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4 tips for getting your Chlorinator ready for summer

In this article, we give you some tips and tricks for getting your Chlorinator ready for all your summer pool parties.

  1. Testing pool salt levels

As mentioned above, making sure you have an appropriate level of salt in your pool is important for both the health of the chlorinator and the chemical balance of the pool. Also as mentioned above, the best and easiest way to test your salt is to take it to a local pool place or get a pool professional to come on-site and test the water.

  1. Check your Chlorinator Cell

Semi-regular visual inspection of your cell is important to check for any calcium build and to make sure that none of the plates are touching. If you suspect your cell is underperforming or not working, take it to a local pool shop to test it for you.

  1. Changing your chlorinator run time for the warmer weather…

Generally speaking, you’ll want to increase the amount of time you run your chlorinator every day as the weather gets warmer and warmer. This is because the hotter it is, the more chlorine will get used up killing of Algae and other organisms in the water, as well as more chlorine being taken out of the pool by the heat itself. Assuming you’re chlorinator has been appropriately sized for your pool, you’ll want to run it at LEAST 8 hours per day in summer, 12 if you live in an extremely hot part of the country (such as far north QLD, NT, e.t.c.) or have any form of pool heating. Specific run time recommendations depend on your chlorinator model and pool size.

  1. Position of your chlorinator

Your chlorinator, and all other pool equipment, should be inside a shed or at least under a roof. This is because the lifespan of the equipment will be significantly reduced if left permanently out in the weather & sun. As for the cell, it should be positioned in the circulation line last, after your pump & filter. It must be placed above the filter outlet (relatively speaking) if it's lower than the filter outlet, chlorine gas can build and get trapped in the cell housing.

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