We purchased a house with an inground pool last summer. As per the terms everything had to be up and running before we closed. They had to replace the pump motor....Yeah me for negotiating that into the contract.
Well we had it professionally closed (as I am a complete newbie and know virtually nothing). We had it opened the same way and this year its just been a constant nightmare. First we had a leak in one of the returns, so we capped it and opened the extra one, that was not in use (by me saying "we" I mean my pool people).
NEXT my salt generator kept showing numbers like 300 off from the pool store (where I take my water to get tested every 2 weeks). I can do basic math so I just figured always assume a 300 lower amount. But then it went from 300 difference to 1000 difference. Because I am cheap and hate spending money on needless diy things I found your forum! Thanks to your forum, I learned how to clean a salt cell and reset the generator display, all that good stuff. It never fully solved the problem so I broke down and just bought a new salt cell (it seemed to be at the end of its lifecycle anyways from what I read), it is compatible with my generator as its a t-15 running 1.4 software.
AT the same time I decided (after much research on your forum) to order the replacement part from digikey, just in case.
Ok new salt cell in, everything fine, until a week later.. now its saying "no power" ... good thing I thought ahead and bought the part. Had the neighbor come over and solder it on and wallah everything fine for 24 hours. (slaps head)
NOW .. it is hot, I mean the box is warm. Could the part be bad, I did order 2 so I am having him come put a new one on, in case that is it. It overheats (I would assume by the temp, just touching the box) and then runs a PCB code (which DID NOT happen before the new part was put on). My big question is .. is there a wrong way to put it on, I mean could it have been put on upside down? Too much solder gunk? I have no idea, I am just ready to close it and breathe a bit before I start the nightmare next year.
Details of the pool: built in 2005 (which means its time for everything to start failing for me), aquarite salt generator running 1.4 software, new t-15 cell, 31,000 gallons of water. I do not have it on a timer (neither did the previous owners) it runs 24-7 for 4 months a year.