Balanced Water Chemistry
- To maximize the life of your salt cell, you’ll need to maintain proper water chemistry. The critical components of healthy water chemistry are Chlorine
, Total Alkalinity
(TA,) Cyanuric Acid
(CYA or Stabilizer,) Calcium Hardness
(CH,) and Salt
. The image on this step provides the ideal ranges these categories should be maintained within.
For example, suppose your pool is high in calcium. In that case, the salt cell will become caked with scale (calcium buildup, which restricts flow over the plates and prevents the electrolysis chemical reaction from happening. Water with too high of pH or alkalinity will also lead to excess scale buildup and staining to the pool surface. And low CYA levels lead to rapid chlorine burn-off because there isn’t enough “stabilizer” to protect chlorine from UV rays hence why cyanuric acid is commonly referred to as sunblock for your pool.
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