Aqua-rite operation & troubleshooting
Controls: Main Switch
AUTO: For normal operation, the Main Switch should be left in the AUTO position. In this position the Aqua Rite will produce chlorine according to the "Desired Output %" adjustment setting for the entire filtering/pumping cycle.
SUPER CHLORINATE: When you have an abnormally high bather load, a large amount of rain, a cloudy water condition, or any other condition which needs a large amount of purification to be introduced, put the Main Switch in the SUPER CHLORINATE position. This electronically “super chlorinates” (shocks) the water for 24 hours (filter pump must be on during this time) or until the power has been turned off, whichever comes first. At the end of the super chlorinate time, be sure to put the switch back into the AUTO position. (If the switch is in the "Super Chlorinate" position, but the super chlorinate light is off, you are not super chlorinating the pool. The program turns off the super chlorinate in 24 hours or if the power was turned off, which ever is first.)
OFF: The OFF position prevents the Aqua Rite from energizing the electrolytic cell. In this position there is no chlorine generation. NOTE: To service any of the pool equipment or the Aqua Rite, turn the power off at the circuit breaker.
POWERWhen illuminated, the Aqua Rite has input power.
GENERATINGThis LED is on steady during normal operation. When flashing, the pool water is too hot or cold to operate. (You can override this by switching the main switch to SUPER CHLORINATE. The Aqua Rite will run at max output for the remainder of the current pump cycle or 24 hours, whichever comes first.)
SUPER CHLORINATEIlluminates during super-chlorination. See description above.
NO FLOWWhen illuminated, the flow switch has detected no water flowing and the Aqua Rite has stopped generating chlorine. A flashing LED indicates a 15-60 second time delay period.
CHECK SALTWhen flashing, the salt level is low (below 2700 ppm) and Aqua Rite is generating at low efficiency. When illuminated steady, the salt level is too low and Aqua Rite has shut down. Before adding large quantities of salt, it is advisable to have your salt level professionally checked.
HIGH SALTWhen illuminated, the salt level is too high and Aqua Rite has shut down.
INSPECT CELLA flashing indicator signifies that either the cell efficiency is reduced or that it is time for regularly scheduled cell inspection. In either case, inspect cell and clean if necessary. When illuminated steady, cell efficiency is greatly reduced and the Aqua Rite has stopped producing chlorine. Inspect, clean or replace if necessary.
"Desired Output %" adjustment knob
The "Desired Output %" adjustment knob is located in the lower center of the Aqua Rite control panel. This setting is used to control the amount of chlorine the Aqua Rite generates. Raise this setting to increase chlorine level and lower it to decrease chlorine level. Note: The "Desired Output %" adjustment will not function when the Aqua Rite is being controlled by a remote pool automation control.
The Salt Display shows the current salt concentration of the pool water. Readings are in ppm (parts per million). Refer to the Water Chemistry section for recommended salt levels as well as how to add/remove salt. The factory default display is in English units (ppm). If Metric units (grams per liter) are preferred, push the small button next the display once. The display will now show the pool temperature. With the temperature displayed, move the main switch from AUTO to SUPER CHLORINATE and back to AUTO. The temperature display will instantly switch to Celsius and the salt display will switch to grams/liter. Repeat this process to switch back to English units. (ppm and Fahrenheit)
Assuming that the water chemical levels are in the recommended range, there are three factors that you can control which directly contribute to the amount of chlorine the Aqua Rite will generate:
1. filter time each day (hours)
2. the "Desired Output %" setting
3. the amount of salt in the pool
The filter pump timer should be set so that all of the water in the pool passes through the filter each day. For pools with high chlorine demand, the timer may have to be set longer to generate enough chlorine.
To find the optimum "Desired Output %" setting, start at approximately 50%. Test the chlorine level every few days and adjust the dial up or down accordingly. It usually takes 2-3 adjustments to find the ideal setting for your pool/spa and after that, it should only take minor, infrequent adjustments. Because the chlorine demand of the pool increases with temperature most people find they have to adjust the dial up at the peak of the summer and down during the colder periods. The Aqua Rite automatically stops generating when the pool water temperatures drops below 50ºF. This is usually not a problem because bacteria and algae stop growing at this temperature. You can override this low temperature cutoff by switching to SUPER CHLORINATE for a day.
