ControlOMatic
12659 Arbor Ln Grass Valley, CA 95949 US
Phone: 530-205-4520 Website: http://www.controlomatic.com/

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SALT WATER HOT TUB CHLORINE GENERATORS

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Controlomatic, Inc

Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Can a saltwater chlorine generator be used indoors?

Can a ColorChlor® light show be turned off?

What size spa or hot tub does ControlOMatics saltwater systems support?

What are Chlorine Generators?

Is there a product warranty?

How much salt is needed for ControlOMatic’s saltwater systems?

What are some advantages of using a chlorine generator?

How does ControlOMatic’s saltwater systems know when the water needs more Chlorine?

Can I use a Chlorine Generator with Ozone, UV, or mineral cartridges?

Will salt cause the metal parts in a spa or hot tub to corrode?

How do you switch over to a Salt Water Chlorine System?

Is a Salt Water Chlorine Generation easier on your skin than traditional Chlorine?

Can you add shock or liquid and tablet chlorine products to a salt water  spa?

Do you still need to maintain pH in a Salt Water System?

What is the annual cost running saltwater chlorine system?

How often should water be replaced in a pool or spa?


Chlorine generators use electrolysis to break down  water, salt and whatever else may be in the water between the titanium plates. This creates gasses that will travel to the surface and enter the air above the water. Inside a house it will be difficult to avoid breathing these gases even with good ventilation, and there may be times when there is no ventilation such as in winter. The following guidelines should be followed:

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Can a ColorChlor® light show be turned off?

Yes you can turn off the ColorChlor light show for nights where a little more privacy is preferred. The first light show in the sequence of  light shows is the "lights off" mode, giving you 30 minutes with no lights. You can turn the lights back on by simply tapping the unit to go to the next light show.

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Can a saltwater chlorine generator be used indoors?

What size spa or hot tub does ControlOMatics saltwater systems support?

The MiniChlor has two titanium plates and can product 15 grams of chlorine per day which is good for up to a 450 gallon spa or hot tub.

The TechniChlor, ColorChlor and ChlorMaker have three titanium plates and can product 30 grams of chlorine per day which is good for up to a 1000 gallon spa or hot tub.

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What are Saltwater System Chlorine Generators?

Chlorine generators are electronic devices that assist in the automation of pool and spa water management. Chlorine generators use a small amount of salt (Sodium Chloride) dissolved in the water to make chlorine. Through a process called electrolysis, the generators separate the Chlorine from the Sodium and produce pure chlorine gas which is absorbed into the water as a sanitizing agent. The unused chlorine combines with the free sodium converting back into natural salt minimizing the need to add more salt to your spa or hot tub. Chlorine Generators have been around since the mid 1970's primarily in Australia and their popularity is quickly spreading across the United States, Canada and Europe.

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Is there a product warranty?

All of our saltwater systmes come with a 1-year limited product warranty. See our Owners Manual for more details. We also provide a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not satisfied with how our products work - simply return them undamaged and in the original packaging for a full refund. All ColorChlor and TechniChlor models should last between 2 to 4 years depending on proper water management and following proper use information in the Owners Manual.

If you keep the power level on the highest setting then the saltwater system will be on all the time and the 7000 hour life span will be reached in about a year which is why we have a 1 year warranty. The lower you can keep the power level then the longer it will take to reach the 7000 hour life span.

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How much salt is needed for ControlOMatic’s saltwater systems?

Most of today's modern saltwater pools have a level of 3,000 PPM (Parts Per Million) and higher. ControlOMatic’s  spa chlorinators require between 1500 and 2,000 PPM. We recommend 1.5 pounds of salt per 100 gallons of water, that is about a teaspoon per gallon. If you put much more than that then our spa chlorinators may shut down from high power.

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What are some advantages of using a chlorine generator?

There are many advantages to using a chlorine generator. A great deal of information can be found on this website and others that will go into more detail, but here are the some of the main features and benefits for using a chlorine generator:

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How does ControlOMatic’s saltwater systems know when the water needs more Chlorine?  

