There are a lot of things that you need to use to keep your swimming pool clean. Here, we will teach you how to hook up Wanda The Whale pool cleaner to your swimming pool.
Pool cleaners are really helpful in keeping the pool safe from algae, bacteria, and other microorganisms. They clean the swimming pool without much hassle and help from the user.
These appliances can move around the pool and get rid of the small debris, so you do not have to do it yourself. It is also inefficient to skim the pool by yourself as it leaves some dirt.
So to keep the swimming pool clean, you will need help from many appliances. Wanda, the whale, is not only an effective pool cleaner as it is also a very fun-looking one for a cleaner.
That means you can swim along with this pool cleaner as long as the hose and other connections do not go in your way. It cleans the pool properly without spending too much.
It is quite different from other pool cleaners when it comes to the installation, so we have a guide for you. Read on to know how to properly install your Wanda, the whale, to your pool.
What You Need
This pool cleaner is really simple, and you will not need much to help you install it. There is no special plumbing needed as most connections of the pool cleaner are universal.
You do not need professional help for this as you can surely follow the simple instructions below. It might take a little bit of time for you to get the pool cleaner properly installed.
If your swimming pool does not have a leaf canister installed, then you might want to buy one as it is necessary. Hayward sells its leaf canister, which you can purchase as well.
Step 1: Clean The FilteR
The first thing you need to do is make sure that the filter is clean so it does not damage the pool, Wanda the whale, and itself. You can use it by backwashing the filter beforehand.
You need to make sure to remove all dirt and debris in the filter and the swimming pool. So set the filter to backwash and let it dump the debris that it has collected first.
You will also need to check the pump strainer basket to ensure no dirt and debris inside it. If it does, clean it by spraying water directly into it to remove the debris.
After installing the Wanda the whale pool cleaner, you will also need to clean the filter regularly. It might get more than what it usually collects with the pool cleaner’s help so always check.
Step 2: Check The Chemicals
One important thing about swimming pools is that they should always have the proper balance of chemicals in the water. This is crucial since chemicals kill the bacteria in the pool’s water.
Check the chemistry and make sure that all the chemicals in the water are balanced. Ensure that there are no algae in the water and on the pool liner by brushing off the pool’s sides.
Remove all the large debris from the pool and other objects that might clog the pool cleaner’s bottom intake. This includes sticks, leaves, and gunks that might get inside the pool cleaner.
Balancing the water’s chemicals is also important because too much acidity will deteriorate some parts of the pool cleaner, so you need some neutralizing chemicals to counteract the acid.
Step 3: Assemble The Pool Cleaner
On this part, you will see that the pool cleaner is not complete just yet, so you will need to assemble the parts yourself. This is also very easy as the product will include its manual.
If you have lost it, then you can find the manual online that Hayward provides. For the Wanda the whale pool cleaner, you will first need to insert the pool cleaner’s tab.
The tab of the tail is a small connection on the back of the pool cleaner, and you will find the corresponding hole for it at the back. Insert the tab of the tail and swing the bottom of the tail.
The tail should be facing down when you insert it. Align the two tabs to their corresponding holes and then insert them into the hole by slowly pushing them in until they click in place
They should be firmly attached to the body to ensure that they do not get removed when the pool cleaner gets moved. So make sure you push all the way through until you hear a snap.
Step 4: Connect The HoseS
This might be a little confusing at first, but it is also a pretty simple process in hindsight. There are 11 connector hoses for the pool cleaner, and all of them are 32 inches in length.
There is only one different connector hose with a gray cuff, and that is the leader hose. You can connect the connector hoses pretty easily just by pushing them together.
Connect the hose sections by pushing the male connector into the female connector and twist it. The male connector has a taper end, so you will feel it connected to the female connector.
The number of hoses that you will use will depend on the size of your swimming pool. So do not connect all the hoses if you have a small pool and use just enough for the pool.
The most important thing is always using the leader hose as the pool cleaner will not operate properly without that. So do not push yourself into using all the hoses but always use the leader hose.
It is also unnecessary to push the connector hoses all the way, but you just need to make sure that there are no spaces between the hoses to ensure that the insides do not have air leaks.
Wetting the hoses or the end of the connectors will allow you to connect the hoses. So long as you connect the hoses properly and there are no leaks, it is all good.
Measuring The Hoses
There is the rule of thumb that when measuring the hoses needed for your swimming pool, you need to measure the distance between the skimmer and the farthest point in the pool.
You can also measure the distance from the dedicated suction line to the farthest point of the pool. Once you do, set the number of hoses needed for the farthest distance and add three.
That means that you will have to add three more hoses to what you initially measured. It is necessary to do that so the pool cleaner can maneuver properly in the farthest part.
Since the Wanda the whale pool cleaner has 11 connector hoses, it is usually enough for most swimming pools. However, if you have a larger pool, then you will need to purchase other hoses.
If your hose requirement is more than what the pool cleaner provides, make sure to buy some more from your nearest Hayward dealer for extra hoses to meet the requirements of your pool.
Step 5: Check The Parts
After connecting the hoses properly, you will need to check the other parts of the pool cleaner. Start by checking the bumper ring placed at the bottom of the pool cleaner.
The bumper ring should turn freely for it to function the way it was supposed to. There are times when you need to reposition the bumper ring on the small wheels to make sure that it does its job.
Make sure to read the instructions on the warning label located at the top of the pool cleaner. Submerge the pool cleaner in the water to remove all the air inside it before connecting it.
The leader hose should have a gray cuff and a label that says “REMOVE LABEL AND CONNECT TO CLEANER,” so follow that instruction and connect the hose to the cleaner.
Submerge the entire length of the hose in the water as well to remove the air inside it. Make sure that you get all the bubbles out to optimize the suction power of our pool pump.
Step 6: Connect To The Skimmer
Turn the filter system off and then connect the Wanda the whale pool cleaner to the skimmer. There might be different types of skimmers, so make sure you get the right adapter.
You can also use the skimmer’s suction inlet if you do not have the elbow connector for your skimmer. So long as the pool cleaner gets enough suction to collect the debris from the pool.
Use the vacuum lid, which has been included in the pool cleaner, to utilize the suction power and make sure that the Wanda the whale pool cleaner operates properly.
Step 7: Turn The Pump On
After connecting the pool cleaner properly, make sure that it is moving around the swimming pool. It should move with agility from left to right and vice versa while also turning on walls.
If it does that, then the pool cleaner is installed properly. Note that the pool cleaner depends on your pool pump or pool filter’s power so the performance will be relative to the pool filter.
Step 8: Tips And Maintenance
Your pool cleaner should be ready to get rid of all the debris in your pool. Just check on it every once in a while and see if it is functioning properly when cleaning.
Ensure all the outlets are closed and check the hose regularly to make sure that it is connected properly to the skimmer or the pool filter. There is no need to disconnect the cleaner.
If you are shocking your swimming pool, then that is the time that it is necessary to remove the pool cleaner and the hose out of the water as it might deteriorate faster.
Wanda, the whale, is such a great pool cleaner, especially for above-ground pools. It is a fun accessory to the pool, but it is also a useful appliance that cleans the swimming pool for you.
It might look unique, but it is just like most pool cleaners when it comes to the connection. So make sure that you do all the necessary steps above for the pool cleaner to function properly.
This pool cleaner will help you get rid of all the debris and algae from the pool so you can always have a clean and safe swimming session, so make sure to install it properly!
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