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Thread: Are my Aqua Rite cell and/or control panel toast

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    Are my Aqua Rite cell and/or control panel toast

    I have an Aqua Rite t-cell-15 and control panel rev 1.4 that was installed in July 2008 when my pool was built. I have (or think I have) maintained the t-cell properly every season, removing and rinsing with a strong jet of water 3 or 4 times a season and I've never seen any deposits or buildup in the cell. When I opened my pool this past weekend, I gave the cell an acid bath (4 parts water, 1 part muriatic acid) for 10 mins as per Hayward instructions. Yesterday, I turned on the SWG for the first time after bringing the salt level in the pool up to 3200 (tested with Taylor salt water test) and last night the Aqua Rite control panel showed a salt level of 3200 before I shut the pumps off.

    This morning when I checked the salt level on the Aqua Rite control panel about 15 mins after the pumps came on, the salt reading was 1600 and the check salt and inspect cell lights were on. I tested my water again with the Taylor salt water test kit and the salt level is 3200.

    I don't have a diagnostics manual for my revision (1.4), the nearest diagnostic manual I can find is for rev1.5 which is from 2009 and there are some obvious differences so I'm not sure if the diagnostics in the Rev1.5 manual will apply to my equipment.

    The readings on the control panel are (I know what some mean but not all):
    Avg Salt: 1600
    Temp: 61
    Voltage: 31.1
    Amps: 0.00
    Chlorine %: 52P
    Instant salt level: - 0
    Compatibility setting: AL-0
    Rev: R1.4
    Power light is on
    Check Salt light is on
    Inspect Cell light is on
    Switch set to Auto

    I realize it's 7 years old and maybe it's time to be replaced but if I don't have to, I'd rather not.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do or try??
    Pool: 25k gal, IG Vinyl, built 2008, DE, Hayward Progrid 4820 - 96 GPM 48 sq ft filter area, 1.5hp Hayward Super Pump, 3/4hp Hayward booster pump 6060, Aquarite SWG T-Cell-90 Rev 1.40, Hayward Phantom, Hayward H350 heater.
    Hot Tub: 2008 Sundance Cameo, 450 gal

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    Re: Are my Aqua Rite cell and/or control panel toast

    I tried something based on what I read in another thread. I turned the switch off and waited about a minute. Then I turned the switch to Super Chlorinate. It turned on and started generating. I waited a couple of minutes and got these readings from the panel.
    Avg Salt: 2400
    Temp: 63
    Voltage: 25.2
    Amps: 4.88
    Chlorine %: 100P
    Instant salt level: - 3200
    Compatibility setting: AL-0
    Rev: R1.4
    Power light is on
    Generating light is on
    Super Chlorinate light is on
    Check Salt light is blinking
    Inspect Cell light is blinking
    Switch set to Super Chlorinate

    I'm not sure what to make of this. Maybe it's the cold temp of the water. I don't want to leave it super chlorinating for too long.
    Pool: 25k gal, IG Vinyl, built 2008, DE, Hayward Progrid 4820 - 96 GPM 48 sq ft filter area, 1.5hp Hayward Super Pump, 3/4hp Hayward booster pump 6060, Aquarite SWG T-Cell-90 Rev 1.40, Hayward Phantom, Hayward H350 heater.
    Hot Tub: 2008 Sundance Cameo, 450 gal

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    Re: Are my Aqua Rite cell and/or control panel toast

    I have the same unit bought in 2003, my thread was from yesterday. I'm going to buy a new unit, for the price and effort, it's not worth trying to fix it. Buying a replacement unit is going to be easier for me, but it will cost more but save me time. I am curious about the cost of chlorine vs. SWG. I like the salt system as I have not had to ever add chlorine until yesterday.
    Ken Macumber
    18,000 Gunite, salt system, 250K BTU Hayward Heater, Waterfall, Fiber Optic Perimeter Lighting.
    20 yrs pool veteran

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