BullFrog Spas Owner`s manual

2005
owner ’s manual
Important Overview
Congratulations on your purchase of a Bullfrog Spa or
Tadpole Hot Tub by Bullfrog. Bullfrog’s spas are the world’s
only spas equipped with the patented JetPak System™.
JetPak™ technology delivers incredible power, maximum
versatility and allows you to upgrade your spa’s jetting with
new JetPaks™, both now and in the future. NOTE: In this
document, the terms “Spa” and “Hot Tub” are used
interchangeably.
Serial Number
Take a moment to read this manual carefully as you prepare
for the delivery and installation of your new spa. Following
the instructions in this manual will ensure the safe, secure, and
timely installation and operation of your new spa.
Carefully read this Owner’s Manual before you install your
spa. Your Bullfrog Spa or Tadpole Hot Tub limited warranty will
be void if damage is caused by failure to install, maintain,
and operate your spa in accordance with the
recommendations contained in this Owner’s Manual or any
other printed instruction, notice or bulletin from Bullfrog
International, LC. It is also important that you complete and
mail the enclosed Warranty and Registration Card, or you
may register your spa online at www.bullfrogspas.com.
Please register your new spa within thirty days of delivery.
Your spa’s serial number is located on the Manufacturing ID
Label located inside the equipment compartment of your
spa.
For the safety of all those who utilize your spa and its
surroundings, please make sure your spa and any adjoining
installations, including the electrical hook-up, are completed
only after acquiring any necessary approvals and permits
from your local city and/or county. Some jurisdictions require
certain fencing and/or self-closing and self-latching gates to
prevent accidental drowning in a pool or spa. Your spa cover
(optional) comes with a locking system that meets the ASTM
F1346-91 Standard for Safety Covers, which when properly
used, may satisfy certain fencing and gating requirements.
U.S. Patents: 5,754,989, 5,987,663, 6000,073, 6,092,246, 6,256,805,
6,543,067 with additional U.S. patent pending.
Foreign Patents: New Zealand Patent 334093. Other patents pending
in 13 additional countries.
Bullfrog International, LC reserves the right to change features, specifications and design without
notification and without incurring any obligation.
Table of Contents
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2
3
Quick Reference Chart
4
Spa JetPaks™ and Accessories
5
Installation and Setup
Site Selection and Preparation
Delivery Basics
Electrical Requirements and Installation Instructions
Pre-Fill Checklist
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10
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22
Operation
Control System
JetPaks
Jetting
JetZones™
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Maintenance
Water Chemistry
Changing Spa Water
Filter Cleaning
Light Bulb and LED Replacement
Ozone Purifier Replacement
Spa Shell Care
JetPak ™ Plumbing Care
Spa Cabinet Care
Spa Cover Care
Miscellaneous Care
Freeze Prevention
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Low-Use or No-Use Periods
41
Service
42
Troubleshooting Guide
43
Miscellaneous
Spa Technical Specifications
Parts Identification Diagrams
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Table of Contents
Important Safety Instructions
Safety Instructions
Additional Safety Instructions
Warning Signs
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
When installing and using this electrical equipment, basic
safety precautions should always be followed, including the
following:
1. READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS:
2.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, do not permit
children to use this product unless closely supervised at
all times.
9.
WARNING: To Reduce the Risk of Injury:
a. Water temperature in a spa should never exceed 104 ◦ F
(40 ◦ C). Water temperatures between 100 ◦ F (38 ◦ C) and
104 ◦ F (40 ◦ C) are considered safe for a healthy adult.
Water temperature in excess of 104 ◦ F (40 ◦ C) may be
injurious to your health. Lower temperatures are
recommended for young children and/or when spa use
exceeds 10 minutes.
3. As per UL requirements (U.S.), a wire connector is provided
on this unit to connect a minimum No. 8 AWG (8.4mm2)
solid copper conductor between this unit and any metal
equipment, metal enclosures of electrical equipment,
metal water pipe, or conduit within 5 feet (1.5m) of the unit.
b. Since excessive water temperatures have a high
potential for causing fetal damage during the early
months of pregnancy, pregnant, or possibly pregnant,
women should limit spa usage when temperatures are in
excess of 100 ◦ F (38 ◦ C).
WARNING: For products provided with a cord-connected,
ground-fault circuit-interrupter, the GFCI must be tested
before each use. If the GFCI fails to operate properly,
disconnect the power until the fault has been identified
and corrected.
c. Before entering the spa, measure the water temperature
with an accurate thermometer since the tolerance of
water temperature regulating devices varies.
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8.
DANGER: Risk of Accidental Drowning. Extreme caution
must be exercised to prevent unauthorized access by
children. To avoid accidents, ensure that children cannot
use this spa unless they are supervised at all times.
DANGER: Risk of Injury. The suction fittings in the spa are
sized to match the specific water flow created by the
pump. Should the need arise to replace the suction fittings
or the pump, be sure that the flow rates are compatible.
Never operate the spa if the suction fittings are broken or
missing. Do not replace a suction fitting with one rated less
than the flow rate marked on the original suction fitting.
DANGER: Risk of Electric Shock. As per UL requirements
(U.S.), install spa at least 5 feet (1.5m) from all metal
surfaces. A spa may be installed within 5 feet (1.5m) of
metal surfaces if each metal surface is permanently
connected by a minimum of No. 8 AWG (8.4mm2) solid
copper conductor to the wire connector on the terminal
box that is provided for this purpose.
DANGER: Risk of Electric Shock. Do not permit any
electrical appliances, such as a light, telephone, radio, or
television within 5 feet (1.5m) of the spa. These units DO NOT
have an integral ground fault circuit interrupter. The
d. The use of alcohol, drugs, or medication before or during
spa use may lead to unconsciousness with the possibility
of drowning.
e. Persons suffering from obesity or a medical history of
heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory
system problems, and/or diabetes should consult a
physician before using a spa.
f. Persons using medication should consult a physician
before using a spa. Some medications may induce
drowsiness while other medication may affect heart
rate, blood pressure, and/or circulation.
10. For Cord-Connected units: a) Replace damaged cord
immediately. b) Do not bury cord. c) Connect to grounded,
grounding-type receptacle only.
11. WARNING: PEOPLE WITH INFECTIOUS DISEASES SHOULD
NOT USE A SPA OR HOT TUB.
12. WARNING: TO AVOID INJURY, EXERCISE CARE WHEN
ENTERING OR EXITING THE SPA OR HOT TUB.
13. WARNING: DO NOT USE A SPA OR HOT TUB IMMEDIATELY
FOLLOWING STRENUOUS EXERCISE.
Important Safety Instructions
installation of an integral ground fault circuit interrupter
MUST be completed by a qualified Electrician and must
meet all applicable electrical codes.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Important Safety Instructions
14.
WARNING: PROLONGED IMMERSION IN A SPA OR HOT
TUB MAY BE INJURIOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.
15.
CAUTION: MAINTAIN WATER CHEMISTRY IN
ACCORDANCE WITH MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTION.
16.
CAUTION: TEST THE GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER
BEFORE EACH USE OF THE SPA.
17.
CAUTION: ADEQUATE DRAINAGE MUST BE PROVIDED IF
THE EQUIPMENT IS TO BE INSTALLED IN A PIT.
18.
WARNING: Risk of Fatal Hyperthermia. Hyperthermia
occurs when the internal temperature of the body
reaches a level several degrees above the normal body
temperature of 98.6 ◦ F (37◦ C). The symptoms of
Hyperthermia include dizziness, lethargy, drowsiness, and
fainting. The use of alcohol, drugs, and/or medication can
greatly increase the risk of fatal Hyperthermia. The effects
of Hyperthermia include:
• Unawareness of impending hazard
• Failure to perceive heat
• Failure to recognize the need to exit the spa
• Physical inability to exit the spa
• Fetal damage in pregnant women
• Unconsciousness and danger of drowning
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Additional Safety Instructions
1.
WARNING: Risk to Infants, Elderly, and Women Planning or
Experiencing Pregnancy. Please consult your physician if
the above applies to you or anyone using the spa.
2.
WARNING: Risk of Children Drowning. Your spa cover is
not rated as a safety cover. It is always wise to keep the spa
cover securely fastened when not in use. This will help
discourage children from attempting to enter the spa
unsupervised.
3.
WARNING: Risk of Drowning. Use caution when bathing
alone. Overexposure may cause nausea, dizziness, and
fainting.
4.
CAUTION: Risk of Injury. Young children should be
supervised so that they do not play with the appliance.
5.
WARNING: Risk of Injury: To avoid injury, exercise care
when entering or exiting the spa. Surfaces can be slippery
when wet. Do not step or sit on headrests or FilterCap™.
Also, keep all breakable objects away from the spa area.
6.
WARNING: Risk of Injury: Short-term inhalation of high
concentrations of ozone and long-term inhalation of low
concentrations of ozone can cause serious physiological
effects.
7.
CAUTION: Unauthorized Access. Secure the spa area
against unauthorized access. Make sure all spa barriers
(fences, enclosures, etc.) meet all applicable national and
local codes. Keep spa cover on and locked when it is not
being used.
8.
CAUTION: Risk of Damage to Spa or Equipment. By
performing maintenance as described in this manual, the
chance of damage to your spa and its equipment will be
reduced. Never block the air vents that lead to the spa’s
equipment compartment, doing so may cause the spa to
overheat.
9.
