If you've recently discovered that your automatic pool cover won't open or close, you need to contact Royal Pool & Spa to fix the problem.

We can inspect your pool to determine what the problem is. In most cases, the issues preventing your pool from moving are minor and can be fixed with relatively little effort. We can perform a quick automatic pool cover repair and get you back in the water. 

Below are some likely causes of pool covers failing to open or close. You can always request a quote from us right away if you start to notice any of these symptoms.

The Cover Won't Open When You Use the Key

The most probable cause is that the power source is disconnected from the system. We'll look at the key switch indicator light to see if it turns on. If the light is not green (or designated color), the system is likely probably from its power source. 

We'll have to inspect the electrical system to see if the cover is getting power. If the pool cover motor is running, but the cover will not open, the issue is mechanical, and repairing or replacing a part will be needed. 

The Cover Won't Open or Close All the Way

This usually means that the tracks are likely blocked. There could be several reasons for this, including: 

Object Lodged in the Tracks

This is common if children play in or around the pool. Small toys can get lodged in the tracks and keep the cover from moving. Debris could also block it if you have trees or other brush around the pool. We'll need to clear the tracks. 

Tangled Ropes

We can lift the lid to see if the ropes are tangled around the reels. This is also a problem if the ropes are not adjusted tightly adjusted.

Water On Top

Is there too much water on the cover? The weight of the water could make it difficult for the cover to move. A pump cover can be installed to remove water when necessary and is especially useful after rainfall.

The Cover Will Not Close at All

If you can open your automatic pool cover but cannot seem to close it back, it's probably off track. We can check the green light indicator or power source to ensure the system is connected. The cover might have been opened too far and come out of its track if it is. 

If so, we can realign the cover and get it back on track. Remember that this should only be performed by a professional pool technician. Covers have to be installed on track according to manufacturer specifications. 

Let our team of professionals make sure the job is done correctly!

What If Your Pool Cover Has Other Damage?

Sometimes it's hard to tell when the fabric needs to be replaced, so here are some expert signs to look for:

The Fabric is Stiff or Brittle

Because of the frequent exposure to the elements and chemicals, the fabric from your cover will eventually become brittle and stiff. If it's lost its natural flexibility, it's more prone to developing holes and cracks, so it is recommended to replace it.

You Are Finding Leaks and Tears

Any holes or tears in the fabric will reduce its ability to keep out microbes, debris, and algae from the pool. If you notice any significant or minor damages, trying to DIY fix it or continue using it is not recommended, so be sure to call a professional for an assessment.

Areas are Discoloring or Fraying 

If the pool is constantly exposed to UV rays fading can happen pretty early with a lot of exposure. Finding patches of water on the surface, frayed fabric, if the webbing is started to wrap or bunch, or if you're having an ongoing issue with mold or mildew are all clear signs.

In some cases, the discoloration can be removed through cleaning, but if that doesn't help, it may be time for a replacement.

What Makes Automatic Pool Covers a Great Investment?

Aside from the fact that you won't have to deal with a traditional cover, automatic covers come with multiple advantages:

Increased Efficiency

The fact is, keeping your pool covered means less filtering and trying to keep it up to temperature. The cover can minimize how much time the filtration system needs to be used, decreasing energy consumption and reducing wear and tear on the filter.

Conserve on Water 

The water in your swimming pool will naturally evaporate over time. When you throw in factors like humidity levels, pool temperature, air temperature, and wind speed, these can all increase this process exponentially. The cover will help minimize evaporation because there's no ongoing exposure to the elements.

Reduced Pool Maintenance

Cleaning out the pool is never an easy task, and not using a cover means a higher buildup of debris like leaves and dirt. Adding an automatic cover means less exposure and less time on general pool maintenance.

Increased Safety  

If you live in a home with children or individuals vulnerable to the water, this is always a risk if you leave it uncovered. The automatic system makes it faster and easier to open and close, which helps increase the overall safety of your family and friends.

Call Royal Pool & Spa for Your Automatic Pool Cover Repairs

The last thing you want to deal with is leaks, holes, or it's not functioning properly. Royal Pool & Spa technicians have the training and experience necessary to repair your automatic pool cover.

We specialize in pool repair, installation, and part replacement. Our service extends to home and business owners near Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. 

To schedule pool repair, cleaning, or maintenance services, call us at 651-779-7606 or message us online today.