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Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Saltwater Pool Generator

Maintaining a saltwater pool is a fantastic way to enjoy clean, fresh water with less hassle and fewer chemicals. However, keeping your saltwater generator in top shape is crucial for ensuring your pool remains a sparkling oasis. Over time, minerals can build up on the generator's cell plates, reducing its efficiency. Here’s your personalized, step-by-step guide to cleaning your saltwater pool generator.


Why Clean Your Saltwater Pool Generator?

The saltwater generator, also known as a salt cell, is the heart of your pool’s chlorination system. It converts salt into chlorine to sanitize your pool. Regular cleaning prevents calcium and mineral build-up, ensuring your generator runs smoothly and prolonging its life.


Tools and Materials Needed

  • Large plastic container or bucket

  • Garden hose

  • Safety gloves and goggles

  • Cleaning solution (commercial cleaner for saltwater generators or a mild acid like muriatic acid)

  • Soft brush

  • Fresh water


Step-by-Step Cleaning Instructions

1. Turn Off the Pool Pump and Power

Before you start, safety is paramount. Ensure the pool pump and the power to the saltwater generator are turned off to avoid any electrical hazards.

2. Remove the Generator Cell

Locate the saltwater generator cell in your pool system. Typically, it’s connected with unions or clamps. Carefully unscrew these and remove the cell from the system.

3. Inspect the Cell

Look inside the cell for any visible debris or calcium build-up on the plates. This inspection helps you gauge how much cleaning is necessary.

4. Rinse the Cell with a Hose

Use a garden hose to rinse off any loose debris from the cell. Aim the water flow into the cell to dislodge any small particles.

5. Prepare the Cleaning Solution

If you have a commercial cleaner, follow the instructions on the package. For muriatic acid, mix one part acid to four parts water in a large plastic container. Always add acid to water, not the other way around, to prevent splashing. Wear safety gloves and goggles for protection.

6. Soak the Cell

Submerge the cell in the cleaning solution, ensuring the solution covers the plates but does not touch any electrical connections. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes. If using a commercial cleaner, follow the recommended soaking time.

7. Scrub the Cell (if necessary)

After soaking, gently scrub the cell plates with a soft brush to remove any remaining deposits. Be careful not to damage the plates.

8. Rinse Thoroughly

Rinse the cell thoroughly with a garden hose to remove all traces of the cleaning solution. Make sure no cleaner remains on the cell.

9. Reinstall the Cell

Carefully place the clean cell back into the pool system and secure it with the unions or clamps. Ensure all connections are tight and check for leaks.

10. Turn On the System

Restore power to the pool pump and the saltwater generator. Check the generator’s operation to ensure it’s functioning correctly and producing chlorine.


Additional Tips for Saltwater Pool Maintenance

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean the cell every 3-6 months, depending on usage and water hardness.

  • Monitor Salt Levels: Keep your pool’s salt levels within the manufacturer’s recommended range for optimal generator performance.

  • Professional Assistance: If you’re unsure about cleaning the generator yourself, consider hiring a professional pool technician.


By following these steps, you can ensure your saltwater pool generator remains clean and efficient, keeping your pool water crystal clear and ready for enjoyment. Regular maintenance not only enhances the performance of your generator but also extends its lifespan, allowing you to relish the benefits of a saltwater pool for years to come. If you are not comfortable performing some of the actions, do not hesitate to call Aquatic Creations or another professional!

Happy swimming!

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