WARNING: Risk of Electric Shock or Death. Do not operate
spa during severe weather conditions (e.g. electrical
storms, tornadoes, etc.).
Additional Instructions (Canadian Installations Only):
19. A green-colored terminal or a terminal marked G, GR,
Ground, Grounding or the international grounding symbol
is located inside the supply terminal box or compartment.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, this terminal must be
connected to the grounding means provided in the
electric supply service panel with a continuous copper
wire equivalent in size to the circuit conductors supplying
this equipment.
20. At least two lugs marked “BONDING LUGS” are provided
on the external surface or on the inside of the supply
terminal box or compartment. To reduce the risk of
electric shock, connect the local common bonding grid
in the area of the spa or hot tub to these terminals with an
insulated or bare copper conductor not smaller than
No. 6 AWG.
21. All field-installed metal components such as rails, ladders,
drains, or other similar hardware located within 10 feet
(3m) of the spa or hot tub shall be bonded to the
equipment grounding bus with copper conductors not
smaller than No. 6 AWG.
10. CAUTION: Non-Approved Accessories. Using accessories
not approved by Bullfrog International, LC could void your
warranty or cause other problems. Please consult your
authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
CAUTION: Location of Your Spa. Locate your spa on a
foundation that can support the maximum filled weight of
your spa along with the weight of all the occupants using
the spa (see Site Selection and Preparation). Also, locate
your spa in an environment that can withstand repeated
exposure to water and the possibility of a major spill.
12.
CAUTION: Cordage shall be replaced only with a special
cordage assembly available from the Manufacturer, its
Service Agent, or similarly qualified persons in order to
avoid a hazard.
13.
WARNING: This appliance is not intended for use by
young children or infirm persons without supervision.
14.
WARNING: Before obtaining access to supply terminals,
all suppy circuits must be disconnected.
15.
WARNING: Risk of Injury or Accidental Drowning: Do
not use spa without filters and FilterCaps™ installed. The
filters and FilterCap serve as a barrier against bodily
entrapment against the filter suction fitting(s).
Warning Signs
Important Safety Instructions
11.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Included with the spa are three warning signs to inform users
and guests of the risk involved with using a spa. All of these
warning signs are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Place
these warning signs in a noticeable place adjacent to the
spa. For free additional copies, contact Bullfrog International,
LC at (801) 565-8111 or info@bullfrogspas.com.
Quick Reference Chart
Quick Reference Chart
To assist you with the installation, maintenance, and
service of your new spa, please fill out the following
information and keep it on hand for future reference.
Spa Information
Spa Model:
Serial Number:
Dealership:
Dealer’s Phone Number:
Date Purchased:
Date Installed:
Contractor Information
General
1. Name:
Telephone:
2. Name:
Telephone:
Electrician
1. Name:
Telephone:
2. Name:
Telephone:
Concrete, Decking, and Masonry
1. Name:
Telephone:
2. Name:
Telephone:
Landscaping
1. Name:
Telephone:
2. Name:
Telephone:
Spa JetPaks™ and Accessories
Spa JetPaks and Accessories
JetPaks: In addition to the JetPaks that come with
your spa, you may want to consider increasing your
JetPak™ selection. Additional JetPaks will not only
provide you with exciting hydrotherapy options, but
will also keep your spa feeling new. JetPak models
currently available are as follows:
Oscillator™
BodyWand™
J01-46-4
J09-12-1
Pulsator ™
Spinal’ssage™
ClusterBurst ™
Gyro’ssage™
NeckBlaster ™
Mini ClusterBurst ™
Alee“V”8 ™
RainShower ™
Mini NeckBlaster ™
StormShower ™
HurricaneShower ™
Aroma’ssage™
Cascadia™
J02-70-6
J12-42-8
Shiatsu
J07-36-1
J10-22-3
J05-58-8
J15-100-128
J03-63-12
J13-30-42
J08-35-3
J11-58-5
J06-56-7
J04-100-14
J14-63-79
J16-55-4
Spa JetPaks and Accessories/Installation and Setup
Spa & Yard™ Stereo: Marine-grade stereo and CD player
with spa-side controls and Bose® speakers. Listen to your
favorite CDs or radio station in your spa or in the yard. NOTE:
This option is not available on the Bullfrog 331, Tadpole 251, or
Tadpole 362.
CoverMate-I Cover Lifter: Makes uncovering and
covering your spa simple and easy. While you are using your
spa, your cover is neatly stored behind the spa, providing a
useful privacy screen.
WellSpring™ Ozone Purifier: Nature’s way for the cleanest
spa water. Supplement the chemical treatment of your spa
and improve the spa’s water quality by adding a Standard or
High-Output Ozone Purifier. IMPORTANT: Your spa was
designed, tested, and safety listed with either a Bullfrog CDS16 (standard) or MCD-50 (high-output) ozone purifier. No
other ozone purifier is recommended for your Bullfrog Spa.
WARNING: The use of any other Ozone Purifier will void the
safety listing on your spa. NOTE: The High-Output Ozone
option is not available on the Tadpole 251 or Tadpole 362.
WARNING: Use of any High-Output Ozone system in a
Tadpole Hot Tub can cause serious damage to the appliance
and/or possible health risks from inhalation of ozone gas.
LED Lighting System:
A must for nighttime fun and for
creating just the right mood. In addition to considerably
outlasting and outshining 12V spa lights, our LED Lighting
System provides eight unique color schemes as well as an
automatic color changing program.
PowerDrain : Reduces the time it takes to drain your spa
™
Installation and Setup
Before attempting to install or use your spa, please read
Important Safety Instructions as well as all the installation
instructions that follow.
Site Selection and Preparation
Cleans your spa filter cartridges without all the hassle and
without you getting splashed.
Your home most likely offers multiple sites where your spa may
be installed. Use the information presented in this section to
assist you in carefully selecting the site that works best for you.
It is your responsibility to choose and prepare the site properly
before delivery, so you will experience a smooth and efficient
delivery as well as obtain optimal use and full enjoyment of
your spa.
DuraSteps™: Steps that are not only lightweight and very
Environment
from hours to just a few minutes. Comes complete with a 25’
(7.62m) drain hose.
SpinClean™ Filter Cartridge Cleaning System:
tough, but they make getting in and out of your spa a snap.
Available in Brown, Gray, and Sand.
SpaMonitor™: Gain peace of mind as you continually monitor
the health of your backyard spa from the convenience of any
room in the house. Adjust the temperature, lights, and pumps of
your spa without leaving the comfort of your home. A built-in
alarm alerts you of problems or power outages. (Available in U.S./CAN only.)
Additional upgrades and products are continuously available.
Please contact or visit your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer
for details.
Surroundings: The direction that your spa will be facing will
contribute to your overall bathing experience. Select
the spa location that will provide optimal views based on
your property layout. Consider your lifestyle and where you
want to enjoy your spa and situate it accordingly. Indoor
installations provide privacy, but create high levels of
humidity (see Indoor Considerations). If your spa is outside,
a nearby place for you and your guests to change clothes
is a huge convenience. Also, a location near a house entry is
convenient in areas with extreme winter climates.
Outdoor Considerations: There are several considerations
when installing your spa outdoors. 1. Avoid selecting a site
where excessive water may contact the spa, such as
sprinklers or a roof edge without rain gutters. 2. Avoid areas
of direct, prolonged sunlight (if possible). The ultraviolet rays
may fade or damage the spa cover and cabinet. 3. Check
all applicable national and local codes regarding possible
restrictions that require fencing or childproof gates around
the spa. 4. Prevent dirt, sand, and foliage from being tracked
into your spa by utilizing concrete, concrete pavers, or stone
for paths and access areas (or, avoid positioning your spa in
an area where debris will be tracked into the spa). Check the
location of trees and spill paths from gutters to determine if
wind or rain will sweep debris into your spa. 5. Consider your
view and your privacy during all seasons of the year so your
experience in your outdoor spa will be enhanced rather than
limited. NOTE: Typical outdoor surfaces include, but are not
limited to concrete, brick, non-slip tile, wood decking, pea
gravel, or sand.
Spa Location
Service Access: Some people choose to install tile or custom
wood around their spas. If you are installing your spa with
custom trimming, remember to allow access for service.
Should your spa need service, a technician may need to
remove the spa’s equipment compartment door or side
panels, or access the spa from beneath. Also, it is always best
to design special installations so the spa can still be moved,
or lifted from the ground.
Access to Circuit Breakers: For service purposes, allow easy
access to the circuit breakers in the electrical service panel
(permanently-connected models), or to the interrupter switch
on the end of the power cord (cord-connected models).
Electrical Safety Requirements: The installation of all spas
must be in accordance with national and local wiring rules.
Always have a licensed Electrician perform the electrical
installation. Each Bullfrog Spa and Tadpole Hot Tub is
manufactured and tested to a standard that provides
maximum protection against electrical shock. Improper
wiring may prevent the spa from operating safely which
could result in electrical shock, injury, or death. Improper
wiring could also lead to a malfunction of the spa’s
equipment and risk of fire. When considering a location
for your spa, consult with a licensed Electrician pertaining
to the following:
• Overhead Power Lines: Based upon the national and local
wiring rules that apply to your area, you will need to install
your spa at the required minimum horizontal and vertical
distances from all power lines.