Prevent over-chlorination during cold weather: Check chlorine levels periodically. Most pools require less chlorine during cold weather and the “Desired Output %” dial should be turned down accordingly.
Maintaining the Aqua Rite System
To maintain maximum performance, it is recommended that you open and visually inspect the cell every 3 months or after cleaning your filter. The Aqua Rite® will remind you to do this by flashing the "Inspect Cell" LED after approximately 500 hours of operation. After you inspect the cell (and clean, if necessary) press the small "diagnostic" button next to the display for 10 seconds to stop the flashing "Inspect Cell" LED and start the timer for the next 500 hours.
The Aqua Rite electrolytic cell has a self cleaning feature incorporated into the electronic control’s logic. In most cases this self cleaning action will keep the cell working at optimum efficiency. In areas where water is hard (high mineral content) and in pools where the water chemistry has been allowed to get "out of balance", the cell may require periodic cleaning. The "Inspect Cell" LED will indicate if cell efficiency is decreased and servicing is necessary. If the "Inspect Cell" LED remains on after a thorough cleaning, the cell may be worn and require replacement.
DO NOT turn the Aqua Rite on, until the pool water chemistry has been brought to the proper levels.
Sequential pushes of the small "diagnostic" button next to the LCD display will cause the Aqua Rite to display the following information:
1. Pool temperature (xx degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius)
2. Cell voltage (typically 22.0 to 25.0 volts when chlorine is being generated, otherwise 30-35V)
3. Cell current (typically 4.50 to 7.80 amps when chlorine is being generated, otherwise 0 amps)
4. Desired Output % ("0P" -- "100P" depending on knob position or input from remote pool automation controller)
5. Instant salinity ( -xxxx ppm or -x.xx grams/Liter)
6. Product name sent to the pool automation control display ("AL-0" which signifies "Aqua Rite")
7. Software revision level (r1.xx)
On the 8th push of the button the display will revert back to the default salt display. Also, if the button is not pushed for 30 seconds, the display will revert back to the standard salt display.
Common Problems and Solutions
1. "Power" LED not on
Check to make sure either 120VAC or 240VAC input power is connected to the proper screw terminals at the Aqua Rite control. Verify input voltage with a voltmeter. If there is input power, the fuse may have blown. The Aqua Rite is protected by a 20 amp mini ATO fuse located on the circuit board above the cell connector.
2. "Generating" LED flashing
The temperature of the pool water is too high or low to operate. You can override this by switching the main switch to SUPER CHLORINATE. The Aqua Rite will run at maximum output for the remainder of the current pump cycle or 24 hours, whichever comes first.
3. "No Flow" LED illuminated
The Aqua Rite has sensed a no flow condition and has stopped generating chlorine. Check that the flow switch is plugged into the connector on the bottom of the control unit and that the wire is not cut or damaged. If there is adequate flow and the LED is still on, check that the arrows on the flow switch (on top of hex) are pointing in the direction of flow.
4. "Check Salt" LED illuminated or flashing
Check salt level in pool/spa. If salt level is low, add salt according to chart. Before adding large quantities of salt, it is advisable to have your salt level professionally checked. If you add too much salt to the pool, the only way to remove salt from your pool is to dilute it with water. Meaning you must lower your water level and refill the pool.
5. "High Salt" LED illuminated
Check salt level in pool/spa. If salt level is too high, lower salt level by draining some of the pool water out of the pool and replace with fresh water. Continue until the salt concentration is at recommended levels.
6. "Inspect Cell" LED flashing
Inspect and clean cell. A flashing indicator signifies that either the cell efficiency is reduced or that it is time for regularly scheduled cell inspection. In either case, inspect cell and clean if necessary. When illuminated steady, cell efficiency is greatly reduced and the Aqua Rite has stopped producing chlorine. Inspect, clean or replace if necessary.
