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    In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    While my system is still in "circulate water only(no salt in pool yet..)"-mode, was curious to know if IntelliChlor owners in colder climates with open pool year-round, disconnect or power down their units?

    Since the unit measurement system is impacted by cold water/ambient temp, is there any advantage/disadvantage in tinkering with power or just leave it be? In my case, the IntelliChlor Power Center (transformer) is on separate breaker so I can just flip the switch Off.

    Temperature currently 12 C in S.Florida

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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    All that is needed to turn off the Intellichlor, is to lower the percentage to zero. There is no need to unplug or disconnect the unit. The unit will also turn itself off when the water temp drops below a certain temp, i believe it's somewhere in the low 50's.
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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    the lowest percentage on the IC40 Cell is 20%, unless I am missing something as I have no other controller or automation control for the IntelliChlor.

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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    If you keep pushing the less button, the unit goes to zero% (the 20%-100% lights are not lit). If you had a control box (i.e. Easytouch, you can control the output in 1% increments.

    Do you have a manual that came with it?
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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    Won't the Power Center still consume a vampire load on the circuit? ie. for a non-producing system, during winter, is there some harm from turning off the transformer circuit?

    As to the 20%, yes, I see what you mean, for some reason I had left mine on 20% but of course the NoSalt/LowSalt LED was RED, indicating (correctly) the IC40 Cell was Off. I pressed it couple more times and the 20% LED turned off.

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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    Just turn the power center off, (flip the breaker).
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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    Just turn the power center off, (flip the breaker).
    Problem is, a lot of times, the power center is wired to the filter pump. Does the transformer really use that much power when off?
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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pool Clown
    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    Just turn the power center off, (flip the breaker).
    Problem is, a lot of times, the power center is wired to the filter pump. Does the transformer really use that much power when off?
    Thats very true. But, Susa said the transformer was on it's own breaker.

    Quote Originally Posted by susa
    In my case, the IntelliChlor Power Center (transformer) is on separate breaker so I can just flip the switch Off.
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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    I have been told to just unplug the SWG from the power center. Then there is nothing attached to draw power.
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    Re: In colder climates, do you disconnect IntelliChlor unit?

    Quote Originally Posted by benavidescj
    I have been told to just unplug the SWG from the power center. Then there is nothing attached to draw power.
    If you do that, just make sure to turn off the power center 1st before unplugging the SWCG.
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