Sony Swimming Pool Vacuum 480 User's Manual

M A N U A L
O W N E R ’ S
I M P O R TA N T I N F O R M AT I O N
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Important Information
• Always disconnect the Polaris from the pool wall when cleaning or backwashing the pool filter.
• After cleaning or backwashing, let the filtration system run for at least five minutes before
re-connecting the Polaris.
• New plumbing lines should be flushed out before installing the Polaris.
• The Polaris should not be used to remove plaster dust in new pools.
• Always remove the Polaris before swimmers enter the pool.
• Except when checking the wheel RPM, do not handle the Polaris while it is operating.
• Always remove the Polaris from the pool before chemical shock treatments.
For customer service or support:
• Please mail Warranty Card immediately.
• For on-line support: www.polarispool.com
• To contact Polaris:
US and Canada
Customer Service
2620 Commerce Way
Vista, CA 92081-8438
1-800-822-7933
Polaris Vac-Sweep® 480 PRO Limited Warranty
This one year limited warranty is extended to the original consumer purchaser of this Polaris 480 PRO Automatic Pool
Cleaner manufactured by Polaris Pool Systems, Inc., from date of manufacture of the unit as established by the serial
number, or one year from date of purchase with proof of purchase, whichever is later. Polaris warrants this product, including
all parts and components thereof, to be free of defects in material and workmanship. Normal replacement items such as
bags, tires, sweep hoses or sweep hose scrubbers which have been worn out by use or improper installation are not covered
by this warranty. The Polaris 480 PRO frame is warranted for a period of ten years.
This limited warranty does not apply if the failure is caused or contributed to by any of the following: improper handling,
improper usage, improper storage, winter freezing, abuse, improper installation, removal of the in-line filter screen,
unsuitable application of the unit, improper maintenance, lack of reasonable and necessary maintenance, damage in transit
or during installation, or damage from repairs/alterations made or attempted by anyone other than Polaris or one of its
Authorized Service Centers. In no event shall Polaris be liable for incidental or consequential damages of any nature or for
damages to persons or property, including damage to vinyl liners, plaster, tile, aggregate-based and other pool surfaces, or
damages resulting from the use of this product with a substandard pool circulation system or chemical imbalance.
Authorization to return a unit or part to the plant of manufacture must be obtained from the Polaris Customer Service
Department. Check with your dealer for the local procedure before exercising this warranty. If further directions or
instructions should be required, contact the Customer Service Department at 1-800-VAC-SWEEP (USA and Canada only)
or (760) 599-9600. Be sure to insure the shipment against loss or damage in transit.
This limited warranty is valid only in the United States of America, Canada and Australia, and it does not apply to Polaris
480 PRO Automatic Swimming Pool Cleaners sold or installed in any other country. Polaris 480 PRO Automatic Pool
Cleaners sold in the United Kingdom are warranted for a period of two years from date of invoicing to the first user.
WARNING: USE OF POLARIS 480 PRO / 480 PRO TANKTRAX IN A VINYL LINER POOL
Certain vinyl liner patterns are particularly susceptible to rapid surface wear or pattern removal caused by objects coming into
contact with the vinyl surface, including pool brushes, pool toys, floats, fountains, chlorine dispensers, and automatic pool
cleaners. Some vinyl liner patterns can be seriously scratched or abraded simply by rubbing the surface with a pool brush. Ink
from the pattern can also rub off during the installation process or when it comes into contact with objects in the pool. Polaris is
not responsible for, and the Limited Warranty does not cover, pattern removal, abrasion or markings on vinyl liners.
U.S. Patents: 6,908,550; 6,740,233; 5,863,425; 4,589,986; 2,846,565; D481,181; D468,067; D469,589; D409,341; and other
patents pending.
Foreign Patents: 026613, 025079; 025465; 149,923; 150,028; 150,679; 155024; 154907; 732645; 2,260,903; 85149; 135,543;
2,072,463; 981274; 142,198; and other patents pending.
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Congratulations on the purchase of your new automatic pool cleaner, and thank you for
choosing Polaris. The Polaris 480 PRO is designed to give you years of dependable and
efficient service.
Like most mechanical devices, it will require periodic adjustments, routine maintenance, and
the replacement of certain hardworking parts. Please have your cleaner checked
occasionally by your local Polaris dealer or authorized service center.
