NEW Salt water generator...what happens when the power goes out/it’s own breaker?

EnterTheSwamp

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Jul 29, 2020
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Miami, Fl
Going to be installing a new SWG with a pentair intelliflow, and have read how everyone wires the pump directly and recommends a mechanical timer for the SWG as a back up safety device l so that it doesn’t run with the pump off. My questions are:

1. What happens to the mechanical timer if the power goes out? Will it get out of sync with the intelliflow timer? Would intermatics electric timer be a better option?

2. The IC40 and IC60 require a 240 two pole breaker. Could i just wire it directly to the pump? In other words it would go from the pump to the timer, to the power center and then to the cell? Or do they need to have their own separate set of breakers?

thanks in advance
 

Jimrahbe

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ETS,

The IC40 or IC60 can be run off of 120 VAC or 240 VAC, whichever you want.

You can run the cell and the pump off the same breaker if you want..

Yes, the timer can get out of sync, so you just have to keep an eye on it. If you can find a timer with a back up battery that would work fine.

The whole idea is to not let the cell work when the pump is off... The Primary safety device turns off the cell's power supply, if the pump is not scheduled to run.. But, if you get out of sync, you still have the Secondary safety device, the flow switch, to keep the cell off.. It is just not wise to rely just on the flow switch all the time. The likelihood of an explosive failure is low, but always better to be safe than sorry..

Thanks,

Jim R.
 

EnterTheSwamp

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Jul 29, 2020
5
Miami, Fl
ETS,

The IC40 or IC60 can be run off of 120 VAC or 240 VAC, whichever you want.

You can run the cell and the pump off the same breaker if you want..

Yes, the timer can get out of sync, so you just have to keep an eye on it. If you can find a timer with a back up battery that would work fine.

The whole idea is to not let the cell work when the pump is off... The Primary safety device turns off the cell's power supply, if the pump is not scheduled to run.. But, if you get out of sync, you still have the Secondary safety device, the flow switch, to keep the cell off.. It is just not wise to rely just on the flow switch all the time. The likelihood of an explosive failure is low, but always better to be safe than sorry..

Thanks,

Jim R.
So would the wiring go from the panel to the VS pump, then to the external timer, then to the cell power center and finally to the salt cell?
 

Jimrahbe

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ETS,

Both the VS pump and the timer would be wired to the same constant AC power.. The timer would then send AC power the Cell's power center. The Power Center then converts the AC power into DC power, which is set to the Cell..

Thanks,

Jim R.