AquaRite – Simple and Affordable Chlorine Generation
I thought that since I had just blogged about the common misinformation about salt systems, now would be a good time to introduce my personal favorite salt system. The Hayward AquaRite is a well designed, simple, and affordable solution to generating free chlorine from salt.
Hayward actually purchased the company, Goldline Controls, that created this salt system and Goldline was producing the AquaRite more than 10 years ago. My point is that this salt system has been around for a very long time and Hayward thinks enough of it to actually buy the original producer of it.
When it comes to pool equipment, I generally think that the simpler it is, the better. I think that is why I like the AquaRite so much. There is a 4 digit lcd display that shows you the salt level in the pool. This display can also be used with the diagnostic button to show other relevant information to a technician. A 3 position switch is located at bottom left. The switch goes starts at “Off”, then “Auto”, and finally “Super Chlorinate”. “Auto” generates chlorine according to how the dial is set and “Super Chlorinate” generates at 100% for 24 hours and then reverts back to whatever the dial is set to. The “Super Chlorinate” setting is similar to shocking the pool. The dial in the center adjusts the amount of chlorine being produced by the AquaRite. To the right of the dial there is a column of 8 lights. These are just indicators for the status of the AquaRite.
Hayward makes 3 different cells that mount in the plumbing. They are rated for different amounts of water. The smallest is rated for pools up to 15,000 gallons, the middle is for up to 25,000 gallons, and the largest one will handle up to 40,000 gallons. For most applications, I recommend the largest cell because this will allow you to use a lower generation percentage on the dial, thus allowing the cell to work less and last longer.
Typically, I see the AquaRite components fail on about a 5 year cycle. They have a 3 year warranty from Hayward. Unfortunately, the circuit board in the AquaRite system has been plagued by a problem component for quite some time. As a technician, I can verify that one single electrical component causes about 99% of the issues with the AquaRite. I have been told recently by a representative of Hayward that this problem component has been rectified once and for all. He even wanted any replacement circuit boards in my inventory. This is a good sign for future AquaRite systems and I am very happy that they have finally fixed this problem that has plagued the product. Regardless of any issues, I would still highly recommend the Hayward AquaRite to anyone looking for an affordable solution to finally owning a saline pool.