Are you regularly getting indicator lights or error codes on your chlorinator control box? Or maybe you’ve noticed the chlorine output from your salt cell doesn’t seem quite as efficient? If you’ve been regularly checking the water balance in your pool and the chlorine levels are regularly under par, you need to establish why this might be. Your chlorinator system is made up of a control panel and the chlorinator cell, both of which can develop problems over time. If you’ve had your salt water chlorinator for a few years, it is out of warranty and you suspect it may not be performing quite as well as when you first bought it, there are a few things you could check before making a decision about chlorinator repairs or whether to replace it completely.
Potential Problems With The Salt Chlorinator Cell
Does your salt cell appear to have heavy calcium deposits on the metallic plates? Salt cells require regular cleaning to remove this build up and ensure the efficient production of chlorine. Follow our guide to cleaning your salt water chlorinator cell and then re-check your chlorine levels to see if this has improved the chlorine production.
One of the considerations for potentially investing in a new system, particularly if your chlorinator is quite old, is the development of new technology and availability of self-cleaning systems. Look for systems that have reverse polarity, which effectively means the ability to reverse the flow of electricity over the plates to slough off the calcium build up.
Potential Problems With The Chlorinator Control Unit
If your chlorinator control unit appears to have died, first check the power to the unit. (yes, we know it may sound obvious but you’d be surprised the number of people who bring in the unit and then realise that the power had tripped on their circuit at home.)
If the power is fine, then it is more likely to be a fundamental issue with the function of the controller. A common cause can be pesky creatures getting inside the box and chewing through wires! Obviously in this scenario, you will need to either replace or repair the controller.
Again some key considerations when looking at chlorinator repairs are that the cost to repair the control unit can be as much as half the cost of a complete new system, including the salt cell. If there is a chance that you are likely to experience problems with the salt cell say in the next 12 months because of the overall age of your system, or you have already spent money on repairs recently, it may well be time to ‘bite the bullet’ and invest in a complete new system.
Chlorinator Repairs Vs Replacement
Most salt water cells last between 3 and 5 years, depending on the quality of the system and how well maintained it has been while the power boards can last significantly longer than this.
If you’re having trouble with your chlorinator, bring or send the whole system into us and we will run a chlorinator health check to help you determine the likely cost of chlorinator repairs.
And if you do require a new system, we have some excellent new chlorinators that make use of the latest technology, including the brand new Allchlor S3800.
As always the team at Allchlor are here to help with all your chlorinator problems. Give us a call or call in to see us today.
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