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 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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 Posted: 7/8/2021 

After calibration the salt level is still showing lower than the actual salt level in the pool. Only after changing the cell type in the menu from T-9 to T-5 the salt level goes up from 2000 to 3000 and the cell works again.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/23/2021  Latest

Which cell type do you have? Also, what is the actual salt level of your water? have you gotten it tested to verify the results?
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 Posted: 7/3/2021 

My instant salt reading says 5200. I had it tested today at the pool store and it is actually 3200. I have tried to recalibrate my box using your steps and it will not go below 5200. I just recently replaced my salt cell. How do I get it come co.e down to the actual range?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/14/2021 

When you replaced the cell did you make sure the correct cell size is selected in the diagnostics menu?
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Anonymous  Posted: 7/2/2021 

I replaced my salt cell and the reading is 4700 for salt levels and my test is at 3100 they told me to recalibrate the salt machine I followed all the steps and it’s not recalibrating. What do I need to do now ??
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/14/2021 

When you replaced the cell did you make sure the correct cell size is selected in the diagnostics menu?
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Anonymous  Posted: 7/14/2021 

No , I didn’t, how do I do that?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/16/2021 

How to change the cell size is shown under step 4 on this guide, How to Read and Adjust the Hayward Aqua Rite SCG Operational Values
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 Posted: 6/16/2021 

Hi Replaced salt cell. It’s a T-15 and I matched the panel setting. The cell voltage looks right both when generating and not. The cell AMPERAGE shows zero about 1/2 the time even when the voltage indicates it generating AND the green ‘generating’ light is lit. Short circuit? Bad setup? Chlorine in the pool reads perfect and the ‘output %’ is set at 30. The salt ‘recalibration’ does not count down- it reads in the housings and MAYBE goes down 200, in 100 pt steps. The ‘instant salt’ almost always reads ZERO. Average salt reads 3200 consistently. Should I have any concerns about the weird amperage reads? Thank you for the help- this ‘blog’ or Q&A is super informative, I appreciate your time.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 6/17/2021 

Have you checked the correct cell type is selected in the diagnostics menu?
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 Posted: 7/15/2020 

We have a Blue Essence chlorine salt generator. Our salt readout shows 3800, when we do the FAS (DPD) salt test we get 4600. Does the generator not read that high?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 8/25/2020 

I believe that model's salinity range tops out at about 4000 or 4200 ppm, according to the paperwork i found for it.
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 Posted: 6/26/2020 

I have followed the salt calibration steps...but the system will not start a countdown. It just sits at the incorrect reading.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/22/2020 

What are your cell's voltage and amperage as listed in the diagnostics menu?
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 Posted: 4/30/2020 

just changed t15 cell with t940 can't get to reset and get salt reading
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 11/10/2020 

Did you set the cell type preset in the diagnostics menu to the new cell number?
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 Posted: 4/17/2020 

My problem is the opposite. When opening, our pool guy dumped double the amount of salt reading 7400. I have been wasting water, and refilling. The salt cell has dropped to 4700, but just stays there. I tested with pool strips, and took to local pool store and their reading is 2900. I have recalibrated the unit a few times and still reading 4700. This is a brand new pool, and the salt system has only been used for 3 week.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 4/17/2020 

Because the service company dumped so much salt into the water, I would consider giving your cell 's blades a chemical soak. Even though the salt was in there for a short period, it may have clogged a sensor, which is leading to the erroneous salt level reading.
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 Posted: 4/14/2020 

Hello, my pool salt level is around 3,000. However, the display reads as 0. The salt cell is functional. What is the possible problem? Thanks,
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 4/15/2020 

The first section of this guide lists a few items to check and remedies to your situation: Troubleshooting Your Hayward Aqua Rite System. The most likely issue are your cell needs cleaning or to be replaced. Hopefully, the solution for your problem is quick and cheap.
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Anonymous  Posted: 4/15/2020 

