How To Clean a Hayward AquaRite Turbo Cell

Written by:  Danny Rhodehamel
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The following guide shows how to clean a Hayward AquaRite Turbo Cell. With daily use hard mineral deposits will build up on the electrolytic plates of the cell. The manufacturer recommends checking the Hayward AquaRite Turbo Cell 3-4 times a year and cleaning it with a solution of water and muriatic acid to descale any deposits as required.

Tips & Warnings

Things You'll Need

Step by Step

Step 1

Your first step in cleaning the Hayward AquaRite Turbo Cell is to turn off the power to the pump and Chlorine Salt Generator. Ideally this should be done at the circuit breaker.

Step 2

Next relieve the water pressure in the pool line. In this case since this system does not have a relief valve, we will relieve the pressure by slowly unscrewing one of the unions on the Hayward AquaRite Turbo Cell.

Step 3

Remove the AquaRite Turbo Cell by unscrewing the two unions on either side of the cell and lifting the cell out. Be careful when you pull the cell out that you keep track of the O-rings in each of the unions. They sometimes fall off.

Step 4

Inspect the two union O-rings for breaks or stretching. Replace them if required.

Step 5

Reseat the O-rings in the grooves of the unions.

Step 6

Inspect both ends of the cell for debris and use a power garden hose to flush out the debris.

Step 7

Put on rubber gloves and eyeware to make the muriatic acid solution. In a clean bucket, mix a quart of acid solution. Put 4 cups of water in the bucket first then add a cup of acid. ALWAYS ADD ACID TO WATER - NEVER ADD WATER TO ACID.

Step 8

This picture shows a packaged product called GLX-CELLSTAND. It is used to simplify the cleanning process by closing off the lower end of the Turbo Cell and keeping it upright. See part # 2804-33 on our website.

Step 9

Check that the O-ring at the bottom of the cell stand is completely seated in its groove.

Step 10

Screw the bottom of CELLSTAND onto the Turbo Cell with the cord side up.

Step 11

Carefully pour the acid solution into the top of the Turbo Cell up to top of the electrolytic plates. Be careful not to get any of the acid solution on the cord. Let the acid solution sit for 10 minutes.

Step 12

Pour the acid solution back into bucket.

Step 13

Unscrew the CELLSTAND off the bottom of the Turbo Cell. Use your rubber gloves and watch where the acid solution drips when you separate the units.

Step 14

Rinse the acid solution off of the cell and flush the electrolytic plates.

Step 15

Check both ends of cell for any remaining deposits. If you still see hard deposits, repeat the cleaning process. Pour the acid solution into the pool and make up another batch os acid solution.

Step 16

After you are satisfied that the cell plates are clear, prepare to replace the Turbo Cell by first lubricating the union O-rings with a thin coat of silicon lubricant.

Step 17

Replace the Turbo Cell and HAND TIGHTEN the union rings.

Step 18

Prime your system and turn on the power to the pump.

Step 19

Dispose of the acid solution safely by pouring it into pool.

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User: Inyopools

Rojelio - Other people have used vinegar as a safer option to diluted muriatic acid. It generally takes longer to clear the plates because it is not as strong.

User: Rojelio

I use white vinegar instead of muratic acid mixture. Its safer for you and the salt generator. White vinegar acts on calcium and not metal. Muratic acid acts on calcium and metal. This explains why the generators don't last.

User: Inyopools

Sharon Lee - No, wet weather should not affect the operation of your T-cell or control box. Make sure that the insulation on any wires to the cell and control box is not damaged and that the gasket on the door of the control box is undamaged. A properly maintained control box should protect your system for many years.

User: Sharon Lee

Will wet weather affect the operation of my T cell 15 and/or the control box and what is the typical life of the control box?

User: Inyopools

stew - Try holding the diagnostic button for 3 seconds to clear the "inspect cell" LED. If that doesn't work, check your salt level. If your salt level is good, the cell may be worn and need replacement.

User: stew

I just checked my t-cell and it is clear. The inspect cell light is still on, Please advise.
FS

User: Georgie

My meter is reading 1200 and my pool is green. What up with this

User: InyoPools

murray - Your salt level is right on the edge of being acceptable, range is 2700 - 3500 ppm. You might try adding a little more salt. Also check with your manufacturer. You may have to reset your system.

User: murray

If salt level is sufficient (2700-2800ppm) & the cell has recently been cleaned, why does the "Add Salt" indicator remain illuminated?

User: Ramy

I just re-read the instructions, and they didn't mention anything about mixing the acid with water.. I'm using cell saver: Ocean Salt. So i'm guessing that i'm fine?

User: InyoPools

Ramy, If you didn't leave the acid in long, your cell is probably all right.

User: Ramy

Hello,
i was cleaning the turbo cell, and i forgot to mix the 1 part solution in 3 parts water. However i didn't leave the solution long in the cell, is it possible i broke the cell?

User: InyoPools

h20dude - According to Hayward/Goldline, the "inspect Cell" light is set up on a 500 hr timer to come on for periodic service. If the light is flashing and you have good salt level, above 2700, you can elect to turn the light off by depressing the diagnostic button (upper left corner) for 3-5 seconds. If the light is on solid, you have a fault condition - your salt level is too low. Add salt and then depress diag button.

User: h20dude

Hi.. I'm unable to get rid of the lit inspect cell and will try the acid wash next.. but I don't see deposits anywhere, so should I bother?

User: InyoPools

carole - We have found the lifetime expectancy of the turbo cell is 3-5 years

User: carole

Assuming a well maintained cell: what is normally the life spand of that kind of cell? merci!

User: InyoPools

Depends of the manufacturer. I have seen 3 to 1, 5 to 1 and now your 10 to 1. 5 to 1 is a probably a good compromise but 10 to 1 will work too if you leave it in longer. One manufacturer also suggests using white vinegar full strength if you don't want to use acid. He claims it works just as well.

User: 

Isn't 1 in 10 for the acid and a longer soak a safer solution? My local pool guys have Keats recommended this and it seems to work - why so strong.?

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Tips & Warnings

Wear gloves and safety goggles when using muriatic acid.

Clean your cell in a well ventilated area and avoid breathing the fumes from the acid.

Do not let the acid solution touch the Turbo Cell cord.

When mixing the acid solution, ALWAYS ADD ACID TO WATER - NEVER ADD WATER TO ACID.


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