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    Pool Newbie - What equipment to turn off (and how) - before cleaning salt cell

    Hi - I am a pool newbie - just bought a house with a 15K gal pool - with SWG.
    I saw some green algae on the steps the first day. Took the water to Leslie's for a test.
    Results -
    FC - 0
    TC - 0
    Salt 3800
    CH - 180
    CYA - 15
    TA - 120
    pH - 8.0

    The first day I put Muriatic Acid and let the filter run for 4 hrs.
    Next day added pool shock 2 bags (chlor brite). Thats when I saw that the AquaRite unit was set to off. Turned it on - that was yesterday.
    Brushed quite a bit. The algae seems to be lighter.
    Today checked the unit again - and the salt is at 1800, check salt is red and inspect cell is orange.

    I ordered my TF 100 strips today. So cannot test myself for a couple days. Will take the water again to Leslie's tomorrow.

    I dont want to add salt yet - because the salt in original reading was correct.
    I read up on how to clean the salt cell and I am comfortable opening the T-Cell and cleaning it.
    The part I am not sure of is how to turn the unit off. What all needs to eb done.
    Do I turn the filter off. Aquarite unit off. Then the switch (there is one near the pool equipment).
    Then take the salt cell cord out?

    I am still trying to understand all this equipment (there ae lot of levers and I am not sure if I should be touching any of these at this time).

    Tried Youtube videos - most say - turn off the unit - not sure what all..).
    Any help is appreciated..

    Thanks!
    15K Gal, InGround, Jandy Pool System, AquaRite SWG, Plaster

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    Re: Pool Newbie - What equipment to turn off (and how) - before cleaning salt cell

    There should be a circuit breaker that will cut power to the SWG. Turn it off. And turn off the pump so you don't shoot water everywhere when you take out the cell.
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    Re: Pool Newbie - What equipment to turn off (and how) - before cleaning salt cell

    Thanks.
    So - I will check tomorrow which breaker turns power off for SWG. What is the general location for these breakers - with the rest of the circuit breaker in the house, or close to the pool.
    I didn't see any apparent near the pool. I will check again.
    And when you say - turn off the pump - you mean filter pump, right?
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    Re: Pool Newbie - What equipment to turn off (and how) - before cleaning salt cell

    Yes, filter pump. There should be an electric panel near the equipment pad to shut off all equipment there.
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