7. "Inspect Cell" LED illuminated
Remove and inspect the cell for scale. If the pool has the proper amount of salt and the "Inspect Cell" LED is still illuminated, the cell may be worn and need replacement.
8. "-Pcb-" displayed and all 4 red/yellow LEDs are illuminated.
A possible Printed Circuit Board fault has been detected. Call for service.
9. "0" displayed, possible main pc board and/or turbo cell needs replaced.
Goldline warrants its Aqua Rite, Aqua Rite Pro, Aqua Trol, Aqua Logic and Pro Logic products (products with Goldline part numbers starting with AQ-RITE-, AQ-RTPRO, AQ-TROL-, AQ-LOGIC-, AQL-P-, AQL-PS-, AQL-CL-, PL-P-, PL-PS-, and HPC-2) to be free from defects in material or workmanship, under normal use and service:
Forthree years from the date of the initial system installation on private, residential swimming pools within the USA or Canada and one year from the date of initial system installation on commercial installations, installations outside of the USA or Canada and for any replacement parts or accessory products, provided they are installed in accordance with the Goldline installation instructions and specifications provided with the product. If written proof of the date of the initial system installation is not provided to Goldline, the manufacturing datecode on the Aqua Rite, Aqua Rite Pro, Aqua Trol, Aqua Logic and Pro Logic electronics unit will be the sole determinant of the date of the initial system installation.
For residential installations in USA or Canada: If a product is defective in workmanship or materials and is removed and returned freight prepaid within three (3) years after the date of the initial system installation, Goldline will, at its option, either repair or replace the defective product and return it freight prepaid.
For commercial installations, installations outside the USA and Canada, and accessory products and replacement parts: If a product is defective in workmanship or materials and is removed and returned freight prepaid within one (1) year after the date of the initial system installation, Goldline will, at its option, either repair or replace the defective product and return it freight prepaid.
Contact any Goldline dealer or contact Goldline at 61 Whitecap Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852 for warranty service. The costs incurred in removal and/or reinstallation of the product are NOT covered under this warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
1. Material supplied or workmanship performed by others in process of installation.
2. Damage resulting from improper installation including installation on pools larger than the product rating.
3. Problems resulting from failure to operate the product(s) in accordance with the recommended instructions contained in product’s owners manual(s).
4. Problems resulting from failure to maintain pool water chemistry in accordance with the recommendations in the owners manual(s).
5. Problems resulting from tampering, accident, abuse, negligence, unauthorized repairs or alternations, fire, flood, lightning, freezing, external water, degradation of natural stone used in or immediately adjacent to a pool or spa, war or acts of God.
DISCLAIMER. THE EXPRESS LIMITED WARRANTY ABOVE CONSTITUTES THE ENTIRE WARRANTY OF GOLDLINE WITH RESPECT TO ITS POOL AUTOMATION AND CHLORINATION PRODUCTS AND IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE. IN NO EVENT SHALL GOLDLINE BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES OF ANY NATURE WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, DAMAGE TO OR LOSS OF EQUIPMENT, LOST PROFITS OR REVENUE, COSTS OF RENTING REPLACEMENTS, AND OTHER ADDITIONAL EXPENSES, EVEN IF THE SELLER HAD BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. NO WHOLESALER, AGENT, DEALER, CONTRACTOR OR OTHER PERSON IS AUTHORIZED TO GIVE ANY WARRANTY ON BEHALF OF GOLDLINE. THIS WARRANTY IS VOID IF THE PRODUCT HAS BEEN ALTERED IN ANY WAY AFTER LEAVING THE FACTORY.
If all else fails, contact Joe at Blue Wave Pool Services and he will walk you thru some self diagnostics over the phone, saving you a service call. 706-364-2583
Contact Hayward / Goldline Controls atVisit www.goldlinecontrols.com for helpful information on operation, maintenance and troubleshooting your Aqua Rite® Electronic Chlorine Generator. You may also call for technical assistance at 888-921-POOL (7665). Technicians at the factory are available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Be sure to have the following information when you call:
1. Model and Serial # of control and cell 2. Date of installation 3. Installing Company or Dealer 4. Salt level
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