Hayward TCell Replacement (OEM, or Generic)

thadius65

LifeTime Supporter
Jul 30, 2011
389
Bloomsburg, PA
Hello,

I am coming up on year 5 of pool use. My Salt Cell is showing no signs of fault, but I want to be prepared. A few questions:

If replacing with OEM Hayward T-Cell-15, where is the recommended site for best price?

If replacing with Generic, what do most people have greatest success with? Where to buy at best price?

Thanks for your input!!

Ted
 

thadius65

LifeTime Supporter
Jul 30, 2011
389
Bloomsburg, PA
Philo, thanks for the info. What is the longest you have had a PSW generic running? I live in Central PA, so only 4.5 months of use. I have 5 years of use and coming up on the 6th with OEM. (I mistakenly had wrong years in original post above).
 

Philo

Well-known member
Oct 8, 2015
902
San Diego, Ca.
The longest one is 3.5 years. None have failed. They are in use all year long.
I'm so cynical that I suspect that there is a Chinese factory that makes all the SWG's and just slaps different labels on them. Once they get to the US , companies charge what ever they can get away with.......
 

ping

TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jun 24, 2011
3,021
Long Beach, CA
There is no need to buy a new cell yet as the old one is still working. Once you buy a new cell the warranty starts so you will be throwing away any warranty time that the cell is not used. It is simple enough to add bleach for a few days while you are waiting on a cell replacement once the old cell dies. Many people get a lot of years out of a cell in the short swim season areas.
 

thadius65

LifeTime Supporter
Jul 30, 2011
389
Bloomsburg, PA
Thanks for the insight. I will hold off until it starts showing a weakness. I only run at 30-40% and only for 12 hours a day. And that is only for the 4.5 months we have for a season (with heater).