Why are my chlorine tablets not dissolving in chlorinator?

Author: Ms. Lilly Cremin III  |  Last update: Tuesday, May 17, 2022

If the tablets are not dissolving, and you get a strong smell of chlorine when you open the chlorinator, you probably have a bad check valve in the chlorinator. It is not allowing any water to move through the chlorinator, and any water that is there simply sits there and builds up a yellowish chlorine gas.

Why are my chlorine tablets not dissolving in floater?

It could be that they're compressing the tablets more than they used to, making them harder to dissolve. You really do need a good test kit of you don't already have one.

How long does it take for chlorine tablets to dissolve?

Typically, a 3-inch pool chlorine tablet is designed to chlorinate from 7,500 to 10,000 gallons of water per week, meaning it'll take seven days to dissolve.

How many tablets should I put in my chlorinator?

To use the right number of tablets, always round your pool volume up to the nearest unit of 5,000 gallons. For instance, your pool has a capacity of 20,000 gallons, you would add four chlorine tablets. But if your pool holds just 16,000 gallons, you'd still use four, three-inch chlorine tablets.

How do I know if my chlorinator is not working?

Test the water that water has just left the chlorinator - it should have a very high chlorine reading. (Remember that if it is extremely high it may bleach the test tablet so you may have to dilute the water you are testing). If there is no chlorine reading, the chlorinator will not be working.

Adding Chlorine Tablets to a Chlorinator

Can a chlorinator get clogged?

The unit can clog with scale, but it won't if you regularly clean it. Clogs can also occur in the control valve when you vacuum the pool, and airlocks can develop inside the cartridge. Clogs and airlocks restrict water flow, and the pool chlorine levels will fall.

Can you break up 3 inch chlorine tablets?

Be careful when the baffles are wide open, that the small slivers of tablets don't fall out, which can stain both vinyl and plaster pools. Place slivers in the skimmer basket. You can use half tablets too, score them with a screwdriver, and break it in half with your hands, underwater in the skimmer basket.

How long do chlorine tablets last in chlorinator?

Properly stored chlorine tablets should last three to five years. The storage site should be cool, dry and well-ventilated, such as in a basement. Never leave chlorine tablets in the direct sun, even in a covered bucket, because the heat will accelerate the degrading process of the tablet and its ingredients.

What setting should my chlorinator be on?

Test and adjust your pool water's salt levels

If you're using the Water TechniX Salt water chlorinator then you should try to aim for a salt level of around 3,000 to 4,000 ppm. Test your pool water and add the required amount of salt to raise your levels to the required point.

How long does it take for a 1 inch chlorine tablet to dissolve?

Small 20g chlorine tablets will dissolve slowly over a period of 3-7 days depending on water flow, water temperature and hot tub usage.

Will cold water dissolve chlorine tablets?

The cold water, anything below 65°, has an impact on the ability of the chemicals to dissolve properly. I would recommend using liquid chlorine if you have to shock in lower temperatures. You can dissolve granular shock in warm water. Perhaps it will work if you completely dissolve it before adding it to the pool.

Can you drop chlorine tablets directly in pool?

Remember, NEVER disperse chlorine granules or tablets directly into the water. This is dangerous to swimmers' health and will absolutely result in concentrations of chlorine that will damage your pool.

How long do I leave chlorine floater in pool?

You may need to adjust the bottom collar to allow more or less chlorine into the water. After two to four days, tether the dispenser to another area of the pool or allow it to float around without one. Replace the chlorine tablet once it dissolves.

Can you crush up chlorine tablets?

If you've ever wondered how granular chlorine or powder chlorine is made, here's the big reveal. They're crushed up tablets. So if you ever need to quickly chlorinate your pool and are pressed for time, you can crush a few tablets into a fine powder and spread it across your pool.

How long does a 3 inch chlorine tablet last in a pool?

What DOES affect how long a three-inch chlorine tablet lasts? So how long it takes for a chlorine tablet to dissolve really varies for every pool. As a general rule, we see stabilized chlorine tablets (also called trichlor tablets) last anywhere from two to three days.

How long will 50 lbs of chlorine tablets last?

Tablets will last approximately 5-7 days depending upon temperature and amount of water flow.

How many pucks are in a chlorinator?

It is easy to tell if you need more chlorine pucks in your skimmer basket. Since they dissolve, once they have disappeared just add more. Chlorine pucks also allow you to manually control how much chlorine is in your pool's water. It is usually 1 chlorine puck for every 5,000 gallons of water.

How many chlorine tablets do I need for a 10ft pool?

Do i fill the whole thing up till filled with tablets? or do i stick one tablet in for a 10ft summer wave pool. thanks:-) Answer: One tablet is all you need.

How long does it take for a chlorinator to work?

Chlorine levels with a chlorine generator are a function of how long you run the equipment and at what percentage you set the generator. A pool your size should turn over the water in about 8 hours depending on the pump/filter/plumbing flow rates.

What to do if chlorinator is not working?

Check for a tripped circuit breaker or GFCI outlet test button. Many salt chlorinators also have a fuse inside the cabinet, designed to blow in the event of power overload, or a lightning strike. 2. Check Water Flow: The Salt Cell needs a certain amount of water flow to operate effectively.

At what temperature does chlorine stop working?

At temperatures above 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit, chlorine dissipates faster, algae grows better, and the formation of scale (calcium carbonate deposits) is more likely to occur. There are no State laws regulating swimming pool temperature, but spa temperature may not exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

When should I replace my chlorinator cell?

How long should a salt cell last? The answer really depends on the use conditions and how often you do maintenance on your pool. 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.

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