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Ive had the pump and salt water system going on boost for days...added the appropriate amount of saltand the strips still are giving me a reading of zero...is the pump too weak?? i have a 15' dia x 4' deep round metal-frame pool. i am using the intex pump that came with the pool...

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What is the appropriate amount of salt? The manual is only a starting point.
You need a salt test kit that reads in #'s not color
Get your pool to as close to 3000ppm
as you can any lower than 2800 and you will not generate enough chlorine any higher than 3700 and you can become cloudy and bad tasting


Yes the pump is weak and will create problems in the future with your system turning green
You need to continually use a non foaming algaecide along with a stabilizer to help hold the chlorine level

chlorine is consumed in many ways heat,sun,sun tan oil,rain,#of swimmers and so on so there may be days you need to generate 5 hours and sum 12 you will get used to what is good for you

Also clean the junk paper cartridge every day intex pumps are not even close to being sufficient for the size pool it comes with

I will use generic #'s for this illustration since I do not know your gallons of water or pump size

any pool needs to be turned over at the very least 3-4 times in a cycle
if your pool is 5000gl and you have a 1500gl ph pump you see that it takes 10 or so hours to filter at the minimum now add in that the pump slows down a bit when the paper filter gets loaded

A cartridge filter can look clean but be clogged with little particles that you do not see

Hope all of this is some help

Just remeber filter filter filter

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In three days my electode is clogged up my salt build up.so I get a low salt alarm


ok, it is time to stop guessing on how much salt to add or take out.
You need to be as close to 3000ppm as you can
anything under 2700 and you will not generate enough chlorine. any thing above 3500 and you can go cloudy, have build up, or just plain taste terrible.

you need a test kit for salt that reads in #'s not color
the color salt kits have too much varience

If you are over, drain 20% of the pool and ad fresh water keep doing this till you get close to 3000ppm

If you are under then ad the amount of salt stated in the test directions.
Once at 3000 clean your cell again.
you should be good to go

Dont forget that once at 3000 you must keep an eye on the level because of rain and adding water for splash out

Aug 29, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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KEEP GETTING A CODE 91 LOW SALT?


Hello,
As mentioned in many of my post's, you can not just go by the reccomended amount of salt in the owners manual.
You must get salt test strips that read in #'s not colors and get your salt as close to 3000ppm as possible lower than 2800 and you will not generate enough chlorine or trigger low salt alarms
any higher than 3500ppm and you could get cloudy, or trigger high salt alarm
the water will also taste too salty when adding salt dont forget to stir up the water and filter only for at least 12 hours before trying to generate salt

Longer if you ad a lot of salt like 75 lbs or so

Jul 19, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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My Salt water pump keeps saying it is low on salt. I have added plenty of salt.


What is plenty of salt? There is a specific amount that you need Can't guess at it.
You must be above 2800ppm and no higher than 3800ppm
3000ppm is the best
You will need test strips for salt that reads in numbers not color

High salt can also trigger a LOW salt alarm
Don't ask me, it just happens

Just remeber 3000ppm

Jul 03, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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Intex salt water witha 18x48 witha 2000/gph pump. my salt water system keeps saying low salt... my salt tested fine after adding more and ive cleaned the cell... it will stay on about 20 min then beeps low...


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

Jul 03, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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Registering low salt


Hello,
your pool has approximately 12,500 gallons of water
this calls for about 310 pounds of salt.
One of your problems can be the acis rain ate away at your salt content
You really need to get aalt test strip kit the kind that reads #'s not the colored strips
Get you salt to as close to 3000ppm as possible to low towards 2700 will throw off the alarm and also to high around 3800 and up will alarm also.
It is also possible to have to much salt and the unit will read 91

Get the pool to 3000ppm either by draining 20% or so and adding fresh water or adding salt which with your amount so far I am thinking you will need to lower it

Run filter only to thouroughly mix the pool for at least 24 hours before trying to generate chlorine.
In the meantime also take your electro cell and soak it in vinegar for 4-6 hours rinse well and put it back together

Jun 16, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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System reading low salt


get a salt test strip kit
you want to be as close to 3000ppm as possible let system run on filter only for at least 24 hours before trying to generate chlorine

Jun 11, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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No chlorine being produced


although you are close to the amount of salt that is recommended all pools are just different enough that the salt table is just a starting point if you do not have enough salt it is still possible to not trigger the alarm but not produce enough chlorine.
Start by getting a salt test strip kit and get your pool to 3000ppm this may take a day or so since you really need to filter and circulate the pool for 24 hours in between adding salt
Once you get the salt right then move on to generating

also do not worry about total chlorine you just need to concentrate on free chlorine this is the amount available in the pool to do it's job and dont forget to ad a stabilizer to help hold the chlorine level on hot sunny days

Jun 05, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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I am starting an above the ground pool with a salt water system


25 pounds per 1,000 gallons or 3 kg per 1,000 liters of water.

Jun 02, 2010 | Intex Automatic Salt Water System for ...

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