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Old 06-26-2019, 07:01 AM
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So I installed a NANO system 4 months ago. I love it, never go back to chlorine bottles. However the computer just showed a cell maintenance is due notice. So I went out and bought the acid and a plug. I read the manual three times. I pulled the unit apart and it looks brand new. The plates are shiny and titanium colored with out even a microscopic calcium deposit. Im surprised as others have told me of serious deposits on their systems. So am I just lucky or does it take longer till you need an acid cleaning?

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Old 06-26-2019, 08:13 AM
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I check my salt cell about once a month. Usually a little buildup in that time. Sometimes none at all. I can’t see the entire surface of all the metal so whether it looks like it needs it, every other month I clean it out.
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I don't know how "smart" the systems are to check cell health. My system has a light that comes on every 6 months regardless. I've had my system 3 years, and have only cleaned the cell 3 times. The last time was delayed due to business travel, and I had an error come up on the panel which prompted me to clean it. Every time you clean the cell, it's life is reduced, so I try to clean mine as little as possible. If it gets really calcified, it'll throw off erroneous salt readings and the such, which is what mine started doing.
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Yes, that's pretty normal. My maintenance light comes on regularly as well and when I check the cell it looks fine. About every other time I will do the acid soak. I agree, the bets investment I have bought for my pool.
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that's normal. If you pour the 1 part Muriatic Acid to 4 parts water mix into your cell and it starts bubbling, it's cleaning.
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Yep. Put 3 inches of water in a 5 gallon bucket, pour a good 2-3 second pour of acid into the water. Fill cell on cleaning stand, allow bubbling to stop. Pour out, rinse with hose and dump out water. Repeat, hook back up to system.
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If theres no scaling on the fins, theres no reason to acid wash it.
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It's a timed notice normally but it doesn't hurt anything to go ahead and rinse it with muriatic acid before putting it back.
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More power to you guys.... I had an aquarite system that came with my pool... first cell lasted about 6 years, second one 7.
Since then I removed all the equipment and sold it at a yard sale for $250.
Since then I've been putting in two tabs with stabilizer/algae stuff in them once a week in the summer (half the year), and once every 2 weeks the other ~6 months.
I dump a jug of liquid chlorine in every 2-3 weeks unless it rains a lot.
Water has been perfect for years and never have to add salt or check cell, or anything...
For me, this is worlds easier and less hassle.

Glad to see those things are working out for you guys..
I hated mine.
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Originally Posted by swill777 View Post
More power to you guys.... I had an aquarite system that came with my pool... first cell lasted about 6 years, second one 7.
Since then I removed all the equipment and sold it at a yard sale for $250.
Since then I've been putting in two tabs with stabilizer/algae stuff in them once a week in the summer (half the year), and once every 2 weeks the other ~6 months.
I dump a jug of liquid chlorine in every 2-3 weeks unless it rains a lot.
Water has been perfect for years and never have to add salt or check cell, or anything...
For me, this is worlds easier and less hassle.

Glad to see those things are working out for you guys..
I hated mine.
Running to the pool store to get chlorine is why people use salt systems.
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Originally Posted by gameon View Post

Running to the pool store to get chlorine is why people use salt systems.
Plus
water chemistry seems to stay in balance overall with salt
water no longer burns your eyes or dries your skin
water feels softer and silkier with salt.
water even looks clearer, a couple neighbors have noticed
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Originally Posted by barrell View Post
plus
water chemistry seems to stay in balance overall with salt
water no longer burns your eyes or dries your skin
water feels softer and silkier with salt.
Water even looks clearer, a couple neighbors have noticed
this!
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Burning of your eyes is due to the PH of the water - not the chlorine level (unless your levels are so high that everything in the pool is turning white).

no need to go to the pool store for chlorine - regular bleach is all you need (it’s the same stuff - just different concentrations). The key is to get fresh bleach (begins to lose its effectiveness after 3 months); usually Walmart has the freshest bleach due to the high turnover of inventory.

Both systems work great - but I agree the chlorine route is less maintenance.
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My Hayward salt cell died after 8 years of no cleaning. When I replaced it, it was clean. It is oversized though as it is a 40k gal cell on a 10k gal pool.

I just reset the warning light when it comes on.
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To each his own.
I'm much happier without the salt water system.
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I had the Pentair IC-40 salt system in my 10k pool for 4 years until I sold that house last year. Inspected about every six months, but never had to acid clean it.
About every six months, threw a bag of shock in the pool as an added maintenance item. Had water tested monthly, and this is all I did for the pool in those four years.
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My life is much easier since I went to salt. 90% less work.
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I use the community pool.....

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