Part # AQR9
AquaRite Salt System
No more Jugs of Liquid Chlorine
The Aquarite is the easiest way for you to sanitize your pool, and keep your crystal clear and silky smooth! The Aquarite uses common salt (the same salt used in water conditioners) and converts it into "free" chlorine. The chlorine sanitizes your pool and then reverts back into salt. That's right, the salt is recycled and never wears out. With only a teaspoon of salt per gallon, the Aqua Rite produces enough fresh chlorine (up to .75 lb per day) to keep a 25,000-gallon pool sparkling clean without the chlorine smell. You'll never again have to worry about red irritated eyes, dry itchy skin, bleached bathing suits or green hair!
Provides 100% of chlorine requirement
Most pools require less than $10 of salt per year
With an Aqua Rite there is no more buying, mixing or storing chlorine. Think of the money you'll save! In 2004, over 40% of all new in-ground pools in the US used this technology to sanitize the pool. The Aqua Rite chlorinator is the clear #1 best selling electronic (salt) chlorinator in the US and worldwide.
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When I view the salt level (press diagnostics button 5 times) the number is -3.00. That doesn't seem to make sense. It used to show numbers like 2700, 2800, 3000, etc. I've done water testing at pool stores and the salt level is always around 2600 -3000. The other display numbers don't seem to be accurate either. I recently replaced the T-cell because it wasn't generating chlorine (flashing Low Salt/Inspect Cell). It now says Generating so could be fixed. Any thoughts on the display numbers?
Dave, It sounds like your system is set to metric. To change it back to ppm, switch from auto to superchlorinate while you are on that screen. Also, if you changed the cell, the average salt level needs to be reset. To reset, turn the unit to Off and then back to Auto. Wait for the relay to click (5 to 10 seconds). Then, press the diagnostics button 5 times to display Instant Salt level. Wait for the number to settle.
having an issue with my Aqua rite. when the pump comes on, i get the no flow wait, then it goes green to generating with the 'yellow inspect cell light' on, then all the lights go off completely. I cleaned the generator, no change, then replaced it with a new one, no change.
Chris, It may be a bad board. i would recommend going through the AquaRite troubleshooting guide. It will show you how to pinpoint the issue.
The pump I am installing (Tristar VS) has its own timer/control unit, which does not have the LOAD terminals like my current mechanical timer has. How does one connect the Aquarite to make sure it is powered only when the pump is on? Does one just power it 24/7 and rely on the flow switch?
Chris, Unfortunately, you would not be able to control the AQR9 from the pump. The AQR9 has a flow switch that will sense the flow going through it. On the lower rpm speed, the system would not generate chlorine.
Does the 40,000 gal option of the Hayward salt system come with adapters to accommodate 1-1/2" lines. I noticed that the specifications indicate that the cell is 2".
It does not come with adapters
My pool is about 18K gal in N Texas. Am I better off with the 25K system or is it better to move up to the 40K gal system to avoid over taxing the equipment? Is it worth getting the pro system primarily for the benefit of maintaining the ph with CO2? How do the aquarite and Pentair Intellichlor compare? Is one better than the other?
Hi, It would be better to go with the 40K system verses the 25K, the cell will last longer. It would also be worth it to get the Aqua-Rite Pro to keep the pH and Chlorine levels maintained. Cost wise the Hayward Pro System would be better, Pentair does not have an all inclusive set up like Hayward does.
What are the port sizes for the 25k system? I'm concerned about increased head pressure.
Hello Clayton - The ports on the salt cell are 2".
about 6-7 years ago,i purchased the aqr9 salt chlorinator for my 20,000 gal pool.the other day i went to check it .no letters/numbers showed in the window and all the lights vertically were flashing except the bottom 2 lights..i pressed the diagnosis button ,no info.is it repairable? or must i buy new one??
Here is a Diagnostics Manual for this system.
