AQ-TROL-RJ - SWG Cell install & size options

lplatz

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Jun 20, 2019
31
Royce City, Texas
I've been on a slow learning curve with our Above Ground Salt Water Pool we inherited with our new home purchase. System is a Hayward AQ-TROL-RJ. As best as I can tell, the SWG Cell (Hayward Goldline Turbo Cell T-CELL-5) is no longer functioning. The voltage is reading in the 30s and the Amps are 0. Our pool size is 20,000 gallons. I am prepared to purchase a new SWG Cell for the pool, but have a question regarding size options. Can I install a T-CELL-9 (up to 25,000) to replace the current T-CELL-5? I realize it will be more money. The reason I ask is that whoever installed our SWG System, installed the cell horizontally, instead of vertically. I have no idea how this impacts the efficiency or life span of the cell. Would installing a larger cell make any difference? I am exploring workaround options so that I don't have to re-plumb the cell vertically (we have a deck around the pool which will make the plumbing and install a real pain as I'll have to do this all below decking). Ideas? Suggestions? Thank You.
AQ-TROL-RJ system.jpgT-CELL-5.jpg
 

mknauss

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TFP Expert
Bronze Supporter
May 3, 2014
44,321
Laughlin, NV
Pool Size
6000
Surface
Fiberglass
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Above is an article about your SWCG. The issue is the cell is way undersized. For your pool volume you need a T15 cell. But I do not believe that control system will operate one. With the T5 that it can control, even at 100% generation and 24 hour operation, it will not put out enough chlorine to maintain your FC during the summer.
 

lplatz

Active member
Jun 20, 2019
31
Royce City, Texas
Thank you mknauss. Any information is good information at this point. What I am still curious about is any info on a horizontal versus a vertical install of the cell (other than the manual). Anyone with a similar system (AQ-TROL-RJ) have any feedback on this? I saw a posting in this forum (including a picture) of a vertically installed cell but it was nowhere near the return jet for the pool. Thanks in advance.
 

JamesW

TFP Expert
Mar 2, 2011
28,209
Since you don't have a flow switch, the cell has to be oriented such that the gasses generated cannot build up in the system if the cell generates while the pump is off.
 

lplatz

Active member
Jun 20, 2019
31
Royce City, Texas
Well thanks JamesW. Not the news I wanted, but news none-the-less. I appreciate you sharing this info. Looks like it's a complete re-plumb job. ☹
 
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