The majority of Australian domestic swimming pools are now salt water chlorinated and with summer fast approaching, we’re often asked about common salt water chlorinator problems and how to make sure your chlorinator is working efficiently to keep your pool healthy and sanitised for the start of the season.
There are 3 key things you need to look at:
- Salt levels
If you’re having salt water chlorinator problems, the first thing to check is that your salt levels are adequate. Check the manufacturer’s handbook for information about the salt levels required for your particular make and model of chlorinator and your pool size.
It’s important to understand that running your chlorinator 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.
You can test the salt levels yourself using testing kits available from your pool shop or DIY store or take a sample to your pool shop for testing. They will also advise you of the amount of salt that you should add to your pool, if required.
They will also generally give you an indication of the other elements of your pool chemistry which can affect the efficiency of your salt water chlorinator including pH, stabiliser, calcium and alkalinity.
- Calcium Levels
If your pool chemistry test indicates a high calcium level, it’s worth checking whether there’s any obvious signs of this in your chlorinator cell. When you look at your cell, can you see any scaling on the electrodes?
If you can see deposits on the electrodes, this is generally a calcium build up and it will affect the performance of your chlorinator.
If this is the case, you will need to clean the cell to ensure optimal performance of your chlorinator and prevent damage to your chlorinator cell.
- Chlorine levels
In the height of summer the amount of free chlorine in your pool can fluctuate dramatically depending on the factors such as whether you’re using a pool cover to stop the effects of the sun, how frequently the pool is used and by how many people.
In fact, sunlight is so effective at reducing the chlorination level in your pool that on a really hot summer day, the chlorine level can drop by 90% in just a couple of hours!
Similarly, if we’ve had one of our typical Brisbane summer storms, heavy rain can also reduce the amount of chlorine in the pool by diluting it.
Check the free chlorine levels in your swimming pool frequently, at least once a week, during the summer and adjust your chlorinator accordingly if you need to increase the chlorine levels.
These quick and easy tips should ensure you avoid the most common salt water chlorinator problems. As always, if you need any help or advice why not call in and see us at our store in Salisbury or give us a call on 07 3277 2554.
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 but in general these are the steps you need to follow:
- Buy a salt water cell electrode cleaning solution from your local pool shop.
- Switch off the filtration system and close the necessary valves.
- Unplug the cell terminal cap and remove the cell from it’s housing.
- Immerse the cell in the cleaning solution in a study plastic container ensuring that the terminals stay dry.
- Leave it in the solution for 10-15 minutes then check if all calcium deposits have been removed.
- If calcium deposits remain, re-immerse for a further 10 minutes. You can use a smooth plastic implement to gently try and dislodge any heavy deposits.
N.B. Never use a metal instrument as you will damage the cell.
- Once the cell is clean, rinse in clean water, replace and turn your pump and chlorinator back on
- Check that your chlorine output is sufficient and that your timer settings are functioning properly.
These simple steps will ensure that your pool stays clean and sparkling all year.
As always, if you need any help or advice why not call in and see us at our store in Salisbury or give us a call on 07 3277 2554. If your chlorinator is due for replacement, why not consider the Allchlor S3800. Call in or visit our website to find out more about this highly efficient model.
The weather’s warming up and it won’t be long before we’ll all want to jump in our pool to cool off! So what’s the best way to get your swimming pool chlorinator ready for summer? Here’s our 5 top tips:
- Test your pool water regularly. As the weather warms up the water chemistry in your pool will change. Test your pool water regularly to keep an eye on the readings and keep you salt levels topped up as necessary.
- Check you chlorinator cell
You need to regularly clean you pool chlorinator cell to remove the calcium build up or it won’t run efficiently. Your manufacturers handbook will contain details of how to clean your cell. We even recommend cleaning your Self Cleaning chlorinator at least every six months to make sure it is working to it’s optimum levels.
- Split your chlorinators running time
Run you chlorinator for a period in the morning and again in the evening rather than just one long period. As the weather gets warmer you’ll also want to increase the running time for each session. By the middle of summer you should be running it for 4 hours in the morning and again for 4 hours in the evening to maintain optimum pool health.
- Monitor chlorine loss
There are a number of factors that really impact the chlorine levels in your pool. For example if your furry friend takes a swim, this is equivalent to 20 people using the pool.
- Ensure your chlorinator is in the right position
Ideally you need your chlorinator to be in a shady, well-ventilated position rather than in direct sunlight as the effects of the sun limit the efficiency of your chlorinator.
- Need help?
The team at Allchlor are here to help. If your chlorinator needs repairing or testing or you need a new system to get you ready for summer, call in to our store or give us a call on 07 3277 2554.