What could be wrong with my Cl generator

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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby dollard » Fri 17 Nov, 2017 17:46

Denniswiseman wrote:Hi Dollard
I'm afraid that I don't have a SWCG and no knowledge of them but searching have come across a post from you on another forum which is the same problem
https://www.troublefreepool.com/threads ... ing-system
Checking online I also found these YouTube videos for your Aqua Rite which may be of some help
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... e+Display+
Let us know how you get on

Thanks Dennis I tried to reset my panel as described in that first link but it didn't make any difference. The second link can't be displayed. I was going to ask James from the other Board as he was the one that gave directions but that board doesn't seem to be operational.


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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby dollard » Fri 17 Nov, 2017 17:49

Denniswiseman wrote:I checked a few of those links and they had a lot of information but I did notice that they recommended not relying on the salt cell for your reading and to seperately test for salt and then adjust your reading on the cell
Aquachek have salt testing strips which are simple to use or you could purchase a more expensive Taylor salt kit

Thanks. Tomorrow I will check and see if any of the local pool supply stores have strips for testing salt.
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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby dollard » Fri 17 Nov, 2017 17:51

Teapot wrote:Salt dissolves over a time period before it fully mixes, like most pool chems. You absolutely should not rely on internal sensor/probes and must have a second method for testing. Dip strips are usually graduated in to bigger steps to be useful so something better like a Taylor or LaMotte kit would be better. You should have something like that for all the pool levels if you can. When did you last clean the probe? These need removing and cleaning as part of the regular maintenance. Even my chlorine dosser went haywire this season as a large lump of sun cream found it way on to the sensor tip.

Thanks Teapot. I will look for a second method for testing for salt. I've never cleaned the probe. I hesitate going to the local pool supply stores as they usually know very little and try to get you to buy a new piece of equipment at a ridiculous price.
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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby dollard » Fri 17 Nov, 2017 18:18

Teapot wrote:Salt dissolves over a time period before it fully mixes, like most pool chems. You absolutely should not rely on internal sensor/probes and must have a second method for testing. Dip strips are usually graduated in to bigger steps to be useful so something better like a Taylor or LaMotte kit would be better. You should have something like that for all the pool levels if you can. When did you last clean the probe? These need removing and cleaning as part of the regular maintenance. Even my chlorine dosser went haywire this season as a large lump of sun cream found it way on to the sensor tip.

I'm just wondering about cleaning the probe. It goes into a 2 inch PVC pipe via a plug. Do you just screw the plug out?
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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby Denniswiseman » Sat 18 Nov, 2017 02:48

Both Teapot and I don't have a SWCG but I would assume that unscrewing the plug would be correct
Check out the videos, I'm sure you will find all the answers you need
If not put in a new search about "Clean Probe on Aqua Rite"
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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby Teapot » Sat 18 Nov, 2017 03:34

Dennis I have worked on a few, early on I hated the things as they gave owners problems but as time goes on they have got better but basic maintenance of any system is still needed.

Dollard your SWG should be on a bypass plumbing setup so turn off the valves before unscrewing anything.
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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby dollard » Sat 18 Nov, 2017 08:11

Denniswiseman wrote:Both Teapot and I don't have a SWCG but I would assume that unscrewing the plug would be correct
Check out the videos, I'm sure you will find all the answers you need
If not put in a new search about "Clean Probe on Aqua Rite"

I've yet to find a video that shows how to clean the probe but will keep looking. It seems unlikely that that would be the problem but..... I need salt test strips. I'll see if anyone sells them here.
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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby Teapot » Sat 18 Nov, 2017 12:40

Hi dollard, I had to take a look on line, sorry for the bad steer, this unit doesn't have a probe it senses the conductivity of the water across the plates so they need to be clean otherwise you will get bad reporting. weak acid solution will clean the cell.
But yes get some other way of testing the salt, what do you use for testing the water?
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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby dollard » Sat 18 Nov, 2017 16:26

No salt testing strips for sale here but one pool place had an electronic tester. My pool's salt level was 2,800 not 4,400 as the panel shows. So something must be wrong with the panel. So Tuesday I will send my panel off to the big city for checking. It will be gone for several days. I assume I can still run my pump and chlorine generator.
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Re: What could be wrong with my Cl generator

Postby dollard » Sat 02 Dec, 2017 08:08

An update on my salt water pool chlorine generator system. The oldest local pool supply place thought that my control panel had been burnt out probably by a power surge. So I got a new one put in by some technical people in the nearby big city of Guadalajara. Cost 600 US dollars. Ouch! I'm afraid to connect the new panel up until I get some surge protection for it. I've asked 3 local electricians what could I use for surge for surge protection. The recommended the ISB Sola Basic Corrector de Voltaje for whole house surge protection. I've had those for years and according to local gringo "experts" they do not protect against surges. They are just voltage regulators and only make small corrections in voltage but don't protect against surges.

It is so frustrating not to be able to find local experts that are knowledgeable.

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