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Low salt indicator

We have a new intex salt water chlorinator. We added salt to clean water. Actually ended up adding too much because the salt we bought was a high concentration. We set the timer on the unit and it is saying low salt. I'm afraid to open the unit up as suggested on forums. Any advice?

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High concentration? Salt is salt except for the fact in aq pool you want 98% pure and it must not be iodized salt
Also before generating salt with the timer you must have the right amount of salt
the #'s in the manual are just guidelines
get a salt test kit and get your pool to 3000ppm you need to filter only 24 hours or so getting to the 3000ppm wheather you ad salt or need to drain water and ad fresh none the less get it to 3000ppm
Now worry about your chlorine level if it is to high leave alone until it comes down if too low then run the generator for a few hours if it does not show on the scale at all try 4-6 hours
you will get a knack for the amount of time you need for your chlorine situation

if once all of this is set right and you still get high reading on salt unit take it apart as directed and spray it out with the garden hose
it is really simple only 4 screws

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First of all green water can arrise from a lot of different situation.
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