• Service Disconnect: Based upon your area, a disconnect
device must be incorporated into the fixed wiring in
accordance with national and local wiring rules. If the
national and local wiring rules permit, a GFCI Sub-Panel
may be used to substitute the service disconnect, providing
that it is located within the same parameters.
• Electrical Outlets, Switches and Devices: Based upon the
national and local wiring rules that apply to your area, you
must install your spa at the required minimum distance from
all electrical outlets, switches, and devices.
• Bonding: Based upon the national and local wiring rules
that apply to your area, the Control System Box located
inside the equipment compartment of your spa must be
bonded to all metal equipment, handrails, fixtures,
enclosures, pipe, or conduit that are located within the
maximum specified distances. The bonding is to be
connected to the ground lug connector on the exterior
surface of the Control System Box and all metal items
previously described.
• Equipment Compartment Access: Make sure the spa is
positioned so access to the equipment compartment will
not be blocked.
• All other national and local rules that may be applicable.
Installation and Setup
Indoor Considerations: Indoor spa installations have special
requirements. Your Bullfrog Spa or Tadpole Hot Tub is the most
leak-free spa in the industry, but there is still a chance of a
leak from the spa. The environment both around and below
the spa should be water resistant, and preferably waterproof.
It must be capable of handling water splashed out from the
spa as well as the possibility of a leak. Recommendations to
handle water around the spa include, but are not limited to,
a floor drain and/or a catch basin equivalent to the volume
of water in your spa. Condensation can also occur on the spa
cover and drip onto the floor. Therefore, ensure that flooring
materials provide a good grip when wet and are resilient to
constant exposure of water and chemicals. In addition to
handling the water from the spa, it is recommended that the
room be properly ventilated. Humidity levels will naturally
increase after the spa is installed and in use. Water may
get into woodwork and produce dry rot, mildew, or other
problems. Over time, high levels of humidity and spa
chemicals can cause water damage to your floor, wall, and
ceiling surfaces. Check for airborne moisture’s effects on
exposed wood, paper, and paint in the room. To minimize
humidity damage, it is best to provide plenty of ventilation
such as a ceiling fan and moisture-resistant paint. An
architect can help to determine if special ventilation
equipment is required, such as a humidistat or dehumidifier
which can be installed to regulate indoor humidity during spa
use. NOTE: Typical indoor surfaces include, but are not limited
to concrete, wood, non-slip tile, or linoleum.
Installation and Setup
Water Drainage: Avoid installing the spa in a pit or low area
where water may accumulate and damage the spa or its
equipment. Choose a site where water will drain away from
the spa. Your spa contains an equipment compartment,
which houses all of its electrical components. Allowing water
into the equipment compartment can damage the
electronics, or may result in tripping your spa’s circuit breaker.
For 120V~/60Hz, cord-connected spas, avoid plugging your
spa into an electrical outlet that is susceptible to water.
Likewise, avoid positioning the spa’s electrical cord as to
allow water to enter the cord’s interrupter switch.
Use of a Cover-Lifting Mechanism: If using a cover-lifting
mechanism, allow up to 24” (.61m) of clearance behind the
spa. Check with your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer for the
exact clearance requirements for the cover-lifting
mechanism.
to the installation of any spa foundation. For assistance,
contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
WARNING: Because your spa pad must provide continuous
support for the entire base of the spa, you should never level
it with shims. If it is necessary to level your spa, make sure the
entire spa’s structure is fully supported, both in the center as
well as the outer edge. When leveling your spa, there should
be no voids beneath it. Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa
dealer before making any leveling adjustments. Structural
damage to the spa resulting from incorrect installation,
placement on an inadequate foundation, or improper
leveling will void the spa’s warranty.
Spa Foundation
General Guidelines: Select a structurally sound flat surface
that is reasonably level to serve as your spa’s foundation. A
foundation that shifts or settles may cause stress to the spa
shell. The foundation that your spa rests on must have a
weight bearing load capability of supporting the weight of
your spa, its water, and the people using it. The maximum
filled weight of a spa can be as much as 6,000 lbs (2722kg),
plus the weight of the occupants that use the spa (for the
weight bearing load requirements as well as the maximum
filled weight of your spa, refer to the Spa Technical
Specifications Chart or contact your local authorized Bullfrog
Spa dealer). If your spa’s pad is slightly sloped it will not affect
the performance of the spa or its structure, however, there
should be no dips, sags, or unevenness in the pad. Most patios
are built to slope away from the house for drainage purposes.
There should be no more than a ½” (1.27cm) slope in an 8’
(2.44m) run. Recommended flooring materials include a
concrete pad, concrete pavers or bricks, wood railroad ties,
pea gravel, or crushed rock (1.5” [3.81cm] or less), or a
reinforced deck. Additionally, your authorized Bullfrog Spa
dealer should sell or recommend pre-formed spa pads. NOTE:
Concrete foundations should be a minimum of 4” (10.16cm)
thick and should be reinforced with either rebar or mesh. For
electrical grounding purposes, the rebar or mesh should be
attached to a bond wire (see Electrical Requirements and
Installation Instructions).
Concrete Pad
Concrete Pavers
Railroad Ties
WARNING: To prevent serious damage to your spa, it is
important that the spa foundation be supported by a flat,
stable, and consistent subsurface. Bullfrog International highly
recommends consulting a qualified, licensed Contractor prior
Pea Gravel or Crushed Rock
Elevated Installations: Be certain your deck or elevated
structure can support the maximum filled weight of your spa
along with the total weight of occupants that use it. You must
know the deck’s weight-bearing load capacity and ensure
that it is greater than the maximum filled weight of your spa
combined with the occupants using it or serious injury or
structural damage could result. To find the weight bearing
load requirement along with the maximum filled weight of
your spa, refer to the Spa Technical Specifications Chart or
contact an authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Design Considerations
Hard-Surface Options (Decking and Flooring): In addition to
selecting a hard surface that meets the recommended safety
and maintenance criteria, consider textures and colors that
will assist in enhancing the aesthetics of the area in which
your spa will be installed. The decision to match, contrast,
or blend the hard surface colors and textures with those of
your spa should only be made after carefully researching
your options. The cost of a Landscape Architect may be
money well spent.
Surrounding Landscape: The correct landscape around
your spa will not only soften the adjacent hard surface areas,
but will add life and much enjoyment to the environment. If
the budget allows, you may want to consult with a
Landscape Architect for expert advice.
Spa-Side Accessories: Besides selecting the correct hard
surfaces and landscape around your spa, the addition of
the proper spa-side accessories will provide just the finishing
touch that you are looking for. Spa steps, benches, towel racks,
planter boxes, or an outdoor fireplace are just a few of the
items that can be considered when accessorizing your spa.
Installation and Setup
CAUTION: Consult a qualified Structural Engineer or
Contractor before the spa is placed on an elevated structure
or deck.
Installation and Setup
Delivery Basics
To prepare for the delivery of your spa, make sure the delivery
path is clear and no obstructions are present. Obstacles such
as overhanging tree limbs, awnings, protruding gas meters,
water meters, and A/C units can prevent easy access. It may
be necessary to remove a gate, part of a fence, or other
items in order to dolly the spa to the desired location. If
there are more than six consecutive stairs without a landing,
you may be required to find another delivery path. Check
the measurements on 90◦ turns to make sure the spa will fit
through. Occasionally a crane is required to install the spa
by lifting it to its final destination. This occurs when the spa
has to be taken off of the dolly cart to go over a wall, either
because the entry area is too narrow, the eaves are too low,
the corner is too tight, or the stairway is too steep. The use of
a crane is a common practice and is usually the easiest and
Obstacles such as overhanging tree
limbs, awnings, protruding gas meters,
water meters, and A/C units can
prevent easy access.
If there are more than six
consecutive stairs without
a landing then you may be
required to find another
delivery path.
safest method for moving a spa when access is difficult. The
crane has a truck-mounted boom and can fit easily in your
driveway. The Crane Operator will lift your spa over walls,
buildings, or any other obstruction and place it as close to
the installation site as possible.
Depending on access to the spa site, your spa may be dollied
in either horizontal or vertical position. For your convenience,
the following charts provide the dimensions of your spa in
either the horizontal or vertical position. NOTE: The height of
the cart used to dolly your spa into position will need to be
added to the height of your spa when calculating the total
height clearance required to complete your delivery. Spa
carts are typically around 6” (15.24cm) in height. (If
necessary, see your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer for the
exact height.)
WARNING: Watch for power lines.
It may be necessary to remove a
gate, part of a fence, or other
items in order to dolly the spa to
the desired location.
Check the measurements on 90 turns
to make sure the spa will fit through.
