Can you leave robotic pool cleaner in pool?

You’ve just bought one of the top automatic pool cleaners, and you've let it work its magic. Now that the cycle is done, should you leave it in the pool or take it out?

The short answer is that you can leave it in the pool, but you shouldn’t. Keep reading to find out why not.

Increases Wear and Tear

You can swim while your bot cleans the pool, but it's better not to. Swimming churns up the water. If the machine is in the water at the time, the current will buffet it, making it harder for it to complete its work. It'll have to work harder to cover the same ground.

If you leave the machine in the water when you add chlorine, the change in pH can affect the plastic. Repeated exposure could cause the plastic to wear faster than it ordinarily would.

You may only need to run the cycle two to three times a week. Leaving the machine in the water during that time exposes it to the elements unnecessarily. This exposure could cause the seals to deteriorate faster, allowing for leaks and damage to the electronic components.

The Power Supply

The power supply for most robot pool cleaners is water-resistant, but that’s not enough to protect itif the rain is bucketing down outside. Leaving the power supply in standing water could damage it. It’s best to store the machine and its power supply in a covered location when not in use.

A Clogged Filter Could Damage the Machine

The most important reason to retrieve the cleaner after use is a practical one. You’ll have to clean out the filter compartment. A clogged filter makes it difficult for the water to pass through the machine as it’s supposed to.

Clogging means that your bot works harder to clean the same area. It will work for a little while, butwill be far less energy-efficient. Running your machine with severe clogging increases the risk of burning out the motor.

Even if you have a top-loading filter compartment, you’ll have to bring the cleaner to the surface to remove the filter. Once you’ve gone to that trouble, you might as well fish it out of the pool.

Ending Off

Take your bot out of the water and rinse it well after use. Doing so allows you to inspect it for damage, clear out the filters, and extend the overall life expectancy. Considering that the machines weigh less than 10kg, it's an easy task that pays big dividends.

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