ControlOMatic’s saltwater systems do not measure the chlorine concentration to control the chlorine production based on need. You have to set the power level appropriately which takes a couple days to get dialed in and then they will be able to maintain  your desired level. To actually control the chlorine based on need requires a water chemistry chemical controller such as the PoolWarden. When adding automation to your saltwater system you can then also automate the addition of acid which will even further lower the required maintenance.

The engineers at ControlOMatic recognize that organic and bacterial particles are at their highest concentration just after a spa or hot tub has been used. That is why the TechniChlor, ColorChlor, and now the ChlorMaker all have a boost mode where they will increase chlorine production for a period of time after spa usage.

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Can I use a Chlorine Generator with Ozone, UV, or mineral cartridges?   

Both Ozone and UV systems are designed to burn organic material - not bacteria. That is why both systems still require the use of some kind of sanitizing agent like chlorine or bromine. Both Ozone and UV help to lower the spa’s demand for chlorine and will allow any saltwater system to operate on a lower power level and last longer.


Just like Ozone and UV systems, Mineral Cartridges do need a sanitizing agent such as chlorine to keep the water clean and clear. You would just set the chlorine generator at a lower chlorine production level to keep your water at a lower chlorine residual, per mineral cartridge instructions.


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Will salt cause the metal parts in a spa or hot tub to corrode?

Corrosion of pool and spa metal components is very common with or without a saltwater system. And that is because it all has to do with the saturation balance of the water. There is a lot more information if you search on the Langlier Index and this is a big topic. We recommend to keep your calcium hardness at least at 200 PPM and to make sure you adjust your saltwater system properly so it doesn’t make way too much chlorine and those are the two most important things to protect your equipment.


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How do you switch over to a Salt Water Chlorine System?

We recommend to drain and refill your spa with fresh water and balance the water to start. Depending on the type of sanitizer you were using there may be some spa cleaning required:


Then install your new saltwater system, add salt and enjoy the soft water and lower maintenance.


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Is a Salt Water Chlorine Generation easier on your skin than traditional Chlorine?

For years, people across the globe have hyped the skin softening benefits of using salt while bathing. Whether it's just a wives tail, or just plain fact, generation after generation has proclaimed its skin enhancing benefits. Salt is the same ingredient used in today's water softening systems, and would have a natural affect on softening the water in your pool or spa as well. This is great news for those of you living in areas with hard water. In addition, it is very well known that chlorine in high concentration levels can be hard on the skin and hair. Because a chlorine generator manages and produces a relatively consistent level of chlorine all the time, you would naturally avoid those high concentration peaks and subsequently the troughs associated with storing, pouring and trying to remember when to use traditional chlorine liquids or tables.


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Can you add shock or liquid and tablet chlorine products to a salt water  spa?

Yes, there may be some occasions, primarily after a large and continuous bather load (many people after pool or spa parties) where you may have to add chlorine to shock and maintain clean and clear water. Adding pure chlorine will not damage anything. Remember to always add small amounts and retest. Once you add too much, you can't take it out! We recommend the purchase of either pure chlorine from a pool supply store or chlorine bleach from the laundry section at your local grocery store. When buying chlorine this way, try to find the purest chlorine product without scents or additives.


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Do you still need to maintain pH in a Salt Water System?  

Yes, pH levels in a salt water pool or spa still need to be maintained just like the traditional use of chlorine or bromine. Saltwater systems tend to increase the pH so you may need to pay more attention to pH after installing the saltwater system as the pH will increase the more it is on. You can use a mild acid or even white vinegar to lower the pH.


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What is the annual cost running saltwater chlorine system?  

Generally, it is found that most spa owners use their tub for six months out of the year and will spend approximately $150 to $250 on traditional chemicals. To operate a spa saltwater system the costs are as follows:

But, there are other factors not included


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How often should water be replaced in a spa?    

With traditional spa chemicals, it is necessary to replace your water every 2 to 3 months in order to keep your water clean and clear. Additives and binders in powder chlorine and bromine tablets dissolve in the water and actually reduce the ability of the pool chemicals to sanitize the water. By installing a salt water chlorine generator which produces pure chlorine, you can normally go through a full pool or spa season between each draining since there are no chemical additives accumulating in your water.

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