When it comes to salt cells, how long should they last?
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How Can I Tell If My Salt Cell In My Pool Is Working Correctly?
When it comes to salt cells, how long should they last? The answer is very dependent on the use circumstances and how frequently you maintain your pool. The safe bet is that they will endure between five and seven years.
When you obtain a Code 91 and the salt level is right, it typically signifies the electrolytic cell has to be serviced. To remove the scale, take it out and soak it in vinegar. Because the cell may be defective, any issue after this requires expert treatment.
Salt Cells can cost anywhere from $200 to $900 to replace, depending on the type of your chlorinator. Throughout this blog article, we’ll go over additional details.
This post will go through the three most important things you should know about Salt Cells.
What Is a Salt Cell, Exactly?
Your chlorinator is a miniaturized chlorine production facility. When salt water passes through the salt cell, electrolysis occurs, resulting in the production of chlorine (sodium hypochlorite), which is subsequently returned to the pool.
The best method to see if the chlorinator is operating is to check the needle or production lights on the chlorinator box to see if the cell is clean. When the machine is running, you should notice bubbles (hypochlorite gas) within the chamber, which produce murky water – this is chlorine being produced! Many salt cells can be taken from the housing and placed in a pail of salty pool water if you don’t have a clear housing to see the chlorine being generated. Turn it on and watch for little bubbles or hazy water to appear.
Remember that less salt equals less chlorine, so check your salt levels first.
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Troubleshooting Salt Cells at a Basic Level
- Make a power check
The control panel provides electricity to the salt cell. If there are no indicator lights on the control panel, it is likely that there is no power. In the case of a power outage or a lightning strike, many salt chlorinators contain a fuse built into the cabinet that will blow.
- Examine the Water Flow
To function properly, the salt cell requires a particular quantity of water flow. A blocked pump or skimmer basket, a filthy filter, or closed directional valves can all lower flow rates.
- Check the level of salt in the water
To convert salty water to chlorine, the salt cell requires a particular quantity of salt in the water. Each salt cell is calibrated to operate within a specific salinity range, usually about 4000 ppm. When the salt level falls below the minimal threshold, most salt chlorinators employ a salt sensor and show the measured salt level, or have an indication light or error code to let you know.
- Examine the water balance
Your pH, alkalinity, and calcium hardness should all be within a certain range for the generated chlorine to be as effective as possible. A low pH can speed up the activity of chlorine, allowing it to burn off more quickly, whilst a high pH might slow it down, making your chlorine sluggish and ineffective. A 5 in 1 Test Kit may be used to test these water levels.
- Examine the Salt Cell
The salt cell must be cleaned on a regular basis to eliminate calcium deposits that restrict the flow of water and bridge the space between the metal plates, inhibiting electrolysis. The majority of salt cell chlorinators now self-clean by changing polarity on the metal plates to slough off the calcium that has accumulated and is then carried away by the water flow. Even self-cleaning cells, however, require frequent examination and, maybe, cleaning. Giving cells a ‘acid bath,’ which normally consists of 90 percent water to 10% acid, then ‘brushing’ the calcium deposits off with a toothbrush, will clean them. Given enough time, the acid will eat away at the plates, so soak the cell for no more than 10 minutes.
What Are Some Indicators That Your Salt Cell Needs to Be Replaced?
It’s starting to show its age, since it’s lost a few plates and the acid baths aren’t functioning.
Even if your chlorinator is set to 100%, your pool is starting to look green or foggy.
Even if you’ve added salt to the pool, your chlorinator is always flashing ‘low salt’.
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It’s also crucial to clean the electrode terminals, which can corrode in the same way as automobile battery terminals can. An old toothbrush bathed in acid can be used to remove terminal corrosion.
Check the output leads and replace them if necessary; we also have half-lead kits on hand to make this a quick fix. The salt cell’s performance will deteriorate over time, and the controller circuit boards may develop issues.
