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    Cleaned cell, now high salt reading

    I have an Aqua Rite Salt Generator. It was running around 3000 to 3100 at the beginning of the season. We had the cell cleaned about a month ago and now it is up to 3700. I have not added ANY salt since we had the cell cleaned. Is this common? Do you all think that the 3700 is an accurate reading? I also checked the salt level with an ORP pocket tester and it also read 3700. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.
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    Dominick (Inground Pool Newbie)
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    Re: Cleaned cell, now high salt reading

    If the cell had deposits, it could have been reading low then. Bottom line, if the swg is happy then I wouldn't worry about it for now.

    How often are you having to clean the cell?
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Cleaned cell, now high salt reading

    We had probably let it go 6 months ( I know, shame on us). However, there was very little build up. It is generating, the pool looks great and the aqua rite is not saying high salt.
    The funny thing is that after the cleaning it displayed 3400, then went to 3500 a couple days later, then 3600 a few days later and now almost a month later it is reading 3700. Weird that it keeps going up!
    I've even had our Labrador Retriever go in and out a hundred times (much to his delight) to try to pull some salt out and it still increased. Head scratcher.
    Rgds,
    Dominick (Inground Pool Newbie)
    650 sq/ft - 20k gallons
    Free-Form Gunite with Granite Ansylbrite Finish
    40 sq/ft 18' raised spa
    Jandy DE60 filter
    Jandy Aquapure 1400
    Jandy Aqua link PDA

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    Re: Cleaned cell, now high salt reading

    If there is no buildup then don't clean it. As I understand it, acid cleaning of a swg cell reduces it's life a little every time. If you are getting buildup then you could post your latest test results and we may be able to help reduce it. I have pretty high CH in my water, but haven't had to clean my cell for the last 2 years.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Cleaned cell, now high salt reading

    The Aquarite system displays the salt level, based on the amps and volts going to the cell. Scaled conditions, cold water, or a failing cell will all display a low salt condition. It's important to ensure that the cell is clean of scale formation, and if the unit does show low salt condition, inspect the cell before adding salt.
    I believe the unit is increasing slowly because the displayed salt level is actually averaging the salt level so it'll slowly drift up to match your test result.
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