Electrode Cell for Chlorinator Just Chlor J200 Standard
Choosing and maintaining a salt water chlorinator electrode
What is a chlorinator electrode?
The chlorinator electrode forms the heart of a salt water chlorinator. It’s what transforms salt water into balanced levels of chlorine for a safer and more comfortable pool to swim in.
How does a chlorinator electrode work?
As salt water passes over the electrode in your salt water chlorinator, the salt (sodium chloride) gets converted to chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) through a process of electrolysis. You can then adjust the unit so it produces chlorine at the correct level for your pool water.
Care of your electrode
Chlorinator electrodes are made of heavy-duty titanium to give years of reliable service, especially when cared for properly. Eventually, though, chlorinator electrodes do wear out and need replacing. Fortunately, electrodes are both easy to install.
Keep your chlorinator electrode in good working order for longer by following these simple pointers:
- Always switch off your chlorinator when back-washing the filter.
- Do not use chemicals containing copper sulphate, copper, iron or any other metal ingredients as they coat the electrode and impair performance.
- Do not add salt to the weir; add it directly to the pool.
- Ensure that PH levels remain within an acceptable range.
- If you use a standard (not self-cleaning) electrode, make sure you check it and remove any deposits, weekly during summer and every two weeks during winter.
Standard electrode or self-cleaning
With a standard chlorinator electrode, calcium deposits form on the surface of the negative electrode over time. If these deposits are not removed regularly, the calcium will bridge the gap between the positive and negative electrode and cause damage. For this reason, it is essential to check a standard electrode every two weeks and remove any calcium deposits. But with a self-cleaning chlorinator electrode, reverse polarity causes calcium deposits to drop off, eliminating major build up. Although you should still check a self-cleaning electrode every few months, it will require considerably less maintenance and cleaning. Why not discover which electrode will suit you best and how to make your chlorinator electrode last even longer.