Inaccurate Aquarite salt readings

Landal

Member
Jun 10, 2014
8
Conroe, TX
Several weeks ago, my Hayward Aquarite went into alarm with Check Salt and and Inspect Cell showing 2300 as the salt reading. It was after an extended rain so I, gulp, assumed the pool was actually low on salt. 80 lbs later I noticed no change in the reading. I then checked the actual pool salt with Leslie’s salt strips and got a 3800 (dealing with that now).

Going down the troubleshooting list, the next step was to replace my Hayward Turbocell T-15. It has been 7 years since I last had to replace it, so it kinda made sense. I was unable to locate a Hayward replacement so I picked one up from Blue Works. Installing it, the new reading is now showing up as 1600. I tried the Hayward troubleshooting for resetting the average but -1600 is the starting point. Not sure what gives, but I need guidance on what steps to take next.

Hayward Aquarite: AQR 3A1006-1058203
Old Turbocell T-15: 3E14125-201271
New Blue Works cell: no discernible serial

Power off:
1600
86
31.6
0.00
51P
-0
AL-0
r1.58
t-15

Power on 1:
1600
86
31.9 (25.4 for about 30 seconds)
0.00 (3.50 for about 30 seconds)
51P
-0 (-1600 for about 30 seconds)
AL-0
r1.58
t-15

Power reverse polarity:
same exact settings except for the temp 30 second voltage (25.3 goes to 31.9) and amps (3.55 goes to 0)

Is there a way to change the 1600 reading outside of the Hayward average reset which does not work? Is this a board issue? Surely it cannot be two bad cells.
 

RJ-45

In The Industry
Jun 6, 2021
178
Charlotte, NC
There should be a silver color sticker on the new cell (on the cylinder with cord connection). Post a picture of that.
I think you bought a T-3 equivalent cell, instead of T-15. (based on the brief amp reading)
 

Landal

Member
Jun 10, 2014
8
Conroe, TX
Maybe a little out of focus

Model-BLW2T3HCS
SN 888AB07HWC2140002
 

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RJ-45

In The Industry
Jun 6, 2021
178
Charlotte, NC
How much did you pay for that one? did it come with a cleaning stand?

I am very sure, you got is a T3 (not a T15).

You can return to Amazon if you paid $530 and ask them to exchange for the right one.
 

Landal

Member
Jun 10, 2014
8
Conroe, TX
It did come with the stand. I did pay $530 for the unit. Thank you for your assistance. I was losing my mind. No way I thought Amazon would ship the wrong one.
 

RJ-45

In The Industry
Jun 6, 2021
178
Charlotte, NC
You can tell it only got 7 short plates, not 13 long plates. I can tell by weight as I handle many of them every day.

I do not recognize this model number, as this is their new combination. We buy the cell and cleaning stand separately.
 
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Landal

Member
Jun 10, 2014
8
Conroe, TX
Follow up: Amazon finally delivered the new salt cell on Friday, almost 4 weeks after I ordered it. It is a different model number than originally sent to me. New model BLW2T15HCS. Obviously a T15 model as opposed to the T3 model originally delivered. New T15 greened right up, and I am operatIonal again. 😀

Amazon still has no record of shipping me the T3. Guess I now have an extraneous T3 cell.

Thanks for the assistance!