Ok I decided to sign up for membership to this site as I'm having a really odd problem with my SWG unit... it seems to be losing power and resetting itself (almost as if the household power were blinking off and on, which it isn't!). I found it apparently off when it should have still been on and running a couple times in the past 2 weeks, with the display just barely lit up or flickering faintly... cycling the power switch (or the Ground Fault protector unit on the plug) would start it working properly again. Pool has remained crisp and clear as a bell... but now it's degraded to the point where I can't get a full hour run out of the thing before it either resets or goes into that low power flickering mode (in which the system does not actually run at all, though the display is trying to turn on).
I took the top housing loose and pushed the rocker power switch out today, it looked like 1 of the terminals was moving as I cycled the switch so I replaced it with a fresh switch thinking it had gone bad or was defective. Now with the spades plugged securely into the replacement switch, the unit comes on correctly the pump is running the Working light is flashing for 20 or 30 seconds like it's supposed to, then the whole thing shuts off completely, then turns back on and repeats! ***? It looks like just as the SWG cell goes to making chlorine bubbles, the entire thing loses power then power returns and it starts over again from the beginning with the flashing Working light! There are no error codes, no error lights on!
Any ideas? I clean my cell about once every 2-3 weeks when I see a calcium buildup on it by soaking the cell in white vinegar, this unit is just about a year old now and has worked fantastic until this hiccup started! Even though I've already cleaned my salt cell just a few days ago and it does go to bubbling furiously just before the system loses complete power, I pulled it out and am cleaning it in vinegar again just to be sure. I'm wondering if something about the cell is pulling so much power it's forcing the system into it's own little brown-out?
My mother's pool has the same Intex system with a practically brand new cell (bought and put into it in May this year), I'm thinking of "borrowing" her cell later tonight to put in my unit to see if it's my cell that's at fault somehow.
ps. When her cell went bad this spring on her 2 year old unit, hers went to displaying Low Salt alarm constantly no matter how many bags we put in her pool (after adding 3 bags, I got suspicious since it couldn't have lost that much salt so suddenly)... I finally took her cell put it in my unit and mine also went into Low Salt alarm mode, so realizing something was wrong with her's original SWG cell we got her a new replacement cell which is why her unit has a virtually new cell in it right now. Now of course the Intex website shows the cells for the 16 inch saltwater sand filter units to be out of stock, so not sure what I'll have to do if for some reason my cell has developed a problem! Eeek!
Love these things when they're working correctly... hate them when they aren't! Arghhh!