Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Advice on purchasing a new unit

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Advice on purchasing a new unit

    I'm replacing my pool heater and my pool guy told me that it would make sense to convert to salt water at the same time since everything will already be apart. I'm looking at this unit:

    Hayward AQR15 Aqua Rite In-Ground Chlorine Generator up to 40,000 Gallons

    though I'm a bit concerned because there were some negative reviews on Amazon about it.

    1. Does anyone know anything about this unit?
    2. Can anyone recommend any other units I should consider?
    3. Is the reliability of salt water units just poor in general?

    Thanks!

  2. Back To Top    #2
    mas985's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Pleasanton, CA
    Posts
    11,482

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    I have the AquaLogic which is just fancier version of the SWG with a controller. I am pretty happy with mine and my last SWG cell lasted almost 10 years. Some people have run into issues with the thermistor failing but it is pretty easy to replace so it really isn't a huge concern and it doesn't happen that often. I would definitely recommend the unit.
    Mark
    Hydraulics 101; Pump Ed 101; Pump/Pool Spreadsheets; Pump Run Time Study; DIY Acid Dosing; DIY Cover Roller
    18'x36' 20k plaster, MaxFlo SP2303VSP, Aqualogic PS8 SWCG, 420 sq-ft Cartridge, Solar, 6 jet spa, 1 HP jet pump, 400k BTU NG Heater

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    Quote Originally Posted by mas985 View Post
    I have the AquaLogic which is just fancier version of the SWG with a controller. I am pretty happy with mine and my last SWG cell lasted almost 10 years. Some people have run into issues with the thermistor failing but it is pretty easy to replace so it really isn't a huge concern and it doesn't happen that often. I would definitely recommend the unit.
    Does the controller make it easier to work with or have any additional features?

    Thanks.

  4. Back To Top    #4
    mas985's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Pleasanton, CA
    Posts
    11,482

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    Yes it has a lot more features such as being able to control solar, VS/2S pumps, pool lights, valves, heater, landscape lights, etc manually or with timers. But it costs more too.
    Mark
    Hydraulics 101; Pump Ed 101; Pump/Pool Spreadsheets; Pump Run Time Study; DIY Acid Dosing; DIY Cover Roller
    18'x36' 20k plaster, MaxFlo SP2303VSP, Aqualogic PS8 SWCG, 420 sq-ft Cartridge, Solar, 6 jet spa, 1 HP jet pump, 400k BTU NG Heater

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Long Beach, CA
    Posts
    2,670

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    It adds automation and depending on your pool it might be nice to have full automation. It would be nice with my pool as it has solar, a spa, a gas heater, etc and I would be able to control everything without going to the pad and manually switch the valves and turn off the SWG when I want to run just the spa. I don't have automation, but is no big deal to manually adjust everything.
    16k gal plaster with raised spa, Jandy DEV60 filter, 2 HP 2-speed SHPF Jandy Stealth pump
    Hayward Aqua Rite T-15 SWCG, Jandy LXi 400k BTU NG heater, 350 sq.ft. of Sun Star solar panels, TF-100 Test Kit, Dolphin s300i Cleaner
    Test Kits . Pool Math . Chlorine/CYA Chart . The SLAM Process

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    maryland
    Posts
    132

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    I have the pentair intellichlor. Although i am having some trouble maintaining my FC right now. The system along with my easytouch for automation has made managing my pool much easier. Everything has both good and bad reviews on the web. If you are thinking of full automation in the future you may wish to consider which swcg will integrate most easily.
    " A little knowledge is a dangerous thing"
    19,000 gallon sylvan pool, Easytouch 2 4p automation, Screenlogic interface, Intelliflo VF 3050 pump, Intellichem with Intellichlor 40 chlorinator/Muriatic acid, Raypac millivolt natural gas heater.Polaris pool cleaner with booster pump.Coverstar automatic cover hydraulic mechanism with PCS cover. Wet edge Luna quartz finish 2016. Northeast climate.

  7. Back To Top    #7

    TFP Guide

    chiefwej's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Tucson
    Posts
    2,853

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    The Hayward AQR15 is probably the most used and most recommend SWG on the forum. It's a very good choice. I've been using one for over 10 years and if it blew up today, I'd buy another like it tomorrow. The early models had a input resistor that was subject to failure, (a $2.00 part and a 15 min fix) but that issue has been resolved on the newer units.
    chiefwej
    Tucson, AZ
    16x36 rectangular (19k) Pebble Tec play pool/spa, Pentair Intelliflo VS 011018, Super II 2hp (spa), Aqua Rite T-15 SWG, Pro Grid 60 DE, Hayward H400 & Heliocol Solar heating, A&A infloor system, fill water w/high CH and TA, 50 ppm borates,TF-100 test kit

  8. Back To Top    #8

    In the Industry

    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Tampa
    Posts
    62

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    Quote Originally Posted by mas985 View Post
    I have the AquaLogic which is just fancier version of the SWG with a controller. I am pretty happy with mine and my last SWG cell lasted almost 10 years. Some people have run into issues with the thermistor failing but it is pretty easy to replace so it really isn't a huge concern and it doesn't happen that often. I would definitely recommend the unit.
    Wow, 10 years! You must have maintained it well.... I think 5 years is about average.

  9. Back To Top    #9

    In the Industry

    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Tampa
    Posts
    62

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    I've been installing a lot of PureChlor systems... I've had one on my pool for a few years now with no problems. They are cheap, have a better warranty than most units and produce good chlorine. They only negative is the ideal salt level is a little higher than the Hayward (3500ppm - 4500ppm) and there no digital salt reader (only a 'low salt' indicator)...but those things don't bother me. I agree that the Hayward is a good unit - and has some good features (and lower salt requirements). That said, I've encountered a lot of problems with the mainboard on that unit.

  10. Back To Top    #10

    TFP Guide

    chiefwej's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Tucson
    Posts
    2,853

    Re: Advice on purchasing a new unit

    BTW, re cell life: I got over seven years on my first cell. And that was before joining TFP and getting my water properly balanced. I'm now into my fifth year on the second cell.
    chiefwej
    Tucson, AZ
    16x36 rectangular (19k) Pebble Tec play pool/spa, Pentair Intelliflo VS 011018, Super II 2hp (spa), Aqua Rite T-15 SWG, Pro Grid 60 DE, Hayward H400 & Heliocol Solar heating, A&A infloor system, fill water w/high CH and TA, 50 ppm borates,TF-100 test kit

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •