I have a four year old Aqua Logic PS-4. I received an error message indicating "LOW VOLTS." I checked my manual and this website and recognized many others had experienced a similar problem. I went into diagnostic mode and pressed the + button. The display counted down from 15 to zero. I then got a reading showing -26.130 V and -5.52 Amps. Water temp was 69 degrees with a salt level of 3000. The negative numbers were fluctuating quite a bit, but by no more than 1.0.
After 15 minutes or so, the negative numbers/reverse polarity numbers were gone and the display indicated the same "Low Volts" error message. Cut the power at the breakers on the SWG panel and pulled off the cover. Didn't see anything remarkable. Really didn't want to pull the inner board off to check the notorious K-1 module, because 1. I have no electrical ability and 2. I have nearly electrocuted myself once or twice, so I am living on borrowed time as it is. I wasn't sure if the breakers on the panel cut electricity to the unit or not.
I put the display and cover back on. I tried the diagnostic message/ press + again and after 15 seconds or so, things got interesting. I heard the sound of electrical shorting/crackling behind the board in the general area of the K-1 module, noted the Volts had shot up to 40 and cut the breaker. Now, All I get is a "No Cell Power" message. Went from bad to worse.
What options do I have at this time? Does cutting the breakers at the Aqua Logic board cut electricity to the entire board? Is there anything in there when the breakers at the AQL box are off that could kill me? I am thinking I likely need to replace the entire board or is there any hope for a cheaper fix now that I've seen 40 Volts on the display? Should I try it again to see what happens?