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    Rainbow 320 Issues

    I replaced my liner this year and installed a rainbow 320 chemical feeder. I'm having issues with my sanitizer levels (they consistantly remain around 0 ppm) when using the feeder. I started with bottom feed wide open to no avail. I now have it set up for top feed with valve wide open and still nothing. Here are a few observations.

    1. Direction arrow is pointing in the direction of the flow (so feeder is installed in right orientation)
    2. With cap off, no water flows through valve when closed and increases as valve opens
    3. Tablets are eroding
    4. When the pump is shut off, the feeder does not drain until the cap is removed.
    5. Tested feeder without cap off, valve closed, and pump running for 15-20 seconds. Wated did not enter feeder until I opened valve.
    6. Filled feeder about 3/4 of the way, with cap off, to see if feeder would drain. Could really tell much so I left it for about 5 hours with cap off and pump running. Came back and the feeder was filled all the way to the top.
    7. Pressure running between 25 and 30 psi (pump and filter original, sand replaced 3 years ago before we acquired the home so I don't know what start up pressure was).

    So, two questions. First, could the line pressure be keeping the feeder from draining? Second is why is the feeder filling with water when the valve is shut? Thanks in advance from a pool newbie!
    28K gal, vinyl, Pentair IntelliFlo VF High Performance Pump

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    Re: Rainbow 320 Issues

    Well, I would check to see if it is delivering chlorine to the pool. Take an eyedropper, turkey baster, cup, etc and get a sample from in front of the return pushing water back in to your pool.

    Then test that water for FC (I would use the simple OTO test) if the water turns yellow, you are producing chlorine and you have organics in your water that are consuming it.

    That quick, simple test will confirm or deny the presence of chlorine in the pool and, if it's not producing chlorine, we can go from there.
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    Re: Rainbow 320 Issues

    #2 above you said that "no water flows through valve when closed and increases as valve opens". Then you asked "why is the feeder filling with water when the valve is shut?". That says it has to be backing in the outlet side. Like the outlet check valve (F) is installed backward or is leaking. That would also explain why it doesn't drain like it should.
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    Re: Rainbow 320 Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Well, I would check to see if it is delivering chlorine to the pool. Take an eyedropper, turkey baster, cup, etc and get a sample from in front of the return pushing water back in to your pool.

    Then test that water for FC (I would use the simple OTO test) if the water turns yellow, you are producing chlorine and you have organics in your water that are consuming it.

    That quick, simple test will confirm or deny the presence of chlorine in the pool and, if it's not producing chlorine, we can go from there.
    The pool is a bromine pool. I do know that bromine is present. The levels go to around 7 ppm when I shock the pool. It usually is back down around 0 ppm by the following day.
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    Re: Rainbow 320 Issues

    The pool is a bromine pool.
    Hmmm. That's helpful to know. I am clueless.
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