I have a pool that was built in 2013 that came with ic40 and automation. ive been told by the pool company maintaining it that they are using tablets because the salt cell isnt working. i havent fully tested the water yet, but i know in 2 weeks i've had to clean the cell twice due to build up, which is telling me the water is really really far off. i've got deposits on the side walls, and all around the spa is turning white. on top of that the ic40 is dead, and will not create chlorine. says 40% left on life, but it was set on 100% with 8 hour run time. i'm sure its fully gone at this point.
i'm wondering if i should even bother with the 525 to replace the ic40, or just cut my losses here and go back to liquid chlorine or even tablets. i'm mostly concerned with the pool falling apart because i was told the stone veneer has already fallen off, and doing a brush yesterday i noticed the deposits are really caked on and the veneer is actually starting to disolve underneath. the spa has black tile around the spillover and it is starting to lift also, with water getting under it. seems like a lot of damage for a 3 year old pool. i doubt any of it was sealed before they went salt.
oh also the water softener was disabled, so i'm thinking that might also help now that its repaired.