How to Configure Your Automated Pool Control System

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This guide shows you the variety of the functions that can be incorporated into a fairly comprehensive automated control system. We are featuring a Jandy Aqualink RS Control System. However much of this information can be applied to other control systems. Also most configurations of the Jandy Aqualink RS Control System are limited to the standard Aqualink system for 8 functions. This configuration shows two interlinked systems for handeling up to 16 functions.

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Step 1

This picture shows the control panel inside one of the two Jandy Aqualink RS Power Centers for this pool's control system. There is a similar control panel in the other interlinked Jandy Aqualink RS Power Center. The smaller display at the left is associated with the salt chlorine generator used in this pool system. We will discuss this display later. The longer display has a series of twelve buttons to turn the associated pool equipment on/off for servicing outside. The actual programming of these functions is performed on a Jandy Touch Panel mounted inside the house. A picture of this Touch Panel is shown in the next step. The pool equipment controlled by each of the twelve buttons is discussed in subsequent steps.

Step 2

This is a picture of the Jandy Touch Panel mounted inside the house.

Step 3

The first button selects the operational mode of this Power Center. If set on "auto", all buttons in this Power Center are deactivated. Control is passed to the control panel inside the house. This is normal operational mode. Setting the operational mode to "service" activates the buttons in this Power Center. This mode is used to test pool function outside next to the equipment. Setting the operational mode to "time out" turns the Power Center off.

Step 4

The next four buttons on the Power Center control panel are labeled: Filter Pump, Air Blower, Fountain, Deck Light.

Step 5

Filter Pump - turns the main pool circulation pump on/off - This pool system uses a Jandy 2 HP variable speed E-Pump to circulate pool water through the pool and the spa.

Step 6

Air Blower- turns the air blower on/off to inject air into the Spa jets.

Step 7

Fountain - turns the water feature pump on/off which controls water to the waterfall, the four(4) laminars and two (2) bubblers in the sun shelf. This pump is a Hayward 3 HP super II Pump - single speed. The default mode for the water feature pump is to have all three feature on when the pump is activated.

Step 8

This is a picture of the waterfall

Step 9

This is a picture of a laminar shooting a column of water from the deck into the pool. This system has 4 laminars installed around the pool.

Step 10

This is a picutre of the two bubblers mounted in the sun self.

Step 11

The amount of water supplied to each of the water features is regulated by three (3) automated valves, [# 3,4 & 5], integrated into the return lines from the water feature pump. Control of these valves is automated by valve actuators which can be controlled at this box or by a program in the Jandy Touch Panel mounted inside the house.

Step 12

The next 4 buttons are labeled Water Feature, Water Feature, Aux 6 and Aux 7. Aux 6 and 7 are spares for future development.

Step 13

Water Feature (1) - Waterfall only. Rotates Valves 3, 4, and 5, discussed above, so that only the Waterfall is on. Water to the Bubbles and the Laminars is shut off.

Step 14

Water Feature (2) - Bubblers only. Rotates Valves 3, 4, and 5 so that only the Bubblers are on. Water to the Waterfall and the Laminars is shut off.

Step 15

The last three buttons on this control panel control the Heaters, Solar and the computer actuated Valves.

Step 16

On this system when the "Heater" button is pushed, it activates two heaters. The first is a Jandy EE-Ti Heat Pump for long term more efficient heating. The second is a Laars Propane Heater to heat the Spa quicker. Though programming on the in-house Touch Panel, the heaters can be used separately or together and they can be used to heat the Spa, the Pool or both. This is a picture of the Jandy EE-T1 Heat Pump. As a note, some of the Jandy EE-TI Heat Pumps can be reversed and used a chillers to actually cool your pool if it become too hot.

Step 17

This is a picture of the Laars Propane Heater.

Step 18

The Solar button is not used in this system, but we have the option of adding and controlling solar panels for heating the pool.

Step 19

The "Valve" button toggles through 4 settings to control the flow of water to the Spa or Pool. Mode 1 is "Pool Mode". In this mode all water from the main circulation pump flows to the pool. The actuators on top of valves 1 an 2 in the picture are commanded to turn with the handles all the way to the left shutting off the water from the Spa on valve 1 and to the Spa on valve 2.

