Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Brand new member getting started

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Baja California Sur, Mexico
    Posts
    3

    Brand new member getting started

    Hi everyone. I cannot tell you how much knowledge you all contribute to this forum. I have been reading it for a while and finally decided to register. Of course, I have a question (or two) regarding my own setup for which I am hoping to get some insight from all of you.

    I have an Aqua Rite SWG and lately the "Generating" light has not been lit under any % setting. The routine "Inspect Cell" light comes on and I do so. I even gave the cell a mild acid/water bath per the manufacturer's recommendations. When I switch the control to "super-chlorinate" and then back to normal function the "Generating" light comes on for a bit, then goes off again. Does this sound like a faulty cell? It is approximately 3 years old and I am willing to replace it, if in fact it is not working based on my description.

    This leads me to my next question. I have been adding 6% Bleach to keep the FC up and have not had any problems with algae. Is bleach okay to add with a SWG as a make up chlorine method or does this damage the cell?

    Since I started reading discussions in these forums, I have been able to keep my pool relatively sanitary and clean looking. But if the SWG is not contributing to my efforts, I would sure like to know.

    Thanks in advance for any input.

    Mike
    20,100G, pebble pool with waterfall, swim jet & integral spa. Aqua Rite SWG, (4) 8" dia. cartridge filters.

  2. Back To Top    #2
    polyvue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Sacramento, California USA
    Posts
    1,215

    Re: Brand new member getting started

    Quote Originally Posted by peloncito
    I have an Aqua Rite SWG and lately the "Generating" light has not been lit under any % setting. The routine "Inspect Cell" light comes on and I do so. When I switch the control to "super-chlorinate" and then back to normal function the "Generating" light comes on for a bit, then goes off again. Does this sound like a faulty cell?

    Is bleach okay to add with a SWG as a make up chlorine method or does this damage the cell?
    [I]f the SWG is not contributing to my efforts, I would sure like to know.
    Hello, Mike Welcome to TFP

    It's normal for the cell to cycle off and on but from your description it sounds like you're not sure if it's coming back on. I have the same SWG (Aqua T-Cell-15) connected to Aqua Logic PS-8 controller, so to determine whether the cell is currently operating I select the Diagnostic menu to check the cell operation. It displays water temperature, "instant" salt ppm and real-time voltage & amps. Liquid chlorine or bleach should not cause any damage to the cell. In troubleshooting, check the following.

    • a. pump is on
      b. water is flowing
      c. check system light off
      d. % chlorination set to > 0 (to test, set to 100%)
      e. water temperature > 50° F.
      f. salt 2700 ppm to 3400 ppm (test with salt test strip or drop test if there's any doubt)
      g. voltage display shows roughly 23.45V
      h. amps (if off, will display 0.00A)
      [list:1mscwa79]Will also show 0.00 when cell is just in its "off" cycle but still operational
    [/list:u:1mscwa79]

    Recommend setting to 90% or higher then closely monitor amps. If variables outlined above are in line, it should be generating almost all of the time... If not, you may have a bad circuit controller board or a bad cell.
    14,555 gal in-ground 16'x29' white plaster Pool w/spa (2007); Goldline Aqua Logic AQL-PS-8 control w/Aqua Cell 15 Salt Water Chlorination (SWCG); Hayward TriStar 1HP (1.85 SF) main / 1.5HP (1.60 SF) spa pumps; Hayward Swimclear cart filter C4025, ColorLogic LED lights; Tankless SP-18-4 electric heater; Polaris 280 cleaner.
    __
    View of spiral galaxy in Ursa Major NGC6217 - Hubble Telescope 2009

  3. Back To Top    #3

    In the Industry

    duraleigh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Sebring, Florida
    Posts
    30,077

    Re: Brand new member getting started

    Hi, Mike,

    Posting to welcome you to the forum .....I can't help with the SWG but looks like polyvue has you covered.

    For reinforcement, I can assure you that manually adding as much chlorine as you want will have no adverse affect on your SWG.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
    TFTestkits , PoolMath , Pool School

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Baja California Sur, Mexico
    Posts
    3

    Re: Brand new member getting started

    Thank you for the responses. I will check the unit for proper function and continue to use bleach supplemental to my SWG.

    Great site!!!
    20,100G, pebble pool with waterfall, swim jet & integral spa. Aqua Rite SWG, (4) 8" dia. cartridge filters.

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    North Florida
    Posts
    79

    Re: Brand new member getting started

    Also check the easy stuff...

    - Be sure all your connections are solid, esp. the plug that plugs upward into the control box.

    - Are you clearing the "Inspect Cell" indicator light after you inspect the cell? Instructions for doing so are in the owner's manual. Although I have the same system, I'm not an "expert" but I thought I remembered reading that if you allow the "Inspect Cell" light to progress from flashing to steady on (without clearing it), the cell stops generating.
    Sandy

    15,600 gallon, screened 15 x 30 sport pool with 6 x 8 baja shelf, IG plaster (Diamondbrite??), Hayward cartridge filter, 1-HP Hayward pump, Hayward/EUS Mark VI heat pump, Polaris 280, AquaRite SWCG

  6. Back To Top    #6

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Coastalish 'down easter'
    Posts
    4,160

    Re: Brand new member getting started

    Welcome to TFP!!

    Has your chlorine been dropping to ~0? Sometimes there is a short in the wire and the light doesn't come on even though the unit is producing.

    There is a way to check if the cell is generating, it's a bit complicated so I'll wait for your response before launching into it
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

Posting Permissions

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