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    Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Wasn't sure where to post this and since I'm kind of a pool newb I figured here.

    I have an intelliflo salt cell and noticed that it powers off sometime in the afternoon. It turns on in the morning when the pump turns on, all green lights etc but at some point it powers off with no lights. I googled and it seemed to indicate that the intelliflo powers down if the water is cold to protect the cell life. Water is about 59/60 degrees.

    But I recall last winter that when the water was cold a red light would come on indicating low water temp.

    Again just wondering if this is normal. I don't normally look at it that often but just happened to notice it was powered off. And it turns on when the pump turns on.

    Anything to be concerned about?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    It will stop making chlorine when the water is cold but the lights will stay lit. If all the lights are off then that means there is no power to the cell. It is likely wired in to the pump time or a timer of its own and the timer is cutting power to the cell.
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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Hmm well the cell turns off well before the pump turns off

    So there must be some other timer turning just the cell off?

    I have an automation system but I'm not sure I'm familiar with it enough to figure out where that timer would be in the settings. Any clue?

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    If memory serves me the SWG will only run with Pentair automation when running in Pool or Spa mode. It is possible that you are set up to run the pump not in pool mode for skimmer/filter/cleaner function. Pentair automation has a very strange logic to it.
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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Well I did get a new variable speed pump recently and it's set for pool mode until 12:30pm but then aux 3 mode for 12:30-4:30 and that's a higher Rpm for the cleaner

    But I've seen the intelliflo on after 12:30pm, it doesn't power off right then. Sometime after that.

    Is that issue connected somehow though?

    I really appreciate your help!

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    Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Based on your description it sounds like Pool mode ends at 12:30pm and then AUX3 turns on from 12:30-4:30. The IntelliChlor will only run when the POOL/SPA circuit is activated. Any other circuit set to run the pump will not activate the IntelliChlor.

    If you have an EasyTouch panel, then scroll through the SCHEDULE menu and write down all of the schedules you find. Then report back here. Also, if you go to the PUMP menu under SETTINGS you can determine what pump speeds are set for each circuit. Typically, PUMP1 is your IntelliFlo VS pump.


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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Yeah that must be what's going on. I just had the variable speed pump put in a few weeks ago and the tech adjusted the schedule.

    Schedule 1 is 8:00-12:30 on POOL

    Schedule 2 is 12:30-4:30 on CLEANER

    That's all. So it should be as you suspect?

    The salt cell doesn't seem to turn off right at 12:30 though I haven't watched it intently. Is there any reason why it would turn off later than 12:30 even though it's now on CLEANER?

    Is it a big deal if the salt cell is off for that period of time?

    I was gonna call the tech tomorrow just trying to understand what's going on. Thanks!!

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    No, it is fine for it to be off. If your water is in the lower 60s or less then I would shut it off completely and switch to bleach.
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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    True but I'm in Florida so when it gets to summer and the pool is 85, then I assume I need to fix the fact it is switching off for half the day, right? Heh

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Quote Originally Posted by MBison View Post
    True but I'm in Florida so when it gets to summer and the pool is 85, then I assume I need to fix the fact it is switching off for half the day, right? Heh
    I see you're new. Question - do you have one of the Recommended Test Kits? That will be the determining factor as to whether or not you have a successful pool season. Consistent, regular water testing is what tells you what to do. So, even now, you should be getting into the habit of regularly testing your water so you know exactly when you should change your pool settings.

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Well I have a pool service once a week, I'm just trying to understand the salt cell power off thing

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Quote Originally Posted by MBison View Post
    Well I have a pool service once a week, I'm just trying to understand the salt cell power off thing
    Understood.

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    I will, thanks!

    I believe I posted here to get info last spring about a pool leak and you guys were super helpful. Turned out I did have one!

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Just to avoid confusion, it's an IntelliChlor salt cell. The IntelliFlo is the variable speed pump.

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    I'm sorry

    Yes I have both items but yes I'm talking about the intellichlor

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Quote Originally Posted by MBison View Post
    True but I'm in Florida so when it gets to summer and the pool is 85, then I assume I need to fix the fact it is switching off for half the day, right? Heh
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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    So then the next question for you knowledgable folk would be how can I set my automation up so its not turning off the salt cell?

    so can I not have multiple schedules? It's kinda weird since all of these things are made by the same company.

    Do I have to just have a single schedule on POOL and not be able to use the variable speed? Cause I assume I can't set up two schedules on POOL? One from 8-12:30 and the second from 12:30-4:30? Both on POOL? Or can I?

    So confused

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    It would be helpful if you could update your signature with your pool equipment list.

    What type (make and model) automation panel do you have?

    Do you have a remote that allows you to program the panel or do you have to go to the equipment pad?

    I would also suggest you download a copy of the manufacturers manuals for the automation system you have as most have them posted online on their websites.


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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    Sorry, I am not familiar with programming the Pentair automation. If you have Pentair automation it should either be Easytouch or Intellitouch.

    Manuals here, http://www.pentairpool.com/products/...systems-49.htm or here http://www.pentairpool.com/products/...systems-79.htm

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    Re: Intelliflo salt cell - powers off in afternoon?

    It's easy touch, I have a remote for it.

    I'll post my specs tomorrow if I don't hear back from the tech.

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