Thanks for the reply. My Cell is functional. I also replaced a new Cell. But it is still not working. The display still reads 0 for salt level. Thanks!
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 4/15/2020 

If the cell is functioning as normal and chlorinating the pool, then it doesn't seem like there is much of a problem. If the cell stops working, you can refer to the guide mentioned in the first response.
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 Posted: 2/17/2020 

Hi, the countdown only starts at 2800, but test is showing 3600, how do I set the correct number ? Thx
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 2/25/2020 

Give the cell an acid bath to clean the plates and censors of any scale that could be altering the test. If after the soak, the recalibration is not working, follow the troubleshooting steps in this guide to determine if the cell or display board needs replacing: Diagnosing and Troubleshooting Your Hayward Aqua Rite System
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 Posted: 9/3/2019 

We just replaced our cell. It is set to t-15. Test strips show reading of 3100 but the reading on the screen is 1700 and the “check salt” and “inspect cell” lights are stating luminated. When I try to re-calibrate the number stays at zero for instant read. It does not ever begin a countdown.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 9/4/2019 

Hello Stacy - Press the diagnostic button on the control box until you see a T#. Does it display T15?
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 Posted: 6/17/2019 

My salt cell is not matching the correct reading on the board so no chlorine is being made. However the pool is clean and clear
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Anonymous  Posted: 5/27/2019 

If all the above has been done and salt cell is one year old & been cleaned. What should I do if it keeps reading “inspect cell”? It is generating!
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 Posted: 7/9/2019 

This is just indicating it’s time to inspect the cell, not an error. Press and hold the diagnostic button for five seconds to turn it off. Paul-25 years exp as a tech.
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 5/30/2019 

You may have a faulty cell; which means it warranty time. I would contact the star from whom you purchased the cell to get any order numbers and to let them know of the issue. Then I would give a call to Hayward to start the warranty process.
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 Posted: 1/11/2019 

If display reads "cold", does that prevent you from performing the salt re-calibration?
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InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 1/11/2019 

According to Hayward, The Aquarite cannot be correctly recalibrated if the "Cold" message is displayed.
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 Posted: 9/11/2018 

866-772-2100 Best advice on this page is the call Hayward directly.Got right to a guy and he was super helpful. My display was reading high salt even though my test strips were showing low salt. Within 2 seconds the the phone told me my board was was trying to read a T3 when I have a t 15 salt cell. When you hit the diagnostic button 2 the T3 display move the button to Super chlorinate and back 2 Auto until you reach correct cell number
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 Posted: 7/14/2019 

BINGO, thank you so much for the advice, I work all day and could never call Hayward, but i did what you did, checked my setting and it was set to a t-15 when i have a turbocell 925 aka t-9. I looked in the manual and changed it like you said and BINGO, the reading is even better than what the stupid pool company said a difference of 1400 ppm. Thank you so so much.
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 Posted: 9/4/2018 

Hello Kathy - You'll have to switch the system from Metric readings to US Standard. Check out page 8 of the Aquarite Troubleshooting Manual.
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 Posted: 9/3/2018 

Did the recalibrate and it worked Salt reading show 2.90 and not 2900. How do I fix this?
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 Posted: 8/20/2018 

This is a great post. I am really bad at remembering to pin articles I liked or were helpful but I do have a board started.
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 Posted: 7/19/2018 

Hello Nick - A salt cell that needs to be cleaned or replaced will provide an incorrect salt reading. Check out our article titled "Troubleshooting Your Hayward Aqua Rite System". Step 5 will show you the appropriate parameters for a salt cell that is working.
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 Posted: 5/25/2018 

What if the salt level reads 0? I turn it off, and back on, press the button five times, it reads 0, even though my salt water test strip reads 3800ppm.
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 Posted: 12/5/2017 

DR - If your display is showing the desired output for the default value instead of salt level, you may have a bad display board. I'd suggest calling Hayward at 866-772-2100 to see what they say.
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