I became an owner of a pool recently (Nov 2012) and since then I have been learning about maintaining it thru this forum and talking to several people and also some self trial and error.
Here is my situation. When i got this pool, the reading on the control panel was 2300 ppm for salt. I took the water sample to Leslie and they found the salt reading to be 4400ppm. Also the cl was very low & all other chemical readings were out of wack.
I verified it myself by doing the test using the strips & all other stuff. I then cleaned up the cell by dipping it in muriatic acid solution. It did not helped much. I am not sure why since maybe I was doing it in winter (late nov, December when the temps were pretty low) and also I did not knew much about resetting the cell after cleaning.
Anyways I figured its winter and If I can manage the winter by adding chlorine directly and then will think about the cell again when temp come back up.
Since then as of now the current salt reading on the panel is 1400 ppm but the strip shows ~2400 ppm. I have been maintaining the cl & other chemicals throughout the winter.
Now my questions is what should I do now with the cell? I am not sure if it has gone bad or was it just the temp when it was not generating cl. Is there a test to check if the cell is good or bad?
What should I do next to recover from where the current salt reading is and get back to normal with the cell running normally? How would having maintaing cl separately affect coming back to using the SWG normally?
Note: I can say that the chemical reading are not perfect even now but I am working on them.