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L
Installation and Setup
W: Width
L: Length
H: Height
D-H: Dolly Height
O-H: Overall Height
D: Cross Square
W
Spa Dimensions Chart (for Vertical Deliveries)
Model
Width (W)
Length (L)
Bullfrog 331
31” (.79m)
6’ 10” (2.09m) 5’ 6” (1.73m)
Height (H)
Bullfrog 451
35” (.89m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
6’ 7” (2.01m)
Bullfrog 562
35” (.89m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
Bullfrog 552
35” (.89m)
7’ 10” (2.39m) 7’ 10” (2.39m)
Bullfrog 662
35” (.89m)
7’ 10” (2.39m) 7’ 10” (2.39m)
Bullfrog 682
35” (.89m)
7’ 10” (2.39m) 7’ 10” (2.39m)
Tadpole 251
35” (.89m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
6’ 7” (2.01m)
Tadpole 362
35” (.89m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
D
H
O-H
D-H
L
W
D
OH
-
H
D -H
Spa Dimensions Chart (for Horizontal Deliveries)
Model
Width (W)
Length (L)
Bullfrog 331
5’ 6” (1.73m)
6’ 10” (2.09m) 31” (.79m)
Height (H)
Bullfrog 451
6’ 7” (2.01m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
35” (.89m)
Bullfrog 562
7’ 4” (2.24m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
35” (.89m)
Bullfrog 552
7’ 10” (2.39m) 7’ 10” (2.39m) 35” (.89m)
Bullfrog 662
7’ 10” (2.39m) 7’ 10” (2.39m) 35” (.89m)
Bullfrog 682
7’ 10” (2.39m) 7’ 10” (2.39m) 35” (.89m)
Tadpole 251
6’ 7” (2.01m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
35” (.89m)
Tadpole 362
7’ 4” (2.24m)
7’ 4” (2.24m)
35” (.89m)
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88” (2.24m) typ.
Installation and Setup
94” (2.39m) typ.
35” (0.89m)
35” (0.89m)
R 15 1/2” (39.37cm) typ.
R 15 1/2” (39.37cm) typ.
682, 662, 552
562, 362
88” (2.24m)
82” (2.08m)
35” (0.89m)
79”
(2.01m)
66”
(1.68m)
451, 251
R 15 1/2” (39.37cm) typ.
NOTE: Toe kick sits approximately 1.5” (3.81cm) back from the
cabinet on all sides.
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31” (0.79m)
331
R 15 1/2” (39.37cm) typ.
IMPORTANT: Provide a copy of these instructions to your
Electrician.
INTRODUCTION
The installation of all spas must be in accordance with
national and local wiring rules. Always have a licensed
Electrician perform the electrical installation. Each Bullfrog
Spa and Tadpole Hot Tub is manufactured and tested to
a standard that provides maximum protection against
electrical shock. Improper wiring may prevent the spa from
operating safely which could result in electrical shock, injury
or death. Improper wiring could also lead to a malfunction of
the spa’s equipment and risk of fire.
• Electrical Outlets, Switches and Devices: Based upon the
national and local wiring rules that apply to your area, you
must install your spa at the required minimum distance from
all electrical outlets, switches, and devices.
• Bonding: Based upon the national and local wiring rules
that apply to your area, the Control System Box located
inside the equipment compartment of your spa must be
bonded to all metal equipment, handrails, fixtures,
enclosures, pipe, or conduit that are located within the
maximum specified distances. The bonding is to be
connected to the ground lug connector on the exterior
surface of the Control System Box and all metal items
previously described.
• Equipment Compartment Access: Make sure the spa is
positioned so that access to the equipment compartment
will not be blocked.
Important Technical Information
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI): As per national and
local wiring rules, all spas, hot tubs, and associated electrical
components must be protected by a GFCI, either at the main
breaker box or at the service disconnect.
Wiring Connection: Appliance must be permanently
connected to fixed wiring (except for U.S./CAN 120V~/60Hz
Cord-Connected units).
WARNING: Removal or bypassing the GFCI will result in an
unsafe spa and will void your spa’s warranty. When installing
the GFCI, all conductors except the green ground must be
routed through the GFCI, including the neutral. Never bypass
the neutral line. If the neutral line is bypassed, then the
current will be imbalanced and cause the GFCI to trip. See
GFCI Wiring Diagrams or contact Bullfrog International, LC or
your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer. REQUIRED TEST
PROCEDURE: After the spa is first filled and turned on, and
prior to each use, the GFCI should be tested as follows: Step 1
press Test on the GFCI breaker. The spa should stop
operating. Step 2 after 30 seconds, press Reset and then
verify that power has been restored to the spa. If the GFCI
fails to operate in this manner you may have an electrical
malfunction and be at risk of electrical shock. Should this
occur, turn off the GFCI breaker to the spa and do not use
the spa until the malfunction has been repaired by a licensed
Electrician or your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Voltage Definitions: When reading these instructions, the
term 120V~ refers to the 110-120V~ range of voltage, while the
230V~ term refers to the 220-240 range of voltage.
Wiring Diagrams: In addition to the instructions that follow,
please reference the appropriate Wiring Diagrams (120V~/
60Hz Cord-Connected, 120V~/60Hz Permanently-Connected,
230V~/60Hz Permanently-Connected, or 230V~/50Hz
Permanently-Connected).
Electrical Service Wire Size and Type: The size of wire
required to supply the spa with power is dependent upon the
length of the electrical run and should only be determined by
a licensed Electrician. Installation must be in accordance
with all national and local wiring rules. All wiring must be
copper to ensure adequate connections. Never use
aluminum wire.
Spa Location:
• Overhead Power Lines: Based upon the national and local
wiring rules that apply to your area, you will need to install
your spa at the required minimum horizontal and vertical
distances from all power lines.
• Service Disconnect: Based upon your area, a disconnect
device must be incorporated into the fixed wiring in
accordance with national and local wiring rules. If the
national and local wiring rules permit, a GFCI Sub-Panel
may be used to substitute the service disconnect, providing
that it is located within the same parameters.
Dedicated Electrical Circuit Breaker: The electrical service to
the spa must include a suitably rated switch or circuit breaker.
Whether the spa is a 120V~/60Hz Cord-Connected spa or a
120V~/60Hz, 230V~/60Hz or 230V~/50Hz PermanentlyConnected spa, it is required that the circuit breaker that
supplies power to the spa is dedicated and does not supply
power to any other electrical outlet, device or item.
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Installation and Setup
Electrical Requirements
and Installation Instructions
Installation and Setup
Electrical Access Conduit: Each Bullfrog Spa and Tadpole
Hot Tub is manufactured with an electrical access conduit
which allows the electrical supply wires to be connected to
the spa’s Control System Box. This access conduit is located in
the front-left corner (when you are facing the spa’s control
pad) of the spa.
12V Maximum on Live Parts: Live parts accessible to the user
must not exceed 12V.
230V~/60Hz 30A Conversion Option: If there is not 50A of
electrical service available, an authorized Bullfrog Spa
dealer or Electrician can easily convert the spa to operate on
30A (conversion instructions are located inside the Control
System Box). Please be aware, spas converted to 30A are
only capable of heating the water when pump 1 is in lowspeed, not high-speed. This heating limitation is acceptable
in most climates as well as indoor installations.
230V~/50Hz Conversion Options: If there is not 32A of
electrical service available, an authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer
or an Electrician can easily convert the spa to operate on
either a single or dual 16A x2 service. Conversion instructions
for the following configurations are located inside the Control
System Box of the spa.
230V~/50Hz 16A Single Service: Please be aware, spas
converted to 16A are only capable of heating the water
when the circulation pump is in low-speed, not high-speed.
This heating limitation is acceptable in most climates as well
as indoor installations.
120V~/60Hz Cord-Connected Installation: This option is only
applicable if the spa was ordered from the factory with both
a 120V~/60Hz pump and a 120V~/60Hz power cord. The spa’s
Safety Approval Listing and warranty will be void, and the spa
may be unsafe if an aftermarket power cord is installed on
the spa. Cord-Connected spas have already been
converted to operate on 120V~/60Hz power at the factory
and come with approximately 15‘ (4.57m) of useable power
cord (the maximum length allowed) attached to the spa. This
factory installed power cord comes with a built-in GFCI
breaker. IMPORTANT: Cordage shall be replaced only with a
special cordage assembly available from the manufacturer,
its service agent, or similarly qualified persons in order to
avoid a hazard.
Cord-Connected 120V~/60Hz spas require that the factory
installed power cord, with its built-in GFCI breaker be
connected to a 120V~/60Hz, 20A, Single-Phase, dedicated,
grounded circuit and power outlet. It is important that this
circuit is dedicated (not being used by any other electrical
appliance) or your spa may not function properly. For safety
purposes, the location of the power outlet (where the spa is
to be connected) can be no closer than the minimum
allowable distance specified by the national and local wiring
rules in your area. Installation must be in accordance with all
national and local wiring rules.
Fill Spa before Powering on: Always fill the spa to the
recommended level before turning on the power (see Pre-fill
Checklist).
230V~/50Hz 16A, 16A Dual Service: Operation of spa is
identical to single 32A service except that service is divided
into two separate 16A services.
Residual Current Device: The appliance should be supplied
through a residual current device with a rated tripping
current not exceeding 30mA.
New Installations and Re-Installations: These instructions
apply to both new installations and re-installations which may
occur when a spa is moved or relocated to a new location.
WARNING: Never use an extension cord. Bullfrog
International, LC does not allow the use of an extension cord
under any possible situation. The use of an extension cord
voids any warranty on the spa equipment and also exposes
the consumer to additional risk of fire, electrical shock, injury,
or death.
120V~/60Hz or 230V~/60Hz Convertible Equipment
(Model BF03-All U.S./CAN Single-Pump Spas only)
Single-Pump spas are equipped with voltage convertible
equipment (Model BF03). Depending upon the pump
installed, the BF03 equipment allows the spa to operate
either on a 120V~/60Hz or 230V~/60Hz electrical service.
120V~/60Hz Pump: Spas equipped with a 120V~/60Hz
pump can be 120V~/60Hz Cord-Connected, 120V~/60Hz
Permanently-Connected, or 230V~/60Hz PermanentlyConnected.
