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    Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Opened my pool about 7 weeks ago. Salt level was very low( off scale) added 2 bags from Walmart. Level came up to 2500 ppm. Have added 2 more bags since and still says 2500? Wondering if my cell is bad? The "inspect cell " light keeps coming on. I hold the button down to reset it but still comes on after a day or two. I would think there should be enough salt by now. I have had the generator for 4 years now and still the original cell. Time to change cell?
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    How are you testing the salt? Do you have a salt test kit?
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    I'm such a dumb ***! I do have a salt test kit. I will test in the am and compare to generator readings. I will post results. Thanks!
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Quote Originally Posted by trickyr11 View Post
    I'm such a dumb ***! I do have a salt test kit. I will test in the am and compare to generator readings. I will post results. Thanks!
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Also, what is the water temperature? Many SWGs have problems measuring the salt level when the water is cold (50 or below).
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    I always get the low salt warning until my water is over 60 degrees. I test with the Taylor kit to be sure.

    I am not even sure if my SWG (compupool) makes chlorine when it says that??? Have to call them.

    That is why I usually wait until mid to late May to open.
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Yep, I use bleach until the water is above 60. I added way too much salt to my pool one year because of the low salt error.
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Quote Originally Posted by bdex View Post
    I always get the low salt warning until my water is over 60 degrees. I test with the Taylor kit to be sure.

    I am not even sure if my SWG (compupool) makes chlorine when it says that??? Have to call them.

    That is why I usually wait until mid to late May to open.
    I had the problem that my Aqua-rite was generating only for 20-25 minutes with water temps at 60 degf today and then salt level was dropping fast to 0 .Now with 65 degf it is generating for the last 5 hrs and going on...

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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Ok just tested with Taylor salt test kit. Reading 6400 ppm. Check it twice! Water temp today is 73. I have a spare cell. Gonna try it and will post results

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    Oh cell is still reading 2400 ppm today
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Quote Originally Posted by windman View Post
    I had the problem that my Aqua-rite was generating only for 20-25 minutes with water temps at 60 degf today and then salt level was dropping fast to 0 .Now with 65 degf it is generating for the last 5 hrs and going on...
    The Goldline units automatically limit the production rate to 20% (24 min) when temperature goes below 60F and then shut off at 50F.
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Have you cleaned the cell?
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Maybe this is a silly suggestion but.....have you tried turning it off and then on again? My son the computer wiz (works for big tech co starting with G) says that a lot of technology like phones and such need that now and then. <shrug> Maybe worth trying?
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    Re: Salt level not increasing after 4 bags of salt?

    Ok finally have some info. Was waiting on my Plumber to install a shut off valve in the return line. Took out the old cell. Was dirty. Clean with acid and water mix. Came clean. Put it back in and with in 10 min check salt and inspect cell lights on. Changed out the cell with a new t-15 and all is good now 24 hrs later. Salt Level is reading 3600. Was down to 1900 with old cell. No warning lights. Old cell was a t-9 and 4 years old. Had to run it about 50-70 % most of the hot part of summer. Went with a bit larger cell this time. Thanks for the feedback. Don't take it personally but hope I'm not posting in the future! Love this site!!
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