How to clean a Hayward Leaf Canister


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The Hayward Leaf Canister is used in conjunction with the Hayward Navigator to catch leaves that may otherwise clog your or filter system.

Step by Step


Step 1

First remove your Hayward Leaf Canister from your pool then disconnect the vacuum hose from each end of the canister. Replacement Hayward Leaf Canister part #: W560, Hayward Leaf Canister Large Capacity part #: W530

Step 2

Before removing going further you may want to take this time to empty any remaining water in the canister, now you may unscrew the leaf canister locking ring which holds the lid in place, it is a simple "lefty loosey" type thread. Replacement Hayward Leaf Canister Locking Ring: 3259-W532

Step 3

The Hayward Leaf Canister Lid is now free to be removed, check the lid and the lid gasket to it is snug in the groove and has not warped. Replacement Hayward Lid part#: 3259-W533, Hayward Leaf Canister Lid O-Ring: 3259-W542

Step 4

Next will be the removal of the canister bag, grasp the top of the bag which has a molded plastic ring sewn into the fabric and pull up and out. At this time inspect the bag for any holes and then discard any debris. Replacement Hayward Leaf Canister Bag part #: 3259-W538

Step 5

Now that you have you Hayward leaf Canister disassembled before putting it back together take this time to do one final look over to be sure they are good working order.

Step 6

Reassemble your canister by first placing the bag into the canister housing, when in place the bag's plastic mouth ring should be sitting flat in the mouth of the canister.

Step 7

Sit the lid over the mouth of the Hayward Leaf Canister and tighten down into place using the locking ring.

Step 8

Lastly, connect the Hayward Leaf Canister back into the vacuum hose line.


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Anonymous  Posted: 11/26/2021 

We can not get the leaf canister to open, we unscrewed the locking device from top but the white top is stuck on so we can not empty the leaves out—any advice?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 11/29/2021 

just so we are on the same page, take a look at this parts diagram: Hayward Leaf Canisters W530 & W560. Is key 2 stuck, even after removing key 1? Does the gasket look to be pinched or gunked with grime?

 Posted: 11/29/2021 

Yes it is key 2 on the diagram that is stuck and gasket is not crimped or gunned up, it was brand new and first time trying to empty it. We have since layed the basket I am to dry out and then we were able to separate and empty but it sure is a hassle and not easy—any advice please? Thank you for responding earlier, I appreciate that!

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 11/30/2021 

Thank you for the update. It should loosen up over time; gaskets can be extra tacky when new. There are a couple of lubes you can try, silicone or Teflon. Be careful when using Teflon lube because if it leaks into the water, it could cause an oily film on the water.

 Posted: 11/30/2021 

Thank you very much, I will try the silicone lube next time!