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120V~/60Hz Permanently-Connected Installation: Unless
your spa was ordered from the factory with a 120V~/60Hz
power cord, its equipment is configured to operate on
230V~/60Hz power (even though it was equipped with a
120V~/60Hz pump). Prior to the 120V~/60Hz electrical
installation, the spa’s equipment will need to be converted
from its 230V~/60Hz configuration to a 120V~/60Hz
Permanently-Connected 120V~/60Hz spas require a GFCI
protected, 3-wire (Line 1, Neutral and Ground), 120V~/60Hz,
20A, Single-Phase, dedicated electrical circuit. It is important
that this circuit is dedicated (not being used by any other
electrical appliance) or the spa may not function properly.
Installation must be in accordance with all national and local
wiring rules.
230V~/60Hz Permanently-Connected Installation: Even
though the spa is equipped with a 120V~/60Hz pump, it has
already been configured to operate on 230V~/60Hz power
unless the spa came with a factory connected 120V~/60Hz
power cord, in which case the spa’s equipment will need
to be converted from its 120V~/60Hz configuration to the
230V~/60Hz configuration. For specific conversion instructions,
please refer to the system wiring diagram inside the Control
System Box (located in the spa’s equipment compartment).
Permanently-Connected 230V~/60Hz spas require a GFCI
protected, 4-wire (Line 1, Line 2, Neutral, and Ground),
230V~/60Hz, 50A, Single-Phase, dedicated electrical circuit.
It is important that this circuit is dedicated (not being used by
any other electrical appliance) or the spa may not function
properly. Installation must be in accordance with all national
and local wiring rules.
It is important that this circuit is dedicated (not being used by
any other electrical appliance) or the spa may not function
properly. Installation must be in accordance with all national
and local wiring rules.
230V~/50Hz EQUIPMENT (Model BF04-All European Spas)
Spas are equipped with 230V~/50Hz pumps and 230V~/50Hz
equipment (Model BF04). This 230V~/50Hz equipment allows
the spa to operate only on a 230V~/50Hz electrical service.
Permanently-Connected 230V~/50Hz spas require a
GFCI protected, 230V~/50Hz, 32A Single-Service, 16A
Single-Service, or 16A – 16A Dual-Service, dedicated
electrical circuit. It is important that this circuit is dedicated
(not being used by any other electrical appliance) or the
spa may not function properly. For specific conversion
instructions, please refer to the system wiring diagram inside
the Control System Box (located in the spa’s equipment
compartment). Installation must be in accordance with all
national and local wiring rules.
Connecting the electrical service to the spa
IMPORTANT: Installation must be in accordance with all
national and local wiring rules and performed by a licensed
Electrician.
Step 1: Remove the equipment compartment door.
Step 2: Remove the faceplate to the Control System Box.
230V~/60Hz Pump: Spas equipped with a 230V~/60Hz
pump can only be Permanently-Connected.230V~/60Hz
Permanently-Connected Installation: Your spa has been
configured to operate only on 230V~/60Hz power.
Step 3: Connect a 1” (2.54cm) non-metallic coupling and
conduit to the 1” (2.54cm) male CPVC pipe found at the
base of the spa cabinet (front left corner when facing the
Master Control Pad).
Permanently-Connected 230V~/60Hz spas requires a GFCI
protected, 4-wire (Line 1, Line 2, Neutral and Ground),
230V~/60Hz, 50A, Single-Phase, dedicated electrical circuit.
It is important that this circuit is dedicated (not being used by
any other electrical appliance) or the spa may not function
properly. Installation must be in accordance with all national
and local wiring rules.
Step 4: Run the required wires through the conduit to the
Control System Box.
230V~/60Hz Equipment (Model BF01-U.S./CAN Dual-Pump Spas)
Dual-Pump spas are equipped with 230V~/60Hz pumps and
230V~/60Hz equipment (Model BF01). This 230V~/60Hz
equipment allows the spa to operate only on a 230V~/60Hz
electrical service.
Step 5: Connect the electrical service wires to the terminal
block located in the Control System Box.
Step 6: Replace the Control System Box faceplate and the
equipment compartment door.
Step 7: The electrical hook-up is complete.
Permanently-Connected 230V~/60Hz spas require a
GFCI protected, 4-wire (Line 1, Line 2, Neutral and Ground),
230V~/60Hz, 50A, Single-Phase, dedicated electrical circuit.
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configuration. For specific conversion instructions, please
refer to the system wiring diagram inside the Control System
Box (located in the spa’s equipment compartment).
House Breaker Box
System Box
B
L
K
Hot
R
E
D
Hot
G
R
N
Ground
GRN
W
H
T
USE COPPER
240V
WIRE MIN. 6 AWG. 40A 60HZ
RED (HOT)
BLK (HOT)
Neutral
Installation and Setup
GFCI Wiring Diagrams
Circuit Board
WHT
GRN (GROUND)
BLK (HOT)
RED (HOT)
WHT(NEUTRAL)
GRN (GROUND)
G.F.C.I. Breaker Box
Elite System
In Spa System Box
WHT
RED (HOT)
BLK (HOT)
WHITE (NEUTRAL)
BLACK (HOT)
RED (HOT)
GREEN (GROUND)
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TB1
Note: For a 240V~ dedicated
hookup, the white neutral
wire is not required between
the G.F.C.I. and the system
bus
60Hz Install (typical) U.S./CAN
for BF01, BF02, and BF03
IMPORTANT: Installation must be in accordance with all national and
local wiring rules and performed by a licensed Electrician.
1
2
3
4
5
B
L
U
HOT
B
R
N
230V
20A 50HZ
Installation and Setup
NEUTRAL
USE COPPER
WIRE MIN. 6 AWG.
BROWN
(HOT)
G
R
N
GROUND
GREEN/
YELLOW
BLUE (NEUTRAL)
Circuit Board
(GROUND)
BROWN (HOT)
BLUE (NEUTRAL)
BROWN (HOT)
BLUE (NEUTRAL)
GREEN/
YELLOW
(GROUND)
GREEN/
YELLOW
(GROUND)
50Hz Install (typical) Europe/Australia
for BF04
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BF01 Wiring Diagram
Ratings:
230V~, 48A, 60Hz
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Ratings:
120V~230V, 16/A, 40A
Installation and Setup
BF02/03 Wiring Diagram
120V~-230V~ Heater Conversion Instructions
Step 1: Conversion must be performed by a qualified,
licensed Electrician. Hardware only.
Step 2: Disconnect from power and remove wire/cord.
Step 3: Remove wire connected to J23 and J53 completely
and discard.
Step 4: Install 230V~ power line to TB1 terminal block.
Step 5: Set dip switch 2 to “on” position.
If this unit is to be permanently-connected, connect only
to a circuit that is protected by a ground fault circuit
interrupter (GFCI).
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BF04 Wiring Diagram
Ratings:
230V~, 16/32A
230V~, 16A x2
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Bullfrog Spa Wiring
& Yard Diagram
Stereo Doorfor
Wiring Diagram
TM
Installation and Setup
Bullfrog Spa & Yard™ Stereo Door
White - Antenna
Right
Speaker
Left
Speaker
Puple +
Purple/ Black -
-
Black
Red + 12 V
Green +
Green/ Black -
Stereo
Head
Unit
Fuse
10 Amp
Remote control Cable
Remote control
Wiring Diagram for
Bullfrog Spa & Yard™ Stereo Door
White - Antenna
Right
Speaker
Left
Speaker
Puple +
Purple/ Black Green +
Green/ Black Stereo
-Manufactured by
Head
Unit
Bullfrog International,
LC
Power
Supply
12 V
100V~/0.5A – 240V~/0.9A~input 1
47-63Hz
Black
White
Green
Amp plug to stereo/TVport
in control box
Black
Red + 12 V
Fuse
10 Amp
control Cable
668 WRemote
14600
S
Ratings:Bluffdale, Utah 84065, USA
U.S./CAN: 100-127V~ .90A 60Hz
801.
565. 8111
Power
Europe: Supply
200-240V~ 3.15A 50Hz
12 V 5A
Output: 12V
Remote control
100V~/0.5A – 240V~/0.9A~input 1
47-63Hz
Black
White
Green
Manufactured by
Bullfrog International, LC
668 W 14600 S
Bluffdale, Utah 84065, USA
801. 565. 8111
Mfg. Date:
Amp plug to stereo/TVport
in control box
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Pre-Fill Checklist
Important: The equipment should never be operated
without water in the spa. Serious damage to the pump
and heater may occur.
Step 2: Tighten Equipment Fittings: Hand tighten all PVC
pipe unions located in the equipment compartment. This
will prevent the possibility of a leak. NOTE: Fittings can
loosen during shipment.
Step 1: Check Drain Cap: There is a drain cap included in
Step 3: Check Slice Valve Keepers: Verify that a slice
the Owner’s Packet. Make sure this drain cap is securely
valve keeper is installed on each slice valve. Slice valve
tightened to the end of the drain hose.
keepers prevent the slice valve from vibrating shut during
shipment or operation. A slice valve that closes will result
in a noisy pump due to the lack of water flow. NOTE: Slice
valves are not installed on the Tadpole 251 or Tadpole 362.
For all Tadpole models, omit this step.
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Step 5: Check for Leaks: After the spa is filled, check
all fittings and equipment for signs of leakage before
turning on the spa. Turn on pump(s), once again, check
for leakage. If a leak is detected, tighten the fitting by
hand. If the leak persists contact your authorized Bullfrog
Spa dealer.
