What is the difference between the Polaris 360 and 380?

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The difference between the 380 and 360 pool cleaners is that the 380 runs on a booster pump and the 360 does not.

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Then, what is the difference between Polaris 280 and 360?

The main difference between the Polaris 280 vs 360, is that a Polaris 280 requires a booster pump, while the Polaris 360 can be used in pools without a booster pump. If you currently have a suction vacuum, both of these cleaners will not work unless you modify the pool equipment.

Similarly, can I use a booster pump with Polaris 360? No. The 360 is designed to work with lower pressures and higher flow rates. The booster pump puts out higher pressure and lower flow rates like the 280 and 380 require.

Simply so, how do I know if I have a Polaris 360 or 380?

The newer Polaris cleaner models have the serial number stamped on a sticker on the back of the cleaner. If the serial number starts with a “K” it will be a 380, if it starts with “C” it will be a 280, if it starts with a “L” it will be a 360.

How long will a Polaris 280 last?

Powered by 2 cleaning jets, the Polaris 280 is a fast pool cleaning machine that will have your swimming pool spotless in less than 3 hours. It's an intelligent device compatible of cleaning any inground pool — any shape or size.

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Why is Polaris 360 floating?

A Leaky Hose
Leaks in the Polaris hose cause the cleaner to lose pressure, allowing it to float above the pool bottom. To check for leaks, turn the system on and pull the hose out of the water one section at a time, looking for bubbles or trickles of water.

Is it better to run pool pump at night?

Running the pump at night should only be when you are doing a major chemical treatment such as algae clean-up. Your pool is more vulnerable during the day, plants don't grow at night the way they do during the day–that's true of ALL plants including Algae.

Does Zodiac own Polaris?

You won't find any suction-side pool cleaners under the Polaris brand name. However, their parent company, Zodiac, manufactures suction-side pool cleaners, so you can be assured of the same quality Polaris is known for.

Does the Polaris 280 need a booster pump?

The Polaris 180, 280, 380, 480 and 3900 Sport and the Letro Legend models require a booster pump to power the unit. These cleaners need about 30 PSI to operate their hydro-gears, or water management system, effectively. A ¾ hp booster pump is used to deliver a consistent flow rate to the cleaner.

Which is the best Polaris pool cleaner?


The Best Polaris Pool Cleaner
  • The Best Polaris Pool Cleaner.
  • Polaris Sport F9550 Robotic In-Ground Pool Cleaner.
  • Polaris Vac-Sweep 380 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner.
  • Polaris Vac-Sweep 65 Pressure Side Automatic Pool Cleaner.

Why is my Polaris not moving?

Check The Drive Belts
Sometimes the drive belts which control the wheels and allow them to turn break and cause your Polaris to stop moving. To check if the drive belts are the problem, you need to lift your Polaris cleaner off the bottom of the pool and inspect whether all the wheels are turning normally.

Why isn't my Polaris working?

The most common problem is an issue with debris in the line or the hoses becoming un-attached. Take a minute to check if you see any debris clogging the jet or lines. If there are debris, blow the jet lines out using a air compressor. If you don't see any debris, check the hoses in the cleaner.

How much does a Polaris pool cleaner cost?

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What is the best pressure side pool cleaner?


5 Best Pressure Side Pool Cleaners – Reviews 2020:
  1. Polaris Vac-Sweep 360 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner – Top Pick.
  2. Hayward TVP500C TriVac Pressure Pool Vacuum – The Runner-Up.
  3. Pentair LL505PMG Kreepy Krauly Pressure-Side Pool Vac.
  4. XtremepowerUS 75037 Pressure Side Pool Cleaner – Best for the Money.

What is a booster pump pool?

A booster pump supplies high pressure water to a pressure side pool cleaner to optimize cleaner efficiency and performance. The pump is not self-priming and should only be used when the pool pump is on. Running the booster pump without the pool pump will damage it.

Should you leave Polaris in pool?

In The Industry
Most have a filter bowl on the Polaris return line near the pump. No problem with leaving the Polaris in the pool when not in use.

How often should I run my pool vacuum?

Vacuum your pool at least once a week – maybe twice. Again, this depends on how much errant debris you're collecting from trees and swimmers. Vacuuming makes it easier to control the pH level, so it's important to be sure to vacuum frequently enough to avoid debris decay on the bottom of your pool.

How long should I run my Polaris pool cleaner?

run the 280 for as long as it keeps the pool clean, this could be 1 hour per day to 6 hours per day depending on the amount of debris is in the pool, but remember the 280 has gears and cogs so the more you run it the quicker it will wear out. On average it should take about 3 hours to clean a standard size pool.

How does the Polaris 360 work?


The Polaris comes equipped with an automatic pressure relief valve in the quick disconnect. If the Polaris is receiving too much water pressure, it will release water at the quick disconnect. Approximately every 3-1/2 minutes the Polaris 360 will go into back-up mode.

How long should a Polaris booster pump last?

I only run the boost pump 2 hours a day. I've had a pool for over 20 years and my last pumps lasted for eight years. There is no way this pump should fail after two and half months.

Why is my Polaris running on its side?

If the 360 falls onto its side, the filter bag may be full. Empty the bag and resume normal operation of the cleaner. If emptying the bag does not solve the problem, remove the head float from the back of the machine and shake it. If you hear water inside, the float is damaged and needs to be replaced.