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Thread: Check Flow lights up (fixed!) - Now Clean/Check cell error

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    Check Flow lights up (fixed!) - Now Clean/Check cell error

    The house we recently bought has a Pool Pilot SWG system. Every 3-5 days the check flow light comes on, and when I open up to clean the screen in the pipe just before the salt cell it is always covered in small leaves and debris. I clean it out, put it back on and the systems works great for a few days, but it keeps happening.

    The pool is screened in and there are no plants around the pool that could be doing this. Any ideas why the system keeps getting clogged? Could it be time for a new pool filter? (Not sure how old this one is, its from the previous owners).

    EDIT: Please see update below, thanks!
    11000 gal 12x24 inground. Vinyl with 1hp pump and sand filter.

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    Re: Check Flow lights up every 3-5 days (screen is always dirty)

    is your SWG installed before the filter or after?
    also check that there is filtering media inside your filter

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    Re: Check Flow lights up every 3-5 days (screen is always dirty)

    The generator is installed after the filter and there is a pentair cartridge filter inside the filter chamber (9410)
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    Re: Check Flow lights up every 3-5 days (screen is always dirty)

    are there any debris in the cartridge?

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    Re: Check Flow lights up every 3-5 days (screen is always dirty)

    It's definately related to your filter. Make sure you do not have any tears in the cartridge element. Make sure your cartridge is seated correctly in the filter.
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    Re: Check Flow lights up every 3-5 days (screen is always dirty)

    Debris is getting past the filter that shouldn't be getting past the filter. This could be for any of several reasons, torn cartridge, cartridge not seated properly, etc.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Re: Check Flow lights up every 3-5 days (screen is always dirty)

    Thanks everyone!!! Replaced the filter and the screen has been clean for 2 weeks straight now!!

    I am having another issue though now, the AutoPilot says to Check/Clean the Cell (Supercell SC-36). I took it out and it didn't look too dirty, but I soaked it in 50/50 water/muriatic for about 30 mins, popped it back on and it still says the same.

    Any ideas what to do?
    11000 gal 12x24 inground. Vinyl with 1hp pump and sand filter.

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    Re: Check Flow lights up (fixed!) - Now Clean/Check cell error

    Take a look at the cell plates and check to see if the edges/corners look worn on some of the plates or if everything looks new.

    Also, double check the cable between the control unit and the cell and make sure it is properly connected at both ends and isn't nicked or cut anywhere along the cable.
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    Re: Check Flow lights up (fixed!) - Now Clean/Check cell error

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    Take a look at the cell plates and check to see if the edges/corners look worn on some of the plates or if everything looks new.

    Also, double check the cable between the control unit and the cell and make sure it is properly connected at both ends and isn't nicked or cut anywhere along the cable.
    It looks pretty new/clean as far as I can tell. The cell is probably 5 years old or so.

    I ran the test and it shows;
    3200ppm
    Power Level 1
    Temp 85F
    27v at 3.5a
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    Re: Check Flow lights up (fixed!) - Now Clean/Check cell error

    I think what Jason was asking you to check was the two outer blades for wear, rather than debris. The blades should all be the same length but when the cell wears out, the two outer blades will be shorter, particularly noticable along the edges of the blades.
    A 5 year old cell is most likely worn out and in need of replacment.
    Have you had the salinity checked and verified? If it's low, it would give you a check/clean cell message too.
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    Re: Check Flow lights up (fixed!) - Now Clean/Check cell error

    Quote Originally Posted by Poolsean
    I think what Jason was asking you to check was the two outer blades for wear, rather than debris. The blades should all be the same length but when the cell wears out, the two outer blades will be shorter, particularly noticable along the edges of the blades.
    A 5 year old cell is most likely worn out and in need of replacment.
    Have you had the salinity checked and verified? If it's low, it would give you a check/clean cell message too.
    Ahhh gotcha, actually I'll have to take it apart after work tomorrow, but I do recall the outer two being noticeably shorter if my memory serves me right. So all 4 blades should be the same length? If it does need replacement, any recs on where to get one fairly cheap? Know of any generic ones that work as well?

    Salinity was checked and verified on friday at a local store, matches the readout from the display, 3200ppm, but he said I had almost no chlorine. I suppose a side question - But what does the test refer to when it says Power Level 1?
    11000 gal 12x24 inground. Vinyl with 1hp pump and sand filter.

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