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    Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Hi Everyone,

    I've had my aquarite a few years now but recently I got a "Hot" reading and checked the temp and it read 184F. This can't be as the water should be around 65F.

    I also cleaned the cell and still got a "HOT" reading.

    This is what is shown on the control panel:

    "HOT"
    Power: On
    Generating: Flashing
    Check Cell: Illuminated
    Check Salt: Illuminated
    Temp: 184
    % output: 40

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Sequentially press the diagnostic button and post the following
    1. Temp
    2. Cell voltage
    3. Cell current
    4. output %
    5. salinity
    6 produt name
    7. Software revision level
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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Thanks poolschoolgrad.

    Below are the current readings. I turned the system off last night but the temp still climbed from 184 - 204 so I disconnected the chord to the cell and now the temp reads 77.

    1. Temp - 204
    2. Cell voltage - 28.3
    3. Cell current - 0.00
    4. output % - 80
    5. salinity - 0
    6 produt name - AL 0
    7. Software revision level - r 1.55

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    what does an independent test for salinity in the pool water show? is there salt in the water?

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Quote Originally Posted by susa
    what does an independent test for salinity in the pool water show? is there salt in the water?
    yes 3,300

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    How long have you had the cell? Sounds like it may be shot. They will go south and wont last forever
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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    How long have you had the cell? Sounds like it may be shot. They will go south and wont last forever
    about 3 1/2 years.

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Aquatica

    Cell voltage should be 22 to 25 volts when generating otherwise 30-35v
    Cell current is normally between 4.5 and 7.8

    Normally, when the cell starts to fail, the cell voltage will increase and the cell current will decrease.
    Temperature returning to normal range after disconnecting the cell would also indicate a defective cell.
    A sudden decrease in the displayed salt concentration can be a sign of an aging cell. Salinity = 0 is not a good sign.

    The OEM Goldline cells have 3 year warranty so you are just past the warranty period.
    The last T-cell-15 that I purchased was $445 including shipping so shop around on the net for your best deal.
    Be sure to order the correct size replacement cell for your controller.
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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Thank poolschoolgrad for your help. Looks like I will need a new cell.

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    before I took over handling my pool myself I had a pool guy but he wasn't keeping the pool in good condition. I noticed he was adding like 1 gallon of acid everytime he came. this went on for like 2 months. could this have shortened the cell life?

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    A gallon seems like a lot but if the pool was newly plastered and more than 15 thousand gallons, the combination of the salt cell and curing plaster can use that much.

    Without any history, nobody can say definitively. I do find it unlikely however that that was the cause, based on past experience.

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolGuyNJ
    A gallon seems like a lot but if the pool was newly plastered and more than 15 thousand gallons, the combination of the salt cell and curing plaster can use that much.

    Without any history, nobody can say definitively. I do fine it unlikely however that that was the cause, based on past experience.

    Scott

    Thanks for your input Scott. much appreciated.

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    had a repair guy come and check out the cell. he said I was using the wrong salt. I was using rock salt.

    he also said I should have a cartridge filter and that the DE filters don't work well with salt systems.

    none of this makes any sense to me. how about you?

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Well, the DE filter vs cartridge filter is bogus. Not sure why he would say that; it's plain wring.

    As for the rock solar salt, i'm not sure what htat is. Generally you do not want to use rock salt (like road salt) as it contains impurities. Can you tell us what brand it is and what does the packaging say and look like? you can use water softner salt, but it takes longer to dissolve than granular salt.
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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Quote Originally Posted by bk406
    Well, the DE filter vs cartridge filter is bogus. Not sure why he would say that; it's plain wring.

    As for the rock solar salt, i'm not sure what htat is. Generally you do not want to use rock salt (like road salt) as it contains impurities. Can you tell us what brand it is and what does the packaging say and look like? you can use water softner salt, but it takes longer to dissolve than granular salt.

    Its Mortons water softner salt. Its not the fine salt..like small rocks. it comes in a 80lb blue bag and I think it says solar on the bag.

    http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/produc ... b5_400.jpg

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Water softener salt that is 99% pure or better can be used. See page 3
    http://www.haywardcanada.com/products/M ... ual311.pdf

    According to the MSDS the Morton White crystal water softening salt is pure salt without additives.
    http://www.mortonsalt.com/products/pdfs ... T-Salt.pdf

    DE filters work great with salt systems.
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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Quote Originally Posted by Poolschoolgrad
    Water softener salt that is 99% pure or better can be used. See page 3
    http://www.haywardcanada.com/products/M ... ual311.pdf

    According to the MSDS the Morton White crystal water softening salt is pure salt without additives.
    http://www.mortonsalt.com/products/pdfs ... T-Salt.pdf

    DE filters work great with salt systems.
    Many thanks.

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    the repair said he could fix the cell. I think I will just buy a new one. I guess the cell might be able to fix by maybe splicing wires back together or something but I read somewhere on here that doesn't work.

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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    I would never trust that repair guy, either what he says or does.

    The cord on the cell is not replaceable or serviceable.

    A new cell is in order. Don't get it from that service guy. Buy it on line and save. **


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    Re: Aqua Rite Reading "HOT"

    Quote Originally Posted by PoolGuyNJ
    I would never trust that repair guy, either what he says or does.

    The cord on the cell is not replaceable or serviceable.

    A new cell is in order. Don't get it from that service guy. Buy it on line and save. **


    Scott

    ** I never thought I would say that.

    absolutely! thanks Scott. thanks to everyone for all your input. Its much appreciated.

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