I have a Zodiak Duoclear swg. I have been using the cell that came with it for the last two summers and has been working fine. The little timer light on the panel was telling me at the end of the season last fall that I needed to replace it. Well I was a little skeptical since the literature states that the light is just a timer therefore doesn't actually analyze the cells condition.
Well the weather is turning here so I have started thinking about the pool and how much fun it will be in a few short months and that I needed to check into the cell and about spit coffee all over the laptop when I saw how much they want for replacement cell.....approaching 6 bills!
1. Do I really need to replace this cell every two summers or do I just run it until it stops doing its job.
2. What should I be looking for when I inspect the cell. When I looked at it last fall I pulled it apart and the plates looked good, to me that is. They were not corroded and intact.
3. Is there a cheaper way to replace the cell? i.e. someone who rebuilds them or something along that line.
I will do whatever it is I have to do to have a healthy pool and my family absolutely loves the salt option but it kills me to pay that much money for something that I can not see that value in.
Thanks for your advice!