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It’s likely that your salt system will require a costly repair at some time, such as a new salt cell or a new control board. Both of these fixes might cost less than half the price of a new salt water chlorinator system.
It’s likely that your salt system will require a costly repair at some time, such as a new salt cell or a new control board. Both of these fixes might cost less than half the price of a new Salt Water Chlorinator system.
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How should the filter pump and/or saltwater system be stored during the winter?
All components, including hoses, should be removed and cleaned with fresh water before being dried. Apply petroleum jelly to the seals, O-Rings, and washers (see Owner’s Manual for specific directions). Store the device and accessories in a dry, indoor storage space with a temperature range of 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) to 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) (40 degrees Celsius). For storage, the original packing can be utilized.
What is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlet?
The GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is a device that protects humans from dangerous electric shock injuries.
GFCIs continually check the flow of electricity in the circuitry. The GFCI will instantly cut off the current flowing through the circuit if the electricity going into the circuit differs by even a little amount from that returning.
A GFCI has the benefit of being able to detect even minor fluctuations in the amount of current flowing through an electrical device, quantities too small to trip a fuse or circuit breaker. Most typical circuit breakers take much too long to halt the flow of electricity, therefore GFCIs can help protect customers from severe electric shocks and electrocution.
Is there anything else you need to add to the pool except salt? What happens if other chemicals are added to the pool?
Depending on the local peculiarities of your water source, you may want to add different chemicals to your pool water. It’s possible that you’ll want to soften your water even more, or add clarifiers or algaecides. In many cases, however, extra chemicals are not required.
There will be no effect on the salt in your pool if you add additional chemicals to the water. For more information, contact your local pool supply business, which should be familiar with local water conditions.
What should I do if I get a code 90?
There are a few things you should look into and do:
Ascertain that the pool pump is turned on and operating.
Make sure the pool’s plunger valves (if any) are open.
Make that the filter cartridge, cell, and debris screen are free of debris.
Make sure the flow sensor is clean (particularly the hinge). See the Owner’s Manual for further information.
If there is any trapped air in the circulation line hose, let it out.
Make that the water intake and output hoses are pointing in the same direction. If the hoses are connected improperly, reverse them.
Check to see whether the flow sensor is loose or not correctly attached. If this is not the case, please firmly insert the flow sensor into the flow sensor receptacle.
If code 90 persists despite following the procedures above, a flow sensor failure may be the cause. For a replacement, please contact the INTEX Service Center.
Before cleaning or servicing, always switch off the power and detach the power cable.
What kind of servicing is required to keep the Saltwater System running smoothly?
Although the INTEX Saltwater Systems are designed to run with little maintenance, several procedures are required for optimal performance:
a) Regularly inspect and clean the filter cartridge of the filter pump, and replace it as needed.
b) Check the electrolytic cell and the cell cover for scales once a month. Vinegar from the kitchen can be used to clean it. Instructions for cell cleaning may be found in the Owner’s Manual. If you live in an area with hard water, you may need to examine it more frequently.
c) Inspect and clean the flow sensor on a regular basis.
d) Maintain optimum water chemistry, particularly pH and total alkalinity levels.
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What is the frequency with which you operate the INTEX Saltwater System?
Every day, the Saltwater System, as well as the filter pump, should be turned on. The amount of time the Saltwater System should operate is determined by your local factors, such as temperature, rainfall, pool size, and number of swimmers. The operation time table list may be found in the Owner’s Manual.
Will the Intex Saltwater System over-chlorinate the pool if it runs for too long?
It is feasible to leave the system running for longer than is required. If you run your Saltwater System for too long, however, because chlorine is unstable and dissipates over time due to UV light exposure (which is why pool owners must constantly go to the store, constantly purchase, and constantly add standard chlorine to their pools), you can simply start running it for a shorter period the next day, and your pool will be fine. Experiment with different operating lengths of time and test the quantity of chlorine in your pool using the chlorine test strips given by INTEX to establish the appropriate length of time to operate your system. The operation time table list may be found in the Owner’s Manual.
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