If you have a solar pool ionizer, then you know that it uses a copper anode to produce the ions that sanitize your pool. But what happens when your copper anode breaks down? How can you tell if it’s breaking down and what can you do about it?
In this blog post, we’ll review the signs of a breaking down copper anode, how to diagnose the issue, and what to do about it.
Signs of a Breaking Down Copper Anode
The most obvious sign that your copper anode is breaking down is that your pool is not staying clean. If you’re regularly adding chlorine or other chemicals to your pool and the water still isn’t staying clean, then it’s a good indication that your copper anode is breaking down. Other signs that your copper anode is breaking down include discoloration of the water, spots and stains on the pool walls, and a metallic taste in the water. If you’re noticing any of these signs, then it’s time to diagnose the issue.
Diagnosing the Issue
The first step to diagnosing the issue is to inspect the copper anode. If the anode is corroded or has any signs of wear and tear, then it’s likely the culprit. You can also test the pool water to determine the copper levels. If the copper levels are too high, then it’s a sign that the copper anode is breaking down.
What to Do About
It If you’ve determined that your copper anode is breaking down, then it’s time to replace it. You can purchase a new copper anode at most pool supply stores and install it yourself, or you can hire a professional to do it for you. Once you’ve replaced the anode, you should also shock the pool to get rid of any excess copper in the water.
A broken down copper anode in your solar pool ionizer can cause your pool to stay unclean and even lead to discoloration, spots, and stains. If you’re noticing any of these signs, then it’s important to diagnose the issue and replace the copper anode. Once the new anode is installed, be sure to shock the pool to remove any excess copper in the water.
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