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Thread: Replace a TCell 15 with a TCell 3?

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    Replace a TCell 15 with a TCell 3?

    Need your expertise...

    Currently have a 9800 gallon in-ground pool installed July '04 with Aqua Rite Electronic Chlorine Generator and a TCell 15

    Looks like I have squeezed all the chlorine generation I can with my current TCell 15 and it's time for a replacement -
    Current Diagonstic Displays show -
    Cell Voltage = 30.3
    Cell Current = 0.00
    Desired Output % = 80P
    Instant salinity = -0.00
    Product = AL - 2
    Software revision level = R1.32

    The "Check Salt" and "Inspect Cell" lights are on and have walked through possible solutions - but I think the cell is dead...So...trying to correctly size a replacement cell - and since I dont have a 40k gallon pool - Is it possible to use a TCell 3 (up to 15,000 gallons) instead of TCell 15 (up to 40,000 gallons)?

    Will a TCell 3 be compatible with the controller/software?

    Will there be a noticeable difference in performance...ie...cholorine generation...with the smaller cell?

    Appreciate any insights, advice or help you can provide.
    Indiana, 20k gallons, in-ground, vinyl, 1.0hp whisperflow pump, sand filter

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    Re: Replace a TCell 15 with a TCell 3?

    Usually a can do situation but verify it with Hayward first as not all can.

    Scott
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    Re: Replace a TCell 15 with a TCell 3?

    Won't work.
    You need software revision 1.5 or higher to use the low output cells.
    Even if you had this version, you would probably not be happy with a unit that produces 1/3 of the amount of chlorine that your current cell produces.

    If funds are the issue, then consider the GLX-CELL-15 which is the same cell as the t-cell-15 but with only a 1 year warranty.

    Before you purchase a cell, move the output % to 100% to see if the voltage, current, and instant salinity change.

    PSG
    poolschoolgrad

    20x40 free-form IG vinyl, 1hp Hayward superpump, Hayward pro grid DE filter, Raypak heatpump, Goldline Aquarite SWCG, Polaris 280 with booster, and tested using a Taylor K2006.

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    Re: Replace a TCell 15 with a TCell 3?

    Poolschoolgrad,

    Thank you for your response and I had contacted GoldLine tech support and they stated the same as your response. They did off a similar solution by removing a "Jumper Switch" connection on the control board that will make it compatible with a TCell 5 (up 20k gallons).

    Found this interesting option on Ebay - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Goldline-Haywar ... 5640e91a65
    Indiana, 20k gallons, in-ground, vinyl, 1.0hp whisperflow pump, sand filter

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    Re: Replace a TCell 15 with a TCell 3?

    Excellent information as I was not aware that it only required removing a jumper to allow the main board to be compatible with the Aquatrol t-5 cell.

    The rebuild service may also be a cost effective solution.
    If you try this service, please post your observations and total replacement time.

    thanks

    PSG
    poolschoolgrad

    20x40 free-form IG vinyl, 1hp Hayward superpump, Hayward pro grid DE filter, Raypak heatpump, Goldline Aquarite SWCG, Polaris 280 with booster, and tested using a Taylor K2006.

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    Re: Replace a TCell 15 with a TCell 3?

    TCell 15 replacement UPDATE

    It's now been 2 years since I replaced my TCell 15 with a refurbished cell I found on Ebay -

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Goldline-Haywar ... _500wt_922.

    So far results have been very, very good. Refurbished TCell 15 is performing as advertised with zero problems since installation. The original TCell lasted almost 6 years and I will post updates on the replacement as warranted.

    For the price - you cant beat the refurbished TCell and I highly recommend as I am 2 years in.
    Indiana, 20k gallons, in-ground, vinyl, 1.0hp whisperflow pump, sand filter

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