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    Question AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    I have an AquaRite SWG that won't keep generating chlorine. After initial "on", the unit will generate with an amp reading @4.42, however shortly thereafter it stops generating and the amp reading drops to @0.02.
    The control is 8 seasons old, and the cell is new last season (2014). The system was working fine before winter closing last fall.
    Any thoughts?

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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

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    Unless the percentage setting is set to 100%, it is completely normal for the unit to cycle between on and off, being on for the given percentage of each 2 hour period.

    Are you seeing any error lights/codes?
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    No other codes or error lights. Unit is set at 100%, this also happens when I set to "Super Chlorinate".
    It will only generate for a few minutes (you can see the micro bubbles in the cell).
    I understand the unit works off a percentage of time per cycle; does the system stop generating when it reaches a certain chlorine level?
    Built new fall 2006; 23,000 gallon in ground vinyl liner pool, AquaRite SWG, Hayward paper media filter.

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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    No other error codes present, all looks normal.
    Set to 100%, also "super chlorinate" setting reacts the same. After initial power on, generates like normal then 5 minutes or so it stops generating. Lights do not change.
    Will the system stop generating after reaching a certain chlorine level, or strictly a percentage of time per cycle.
    Built new fall 2006; 23,000 gallon in ground vinyl liner pool, AquaRite SWG, Hayward paper media filter.

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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    Strictly percentage of time cycle.
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    When set to 100% the unit should continue to generate the entire time the pump is on. The only exception I can think of is for cold water. Between 50 and 60 degrees it will only run a little, and below 50 degrees it won't run at all.
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    The water temp is hovering around 50-52 degrees. Usually the code "COLD" appears around 50 degrees and below. So maybe it is not generating, and not throwing the code?
    Built new fall 2006; 23,000 gallon in ground vinyl liner pool, AquaRite SWG, Hayward paper media filter.

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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    Can you post all of the diagnostic numbers?

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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    I don't spend a lot of time trying to get my SWCG up and running until the water is consistently above 60. They are too finicky at lower temps. I just use bleach until then.
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    When the water is very cold, but not cold enough to trigger a full shutdown, an AquaRite will often do exactly what you describe.
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    I have the Aquarite as well. My water temp is at 52*. I have been using bleach just as Pooldv suggested. I just converted to SWG and haven't even added the salt yet.
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    After initial power up and set to "Super Chlorinate":

    3200
    52
    27.1
    4.77
    100P
    -3200
    AL-1
    r1.4

    20 minutes later:

    3200
    52
    33.7
    0.04
    100P
    -0
    AL-1
    r1.4

    So for about 15-20 minutes it generates, sometimes not even that long. Cells look very clean, flow is good.
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    Most likely it's just cold water. I would leave it off until the water temperature gets above 60 F.

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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    I will be the 5th person to tell you the water is too cold and just to use bleach
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    LOL! Where's Patrick and Tim?
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Welcome to TFP!!!

    I will be the 5th person to tell you the water is too cold and just to use bleach
    OK, I will wait for warmer weather and use bleach for now. Maybe I opened a little too early this year! Thanks for all the replies..
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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    I have the exactly the same problem. My cell is 3 years old. My water temp is at 60 deg...I.ll warm it up a bit more to see what happen. I phone Hayward and they told me my cell need replacement, but that is after I told them it was not a haward cell but a compupool!!!

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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Welcome to TFP!!!

    I will be the 5th person to tell you the water is too cold and just to use bleach
    This is exactly what I am doing as well. My water temp is 59* today.
    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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    Re: AquaRite SWG won't keep generating

    YES!!! my water temp was at 65 at 8:00 last night and my wife started the Aqua-rite...I just check now 5 hrs later and it is still generating ...I need to make a note to my Aqua-rite door not to expect it to work below 65 degf. Now I remember that it did happened to me a few years ago...

    Bououo to the Haward rep that told me I needed a new cell after only 3 years of use.

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