In pool water temperatures that are 60 degrees or below, the salt generators simply shut down and by design do not allow the salt cell to ionize (breakdown) the salt and convert it to chlorine.
It is best practice to remove your salt cell during the colder winter months. By removing your cell, you limit the potential damage that may occur to the unit during cold or freezing temperatures. The cold water and temperatures can damage the plates and stop the salt cell from functioning as intended.
For most Pentair Intellichlor systems, the setting is the water temperature dropping below 52 degrees. When the sensors note the water temperature dropping below that value, the system will effectively shut off and stop their Chlorine production.
While this can be true depending on your location, during the colder months you risk the potential of water damage due to freezing throughout your salt cell and equipment. Manufacturers will most likely advise you to remove, clean, and store the unit indoors to avoid any damage.
Keeping a salt water pool open during winter
As long as you can keep your water temperature to a comfortable temperature then your salt water chlorinator will have no problem producing the required sanitiser levels for your pool.
Salt water pools freeze usually freeze closer to 28 degrees as opposed to 32, but nonetheless, they still freeze. So, treat it just like any other pool.
Reduce filter-running times: The pool's filter should operate 3-4 hours each day during winter. If you're using a timer, adjust it to suit. You can save money by switching the filter on during off-peak periods.
Most salt cells will need cleaning at least twice a year. Some may need it as often as every two months. It mostly depends on how hard your water is, as that's what causes buildups. Check on it every two months to see if it needs cleaning until you figure out how often yours will need to be cleaned.
Chlorine dissipates more rapidly in warm water than in cold water.
'Chlorinator Off Low Temperature' means the current chlorinator cycle has been interrupted. due to a cell temperature reading of less than 50°F.
A water heater has two shut-off valves. A cold water inlet valve (often identified by a blue handle) feeds cold water from the main supply into the water heater. This is the valve to shut off if you need to repair or replace the water heater.
Here's a general rule of thumb: For every 10 degrees Fahrenheit above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, twice as much chlorine is needed in the pool to maintain an adequate free-chlorine level. This is more important for spas, which are regularly operated at higher temperatures.
For safe swimming conditions, the ideal salt level is going to be between 2500 ppm and 4000 ppm. An overly salted pool will generally not be a major problem (aside from salty-tasting water), but at levels over 6000 ppm there may be corrosion damage to some of the metallic equipment.
28 The LCD display will read “COLD” when the cell is reading water temps below 50° F. The LCD display will read “HOT” when the cell is reading water temps above 140 ° F. Inspect the cell for calcification. Clean the cell & reset the average salt reading (pg.
The safe answer is that they usually last for about five to seven years. Salt Cells cost between $200 and $900 to replace, depending on your chlorinator model.
Saltwater pools can definitely be heated just like freshwater pools. The saltwater chlorinator does not affect heating units, so you will not have to worry about this when installing a heater in your swimming pool. The heating units will also be set up and installed in the same way as in chlorine pools.
You definitely need to drain some water from the pool when salinity reaches a 6,000 ppm level. Most salt water pools should be maintained with a salinity level of 2,500-4,000 ppm. The amount you drain depends on how elevated salinity levels are.
For an above ground pool cover, use an air pillow underneath the cover to break up the ice, and use a cable and winch kit to secure it to the pool. Extras like cover clips or a winter cover seal will prevent wind from getting under and damaging an above ground pool cover.
The average pool system needs to run anywhere between 4-10 hours so you will have to gauge it yourself though testing over time.
Depending on the size of your pool, we still recommend you run your pump run at least 4-6 hours a day during the fall and winter months. The daily cycle can be divided into multiple cycles, but each cycle should be no shorter than 4 hours, for all the water to pass through the filter at least once.
The pool pump in a saltwater pool should be run 8 to 12 hours per day on average. In saltwater pools, the pump needs to be on for two reasons. The first is to filter the water. The pump should complete at least one turnover of the pool water to filter it properly.