Your salt water chlorinator operates by passing electricity through your salt water cell, which turns the salt in the water into natural chlorine before sending it back out into the pool through your return lines. Salt water cells have an average lifespan of around five years or even more.
Basic Salt Cell Troubleshooting
If your pool water is getting cloudy or if chlorine levels are lower than they should be, here are some basic troubleshooting tips before you think about changing out your salt cell.
- Check the power - Since salt cells are out of sight, a malfunction could be caused by a simple blown fuse or loose cable. Check to see if the unit turns on and is functioning correctly.
- Check the water flow - A salt water chlorinator needs a certain level of flow to function correctly. Clean your filter and ensure that there are no clogs in your intake lines.
- Check salt levels - Most salt cells require anywhere from 2500-3500 ppm of salt to function correctly.
- Check water balance - Ensure that your pH levels are where they should be. If your pH level is too low then the chlorine produced by your salt cells will be burned off faster by the sun, if pH is too high then the chlorine generated will be less effective.
- Inspect and Clean your salt water cells - Your salt water cells need cleaning every few months for them to function properly. Check out Mr Pool Man’s salt water cell cleaning guide for more information.
Generic Salt Water Cells VS Genuine Salt Water Cells
Here at Mr Pool Man, we believe in the freedom of choice. We stock both genuine salt water cells as well as generic salt water cell replacements. Don’t get us wrong though, these aren’t just any no-name replacement. We test and inspect all of our generic salt water cells before making them available on our online store so you’ll get the same quality one can expect from genuine salt water cells at a fraction of the cost. What sets us apart from the others is that even our generic cells are covered by our 100% satisfaction guarantee promise.
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If you’ve replaced your salt water cell and your salt water chlorinator still isn’t functioning properly,, then your unit may be in need or repairs or replacement. We stock a large range of salt water chlorinator spare parts like PCB Boards, Cables and more for all of your repair needs. These spare parts may be a bit pricey though. If your salt water chlorinator is over 10 years old, you may want to skip the repairs and consider getting a newer model with self-cleaning features like the Water TechniX Atomic WTA35 salt water chlorinator. It’s currently our best selling salt water chlorinator unit and it has all of the features commonly found in other more expensive units.