Hi All, This is my first post to the forum.
We just moved to our house in April with a 16x32 vinyl IG pool with an Autopilot LS1000 with RC15, Hayward super pump and sand filter + Aquacal HP.
Back in June my CVC (Cell voltage clamp) light started blinking. I tested the salt (2100 ppm) and called autopilot. They said to ramp it up to 3300 ppm. During then and a few weeks ago I had a leak in my heatpump so the salt level declined quite a bit. Last weekend the CVC light started blinking again so brought my salt back to 3300 ppm and checked and cleaned the cell. It was pretty calcified so I cleaned it with 4 H20, 1 HCL mixture. Black flake and powder came out after rinsing. I put the cell back and all was good so I turned my pump of for the night. This AM the CVC was blinking again. I called AutoPilot and they told me to call a service tech. I looked up replacement cells and saw that someone was selling one on ebay b/c it was actually a board issue. I'm not sure of the age of the unit but I think it's about 10 years old. I've temporarily switched to tri-chlor in a floater and am trying to determine my next steps. Any advice would be appreciated.
1) get the thing looked at for about $80/hr
2) order the cell @ around $850
3) switch to liquid chlorine
4) switch to tri-chlor