Always insist on genuine Polaris replacement parts. Non-Polaris parts are not made to our
specifications. They may have an adverse effect on the operation of your Polaris or may even
damage it.
For best results, the Polaris 480 should be installed by a pool professional. For those with
experience and confidence in handling plumbing and mechanical equipment, installation is
outlined in this manual.
Polaris 480 PRO Complete Cleaner
1. All-Purpose Zippered Bag
08. Back-up Valve
2. Cleaner Body
09. Feed Hose Connector
3. Sweep Hose
10. Bag Clasp
4. Sweep Hose Scrubber (3 spare)
11. UWF Removal Tool
5. Disposable Filter Bags (3)
12. In-Line Filter with Filter Screen (1 spare screen)
6. Bag Clip Assembly (2)
13. Quick Disconnect with Universal Wall Fitting
7. Hose Floats
14. UWF Restrictor Disks, Red and Blue
5
1
6
7
8
2
3
9
6
10
12
4
11
13
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Introduction
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Quick Installation Instructions
Four quick steps to install and get maximum performance from the Polaris 480 PRO:
• Install the Universal Wall Fitting (UWF) with Quick Disconnect
• Adjust feed hose to fit pool length
• Assemble the cleaner
• Check for proper wheel RPM (revolutions per minute)
1
Install the Universal Wall Fitting
Installs in minutes on pools with a dedicated cleaner return line and a threaded 1-1/2” female
pipe fitting.
1. Turn on the filtration pump and flush out the plumbing line.Turn pump off.
2. Remove the UWF from the Quick Disconnect and screw it into the return opening.
3. Turn the Quick Disconnect clockwise into the UWF and pull away to secure.
Dedicated return Line
Universal
Wall Fitting
Quick
Disconnect
Pressure Relief
Valve
2
Adjust Feed Hose To Fit Pool Length
With the hose connected to the pool wall at the return line, extend hose to the farthest point
on the pool. The hose end must be within 6" of this point – longer or shorter – shown by the
dotted circle.
Hose too long? Cut excess length from first hose section and reconnect hose sections.
Hose too short? Buy an additional feed hose section (part #9-100-3104), one swivel (part
#D20) and two hose nuts (part #D15) from an authorized Polaris dealer.
After adjusting proper hose length, position the hose floats as shown.
In-Line
Filter
First Hose Section
Dedicated
Return Line
Floats evenly distributed
1-1/2 to 3 feet apart
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Leader hose floats
2-3 feet apart
2. The all-purpose filter bag is packaged in
the collar area on the vacuum tube. Pull
out bag. With bag on single-wheel side of
cleaner, attach bag clasp on the feed hose
to the loop on the top of the bag.
3. Turn on the pool filtration pump and allow
it to prime before turning on the
booster pump.
4
Bag Clasp
1. Attach the feed hose connector to the feed
pipe by pressing down firmly until it locks.
Float
Hose
Feed Hose
Connector
Feed Pipe
Hose
Nut
Check for Proper RPM
Before operating the Polaris, check for proper wheel revolutions per minute (RPM). For
maximum efficiency, the Polaris should operate between 32 and 36 RPM.
1. Mark the single-wheel side tire.
2. Turn pump on, hold cleaner below water level and count wheel revolutions for 1 minute.
3. Optimum speed should be between 32 and 36 RPM.
Single-wheel Side
Sweep Hose
If count is less than 32 RPM:
• Check the filter screen in the in-line filter for debris which restricts water flow.
•
Clean the skimmer, filter and pump basket, clearing debris that restricts water flow.
•
Check the hoses, connections and swivels for leaks that cause loss of water pressure.
•
If an adjustable gate valve is installed on the booster pump or the Polaris cleaner line,
open it completely so water can flow freely to the Polaris.
If count is more than 36 RPM:
•
Unscrew the pressure relief valve until the proper RPM is reached.
•
If an adjustable valve is installed, adjust it to reduce the amount of water flow to
the cleaner.
•
Place the blue restrictor disk in the UWF.
•
If cleaner is still running too fast, remove the blue restrictor disk and replace it with the
red restrictor.
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3
Assemble the Cleaner
When operating correctly, the Polaris 480 vacuums, sweeps and scrubs all surfaces
randomly throughout the pool. The climbing ability of the Polaris depends on the pool’s shape
and water pressure or flow. The Polaris climbs best in pools without sharp angles or curves in
the transition from the pool floor to the pool wall.
