How To Set Up the Zodiac T5 Suction Cleaner Through Your Suction Line

WRITTEN BY:  Danny Rhodehamel

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Your Zodiac T5 Suction Cleaner can be installed into your pool two different ways: directly into your skimmer; or into a dedicated suction line. This guide will show you how to install and operate your Zodiac T5 Suction Cleaner on a dedicated suction line. For instructions on installing through a skimmer, see our guide on "How To Set Up the Zodiac T5 Suction Cleaner Through Your Slimmer".

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Step 1

INSPECT PARTS - This picture shows the parts you should have received to install your Zodiac X7 Suction Cleaner on your pool's dedicated suction line: 1- QUICK CONNECTOR, 2- FLOW GAUGE, 3- TWIST-LOCK ELBOW , 4- HOSE WEIGHT, 5- WHEEL DEFLECTOR, 6- TWIST-LOCK HOSE (12 pack). Click on each name for a link to the part.

Step 2

ADJUST RETURN LINES - Adjust the return lines to blow downward towards the opposite wall.

Step 3

TURN PUMP OFF - Always turn your pump off at the pump circuit breaker.

Step 4

CLOSE MAIN DRAIN - For best cleaner results, shut off your main drain at the diverter valves. Leave Suction Port wide open.

Step 5

ASSEMBLE HOSE SECTIONS - Push and twist the connectors on each hose section until they lock into position with a clicking sound.

Step 6

MEASURE LENGTH - Connect enough hose to reach the farthest point of the pool from the suction port and then add two more sections.

Step 7

ADD HOSE WEIGHT - Position the hose weight at the end of the first hose section, about 39 inches from the Cleaner.

Step 8

ATTACH ELBOW TO HOSE - Attach the male end of the hose to the 45 degree twist-lock elbow.

Step 9

ATTACH QUICK CONNECTOR - Attached the Quick Connector to the other end of the hose that will be connected to the Cleaner.

Step 10

CONNECT ELBOW TO SUCTION LINE - Connect the elbow to the dedicated suction line. The elbow should be pointed up towards the surface of the water.

Step 11

FILL THE HOSE - Push the hose down under water to fill it completely.

Step 12

ATTACH FLOW GAUGE - With the hose under the water, attach the Flow Gauge onto the Quick Connector until it clicks.

Step 13

TURN PUMP ON - With the hose and Flow Gauge under water, turn the pump on.

Step 14

READ GAUGE - GOOD - Look at side of the Flow Gauge. If the red indicator in the gauge is on the Number 3 setting, the water pressure in the dedicated suction line is at the proper level.

Step 15

READ GAUGE - LOW - If the red indicator in the gauge reads below 3 (0-2), you do not have sufficient water pressure to operate the Cleaner. Make sure the valve to the suction line is fully open and that the valve to the main drain is closed. Then slowly close the valve to the skimmer until the gauge moves up to 3.

Step 16

READ GAUGE - HIGH - If the red indicator in the gauge reads above 3 (4-6), the pressure in your dedicated suction line is too high for efficient cleaning. Partially close the valve to your suction line and/or open the main drain slightly.

Step 17

TURN OFF PUMP - Once you have the correct pressure reading, turn off the pump.

Step 18

REMOVE FLOW GAUGE - Remove the Flow Gauge by squeezing the levers on either side of the Quick Connector

Step 19

ATTACH WHEEL DEFLECTOR - With the hose under water, feed the end hose through the Wheel and snap the hub of the Wheel on to the end of the hose below the Quick Connector.

Step 20

CONNECT HOSE TO CLEANER - Connect the hose to the Cleaner by pushing the Quick Connector onto the outer extension pipe until it clicks.

Step 21

RELEASE CLEANER TO BOTTOM - Shake the Cleaner from side to side to purge the air then allow the Cleaner to drift to the bottom of the pool.

Step 22

ADJUST WEIGHT - With the pump off observe the Zodiac T5 Cleaner. If it does not rest flat on the pool floor, adjust the weight 1" at a time up or back as required until the Cleaner rests flat on the floor.

Step 23

TURN ON PUMP

Step 24

OBSERVE CLEANER OPERATION - Your Zodiac T5 Cleaner should be moving along the bottom and sides of your pool.

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