First off, let me say how cool I have found this site to be so far. I have been lurking a few weeks and have learned quite a lot about maintaining my SWG system. But the past 24-48 hours have seen some substantial problems. Need some advice please:
approx 12K gallon inground pool with vinyl liner
AquaRite Goldline SWG system
Pool and system are about 4 years old
Here's the skinny:
I just moved into the house back in January, and have had the pool opened since early April. No worries whatsover until the past 2 days. My salt readings were always between 2700 and 3100. But in the past 2 days, I have seen the rate drop substantially, all the way down to 2000 as of late yesterday afternoon. The "Check Cell" light was on also, so I removed it and cleaned it in the acid solution yesterday. There was a little bit of white build-up on the cell, but nothing that I would have considered excessive (although I am a newbie, so what do I really know?) I added one 40 lb bag of salt yesterday, and saw the reading go up to only 2200 (According to the pool calculator, shouldn't 40 lb of salt in a 12K gallon pool increase the salt by about 400 ppm ?)
I added a second 40 lb bag of salt earlier today and the reading has not gone up at all, it is still at 2200. Of course, this is causing the system to not even try to generate chlorine, and therefore my free chlorine readings have dropped all the way from 4.5 on Friday to 0.5 today. I am seriously concerned that there is something wrong with the diagnostics on the Goldline, and that my salt reading of 2200 is inaccurate. All levels of pH, CYA have remained within normal levels throughout this.
Two more important things to note:
1. I have had a lot of visiting guests using the pool over this weekend, so there have definitely been more people in the pool than at any other time since we've had it.
2. Our area in N. Carolina has had a very high amount of rain over the past week, and I have "back-washed" a sizable amount of water volume out.
1. How long after adding the bags of salt should it reasonably take for the system to recognize the new salt levels?
2. After cleaning and then replacing the salt cell, is there anything more that needs to be done to (for lack of a better term) "kick-start" the system back into action?
3. If I cannot get the system to continue generating chlorine because it "thinks" that the overall salt level is too low, is it OK to manually add some liquid chlorine (i.e. Clorox) so that I don't end up with a green soupy mess?
Any other tips or advice would of course be greatly appreciated!!