Approximately every 3 minutes the Polaris 480 goes into back-up mode. This action pulls the
Polaris away from pool obstacles and increases its random pattern.
Thrust Jet Adjustment
The thrust jet powers the direction of the
Polaris. Factory position is straight back, but
depending on the pool, other settings
are helpful.
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Fine Tuning The Polaris Cleaner
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Sweep Hose Adjustment
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The sweep hose should move in a
gentle sweeping motion. To increase
or decrease the motion of the sweep
hose, turn off the booster pump and
change the sweep hose settings.
There are five easy-click settings
located at the back of the cleaner.
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Sweep Hose Jet
See Troubleshooting for other
action adjustments.
Sweep Hose Settings
Routine Maintenance
Thrust Jet
Cleaning the All-Purpose Filter Bag
Depress the bag clasp to free the bag from the feed hose. Depress the prongs to release the
bag from the cleaner. Open the bag closure and remove the debris.
Whenever possible, empty the filter
bag when it is half full, especially if
the dirt load is sand.
It is easier to empty the filter bag
when it is dry. Alternate between
two filter bags. When one becomes
full, remove it and put on the
clean bag.
Zipper
Closure
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Disposable Filter Bag
To replace disposable bag:
1. Push tabs of bag clip assembly
to the open position.
2. Disengage the alignment pin
and remove the old bag.
Disposable Bag
3. Fit cuff of disposable bag over
opening. Bag seam should face
the back of the cleaner and
hole in filter bag cuff should
engage with alignment pin.
Alignment Hole
Back of Cleaner
Bag Clip
in Open
Position
Alignment Pin
4. Close bag clip assembly to
lock in place.
In-Line Filter
The in-line filter contains a filter
screen to keep debris that is not
caught by the pool filtration system
out of the Polaris.
Open
In-Line Filter
To clean this screen, pull it out of the in-line
filter, rinse it and press it firmly back into place.
Backwashing the Pool Filter
Always disconnect the Polaris from the pool wall before cleaning or backwashing the pool
filter. After cleaning or backwashing, let the filtration system run for at least five minutes to
flush out the return lines before re-connecting the Polaris.
Storage and Winterizing
Never store the Polaris in direct sunlight. When storing for the winter, drain out all the water
(freeze damage is not covered under the warranty). Remove the UWF from the pool wall
using the UWF Removal Tool (part #10-102-00) included with the cleaner.
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Troubleshooting
If the Polaris cleaner regularly displays
the following actions, adjustments may be
necessary to restore performance. Refer to
exploded parts diagram for part references.
Action:
Solution:
Action:
Polaris doesn’t back up.
Solution:
1. Verify the back-up valve
is cycling.
2. Check the wheel RPM.
Hangs up on steps or other
obstacles longer than
3 minutes.
3. If the filter bag is full, empty
or replace it.
4. Make sure feed hose
is floating.
1. Check the wheel RPM.
2. Verify the back-up valve
is cycling.
Action:
Polaris only turns in one
direction.
Solution:
1. Adjust the thrust jet.
3. Adjust the thrust jet.
4. Remove unnecessary pool
hardware or install a Ladder
Guard Kit (order part #G21
from a Polaris dealer).
Action:
Polaris is sluggish, running
with less power than normal.
Solution:
1. Check the filter screen in the
in-line filter assembly and
clean if necessary.
2. Make sure feed hose
is floating.
Action:
Feed hose becomes tangled.
Solution:
1. Remeasure the hose to
verify that it is adjusted to
the proper length for the
pool shape.
2. With the Polaris operating,
check that the swivels in
the hose and the hose
connections turn freely.
2. Clean the skimmer basket,
pump basket, and pool filter.
3. Check the hoses,
connections, and swivels for
leaks that could cause loss
of water pressure.
3. Make sure the feed hose
is floating.
4. With the Polaris operating,
hold the cleaner under water
and verify that all three
wheels are turning together.
4. Check the wheel RPM.
Action:
Solution:
Polaris flies around the pool
and/or does not make contact
with the bottom of the pool.
1. Check the wheel RPM. If
more than 36 RPM, unscrew
the pressure relief valve
to decrease water flow
to cleaner.
2. Install the blue restrictor
disk in the UWF to decrease
water flow. Or, install the red
restrictor disk to decrease
the water flow even more.
3. Verify the back-up valve is
cycling. Hold the valve out of
the water and watch the jet.
