I've completed Phase I of my DIY pump + control panel upgrade. I've gone from an older Hayward NorthStar pump with Jandy Aqualink RS6 panel and Hayward Aquarite Salt Controller to a Hayward EcoStar + OmniLogic panel setup. The initial upgrade went very smoothly, and I have the panel talking to the pump (incl speed control) and the T-15 Salt Cell, and a basic schedule running.
Phase I - replace panel(s) & pump [done]
Phase II - connect to the network and install the inside touch panel
Phase III - install temp sensors, get the heater, polaris pump, and lights configured
Phase IV - add valve actuators.
A few questions on some of the later phases:
- I have a RayPak P406A heater. The omnilogic manual shows instructions for connecting to a RayPak RP2100 heater, I assume this is the same? The old Jandy panel had the 220V for the heater on a switched relay (same one as the old one-speed pump). I assume I should connect the 220V directly to unswitched power, and let the omnilogic control the heater via the low voltage connection?
- My old panels (both Jandy and AquaRite for saltgen) were *not* connected to the pool bond wire. The OmniLogic manual suggests connecting the panel to the bond wire. Any reason not to do this?
- When I want to enable more features (like the heater or lights, etc), do I need to go through the whole "config wizard" again? Or is there a way to add a specific item (or change something) more directly without re-specifying everything I've already set up?
- On my old Jandy+AquaRite setup, the chlorinator was powered (and on) whenever the pump was powered (and on). With the new OmniLogic setup, it looks like I need to set up separate (and coordinated) schedules for running the pump, and enabling the salt cell. Is there any way to automatically tie these together so that whenever I turn on the pump the salt cell is enabled also? Would the "interlock" feature work for this? Or is there a reason why I wouldn't want to tie them together (maybe just for more control over the chlorination schedule)?
Thanks in advance...