Caring For Your Chlorine Generator (Salt System)

clock April 19, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

If you have a chlorine generator (salt system) you know how easy it is to use. By the time you are done reading this you will also know how easy it is to maintain. And all of you that don’t have one will probably being going out to get one after you see the ease of maintenance in taking care of them. Please remember that the following article is for general information purposes only. Refer to your owner’s manual for complete information for the proper maintenance and care of your particular chlorine generator.

Chlorine generators are units that take salt and convert it into liquid chlorine. There are several features that are wonderful about this unit.

Features:

-no chlorine smell

-better for your skin

-savings over the years because you are not buying chlorine tablets or granular chlorine anymore

-easy to install

-easy to use

-easy to take care of

-most have a built in timer so they run automatically

-plus many more options!

Let say your system is already installed. What do you do to maintain it? Most of the higher quality chlorine generators are self cleaning, however, I would recommend still cleaning them once a season to make sure it runs at peak efficiency. Throughout the season you should visit you local pool retailer and purchase a “cell cleaner”. This is a chemical that you can use to flush out the cell of the unit. By using this chemical it will rid your unit of unwanted debris such as calcium build up. Calcium build up is usually visible if you have it, is generally white in color and sticks to the inside of the cell. Some chemical companies have different recommendations so please read the back of the container you buy to see how yours is supposed to be used. The most common method is taking the cell off the pool and mixing the cell cleaner with water and putting it in the cell. You will need two caps to place on each end of the cell to keep the solution from coming out. Shake this up and let it sit for a few hours then rinse it out completely. This is a simple way to clean your unit and takes minimal time and easy to do.

When you winterize your pool you should always remove your cell. If left on the pool the cell could get moisture in it, freeze, and crack over the winter. Most manufacturers will not cover cells that have frozen and been damaged. Once you remove the cell from the pool the easiest thing to do is wrap up the ends of the exposed pipe with a plastic bag or plastic wrap and a rubber band, this will keep anything from getting in the pipes. Make sure the cell is completely dry and store inside for the winter. That’s it!! It’s that simple!

Now when summer comes around you take about 5 minutes putting the cell back on and your ready to go!



Air Leaks

clock April 14, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Are you noticing bubbles now starting to blow into your pool through the return fitting? Have you noticed the strainer basket (housed in the pump area with a lid on top) is no longer filling up with water like it used to? Have you noticed your skimmer is making a sound like sipping on a Slurpee?

If so, these are all signs that you have a possible air leak or the water level in your pool is too low. With low water level, the skimmer will pull in water and air and cause a noise or air bubbles. Your pump may even lose its prime. Try to maintain your pool water level at least half way up your skimmer.

If the pool does have enough water, then you might be getting an air leak thru the lid on your pump’s strainer basket. That lid has an o-ring. That o-ring needs to be removed and cleaned. Move it all around checking for any cracks or breaks in the o-ring. Replace the o-ring if you find these cracks or tears. Remember every time you open the lid on the strainer basket to clean the basket, you are letting air into your system.

When you put the o-ring back in place, you should coat it with O-Ring Lube (not Vaseline or other petroleum based produces). Vaseline and other petroleum based lubricants will cause the o-ring to deteriorate and break down. You may have a filter with a multiport value. On the side of that value is a bleeder valve designed to release air. Open it slightly to see if you can remove the air and let the water fill up completely in the pump’s strainer basket. Most of the time the problem is low water level in the pool or a worn out o-ring on pump lid.

Other items to check that do not occur as often are; a cracked pump lid, a cracked pump housing, the seal around the pump’s drain plug, a leaking plumbing joint, a crack in the pipe, a crack in the skimmer, etc.



What To Do If Your Pool Motor Just Hums When You Turn It On

clock April 12, 2016 08:30 by author medallionpools |

As you read this article, please bear in mind that this just a generic guide and not meant to be a complete set of instructions. You are dealing with an electric motor. Electricity is extremely dangerous. If you are uncertain about any of this, do not attempt to repair this on your own; contact a suitable service technician.

At some point over the life of your pool pump you may turn it on one day and all that happens is you hear is a humming sound. If this happens, quickly turn off the pump. There are several possible causes. The most common time for this to occur is after the pump has been sitting idle for a long period of time (such as over the winter). Scale or other corrosion can build up in certain parts of the motor and make it difficult to start. With the power turned off, examine the back of your pool pump’s motor. You will need to remove the cover and manually spin the motor shaft. If the shaft spins freely, replace the cover and try the motor again. If not, you will need to disassemble the pump to determine if anything is clogging or jamming the impeller.

If nothing is jamming the impeller and the shaft still will not turn, you will probably need to replace the motor. If the shaft spins freely by hand, but still only hums when you turn on the power, you will need to use a multi-meter to verify the pump is receiving the correct amount of electricity. (Remember, if you are not properly trained on how to safely perform any of these procedures, hire a service technician or an electrician.) If the shaft spins freely by hand, you have the proper amount of electricity, and the unit still only hums, you will probably need to replace the motor.

In many cases, simply spinning the shaft manually to break it free then turning the power back on will correct the problem.



Easy Vacuuming On Battery Power

clock April 7, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Do you get out your telescopic pole, vacuum brush, vacuum hose,and skim vac to clean your pool weekly? Then you have to attach these items and prime the hose before you start to clean your pool. Then when you finish cleaning the pool, you have to turn the pump off, and now backwash your filter then put these items away.

This problem makes you tired just thinking about it. Now, put all those worries behind you. Options are now available that will make it a lot easier for you. Maybe you just have a small area in your pool you want to clean but hate the thought of having to get out all the equipment you would need to vacuum this one area.

Take a look at the battery powered cleaners. All you need is your telescopic pole and a little effort on your part. No hose to prime. No water loss from the pool since you will not have to backwash the filter. The cleaners will attach to the telescopic pole and then you start to vacuum. What you vacuum will go into the mesh net inside the unit. When you finish, just remove the mesh net and clean out the debris.

Just think, no more leaning over the pool to have to prime the hose and then having to install the hose into the skimmer. How many times have you lost your prime from the pump while trying to do this?



What Is A Skimvac

clock April 5, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

This item is used when you vacuum a swimming pool. In order to manually vacuum a pool, you need these items; telescopic pole, vacuum hose, and vacuum brush. The Skimvac is the extra item that will make this process easier and save your equipment. They can also be used with suction side automatic vacuums.

Most people that own a swimming pool, remove their skimmer basket when they vacuum their pool and insert the end of the vacuum hose into the port in the bottom of the skimmer. If you are cleaning your pool this way, you could potentially cause a plumbing problem or a pump problem. Any leaves or other debris in your pool that you pick up with the vacuum brush are now going directly into your plumbing lines and possibly into the impeller of your pump. This could clog your plumbing lines and cause your impeller not to rotate and the pump would not work.

When you use the Skimvac, you will leave the basket in your skimmer and place this item directly over the basket. The vacuum hose goes into the opening on the Skimvac. The size skimvac you will need will depend on what skimmer you have. Your local Medallion swimming pool dealer should be able to help you find the skimvac you need. When you finish cleaning your pool, just empty the skimmer basket. No more worry about clogging your plumbing lines or having to remove trash from your pump.