It should come on and go off.
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Action:
Sweep hose is sucked into the
vacuum tube.
Solution:
1. Make sure the opening at
the end of the sweep hose
is not blocked by the sweep
hose scrubber. Replace
scrubber if it is worn
or missing.
2. Adjust the sweep hose to a
gentle sweeping motion.
3. Check the wheel RPM. If
more than 36 RPM, unscrew
the pressure relief valve to
decrease water flow to
the cleaner.
5. If an adjustable valve is installed,
adjust it to reduce the amount of
water flow to the cleaner.
6. Add a sweep hose weight (order
part #B2).
Action:
Sweep hose sprays too much water
out of the pool.
Solution:
1. Adjust the speed of the sweep hose
by adjusting the easy-click settings.
2. Replace the sweep hose scrubber if
it is worn or missing.
3. Add a sweep hose weight (order
part #B2) to keep the sweep hose
from spraying.
The cleaner does not clean the
entire pool.
Solution:
1. Verify that feed hose reaches within
6” of the farthest point of the pool.
If not, order a new hose section
from your Polaris dealer.
2. Check thrust jet for straight back
position that optimizes random
turning.
3. While the cleaner is operating, hold
it upside down and look into the
vacuum tube. There should be four
distinct, even jets of water. If there
are not, contact Customer Service
or a Polaris authorized Service
Center for assistance.
Solution:
If these solutions do not result in
improved performance, contact the
Polaris dealer who sold you the cleaner
or call Customer Service.
In order to provide faster and more
convenient service, please have the
following information available at the
time of your call or when taking the
Polaris in for service.
1. Serial #:________________________
2. Wheel RPM:__________________
3. Is the back-up valve cycling?
Yes
No
4. Is the feed hose the proper
length?
Action:
Action:
Troubleshooting Worksheet
The cleaner is running in circles on
its side.
Yes
No
5. Are the swivels rotating freely?
Yes
No
6. How often do you clean the filter
screen inside the in-line filter?
Never
Once a Week
Twice a Week
Once a Month
7. Are the vacuum jets obstructed?
(While the cleaner is operating, hold it upside
down and look into the vacuum tube. There
should be four distinct, even jets of water.)
Yes
No
8. Is the drive train functioning?
1. Check the filter bag, if full it can
weigh the cleaner down on
one side.
2. Check the hose floats to make sure
they are spaced evenly.
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(As you spin each wheel independently, all
the wheels should spin.)
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No
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4. Install the blue restrictor disk in the
UWF to decrease water flow. Or,
install the red restrictor disk to
decrease the water flow even more.
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Exploded Parts Diagram
39
32
Pool
Wall
4
5
35 37
31 33 34
38
40
5
2
Feed Hose
10-ft.
Feed Hose
10-ft.
6
49
41
43
42
37
Leader
10-foot Hose
7
45
5
5
10
8
44
46
8
1
3
11
9
To The
Polaris
21
8
19
47
48
41
17
19
15
20
18
16
13
14
19
15
12
22
25
23
26
27
13
12
24
16 15
14
28
18
17
15
29
No. Part#
Description
Qty
1
All Purpose Bag*
1
Disposable Bag, 3 per pack*
2
Bag Clip Assembly
1
License Plate with Logo
Screw, 10-32 x 3/8" SS
23
Pan Head
1
Upper Housing/Handle Assy
6 48-003
O-ring, Feed Hose Connector 1
7 48-141
3
8 9-100-5107 E-clip, Stainless Steel
1
Gearbox Assembly
9 48-020
Vacuum Tube/Feedpipe
10 48-004
1
with two O-rings
O-ring, WMS Upper to Feedpipe 1
11 48-016
3
Hubcap
12 48-033
WideTrax® Tire*
3
13 48-032
3
Wheel Lock Screw
14 48-036
7
Bushing
15 48-034
3
Wheel
16 48-031
1
2
3
4
5
48-135
48-133
48-130
48-047
C40
No. Part#
Description
Qty
1
Chain Kit
3
Wheel Sprocket Kit
3
Axle Block, Wheel
1
Idler Tensioner Assembly
Screw, 10-32 x 7/8" SS
8
Pan Head with Star Washer
4
22 9-100-3105 Sweep Hose Scrubber*
Orifice Tip w/Orifice Tip Guard 1
23 B25
8
Sweep Hose Wear Ring*
24 B10
1
Sweep Hose Complete*
25 B5
1
Nut, Sweep Hose
26 48-019
1
Lower Housing
27 48-002
WMS Assembly with 1 O-ring 1
28 48-010
1
Vacuum Plate Assembly
29 48-008
30 10-112-00 UWF Restrictor Disk, Red & Blue 2
1
31 10-108-00 UWF Restrictor Kit
1
UWF
32 6-500-00
1
O-ring, UWF
33 6-505-00
17
18
19
20
21
48-006
48-035
48-060
48-050
48-045
No. Part#
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
6-503-00
D29
9-100-9001
D15
**
48-080
48-222
D10
D20
D45
D50
G52
G53
48-136
48-140
48-070
Description
Qty
1
Pressure Relief Valve
1
Quick Disconnect, UWF
1
UWF Connector Assembly
10
Nut, Feed Hose
1
Adapter Hose, 8-1/2”
1
In-line Filter Assembly
2
Screen, In-line Filter
11
Float, Feed Hose
2
Swivel Ball Bearing
2
Feed Hose, 10 ft.
