your robot working properly. Periodically test your pool water to adjust chlorine, PH, and salt levels if you have a saltwater pool. Learn more about your pool’s water chemistry

9. Foreign objects in the pool

Make sure there are no foreign objects in the pool (goggles, toys...) that could damage the robot. These objects can either get stuck in the robot’s brushes, tracks, or filter intake valve. If something gets stuck and you can’t take it out, your nearest Maytronics certified service station can quickly repair it.  

What could damage a robot in the water? Swimming goggles, toys,

10. Note any abnormal behavior

Like with any appliance or technology, it’s best to keep your eye on the robot to make sure that it’s working properly. Some possible indications that your robotic pool cleaner might not be working optimally include reduced cleaning ability, not climbing your pool walls, and not moving in a straight line. If you notice any of these issues, or simply that something doesn’t seem right about the robot’s performance, see the troubleshooting section in the user manual, or contact your local dealer for an expert opinion.

Follow the steps below to store your robot properly to be ready for the next season.

1.   Make sure that no water is left in the robotic pool cleaner.

2.   Thoroughly clean the filter basket and panels and insert them back in place.

3.    Roll up the cable so that it has no kinks.

4.   Store the robotic pool cleaner in a protected area out of direct sun/rain/frost, a temperature between 5°-45°C / 41°-113°F.