Question about Intex Automatic Salt Water System for Above Ground Saltwater Pool
CELL CASING IS CRACKED. WE SEALED IT BUT THE PLUG IN IS NOT READING SALT CONTENT
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sit back and drink a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, this may take some time to read.
First off it is a must that your salt level is at or as close to 3000ppm as possible.
Over around 3800ppm and salt will not efficiently be made
under 2700 or so you will get the same result.
Neither one will necessarily trigger the alarms.
Do you have a stabilizer in the pool?
It is very important to have stabilizer. This helps hold the chlorine level
The intex pumps are not strong enough to handle the pool volumes.
Take for instance you need to turn a pool over AT LEAST 3 times as quickly as possible if you have a 5000gl pool and a 2500gl filter per hour thats 6 hours alone that you should be running your filter alone.
Ad to that trying to generate chlorine When generating chlorine your pump slows down so you are not filtering on the level needed.
depending on how hot the day was,how many bathers,did it rain at all, Was kims hair full of hair products, and the killer sun tan lotion
All of these have affects
the usual generating time is between 5-8 hours sometimes longer depending on the above situations.
and dont forget the stabilizer
Bottom line this is what I do with an 18x52
I run the generator some time in the late evening 10-7 11-8 whatever it takes. once you start testing and see how low and then run it for x amount of hours and then see how low it goes again the next day you will be able to start gauging how long to run it. Once the unit is done unplug it and re plug this resets it to filter only now run that until you are ready to set the generator again and continue to do this the whole summer
Yes you need to run that thing 24 hours a day. It is no worse than having a 40 watt bulb on continuous.
remeber also that a pools worst enemy is not getting used. If that is the case LITTLE USAGE then you should be brushing your pool daily
one last thing get a good non foaming algecide about 15 dollars for 32 ounces you will use from 12-24 ounces just follow the directions and a bottle of something like crystal clear this product helps all the small particles to clump together thus easier for the filter cartridge to grab and do its job. Not noticable to the naked eye
Hope this helps and I appologize for the structure of this post I am not much of a writer
Posted on Jun 15, 2010
nothing is wrong that you cant fix
you must have your salt no lower than 2800ppm
and no higher than 3800
3000ppm is the best
make sure you run filter only for 24 hours once you have correct salt then start generating
one last thing test with strips that read #'s not the color strips
Posted on Jul 03, 2010
A few things to do or you will create your own problems.
First and for most you must filter for at least 12 hours after adding salt to distribute the salt completly
You can not just blindly ad salt like you said you added a bag.
Although the manuals have an amount of salt for different size pools it is just a starting point. It is up to you tp fine tune
you must get a salt test kit
the kind that reads #'s not color
Get your salt as close to 3000ppm as possible
any lower than 2700 and you will get a low salt alarm and you will also not be producing enough chlorine
any higher than 3500 and you can go cloudy, trigger high alarm, and the water will taste nasty
you can even trigger low salt with too much salt content
So remember 3000ppm
If you are higher than the 3500 then drain 20% water and fill with fresh
continue this until you get to close to 3000
If low follow directions for low salt either on the test directions or bag of salt
I have had my system for this being the 4th season and have never cleaned the cells
any way, when you get the pool to around 3000 filter only for about 12 hours then turn on your generator
It should work fine
Posted on Aug 02, 2010
Testimonial: "thanks so much for your input-you're quite right about blindly putting in salt. i will do asyou suggest"
Way too high on the salt.. about 5000 to 7000 ppm. You should be around 2000 to 3000 ppm or 5.6 to 6.6... I had the same issue with my system and it's always the cell..Look inside the cell and if you can see white stuff inside, it needs to to be cleaned... The manual states to soak with vinegar for 6hrs.. I soak mine for 24, flush and soak again for 6hrs and flush again.. Comes our clean.. and the low salt alarm goes away until the next time the cell gets dirty with the white buildup... You can add an additive made by hth called "Cell Saver"..Prolongs the cleaning cycle... After you clean the cell and your filter, change your chlorinator cycle to 10 hrs with your pump to run 11 to12 until the pool clears and then lower to maintain the proper chlorine level.. Good luck and hopes this works for you.....
Posted on Aug 12, 2011
Testimonial: "I am soaking the cell now. Will check it tomorrow and see what happens. "
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