Maintenance Mondays: How to Rebuild Zodiac T5 Suction Cleaner!

It’s maintenance Mondays again here at and today we are going to discuss how to rebuild parts of your Zodiac T5 Suction Side Cleaner! These cleaners are super simple to install and maintain! This cleaner has multiple replacement parts and they can all be swapped with very little work. Please keep reading for more! Also, be sure to check out our video at the end of this article for an easy to follow guide on the information covered in this article!

Maintaining & Repairing Zodiac Baracuda T5 Suction Side Cleaners

The Zodiac Baracuda T5 Suction Side Cleaner is one of the best suction side cleaners on the market. It is simple to maintain and very easy to fix when things go bad. Pentair currently offers a 1-year warranty on most of their cleaners and even have rebates available on some models. Make sure to check out their website for more information on that!

The first part we are going to discuss is maintaining and repairing this specific cleaner is the foot pads and the skid plate. The T5 cleaner can look a little overwhelming when you first attempt to take it apart, but it is actually very simple. The two silver footpads and the silver skid plate, located on the bottom of the cleaner head, are the first thing you need to remove when repairing anything at the bottom of this cleaner. They help allow the user to access the head of the cleaner without those disks getting in your way. The skid plate simply pulls off the bottom of the cleaner. Once you have this item off the bottom of the cleaner, you start taking off the disks of the cleaner. By simply pulling the blue disk you can remove it along with the silver disk and two silver footpads. After you have done these steps, your disks and footpads are removed and can be replaced. Simply follow the steps in reverse to re-install your new pads and disks.

The second part that tends to wear the most with the T5 Suction Side cleaner is the diaphragm. In order to take this portion of your cleaner apart you will need to remove all hoses connected above the head of the cleaner. This will allow you to pull the inside of the cleaner head out without getting in the way. First, you start with the yellow handnut located at the top of the cleaner head. This item is simply threaded on and can be removed by twisting counterclockwise. Once you have removed the handnut from the cleaner head, you begin to pull out the inside. The first item you will see is the white thrust washer. This item is basically a spacer in the top of the cleaner head and rarely needs to be replaced. Once you move the thrust washer you will be holding the extension pipes. This is where your diaphragm is located, and you will need to disassemble before removing the faulty diaphragm. To begin taking this item apart, you need to open the outer extension pipe. To do this, you simply twist the bottom half (Part closer to the ribs) just like the handnut at the beginning of the cleaner. You now have your inner extension pipe. This is what holds your diaphragm and is the last part in the puzzle to replace it. Simply twist again from the same pivot point about a quarter of a turn to release the diaphragm. You then push forward the inner extension pipe and you now have full access to the diaphragm. Simply follow the same instructions for reassembly.

In conclusion, there are many other parts to this cleaner that can be replaced and fixed. We discuss the main two parts of this cleaner that tend to go bad first and give you tips to help along the way. If you have any other questions or need any further assistance, please reach out to! As always, thank you for reading!

Please see the video below on how to install all the units discussed. 

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