Step 20

The other Valve modes are: [2] Spa Mode - water to/from pool is shut off; [3] Spa Drain - Valve 1 is open for the Spa to allow water to drain from the Spa and Valve 2 is open to the Pool to return water to the pool; [4] Spa Fill - Valve 1 is closed for the Spa drain and Valve 2 is open to the Spa to allow returning water to flow into the Spa.

Step 21

This is a picture of the small display panel for the salt chlorine generator display. By selecting one of the series of buttons on this display, you can see the chlorine productions rate, the salt level and temperature of the pool. You can also change the chlorine production rate at this panel, but this function is usually performed at the Touch Panel inside the house.

Step 22

This picture shows the salt chlorine generator associated with the display panel above. This pool system uses a Nature 2 Fusion Soft System to automatically dispense pool minerals and chlorine.

Step 23

This picture shows the other control panel inside the second interconnected Jandy Aqualink RS Power Center. The display has a series of nine buttons to turn the associated pool equipment on/off for servicing outside. As before, the actual programming of these functions is performed on a Jandy Touch Panel mounted inside the house. The pool equipment controlled by each of the nin buttons is discussed in the following steps.

Step 24

The first button selects the operational mode of this Power Center as discussed before on the first panel. Mode are: Auto, Service, and Time Out.

Step 25

The next four buttons on the Power Center control panel are labeled: Spa Light, Pool Light, Pond, and Pond Light.

Step 26

Spa Light - turns the multi-color light in the Spa on/off. The light color sequence is programmed on the Touch Panel inside the house.

Step 27

Pool Light - turns the multi-color Pool lights on/off. The light sequence is programmed on the Touch Panel inside the house. Through this panel the pool light color program can be synced with the Spa lights so that they all play the same program. Lights are ....

Step 28

Pond - turns on/off the small circulation pump on the bottom of the pond.

Step 29

Pond Light - turns on/off the lights around the pond.

Step 30

The next 4 buttons control the RS16 and RS2/14 functions labeled: Laminar Light, Aux B6, Yard Light, and Yard Light.

Step 31

The Laminar and Bubbler lights use 12V power so all require transformers to step the house power down from 120V. This picture shows the light junction boxes and transformers. The four (4) sets of power leads from the four (4) laminars are collected in the right hand junction box and fed to the right hand transformer. The two (2) sets of power leads from the two (2) bubblers are collected in the left hand junction box and fed to the left hand transformer.

Step 32

Laminar Light - This is a night time shot of the Laminars with their light illuminated.

Step 33

Aux B6 - This is a night time shot of the Bubblers with their light illuminated.

Step 34

Yard Light - turns on/off the front yard perimeter lights.

Step 35

Yard Light - turns on/off the back yard perimeter lights.

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FRICK  Posted: 03/27/2017 9:07 AM 

Ben,
I have a similar issue with my Hayward system. I would suggest adding a valve actuator to your spa/pool valve. I have considered this but the valves are a bit pricey. Your system will probably have an extra remote button to add this. Now as for getting the kids to press the button, that's a separate issue.


Inyopools  Posted: 12/28/2016 11:15 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Ben - I don't know the answer to this question. I would suggest calling Hayward at 966-772-2100 to see if they have a solution to your problem.


Ben  Posted: 12/27/2016 17:21 PM 

I am looking for a way to add a function to my Goldine Aqualogic Controller. When turning on the Spa mode while the Cleaner is operating within its timed program, the Cleaner empties the Spa by taking water from the closed Spa circuit and delivering it to the pool. As I have kids that use the pool and will not remember to turn the cleaner off, I am looking for a way to include an interlock that turns the Cleaner off when the system is switched to Spa mode. Is there any way to add a command to the Spa-mode setting?


Inyopools  Posted: 03/24/2015 11:28 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Russ - I not sure which version of Aqua Logic you have, but found information on "locked" in this Operation Manual for AQL-P-4. I would think all versions "lock" the same. On page 7 they caution "This menu [Configuration] is normally “locked” and should only be used by a pool professional." Page 13 starts the description on how to unlock and use the Configuration Menu. It also has a caution that "Incorrect settings in the configuration menu could lead to damaged equipment and improper
operation of the pool system." Good luck.


Russ  Posted: 03/23/2015 22:29 PM 

I think those are great directions. I just put in a new circuit board for an Aqua Logic Goldline System. Everything went together great, however the configuration shows locked. How do I unlock it so I can configure the salt cell in to it. It was like this when I bought the house. I put in the PCB GLX Main to replace the AQL-PC-P$ unit