Is your chlorinator cranked up to 100% but your pool is looking a little less than crystal clear? Or maybe your chlorinator salt cell is a few years old and you’re struggling to remove the deposits, even after following our guide to cleaning your chlorinator? Obviously, these are all signs that something is amiss but how can you tell if your chlorinator is the problem or there is some other cause? Here’s a quick guide on how to test a salt chlorinator cell for efficiency.
Do A Visual Check
When the chlorinator is switched on, can you see the chlorine being generated? Basically, this looks like millions of tiny bubbles being generated across the plates that produce what looks like cloudy water. Yes – that’s chlorine!
If you don’t have a cell in clear housing, you may need to remove it and place it in a bucket of salt water to do this test.
Check The Salt Level
Do you have salt indicator on your control panel? If it’s lit then the likelihood is you don’t have enough salt in your pool for your chlorinator to work effectively. Check the manufacturer’s handbook for information about the salt levels required for your particular make and model of chlorinator and your pool size.
Running your chlorinator salt cell without having enough salt in the water will cause damage to your electrodes so it’s the first thing we recommend to keep a close eye on.
Check The Water Flow
If your water flow is being clogged for any reason this will definitely impact the efficiency of your chlorinator. Make sure to empty your skimmer basket regularly, check your pump isn’t clogged, clean your filter and ensure all the right valves are open.
Check The Pool Water Chemistry
Keeping your pool water well-balanced is one of the main priorities for efficient chlorine production. Check out our guide to the key indicators in your pool chemistry to regularly monitor and adjust. Out of balance water, particularly if left for too long can cause expensive damage to the pool surface and chlorinator equipment in the long run.
Pay particular attention to the pH, calcium and alkalinity levels. And remember that there are basically three measures with chlorine: free, combined and total chlorine. The free chlorine level will tell you how much chlorine is available for sanitising your pool.
Clean the Cell
Checking on and cleaning your salt water chlorinator cell is a key part of ensuring that your chlorine production is efficient and prolonging its lifespan, reducing costs in the long term.
Cleaning your saltwater chlorinator cell is easier than you might think! As always, we advise that you refer to the manufacturer’s handbook for specific details relating to your particular make and model. Check out our guide for cleaning your salt chlorinator cell here.
If after following these basic steps, your pool is still not getting properly chlorinated, it may be time to look at getting a new chlorinator.
At Allchlor, we offer a salt water chlorinator health check and if your chlorinator requires a repair or replacement, we can sort this out for you, too. Don’t hesitate to call on 07 3277 2554 for advice, visit our website or call in and see us.
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