If you already have a chlorine-based pump system and are interested in a saltwater pool system installation, odds are your pool is compatible. Saltwater chlorine generators are designed to work with your existing system, and are installed in addition to what you currently use. Salt systems can be used on pools that are made of concrete, gunite, plaster, tile, vinyl, fiberglass, stone and more, and are common on in-ground and above-ground pools.
The average salt water pool system will last three to five years, depending on the size of your pool and how often your pool is used. Believe it or not, not only does the size of your pool matter when determining the size of the salt water pool system generator you will need, but the shape matters as well. We will help you determine your pool’s unique needs based on its size, shape, use, and more.
Salt System Repair or Replacement
The lifespan of your salt system can last anywhere from three to five years, however other factors can determine how often it should be repaired or replaced. Because salt is more corrosive compared to other pool chemicals, it’s important to be proactive and have your salt cell inspected regularly. Don’t wait until the “inspect cell” light comes on.
Possible issues with your salt system:
- Clogged pump/dirty filter. Salt systems require a specific amount of water flow to operate effectively. If the water flow seems lower than usual, the reason could be a clogged pump.
- Malfunctioning salt sensor. If you believe your salt sensor is faulty, test your pool’s salt level with salt test strips to get a more accurate idea.
- Cannot power on. This could be faulty wiring or because your salt cell is old, however, the issue could be something is simple is a blown fuse. Some salt chlorinators have fuses designed to blow if there is a power overload or a lightning strike.
Benefits of a Salt System
- It is self-cleaning. This feature helps to minimize the amount of maintenance it needs; these systems reverse the direction of electric flow every so often to help reduce or prevent mineral scaling.
- Flow sensor feature. This salt system feature helps ensure it works in coordination with your pump and adds to the safety of the system. Some models use a built-in electronic flow sensor, whereas others use an independent flow sensor with a mechanical switch, which is preferable for use with low-speed or variable speed pumps.
- Low salt levels. Many skeptics are concerned with swimming in unpleasant, salty water, however, the amount of salt in your pool is less than the amount in generic contact solution.
- Soft water “feel.” Most people prefer the feel of soft water, smooth to the touch, versus the abrasive feel of chlorinated water. For those with sensitive skin, saltwater is also much more gentle than chlorine.
Contact Us Today for a Salt System Installation
At Royal Pool & Spa, our service vans are supplied with all the necessary parts and equipment for any project. We will get any job done on site, so you don’t have to worry if any unexpected repairs or replacements arise.
Call on our experts at 651-779-7606 for more information on our salt water pool system installations and other pool repair services.