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Intex system not giving chlorine, no errors but no green light

I bought the intex system mid last season, seemed to work great last year, this year i'm still trying to get it to work. I thought it was working fine for weeks until my pool turned green and I checked and had no chlorine. Been running it 6-10 hours and still no chlorine despite no warning messages, it looks fine. So did clean and soak in vinegar as suggested, there was quite a bit of build up, thought that solved the problem. But alas no! Again it counts the hours down, gives no message but no chlorine. Also just realised last year I had a green light, this has not appeared this year at all!

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I found I had the same problem. I would set the hours, it would count them down but the green light would NOT come on indicating it was producing chlorine, yet the sleep light would light up after the count down so I knew the light was working. I checked my salt, made adjustments, had to do shock treatments to keep it clean. Today I  found out that the manual is incorrect in how it says to set it. After you set the hours, instead of pushing both the arrows at the same time until it beeps, push the down button until it beeps, and then the up button until it beeps. For 2 months I have fussed with this system, and finally the green light came on and my test strips indicate it is producing chlorine. Yeah! To bad intex does not seem to mention this on their web site.
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I bought one of these salt water systems last summer and was excited to not have to use chemicals again. I took the unit back about midsummer as it was not producing chlorine like they said it would. I immediately went back to chlorine and other chemicals, (that of which I wanted to get away from) but at least now I know my pool water is clean. Not salty and lack of proper clean water.

We then bought a sand filter system for our intex metal frame pool and couldn't be happier. The intex pumps (salt or none) just aren't efficient enough for the pools they come with anyway.

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Had similar problem. Took it in to the dealers and they said it was kaput and kept it. Said to buy a new one - $350. Been through 2 of these in 3 seasons. Was considering buying a "real" salt chlorinating system where the replacement cells cost about $350, but I'm thinking it's probably cheaper and easier (need to set up some kind of pipe adaptation system) to just use the Intex ones for a year and replace them, much as I dislike condoning the throwaway solution!

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