I've had a salt water pool for about 5 years now and my wife and I both agree that the first year or two we could taste the salt and our skin always felt real smooth almost slimy when we got out. Now we don't taste any salt and our skin doesn't feel as good, has the cell gone bad?? it's still producing chlorine as far as I can tell...
The feel of the water is based on the level of salt , not the production of chlorine. I would suggest getting the levels checked and return the water to the higher end of "ok" for the system to operate. This way, it will have more room to fall before needing more salt.
Is the flow switch direction important?
Yes. The flow switch must be mounted so the arrows on the switch it’s self go in the direction of flow. Also, the flow switch requires 12 inches of straight pipe before the water enters the part to ensure there is no turbulence inside the switch compartment causing the switch to display “no flow” in error. Also, the switch needs to see at least 11GPM of flow to properly close the switch.
Can I use rock salt?
Rock salt is not an option. Rock salt has entirely too many impurities and could cause some issues with the pool water, or pool surfaces.
What is “SUPER CHLORINATE”?
The unit will run in 2 separate polarities and continually switch sides as long as the pump continues to run. The desired output percentage dial will tell the chlorinator how long to generate in each polarity, SUPER CHLORINATE simply tells the unit to ignore the dial setting for 24 hours and generate chlorine at 100% of its capability.
Will the Aqua Rite work on a portable spa?
The Aqua Rite chlorinator is specifically designed for use with in-ground pools, and will not work with portable spas or hot tubs due to its high output.
Will the water taste salty?
Generally you should not be able to taste any salt in the pool because the level of salt in the water is so low, however some people with sensitive palates might detect a small amount of salt.
How much salt will I need when I start up my salt system?
The exact amount of salt needed will depend on the size of the pool and the manufacturer of the salt system. On average, you will need 200-400 pounds of salt for an in ground swimming pool.
I'm getting ready to start up my salt water pool. What chemicals do I need?
If you are staring up the pool, you will want to top off your pool water level before you add any chemicals. To keep a salt water pool chlorinated, the salt range should be about 3200-3500ppm (you can find it in the owners manual). You should not have to add a significant amount of salt to your pool each year unless the pool has lost a significant amount of water due to draining or leakage. When you open your salt water pool, you will want to check the stabilizer, total chlorine, free chlorine, pH, phosphates, salt and alkalinity. The main chemical you will want to pay attention to is the conditioner/stabilizer. The conditioner is sunscreen for the chlorine your system will be making. Simply put, no conditioner = no chlorine. Two additional products that I would recommend are Salt Water Magic & PHOSFREE
Is the salt included with the salt chlorine generator?
No, salt is not included. You would purchase the salt locally and the quantity will depend upon the number of gallons of water in your pool. Use a salt that is at least 99.8% pure NaCl. The preferred salt is evaporated, granulated, food quality, and NON-iodized. Avoid using salt with anti-caking agents like sodium ferrocyanide, also known as yellow YPS (prussiate of soda). These cause some discoloration of fittings and pool surface finishes. DO NOT use calcium chloride.
I have a pool that is about 10,000 gallons but I am thinking of buying a salt chlorine system for pools up to 20,000 gallons. Would the larger unit be a problem?
It is not a problem to oversize a salt system. It would take the larger unit less time to produce the necessary chlorine so it is actually more efficient. When the pool volume is very close to the capacity of the salt chlorine generator (for example, the pool is 18,000 gallons and the generator is rated at a maximum of 20,000 gallons), we would recommend going up to the next size generator.
(4 out of 5 stars) perfect for low budjet/maintenance chemical installation
Reviewed By: Benjamin H. from Dothan,AL ()
Pros: low amounts of salt required
Cons: setup cost is a lil steep but quickly pays 4 itself
great for usage with low maintenance..get it right once and ur done
(4 out of 5 stars) Brand name performance
Reviewed By: HECTOR P. from Puerto Rico ()
Cons: Upfront cost
After using and replacing pool contractor installed unit twice within three years it was time to upgrade. The Aqua Rite unit performs perfectly and provdes a level of reliability not found in knock off or other less reliable branded systems.