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    Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    I called the Resilience rep (my current salt cell) and they did recommend the usual MA and water mixture, but he said that they also recommend vinegar because its "less harsh" on the cell. It does make since, but have any of you used it before or currently use it when cleaning your cell?
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    Re: Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    Yes, Intex recommends vinegar for their SWGs.
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    Re: Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    I'm doing that with mine.

    I use white vinegar. I used a threaded end part and siliconed a piece of plastic to it to seal it, then put a gasket in there so it wouldn't leak when I screwed it on the SWG.

    I've heard MA will damage the cell and vinegar won't so that's what I use.
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    Re: Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    Interesting idea. How long do you keep the vinegar in there?
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    Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    It can be used. It will take a lot longer though, at least 2 hours or so. Think about a coffee pot, most manufacturers suggest running a hot water cycle and then adding vinegar in to clean and letting it sit for at least 2 hours. Acetic acid is a much weaker acid than MA and the calcium acetate salt is much less soluble than calcium chloride.

    And, to be clear, ALL acids will damage the cell plate coatings.

    My suggestion would be to use the weakest concentration possible and to only clean plates that have VISIBLE scale on them. I pull my cell once per year and I have never acid cleaned it because it has never had scale on it (even with my CH nearing 1000ppm). So I have never exposed it to acid cleaning.
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    Re: Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    I clean my SWG every two or three weeks. My well water tends to build a lot of scale, even on my appliances. I use vinegar, 5%. I disconnect the SWG from the pool, dump the water, then fill with vinegar. I cap it and let it sit in sun for 2-4 hours. Afterwards, I take it apart and rinse it thoroughly. To clear the loosened scale between the plates, I carefully use a pipe cleaner. Hope this helps.��
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    Re: Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    It is far better for your pool and your SWG to manage your water chemistry to avoid scale. Our water has a very high tendency to scale too. Keep your CSI between -0.3 and 0 to avoid scale. I have not needed to clean my SWG in 5 years even though my coffee pot needs it regularly. More here, Pool School - Calcium Scaling
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    Re: Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    I had an intex SWG for 4 years and I used vinegar to clean the cell about once a week. In Midland, Tx we have very hard water and it would scale up once a week without fail. Vinegar did the trick every time. This was before I knew about TFP.
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    Re: Anybody ever heard of using vinegar to clean out salt cell?

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    It is far better for your pool and your SWG to manage your water chemistry to avoid scale. Our water has a very high tendency to scale too. Keep your CSI between -0.3 and 0 to avoid scale. I have not needed to clean my SWG in 5 years even though my coffee pot needs it regularly. More here, Pool School - Calcium Scaling
    My chemistry is where it should be, however, I still get build up on one side of my SWG. I honestly don't know if it is 'scale'. It is white and hard and the vinegar takes care of it.

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