Question about Intex Automatic Salt Water System for Above Ground Saltwater Pool

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Started my salt water system soon after adding a bag of salt. Now I'm getting a low flow warning even though there is plenty of flow. What could the problem be.

I have been reading some input that says you should wait 24 hours after adding salt to start the salt pump. Might turning it off (I already have of course) and waiting 24 before turning it back on help.

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You may think you have good flow, but the sensor that always is confirming the proper amount of flow is telling you that it is not!

Especially if you have a Toy system. The filters that come with these systems are way too small and will clog quickly and provide a restriction of water flow.

Test naked Try this (after waiting 24 hrs and if problem still persists) take the filter out of filter housing and see what happens? Does the error go away? If so, then replace with "New" filter, not a cleaned one. Filter elements get clogged, with metals & minerals, that you can't see with a naked eye. It may look clean, but is not.

If all this is still creating a problem (with no filter element in place) then you may have a faulty flow sensor?? But I would not go there immediately because the sensor is probably just doing its job.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015

  • Al Westberry
    Al Westberry Apr 28, 2015

    I don't use filters...I have a sand filter which I checked, backwashed and rinsed prior to starting the salt pump. I also unscrewed the two sensors on the salt pump and the sand filter pump running and there is more than adequate flow, in fact, I had a difficult time holding the sensors back in place so I could secure the fitting after taking them out to check the flow.

  • Al Westberry
    Al Westberry Apr 28, 2015

    The above comment should read "the two sensors on the salt pump with the sand filter pump running and there is more than adequate flow,"

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