How to Test a Salt Chlorinator

A salt chlorinator can be used in your pool instead of the traditional liquid or tablet forms of chlorine. The unit works by separating the chlorine compound from salt water, leaving only a small amount of salt in the pool water. Pool water needs to be kept clean by using chlorine stabilization products such as a salt chlorinator. Salt chlorinators require little maintenance, but they must be tested regularly to ensure longevity and ultimate performance.

Step 1

Test the swimming pool’s pH level. Use a pH testing kit or a test strip twice a week when the pool is in use. The pH level, which indicates the acidity level of the water, should be between 7.2 and 7.6 parts per million. Too much chlorine in the water may damage the pool heater or the salt pumping system.

Step 2

Add pool salt to the water if chlorine readings are low. The salt will mix naturally with the water when flushed through the filter and eventually be dissolved. Salt is composed of sodium and chlorine. When passed through the salt chlorinator generator, the molecules are split apart, and natural chlorine is then being added to the water.

Step 3

Clean the salt chlorinator generator to prevent blockage from a calcium buildup. This should be done if the generator is making noise but is not functioning properly. Blockage can prevent the water and salt from mixing together properly. Some digital generators may indicate when it's time to test for buildup, but routine maintenance should be performed monthly. Also check the generator's main cell by removing the electrode conductors. Clean the conductors with an acidic cleaner to remove any rust or dirt.

Step 4

Check the digital readout on the generator display. Most models have a simple readout screen that is located on the control panel. Make sure the flow censor is operating properly. The censor indicates when water is passing through in a current and when salt and chlorine must be split. A malfunctioning censor can cause the generator to operate inefficiently.

Step 5

Test the hoses connecting the generator to the pump for leaks. Secure all hose clamps tightly to ensure that there are no gaps between the ends of the hoses and the unit. Old, cracked hoses should be replaced.

Corey Morris

Corey Morris has been writing since 2009. He has been a reporter for his campus newspaper, "The Rotunda" and is the publication's news editor. His work focuses on topics in news, politics and community events. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in political science and mass media from Longwood University in Farmville, Va.