Salt Water Chlorinator FAQ’s

If you are using salt water chlorinator or need to convert from chlorine pool to salt water chlorinator, then this article is for you. We have summarized all the product questions here, hope it will help you.

How does a salt water chlorinator work?

The saltwater chlorinator consists of a control box and a salt cell. The chlorinator cell consists of parallel titanium plates coated with ruthenium and iridium (precious metals from the platinum group of metals). The control box sends a safe electrical DC charge to the cell.

As pool water passes through the salt cell, the salt in the water is turned into Hypochlorous acid. This is the same component that is produced when any chlorine is added to pool water; whether you use sticks, tablets, granular or liquid.

How long do salt water chlorinators last?

A well-maintained salt water chlorinator system should last you anywhere from 3 to 7 years. When it’s time to replace the cell or the board, you can expect to spend anywhere from $500 to $1,100 depending on what part you need to replace and your particular system.

How much does a salt water chlorinator cost?

Expect to pay between $500 and $2,500 to convert a traditional chlorinated pool to a salt water system, depending on the size and type of pool you have.

What equipment is needed for a saltwater pool?

Salt Water Chlorine Generating System:

  • A control box
  • A salt cell

An experienced pool professional to:

  • Install the salt water chlorine generating system
  • Safely connect the electrical components

An electrical connection of:

  • 240V (120V if installing Salt & Swim)

How do you convert to a salt water pool?

Purchase a salt water chlorine generation system: The only equipment you need to convert your pool is the salt water chlorine generating system. Purchase a system, such as the AquaRite, consisting of a control box and a salt cell.

Install the control box and salt cell: The control box is no bigger than a lunch box and it is installed on a wall. The salt cell installs into the existing pool plumbing with standard fittings that come with the product.

Make the final electrical connections: Connect the new salt water chlorine generation system to your home’s 120V or 240V electrical service. Once the system is connected and salt is dissolved in the pool, the electrical power will charge the salt cell, converting the salt into chlorine. Luxuriously soft water with pure, fresh chlorine is returned to the pool.

How do I know if my salt water chlorinator is working?

On the chlorinator box there should be a light or dial that indicates it is working. Take your test kit and place your thumb over the test tube. Then place it right into the eyeball and take the water. Test the water that water has just left the chlorinator – it should have a very high chlorine reading.

How to Clean your Salt Water Chlorinator Cell?

  • Make a cleaning mixture of 1/10 parts Hydrochloric Acid to water (always add Hydrochloric acid to water).
  • Turn the filtration system off.
  • Remove Salt Cell from the housing.
  • Add the Salt Cell to the cleaning mixture making sure there is little to no contact with the terminals.
  • Wait five to ten minutes for the Salt Cell to be cleaned.
  • If any parts of calcium are stuck or will not dissolve, carefully remove them with a smooth plastic instrument.
  • Once the Salt Cell is clean, rinse with fresh water and place back in the housing and tighten the cell or collar.
  • Turn system back to automatic setting or timer.
  • Dispose of cleaning mixture.

How often do you backwash a saltwater pool?

How Often Should I Backwash? A good rule of thumb is to backwash once the pressure displayed on your pressure gauge is 8-10 psi over the starting level. Backwashing after heavy rains, treating for algae, or when trying to clear cloudy water will keep your filter working efficiently.

How do you add salt to a saltwater pool?

When adding salt to the pool, make sure to turn off the salt chlorine generator, but leave the pool pump on to circulate and distribute the salt evenly throughout the pool. When pouring the salt into the pool, add it around the deep end to have it circulate through the main drain. Brush the salt towards the main drain.

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