Salt Water Chlorinator Housings
Salt water chlorinator housings are housings for your salt cell. This provides the channel in which the cell sits in and where the water passes through to be chlorinated. The most common damage we’ve seen in salt water chlorinator housings is cracking caused by over tightening of the caps. Remember that the seals are created by the O-rings and not by over-tightening the caps.
Your salt cells generate a lot of heat and they’re cooled off by the constant flow of water through them. Cracks that cause leaking can reduce the water flow and cause your salt cells to overheat and damage them over time, so if you spot any cracks on your salt water chlorinator housings then it is best practice to replace them immediately.
Lock rings on the other hand will hold your salt cell securely in place, ensuring that it doesn’t move around inside of the housing and will provide the maximum surface area for chlorination. A broken lock ring can cause your salt cell to become loose which may unintentionally fray your chlorinator cables or cause it to melt the housing from the heat.
Tip: Check your salt water chlorinator housings and lock rings every time you clean your salt water cells to ensure proper operation. Don’t forget to check your chlorinator O-rings as well to ensure a good seal and lubricate it with some Aussie Gold Lube-it silicone based lubricant.
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Salt Water Chlorinator Cables
Salt water chlorinator cables carry the current that’s regulated by the chlorinator’s PCB board to the salt water cells. Over time, these can become frayed, loose, or even damaged by critters (don’t laugh, it has happened before!)
The lifetime salt water chlorinator cables run anywhere from 4 to 6 years, which is roughly the length as your salt water chlorinator cells. It is good practice to replace your cables at the same time as you replace your salt water cells.
My salt water chlorinator cables look fine, why should I replace them
If you’re lucky, a damaged salt water chlorinator cable can only mean a loss of connection between the control box and your salt cell. If you’re unlucky, then a damaged cable can lead to a short which may damage your entire system causing you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for repair and replacements!
Tip: If you get a “Check salt cell” error on a fairly new or recently replaced salt cell, then the likely culprit would be a damaged salt water chlorinator cable.
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Replaced your cables and your chlorinator still isn't functioning right? You may have a bigger problem on your hands and it may be time to replace the entire unit. Check out our collection of salt water chlorinators here for the widest range available online!
Salt Water Chlorinator O-rings
Salt Water Chlorinator O-rings are used at the rear of the salt cell housing to seal in the cell and prevent any leaks. The most common cause of O-ring damage is debris that get caught when closing up the housing or from drying out due to a lack of lubrication.
Whenever you clean your salt cell, ensure that the O-ring is clean and that any dirt or debris in the O-ring channels are wiped off. Don’t forget to give your O-rings a light coating of silicone-based lubricant to prevent them from drying up.
Since most chlorinator housings are of roughly the same size, O-rings from other brands can be used with different salt cell housings. If you need help getting the right size, don’t hesitate to drop us a note at our Contact Us page.
If you're in the market for a new chlorinator, you can browse our selection of some of the most trusted salt water chlorinator brands in Australia here.