I have a 32k gallon IG pool. Hayward DE (75?) filter, Hayward CL220 Chlorinator. 4 wall skimmers, 1 bottom skimmer, 2 wall returns, 1 bottom return. Chlorine (obviously).
I can keep the pool very clean with little effort with this setup, generally. I pay a service to open and close the pool, but besides that I take care of it myself.
We just opened the pool this week. Everything looks good (besides the leaves and green water that should clear up soon) but I have leaks where my Chlorinator (off-line model - rubber hose to PVC) attaches. Both at the chlorinator and at the PVC there are leaks.
More background - I friggin HATE that chlorinator. The cap o-ring stretches and needs replaced twice a year it seems, the dial seems meaningless and last season it occured to me that I'm not even sure how well it is working as the pucks seemed to last forever in it. The previous year it sucked them up every month or so.
Not sure my specific question, but here are some general questions..
1) Is this chlorinator necessary for running the pool? As I said - last season it didn't seem like there was even enough puck degeneration to be useful. Not sure why the pool stayed clear and balance, but it did.
2) Can I just take it off-line and put in a floater? And take that floater out when folks are swimming?
3) Is there a better chlorinator than this one without spending big bucks on a SWG? The friggin tiny plastic parts I'm going to have to buy to fix the fittings were quoted at $80!!! The entire unit can be purchased for that much?
For the time being (until I get the parts) is there a good way to plug up the holes in the PVC and take this thing off line so that I can start filtering the pool without the chlorinator hooked up?