I've been trying to get my Jandy AquaPure 1400 back up and working and its putting up a fight!
Initially I was getting the cell needs cleaning service code so I cleaned my cell and removed quite a lot of calcium accumulation. This cell is about 5-6 years old so I worried that maybe the cell is worn out and needs replacement. But I'd really like to get another season out of it since I just dumped a bunch of money into a new pump.
After reassembling the system, I no longer got the clean cell code, but now I get two codes, 172 and 186. Looking in a troubleshooting guide I found online, these codes mean there is a problem with the tri-sensor.
I removed and cleaned the sensor with a green pad, although it looked perfectly new inside. I saw no signs of mineral accumulation. Could this sensor still need cleaning even though it looks perfect with shiny contacts? I didn't use acid. Errors did not go away.
I also ran a test recommended by the troubleshooting guide involving pushing the test buttons on the circuit card while also pushing the front panel buttons. The salt level read 2.8 as expected and the high temp read 91 as expected. The regular temp read 74 when the guide said it should read 75. The guide said that if the output numbers didn't match expected values then the circuit card is bad and if they did match then the tri-sensor is bad. So I had one number off by one degree. Does that really mean this circuit card is bad and the root cause of my trouble?
I'm getting frustrated. If I replace the sensor ($170) and that isn't the problem, then I could end up replacing the circuit card too ($100?). And the salt cell may also be shot and give me more trouble once the other items are fixed since it is old and has seemed flaky lately ($500+). If I am forced to replace the salt cell, I'll be forced to replumb and buy yet another sensor ($200?) since not only is the new cell incompatible with the old one but so is the sensor!!!! ACK!
What should I do? Can anyone tell conclusively what needs to be done/replaced from this description?
Should I cut my losses and trash this whole Jandy AquaPure system and buy a new one from another manufacturer? I won't by a complete new system from Jandy if I can't reasonably debug, repair, and obtain compatible replacement parts after 5 years. If I just had to replace the cell once every 5 years for $500, fine. But it seems like every part in this system has a 2-5 year life.