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Thread: Time for New Salt Generator?

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    Apr 2015
    Yuba City, CA

    Smile Time for New Salt Generator?

    I had my Salt Water Pool built in 2010. I do pretty much all the maintenance myself. I was wondering if someone could answer a couple of questions for me? I have an approximately 17,000 gallon pool and today I cleaned my filter. I noticed that I will need NEW cartridges so I ordered those off of Amazon. Saved me about $160.00 as my local pool store wanted that much more for the same filters. I also cleaned my Salt Water Generator as per the directions and I waited for the acid/water solution to eat away all the calcium deposits for about 12 minutes. I reinstalled generator but as I was doing, so I noticed hairline cracks in the body of the generator. It isn't leaking, but I like to take a PROACTIVE response to things instead of waiting for the problem to get worse. I currently have a Turbo Cell T-Cell-15. I looked on and when you do an exact search for the same cell several pop up and they look different than mine, but I did find my exact same one and they wanted about $710.00 for it. I went on Ebay and I found the same looking Turbo Cell as mine, but in the listing it says it is a T-Cell 3. Something tells me even though it looks EXACTLY like mine it isn't. Can someone please help? Is there NO WAY of getting away from the HIGH cost of a NEW Generator and how many years should they last? I have had mine for 5 years and I probably don't clean it every three months like it says. Honestly I clean it twice a year and during the winter I followed my pool store's advice and disconnect it completely. If someone could provide a link to a T-CELL 15 at a reasonable price I would appreciate it. I know pools cost money. I just like to do repairs myself and don't like to pay markup on an item if I can help it.
    Thanks, Alan
    Yuba City, CA

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    Jun 2011

    Re: Time for New Salt Generator?

    The T-15 cell is rated at 40k gallons, vs T-3 at 15k. There is a big performance and a price difference. Buy a T-15 not the smaller capacity T-3. You can buy a new T-15 cell on Amazon for $399. If you hunt around you might find even better prices. But, do not buy a genaric replacement, there isn't much savings and there have been many complaints about them.

    The life of a cell depends on a number of factors, but at five years you are nearing the end of the average life span of a cell.
    Tucson, AZ
    16x36 rectangular (19k) Pebble Tec play pool/spa, Pentair Intelliflo VS 011018, Super II 2hp (spa), Aqua Rite T-15 SWG, Pro Grid 60 DE, Hayward H400 & Heliocol Solar heating, A&A infloor system, fill water w/high CH and TA, 50 ppm borates,TF-100 test kit

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    Feb 2014
    Upstate, NY

    Re: Time for New Salt Generator?

    I think you did well with the T15 lasting 5 years. It seems the average life span ranges from 3 to 5 years. I did see on Amazon 710 for a replacement T15 cell. That was Canadian, NOT US. $399 is about the cheapest I have seen. Stay away from generic replacements. JMHO.
    20X36 IG vinyl (18,000 gal), 3 sheer descents, Max-Flo 1.5hp VS 2300, Aquarite T15 SWG, C3030 filter, 250,000 BTU heater, Sharkvac XL (Hayward equip)

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