Aqua Rite Salt Reading Not Accurate

Many pool owners have problems with their Aqua Rite Salt chlorinators by Hayward, saying that they produce inaccurate readings when manual testing is done. However, an Aqua Rite salt reading not accurate problem can be resolved by simply recalibrating the salt system. In this article, we’ll discuss how to resolve the problem.

How Does the Aqua Rite Salt System Work?

The Aqua Rite salt system is an easy-to-use salt electrolyzer. It works with Hayward’s TurboCell® technology, which ensures reliable and effective salt treatment. It allows treating the pool water through saltwater electrolysis effectively.

To function, the electrolyzer requires a low salt (sodium chloride) concentration in the pool water. The Aqua Rite automatically disinfects the pool by transforming the salt into free chlorine, which destroys the bacteria and algae present in the water.

Why Is My Salt Chlorinator Failing?

Your Aqua Rite chlorinator can produce different results because of so many reasons. One of these is the lack of regular maintenance.

When the salt chlorinator is maintained regularly, this will ensure that all the excess calcium will not stick to the plates. When calcium sticks to the plate, the system can produce false readings.

So, to start with, always use a salt cell cleaning kit to remove the calcium build-up so the system can be in good condition.

Another cause of your chlorinators failing is due to imbalanced pool water chemicals.

Start By Inspecting the System

Incorrect Aqua Rite readings can occur because of many reasons. Therefore, you have to inspect the system in the following way:

  • Check the cell LED: The Cell LED should remain on. It can also flash when its 500-hour operation time is over. So, you’d need to rest the chlorinator manually. To do this, press and hold the system’s diagnostic button for up to five seconds.
  • Inspect Cell and Salt LED: They must flash simultaneously while the pool’s salt level is around 2,500 to 2,600 parts per million.
  • The Check Salt and Inspect Cell LED must remain on when the pool’s salt level is at 2300 ppm maximum. In this case, the system will not produce chlorine and requires calibration.

How to Calibrate Aqua Rite System

The steps required for recalibrating the Aqua Rite salt system to ensure accurate reading once again are explained below:

Step 1: Test the Pool Water

Firstly, you need to test your pool water using a saltwater test strip to know the pool’s salt level. So, if you arrive at another reading result different from what your salt chlorinator says, you must proceed to the second step.

Step 2: Change the main switch

Switch to “OFF” from the “Auto” position as the pump operates. Then wait for up to 15 seconds until you hear the panel click.

Step 3: Recalibrate by pushing the diagnostic button

As soon as you hear the click, proceed by pushing the diagnostics button 5 times. After this, the salt system will start recalibrating.

Step 4: Change the pump’s main switch

You’ll find a number popping up on the screen. Scroll down. When you find a number that matches the strip result, turn your main switch to “Super Chlorinate” from “Auto.” Then turn it back to “Auto.”

The Problem Is Best Resolved With Maintenance and Calibration

The Hayward Aqua Rite salt chlorinator is designed to read accurate figures. If otherwise, you can reset the Aqua Rite salt system by recalibrating it.

It is advisable to clean your cell once a month to avoid accumulating dirt and scale. To do this, use low-pressure water and a product designed to clean it. This easy maintenance will give better generation performance, and the salt level reading will be more accurate. At a minimum, cleaning once a year at closure is recommended.

However, if the problem of inaccuracy persists after cleaning the cell and recalibrating the system, you have to consider replacing your salt cell.