1
Leader Hose, 10 ft.
1
Back-up Valve Kit
1
Mechanism for G52
1
Bag Clasp
Feed Hose Connector Assembly 1
1
Feed Hose Assembly
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Exploded Parts Diagram
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4
5
31 33
5
37
40
Pool
Wall
2
6
41
36 38 39
32 34 35
Feed Hose
10-Ft.
Feed Hose
10-Ft.
7
50
38 43
42
5
Leader
10-Foot Hose
10
5
46
8
11
8
1
3
44
9
45
22
47
20
To The
Polaris
20
14
18
19
17
15
48
16 21
42
49
20
16
12
26
23
24
27
28
13 12
25
17 16 15
29
19
18
16
30
No. Part#
Description
Qty
1
All Purpose Bag*
1
Disposable Bag, 3 per pack*
2
Bag Clip Assembly
1
License Plate with Logo
Screw, 10-32 x 3/8" SS
23
Pan Head
1
Upper Housing/Handle Assy
6 48-003
O-ring, Feed Hose Connector 1
7 48-141
3
8 9-100-5107 E-clip, Stainless Steel
1
Gearbox Assembly
9 48-020
Vacuum Tube/Feedpipe
10 48-004
1
with two O-rings
O-ring, WMS Upper to Feedpipe 1
11 48-016
3
Hubcap
12 48-033
1
WideTrax® Tire*
13 48-032
1
TankTrax® Tire*
14 48-037
3
Wheel Lock Screw
15 48-036
7
Bushing
16 48-034
1
2
3
4
5
48-135
48-133
48-130
48-047
C40
No. Part#
Description
Qty
Wheel
Chain Kit 480T
Wheel Sprocket Kit
Axle Block, Wheel
Chain Tensioner 480T
Screw, 10-32 x 7/8" SS
Pan Head with Star Washer
23 9-100-3105 Sweep Hose Scrubber*
Orifice Tip w/Orifice Tip Guard
24 B25
Sweep Hose Wear Ring*
25 B10
Sweep Hose Complete*
26 B5
Nut, Sweep Hose
27 48-019
Lower Housing
28 48-002
WMS Assembly with 1 O-ring
29 48-010
Vacuum Plate Assembly
30 48-013
31 10-112-00 UWF Restrictor Disk, Red & Blue
32 10-108-00 UWF Restrictor Kit
UWF
33 6-500-00
17
18
19
20
21
22
48-031
48-011
48-035
48-060
48-012
48-045
3
1
3
3
1
8
4
1
8
1
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
No. Part#
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
6-505-00
6-503-00
D29
9-100-9001
D15
**
48-080
48-222
D10
D20
D45
D50
G52
G53
48-136
48-140
48-070
Description
Qty
1
O-ring, UWF
1
Pressure Relief Valve
1
Quick Disconnect, UWF
1
UWF Connector Assembly
10
Nut, Feed Hose
1
Adapter Hose, 8-1/2”
1
In-line Filter Assembly
2
Screen, In-line Filter
11
Float, Feed Hose
2
Swivel Ball Bearing
2
Feed Hose, 10 ft.
1
Leader Hose, 10 ft.
1
Back-up Valve Kit
1
Mechanism for G52
1
Bag Clasp
Feed Hose Connector Assembly 1
1
Feed Hose Assembly
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