How To Recalibrate the Salt Level on a Hayward Aqua Rite


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Occasionally the salt level on the Hayward Aqua Rite may not match the actual salt level of the pool. If the salt cell is clean but the salt reading is off, the Aqua Rite will need to be recalibrated. The following steps will provide a guide on how to recalibrate a Hayward Aqua Rite.

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Step by Step


Step 1

Before recalibrating, test the water with salt water test strips to determine the correct salt level. If the results from your test strip are not the same as the Aqua Rite, proceed to step 2.

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Step 2

With the pump running, move the main switch from "Auto" to "Off" and then back to "Auto". Wait for approximately 10 - 15 seconds for a click inside the panel.

Step 3

Once you hear the click, immediately push the Diagnostics button 5 times. The system will now begin to recalibrate.

Step 4

A number will appear on the display screen and begin to scroll down. Once the number on the screen matches the number from your test strip result, move the the main switch from "Auto" to "Super Chlorinate" and back to "Auto".

Step 5

The Hayward Aqua Rite should now be successfully recalibrated. If the incorrect salt reading continues to be a problem, it may be time to replace the salt cell.

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Anonymous  Posted: 6/22/2016 

Kevin G - my reading was low too (2200 vs. 3000 actual). I tried the calibration procedure, my readout started at -9900 and counted down to -2100, I flipped the switch to Super and back to Auto at -3000 and held my breath. When the readout set back to it's normal display, it read 3000 like I hoped.

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 6/20/2016 

Kevin G - Make sure your pool chemicals are balanced. Clean your cell then try recalibrating the salt level. If that doesn't work and you cell is 3-5 years old, you may need a new cell.

 Posted: 6/17/2016 

Thanks for the info but my reading is low and when trying this the number only goes down. How can you calibrate the salt readout to be higher? Thanks

 Posted: 6/4/2016 

YES! Finally! Thank you. I'll see if my system behaves for a week or so but I'm hopeful. This thing ran fine but blinking all last summer. Took it to a service tech over winter. He cleaned cell and tested the box and cell on their pool this spring, finding nothing wrong. Now, on my pool ... same as last summer. Until today and this very well done help page. Why can't the user's manual include the salt level recalibration instructions?

As a note, my unit is the above ground pool Aqua Trol, with the same calibration procedure (but without the T-cell selector function mentioned on the "installation" help page here).


InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/20/2016 

Steve - Make sure that your cell is clean and that the cell type (e.g. t-15) that is displayed is set to be the same as the cell type you installed. Here is a link to Hayward's Aqua Rite Diagnostics Manual for instructions and to help you further isolate your problem.

 Posted: 5/18/2016 

I recalibrated my Aqua Rite but it still gives a low reading. I had the water tested at the pool place. How do I know if I need a new chlorine cell? Or what else could be the issue?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/16/2016 

momo - Clean your SCG cell if required. Check that the cable plug is all the way into the socket. Make sure the displayed cell type is the same as the actual installed cell type. Then try recalibrating your salt level.

 Posted: 5/13/2016 

the display salt level is freezing at 3100. It dosen't change even if you add salt or fresh water. the numer is stack

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 4/25/2016 

katy - If you don't hear the click after 15 seconds, I would go ahead and complete the rest of the steps like it did click. If that doesn't work, you may have another issue. Here is a link to the Aqua Rite Diagnostics Manual that may help isolate the problem. Make sure the cell type displayed is the same as the cell type installed (page 4).

 Posted: 4/23/2016 

I just put in a new display board I had already replaced the circuit board behind it less than two years ago. I tried to recalibrate the display board since only the on button is lit up but when I go from off to auto there is no click sound after 10-15 seconds..

Anonymous  Posted: 4/18/2016 

This worked perfectly for me. All I need to do is recalibrate the Aqua Rite to the proper salt reading and now everything is working correctly. It's just ashamed that the folks at the pool store couldn't tell me this. Thanks

 Posted: 4/6/2016 

thanks for the insight on the metric vs english. It worked great!!!!!!thanks

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/10/2015 

metric readings - You are inadvertently switching between metric units and English units. To switch from metric to English or vice versa, push the display button until the temperature is displayed. Then move the main switch from AUTO to SUPER CHLORINATE and then back to AUTO. This will change the units for both temperature and salt level.

Anonymous  Posted: 5/9/2015 

my reading was 3.8 when it should have been 2900 and my water temp was 17 and should have been 62. At the end of the calibration i continued to move switch from Auto to SuperChlorinate and the proper readings appeared.

 Posted: 9/21/2014 

John mine is doing the same thing. Not sure what's wrong. My salt level is fine, but it doesn't display correctly anymore.

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/28/2014 

John - I would suggest giving Hayward/Goddline a call at 866-772-2100. If the calibration sequence is not working, you may have a bad PC Board.

 Posted: 7/27/2014 

My salt generator does not display the ppm 3200 like it should I have gone through all the recalibrating steps and it still displays -3.8 can you help, just cleaned cell and. Filter had water sample done and it says 3500ppm

 Posted: 5/8/2014 

Worked the very first time I tried it. So me being block head I purposely recalibrated with wrong number of button pushes, didn't wait until I heard a click and generally tried to befuddle the works. I managed to "break it", but when I tried the steps this article suggests I was back in business once again.
Don't call the pool boy this one is super easy.