Step 4: Fill the Spa: Fill the spa to the water level indication
mark on the faceplate of the filter assembly by placing
the hose into the filter compartment through the Weir
door. NOTE: The higher the water level in the spa, the
fewer spa users the spa will accommodate before
overflowing. NOTE: For complete instructions on filling the
spa, refer to Changing Spa Water.
IMPORTANT: Never fill the spa with soft water unless an
appropriate mineral supplement is immediately added
(see your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer). If your water is
extremely hard, it is preferable to either dilute the water’s
hardness by blending the water with water from a water
softener, or by the addition of a special water softening
chemical (see your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer).
Step 6: Install Cover: The spa cover comes with tie-down
IMPORTANT: Air pockets can result inside the pumps and in
straps and locking hardware that attaches the cover to
the main plumbing intake if the spa is not filled through
the spa or decking. If your dealer did not install the cover,
the filter compartment.
refer to the Cover Installation Instructions included with
the cover.
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Operation
Operation
Control System
IMPORTANT: Each Bullfrog Spa is manufactured with either a
Select or Premier Control System. Each Tadpole Hot Tub is
manufactured with a Basic Control System. Refer to the
Control System that applies to your spa.
WARNING: This equipment generates and uses radio
frequency energy and if not installed and used properly, that
is, in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction,
may cause interference to radio and television reception.
It has been type tested and found to comply with the limits
for a Class B computing device in accordance with the
specifications in subpart j of part 15 of the FCC rules, which
are designed to provide reasonable protection against such
interference in a residential installation. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause interference, which
can be determined by turning the equipment on and off, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one
or more of the following measures: Reorient the receiving
antenna. Relocate the receiver with the respect to the spa.
Move the receiver away from the spa. Plug the receiver into
a different outlet so the receiver and spa are on different
branch circuits and if necessary, consult your authorized
Bullfrog Spa dealer or an experienced Radio/Television
Technician for additional suggestions. You may find the
following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications
Commission helpful, How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV
Interference Problems. This booklet is available from the U.S.
Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, and
stock number 004-000-00345-4.
Select and Basic Control Systems
General
The pump responsible for heating and filtration is pump 1.
Timeouts refer to a preset length of time that a function is
programmed to operate before shutting off automatically.
Certain conditions (filter or freeze) can cause a function to
operate longer, while faults can cause a function to operate
for a shorter length of time. The system keeps track of
timeouts regardless of other conditions. NOTE: In multi-button
sequences (shown by the + sign), if subsequent buttons are
pressed too quickly the desired result may not occur.
Initial Startup
Before turning on the power to the spa, make sure the spa is
properly filled with water and the equipment door has been
secured. When your spa is first actuated, it will begin the
Priming mode. The Priming mode will last for up to 4 minutes,
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jets 1
aux
temp
light
Select Control System One Pump
jets 1
jets 2
temp
light
Select Control System Two Pumps
Basic Control System
and then the control system will begin to heat the spa and
maintain the water temperature in the Standard mode. Press
temp to exit the Priming mode early.
Temp Set: 80◦ F-104◦ F (26 ◦ C-40◦ C)
The startup temperature is set to 100◦ F (38◦ C). The last
measured temperature is constantly displayed on the Liquid
Crystal Display (LCD). NOTE: The spa temperature displayed
is only current when the pump has been running for at least
2 minutes.
Press temp once to display the set temperature. To change
the set temperature, press temp a second time before the
LCD stops flashing. Press temp additional times to increase or
decrease the set temperature. After 3 seconds, the LCD will
automatically display the last measured temperature.
NOTE: To reverse the temperature adjustment direction,
pause 3-5 seconds between pressing temp.
Spa Operating Modes
A multi-button sequence is used to switch between Standard,
Economy, and Sleep modes. Press temp + light to enter mode
programming. Press temp to cycle through to desired mode,
then press light to confirm selection.
LED Light (optional)
Press light to toggle the LED light on and off. Press light + light
to shift through the color options. The light will turn off
automatically after 4 hours.
Standby Mode (Sby)
Standby Mode idles all of the spa’s functions. This is helpful
when changing a filter or a JetPak. Press temp then jets 2 or
aux to start mode. Press any button to exit this mode.
To program, press temp + jets 1. Press temp to select the filter
duration. Press jets 1 to select the number of filter cycles. The
display will show dn (day and night), d (day only), or n (night
only). Press temp to adjust. Press jets 1 to exit the program. For
continuous filtration, use F12 and dn. NOTE: Allowing the filter
pump to operate for extended periods of time with the cover
on the spa will result in a rise of the spa water temperature.
During warmer months of the year, it is advisable to set the
duration of the filtration cycle to the minimum level needed
to keep the water clean.
Jets 1
Press jets 1 to turn pump 1 on and off and to shift between
low and high speeds. If left running, the low speed will turn off
after 4 hours and the high speed will turn off after 30 minutes.
When the low speed turns on automatically, it cannot be
turned off from the control panel.
NOTE: When in standard mode, the low speed of pump 1 may
activate for at least 2 minutes every 30 minutes to detect the
spa temperature and will heat to set temperature (if
needed).
Jets 2 (optional)
With a two pump system, press jets 2 to turn pump 2 on or off
and to shift between low and high speeds. If left running, the
pump will turn off automatically after 15 minutes. NOTE: If the
spa does not have two pumps, the jets 2 button will be
labeled aux.
Auxiliary Jet(s) Control
An optional auxiliary control pad(s)
on the side of the spa can also
activate the pump(s). NOTE: This
option is not available on Tadpole
Hot Tub models.
Preset Filter Cycles
The pump and ozone purifier* will run during filtration. At the
start of each filter cycle, pump 2 will run for 5 minutes to clean
out the JetPaks™ and JetPods™ associated with pump 2.
There are two filter cycles per day. The first filter cycle begins 6
minutes after the spa is powered up. The second filter cycle
begins 12 hours later. Filter duration is programmable for 1-12
hours (F1-F12). The default filter time is 2 hours per cycle.
Freeze Protection
If the temperature drops to 44◦ F (7◦C) within the heater, the
pump automatically activates to provide freeze protection.
The pump will stay on 4 minutes after the sensor has detected
the temperature has reached 45◦ F (7◦ C) or higher.
Cleanup Cycle (optional)
A cleanup cycle begins 30 minutes after the pump is turned
off or times out. The pump and ozone purifier* will run for 1
hour. NOTE: To activate this feature, contact your authorized
Bullfrog Spa dealer.
*Ozone Purifier (optional)
The ozone purifier runs during filter cycles (except when pump
1 is operating on high speed or when pump 2 is running on
any speed) and during clean-up cycles.
Light
Press light to toggle the light on and off.
The light will turn off automatically after 4 hours.
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Operation
• Standard Mode (Std): maintains the desired temperature of
the spa. Std will appear on the display momentarily when
you switch into Standard mode.
• Economy Mode (Ecn): heats the spa to the set temperature
only during filter cycles. Ecn will appear solid in the display
when the spa is heating and will flash intermittently when
the spa is not heating. Press jets 1 while in Economy mode
to place the spa in Standard-In-Economy mode (SE), which
operates the same as Standard mode, however; it will revert
to Economy mode automatically after 1 hour.
• Sleep Mode (SLP): heats the spa to within 20◦ F (11◦ C) of the
set temperature only during filter cycles. SLP will appear on
the display until the mode is changed.
Operation
Premier Control System
(Bullfrog Spa models only)
General
The pump responsible for heating and filtration is pump 1.
Timeouts refer to a preset length of time that a function is
programmed to operate before shutting off automatically.
Certain conditions (filter or freeze) can cause a function
to operate longer, while faults can cause a function to
operate for a shorter length of time. The system keeps track
of timeouts regardless of other conditions. NOTE: In multibutton sequences (shown by the + sign), if subsequent
buttons are pressed too quickly the desired result may not
occur.
TM
F1
F2
time
warmer
light
option
mode/prog
cooler
jets 1
aux
PL
TL
Premier Control System One Pump
TM
F1
Initial Startup
Before turning on the power to the spa, make sure the spa is
properly filled with water and the equipment door has been
secured. When your spa is first actuated, it will begin the
Priming mode. The Priming mode will last for up to 4 minutes,
and then the control system will begin to heat the spa and
maintain the water temperature in the Standard mode. Press
warmer or cooler to exit the Priming mode early.
Icon Legend
Heat Icon - Indicates different stages of
heating.
Jets Icon - Spins fast on high speed/spins
slow on low speed
Light Icon
Setting the Time
Once the spa has been properly connected the TIME icon
will appear on the control panel’s liquid crystal display (LCD).
Press time + mode/prog. Select the hour by pressing warmer
or cooler. (Each press changes the time by 1 hour.) Press
mode/prog to switch to minutes. Select minutes by pressing
warmer or cooler. (Each press changes the time by 1 minute.)
Press time to confirm. Press mode/prog to exit the time setting
procedure and enter the optional filter cycle programming.
Press mode/prog to exit programming.
NOTE: Time settings are not preserved in the event of a power
loss.
Filter Cycles
NOTE: At the start of each filter cycle, the lowest speed of
pump 2 will run for 5 minutes to clean out the JetPaks ™ and
JetPods ™ associated with pump 2. NOTE: Allowing the filter
pump to operate for extended periods of time with the cover
on the spa will result in a rise of the spa water temperature.
