The Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator, also called the Aqua Rite Electronic Chlorine Generator, is an automatic sanitation device that functions to produce and distribute chlorine in a swimming pool. The chlorinator is produced by Hayward Pool Products, headquartered in Fairmont Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey. The Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator installs easily over pool filtration systems and works in both existing and new pools. The chlorinators are NSF certified and are used on public, commercial and residential pools. The Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinators are associated with some problems that pool owners must thoroughly analyze before purchase.
Salt Level Monitoring
The Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator functions by dispersing pure salt within a pool and converting that salt into chlorine. Pool owners must constantly monitor the salt level to ensure it stays within an appropriate limit. An excess of salt can prove a health hazard for swimmers while too little salt can cause the Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator to shut down. The most effective way to maintain an appropriate salt level is to drain a pool completely of water and refill it -- a costly and time-consuming procedure.
One of the most significant problems of the Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator is its price. The device and its components cost more than most traditional filtering and sanitizing systems. According to Pool Plaza, as of September 2010, Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinators start at $1000 and go up to $1300. Additional parts and accessories add to its purchase cost; its salt meter costs $130, flow switch cord costs $133 and chlorinator control unit costs $500. The most essential component of the Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator is its Turbo Cells -- specialized convertors that plug into the control unit and convert salt into chlorine. Aqua Rite Turbo cells cost between $250 and $500 for pools between 15 and 40 kilogallons. Cells are liable to failure, and calcium deposits cause them to break down, necessitating expensive replacement. Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator, like other types of electronic devices, is also prone to technical damage and break down, warranting costly replacements and/or repairs.
The pH level of a pool rises due to Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator's constant chlorine generation. Pool owners are required to add certain quantities of cyanuric acid and muriatic acid to lower and maintain an optimal pH balance, which adds to the chlorinators maintenance costs. Pool owners find themselves purchasing additional pool chemicals just to ensure the Aqua Rite Pool Chlorinator functions effectively.