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F2
time
warmer
light
option
mode/prog
cooler
jets 1
jets 2
PL
TL
Premier Control System Two Pumps
During warmer months of the year, it is advisable to set the
duration of the filtration cycle to the minimum level needed
to keep the water clean. NOTE: The pump and ozone purifier*
will run during filtration.
Preset Filter Cycles: Your spa came programmed from the
factory with these defaults. There are two filter cycles per
day. The first filter cycle will automatically activate at 8:00
a.m. and will operate for 2 hours. The second filter cycle will
automatically activate at 8:00 p.m. and will operate for 2
hours. The start and end times of the filter cycles are
programmable. To program, set time as instructed in Setting
the Time and follow the instructions in Custom Filter Cycles.
Custom Filter Cycles: To program custom filter cycle
settings, press time + mode/prog + mode/prog + mode/prog
within 3 seconds. The PROGRAM, FILTER 1, and START TIME
icons will appear on the display. Press warmer or cooler to
choose the filter start time hour. Press mode/prog to enter the
hour. Press warmer or cooler to choose the filter start time
minutes. Each press changes the start time by 5 minutes. Press
mode/prog to enter the minutes. Press mode/prog to see the
PROGRAM, FILTER 1, and END TIME icons. Adjust the time as
done above. Press mode/prog to see the PROGRAM, FILTER 2,
and START TIME icons. Proceed as above. Press mode/prog to
see PROGRAM, FILTER 2, and END TIME icons. Adjust the time
as previously stated. Press mode/prog to enter the new filter
cycle times into the system and display the current water
temperature. Press time at any time during this programming
sequence to save the values entered up to that point and
exit programming.
Press warmer or cooler once to display the set temperature.
Press warmer or cooler again to increase or decrease the
temperature. After three seconds, the LCD will automatically
display the last measured spa temperature.
Spa Operating Modes
A multi-button sequence is used to switch between Standard,
Economy, and Sleep modes. Press mode/prog to enter mode,
press cooler to cycle through modes, press mode/prog to
confirm selection.
• Standard Mode (Std): maintains the desired temperature.
The Standard icon will display.
• Economy Mode (Ecn): heats the spa to the set temperature
only during filter cycles. Press jets 1 while in Economy mode
to put the spa in Standard-In-Economy mode (SE), which
operates the same as Standard mode, however, it will revert
to Economy mode automatically after 1 hour. The Economy
icon will display.
• Sleep Mode (SLP): heats the spa to within 20◦ F (11◦ C) of the
set temperature during filter cycles only. The Sleep icon
will display.
Standby Mode (Sby)
Standby Mode idles all of the spa’s functions. This is helpful
when changing a filter or a JetPak. Press temp then jets 2 or
aux to start mode. Press any button to exit this mode.
Jets 1
Press jets 1 to turn pump 1 on and off and to shift between
low and high speeds. The low speed will turn off after 4 hours
and the high speed will turn off after 30 minutes. When the
low speed turns on automatically, it cannot be turned off
from the control panel. NOTE: When in standard mode, the
low speed of pump 1 may activate for at least 2 minutes
every 30 minutes to detect the spa temperature and will
heat to set temperature if needed.
Jets 2 (optional)
Press jets 2 once to turn pump 2 on and off and to shift
between low and high speeds. If left running, the pump will
turn off after 30 minutes. NOTE: If the spa does not have two
pumps, the jets 2 button will be labeled aux.
Option
This button does nothing by itself; however, it is used as part of
the Invert sequence described as follows.
Invert Display
Press warmer or cooler + option to change the direction of
the information on the display.
Light
Press light to toggle the light on and off. The light will turn off
automatically after 4 hours.
LED Light (optional)
Press light to toggle the light on and off. Press light + light to
shift through color options. The light will turn off automatically
after 4 hours.
Freeze Protection
If the temperature drops to 44◦ F (7◦ C) within the heater, the
pump automatically activates to provide freeze protection.
The pump will stay on 4 minutes after the sensor has detected
the temperature has reached 45 ◦ F (7◦ C) or higher.
Cleanup Cycle (optional)
A cleanup cycle begins 30 minutes after the pump is turned
off or times out. The pump and ozone purifier* will run for 1
hour. NOTE: To activate this feature, contact your authorized
Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Locking the Panel
Press time + jets 1 + warmer within 3 seconds. When locked,
the Panel Lock (PL) indicator light will light. All buttons will be
frozen except the time button. To unlock the panel, press time
+ jets 1 + cooler.
Locking the Set Temperature
Press warmer or cooler + time + jets 1 + warmer within 3
seconds to activate the lock. The TL indicator light will light
when the set temperature is locked. To unlock the set
temperature, press warmer or cooler + time + jets 1 + cooler.
*Ozone Purifier (optional)
The ozone purifier runs during filter cycles (except when pump
1 is operating on high speed or when pump 2 is running on
any speed) and during clean-up cycles.
Auxiliary Jet(s) Control
An optional auxiliary control pad(s) on the side of the spa
can also activate the pump(s).
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Operation
Temp Set: 80 ◦ F-104 ◦ F (26◦ C-40◦ C)
The startup temperature is set to 100◦ F (38◦ C). The last
measured temperature is constantly displayed on the LCD.
NOTE: The spa temperature displayed is only current when
the pump has been running for at least 2 minutes.
Operation
Diagnostic Message (for all control Systems)
Message
Meaning
Action Required
No message on display. Power has been
The control panel will be disabled until power returns. Spa settings are preserved
cut off to the spa.
until the next power-up.
Overheat - The spa has shut down. One
DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. Remove the spa cover and allow water to cool. Once the
of the sensors has detected that the spa
heater has cooled, reset by pushing any button. If spa does not reset, shut off the
water is 118°F (47.8°C) at the heater.
power to the spa and contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Overheat - The spa has shut down. One
DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. Remove the spa cover and allow water to cool. At 107°F
of the sensors has detected that the spa
(41.7°C), the spa should automatically reset. If spa does not reset, shut off the power
water is 110°F (43.3°C).
to the spa and contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Ice – Potential freeze conditions
No action is required. The pumps will automatically activate regardless of spa
detected.
status.
Spa has shutdown.
The sensor plugged into sensor “A” jack is not working. The error may appear
temporarily in an overheat situation and disappear once the heater cools. If the
problem persists, contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Spa has shutdown.
The sensor plugged into sensor “B” jack is not working. The error may appear
temporarily in an overheat situation and disappear once the heater cools. If the
problem persists, contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Spa has shutdown.
Sensors are out of balance. If this is alternating with the temperature, it may just be
temporary. If the problem persists, contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
A difference between the temperature
This could indicate a flow problem. Check water level in spa. Refill if necessary. If the
sensors was detected.
water level is acceptable, make sure the pumps have been primed. If the problem
persists, contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Heater is shut down, but other spa
Persistent low flow problems. Follow the instructions for the HFL message. Heating
functions run normally (displays on the
capacity of the spa will not reset automatically. Press any button to reset.
5th occurrence of the HFL message
within a 24-hour period).
Inadequate water detected in heater.
Check water level in spa. Refill if necessary. If the water level is okay, make sure the
pumps have been primed. Press any button to reset.
Spa is shut down (displays on the 3
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rd
Inadequate water detected in the heater. Follow the actions listed for the dr
occurrence of the dr message).
message. The spa will not reset automatically. Press any button to reset.
When your spa is first actuated, it will go
The Priming mode will last for up to 4 minutes and then the spa will begin to heat
into Priming mode.
and maintain the water temperature in the Standard mode.
Temperature not yet known.
This is normal within the first few minutes of the spa power up.
Temperature not yet known.
This is normal within the first few minutes of the spa power up.
Internal problem detected.
Repair required. Contact your authorized dealer or service organization.
Meaning
Action Required
The spa is operating in Standard mode.
Temperature display is current after pump has been running for at least 2 minutes.
Operation
Message
Press temp followed by light to switch modes.
The spa is operating in Economy mode.
Ecn will appear solid on the display when the temperature is not current. Ecn will
alternate with the temperature when the temperature is current. Press temp
followed by light to switch modes.
The spa is operating Standard-in-
Operates the same as Standard mode; however it will revert to Economy mode
Economy mode.
after 1 hour. Press temp + light to switch directly to Economy mode.
The spa is in Sleep mode.
Press temp + light to switch modes.
The spa is in Standby mode.
Press any button to exit mode and return to normal operation.
Periodic Reminder Messages (On Premier Control Panel, press mode/prog to reset a displayed reminder. On Select and Basic
Control Panels, press temp + light to reset a displayed reminder.)
Every 7 days
Test and adjust chemical levels per manufacturer’s instructions.
Every 7 days
Test and adjust chemical levels per manufacturer’s instructions.
Every 30 days
Remove, clean, and reinstall filter per manufacturer’s instructions.
Every 30 days
Test and reset GFCI per manufacturer’s instructions.
Every 90 days
Drain and refill spa per manufacturer’s instructions.
Every 180 days
Clean and condition cover per manufacturer’s instructions.
Every 180 days
Clean and condition cabinet per manufacturer’s instructions.
Every 365 days
Install new filter.
WARNING! SHOCK HAZARD! No User Serviceable Parts.
Do not attempt service of this control system. Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer or service organization for assistance. Follow all
power connection instructions listed in this manual. Installation must be performed by a licensed Electrician and all grounding connections
must be properly installed.
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Operation
JetPaks™
Interchanging JetPaks
Step 1: Put the spa in Standby mode, this will prevent
the pump(s) from activating (see Control System).
Step 4: Loosen the two PVC unions, pull the manifold
out from in between the two water unions and remove
the JetPak from the JetPod ™.
Step 2: Carefully, remove the head rest by
lifting upwards.
Step 3: Push the JetPak™ forward until you have enough
room to reach the two PVC water unions and
air-line union.
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Step 5: Disconnect the air line union.
Operation
IMPORTANT: Spa models with two pumps have two
different JetZones™. These JetZones are divided by a
JetZone Divider™. Never operate the spa without the
JetZone divider in place. Doing so will cause serious
damage to the pumps. In addition, interchanging
JetPaks™ from one JetZone to another may result in
improper water flow to one or more JetPaks. Do not
install the JetZone Divider in either the first or the last
seat. If you have questions or problems, see the
JetZones section or contact your authorized Bullfrog
Spa dealer.
NOTE: The NeckBlaster™ JetPak (J4) will only fit in the
Lounger or Recliner (corner seats). Due to its large
amounts of plumbing and jets, the NeckBlaster will not
fit in a Bucket (middle or wall seat).
Step 6: Exchange JetPaks™.
Step 7: Reattach the JetPaks by reversing steps 1-5.
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Operation
Jetting
Jet Types
Depending on the design, your spa comes with a
Verta’ssage
Adjustable: No
unique combination of the following jets:
Neck
Adjustable: Yes
Handheld
Adjustable: No
Cluster Storm
Adjustable: Yes
Jumbo Storm
Adjustable: Yes
Shower
Adjustable: No
Duo
Adjustable: No
Interchangeable with
Duo-Blaster
Duo-Blaster
Adjustable: No
Interchangeable with
Duo
Whirlpool
Adjustable: Yes
Interchangeable Jets
Certain jets allow for interchangeable jet nozzles.
Always contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer
before attempting to modify the jetting on your spa.
Adjustable Jets
To adjust the water pressure on the jets, simply turn the
Micro VSR
Adjustable: Yes
Storm Roto
Adjustable: Yes
Interchangeable with
Storm Massage
Storm Massage
Adjustable: Yes
Interchangeable with
Storm Roto
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outer ring.
• To increase jet water pressure, turn the outer
ring clockwise
• To decrease jet water pressure, turn the outer ring
counter clockwise
NOTE: Never shut all the jets off at the same time.
JetZones™
Operation
Spas powered by two pumps provide a unique feature
called JetZones. A JetZone™ is a region of jets powered
by the same pump. With JetZones, you decide which
JetPaks™ are powered by each pump. Two-pump spas
have two JetZones.
Each pump (on two-pump models only) provides
water flow to its own JetZone. Each JetZone can be
customized with the use of a JetZone Divider™
(included).
By simply moving the JetZone Divider, you can
increase or decrease the number of JetPaks that are
powered by a particular pump, thus creating a new
JetZone. By adding JetPaks to a particular JetZone, you
will decrease the power to that zone. By removing
JetPaks from a particular zone, you will increase the
power to that zone. To Create a New JetZone:
Step 1: Remove the JetPaks by following steps 1-5 in
Interchanging JetPaks of the JetPak section.
Step 2: Loosen the two PVC unions, pull the manifold
out from the two water unions and remove the JetPak
from the JetPod .
™
WARNING: Never operate the spa without the
JetZone Divider in place or by installing the JetZone
Divider in the first or the last seat. Doing so may cause
Step 3: Remove the JetZone Divider and reinstall the
serious damage to the pumps.
divider in a location of your choice (never install in
either the first or the last seat).
Step 4: Reattach the JetPaks by reversing the JetPak
removal procedure.
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Maintenance
Maintenance
Water Chemistry
Tap water that is safe to drink is not always safe for a spa.
Normal tap water is usually filled with minerals and microcontaminants that are not visible to the naked eye. Properly
testing and treating your spa water is essential for the health
of the spa as well as the people using it. Proper chemical
maintenance will help control and prevent the following:
• Bacteria, algae, and fungi, which can spread disease and
infection to humans
• Staining and scale build-up on the spa shell, equipment,
and piping
• Clogged filters
CAUTION: Important Instructions. Always:
Follow chemical manufacturers’ instructions
Use an accurate test kit to perform all chemical tests
Never mix chemicals
Add chemicals directly to the spa, evenly spreading the
chemicals over the surface of the water or use an
appropriate feeding or metering device
• Run the filter pump on high speed for at least 15 minutes
after applying chemicals
• Check chemical levels often
• Note that names of spa chemicals will vary from one
manufacturer to another
• Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer with questions
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Overview of Water Chemistry
Water Quality Maintenance
Maintaining the quality of the spa water within specified limits
will enhance your enjoyment of the spa and prolong the life
of its equipment. It is a fairly simple task, but it requires regular
maintaining because the water chemistry involved is a
balance of several factors. There is no simple formula and
there is no avoiding it. A careless attitude regarding water
maintenance will result in poor and potentially unhealthful
conditions for bathing and possible damage to your spa. For
specific guidance on maintaining water quality, consult your
authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer who can recommend
appropriate chemical products for sanitizing and maintaining
your spa.
Sanitation
Sanitizers kill bacteria and viruses and keep the water clean.
A low sanitizer level will allow bacteria and viruses to grow
quickly in the spa water. To raise the sanitizer level, simply add
an approved sanitizer. A high sanitizer level can cause
discomfort to eyes, lungs and skin. To lower the sanitizer level,
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simply wait – the sanitizer level will naturally drop over time.
Effective and safe sanitizers include Granular Chlorine
(Dichlor-type only) and Granular Bromine.
NOTE: Increased use of the spa (or in the number of users of
the spa) will result in the need to increase the amount of
sanitizer required to maintain the recommended sanitizer
level.
NOTE: Ozone purification is recommended only as a
supplement to the above sanitizers. The Bullfrog WellSpring™
Ozone Purifiers greatly enhance the quality of the spa water
when used in conjunction with an industry standard spa
chemical maintenance program.
CAUTION: Never use ozone as a single-source sanitizer,
water clarifer, stain & scale inhibitor or foam inhibitor.
WARNING: Trichlor Chlorine tablets should never be used in
a portable spa. Dissolve rate, potency and the extreme low
pH of this chemical can cause severe damage to the spa
surface and components. Use of Trichlor Chlorine tablets will
void the warranty.
WARNING: Bromine and Dichlor tablets are also not
recommended as an acceptable sanitizer in a Bullfrog
Spa or Tadpole Hot Tub unless in an appropriate feeding
or metering device. Inconsistency in its application and
excessive Bromine or Chlorine in the spa can cause surface
damage and component failure. Use of either of these
sanitizer tablets in any automatic “floating-type” tablet
feeder will require more frequent monitoring and testing.
Misuse of Bromine or Dichlor tablets will void the warranty.
WARNING: Products containing Baguanide (Baqua) are
also not recommended for use in your spa. These products
are known to deteriorate light lenses, pump seals and other
spa components. Misuse of Baquanide products will void the
warranty.
Super Sanitation
Normal sanitation does not eliminate Chloramines (trapped
Chlorine), Bromamines (trapped Bromine), along with other
non-filterable wastes, such as perspiration, oils, hair sprays,
etc. that can build up in the water. These substances make
the water unattractive in appearance and odor, and can
interfere with sanitizer effectiveness. Super Sanitizing (or
“shocking” or “Super Chlorinating”) the spa water is achieved
when the sanitizer level reaches or exceeds 10.0 PPM with
granular Chlorine (Dichlor), or 22.0 PPM with granular
Bromine (Bromine concentrate). Super Sanitation can also be
achieved with a non-Chlorine shock (Potassium
When Super Sanitizing your spa water, and providing that you
are available to attend to the safety of any children present,
you should allow the high level of sanitizer to off-gas by
opening the spa cover at least half way for a minimum of 20
minutes. Failure to allow high concentrations of sanitizer to
off-gas with the spa cover open will cause the underneath
side of the cover to discolor and degrade. Such damage to
the spa cover is not covered under the terms of your spa’s
warranty.
WARNING: Never leave an open spa unattended,
especially if there are children present.
IMPORTANT: Always allow the chlorine level to fall below 5.0
PPM (11.0 with Bromine) before entering the spa water.
pH Control
Proper pH balance is extremely important in providing water
that is comfortable to the user, and preventing damage to
the spa and equipment. The measure of acidity and basicity
in the water is called pH. The pH scale ranges from 0-14.
Levels of pH less than 7.0 are acidic while pH levels greater
than 7.0 are basic. The proper pH range for a spa is 7.4-7.6.
High pH levels (greater than 7.6) can cause scale build-up on
the spa and its equipment, cloudy water, a prematurely dirty
filter, and less effective sanitation. To correct high pH levels,
add a pH decreaser.
Low pH levels (less than 7.4): can cause discomfort to the spa
users, rapid dissipation of sanitizer, and corrosion to the spa
equipment. To increase pH levels, add a pH increaser.
NOTE: Never use Muriatic or Hydrochloric acid to adjust pH as
it can damage the spa shell and surrounding components.
Total Alkalinity (TA)
TA is the quantitative measurement of alkaline components
(carbonates and bicarbonates) present in water, which if
properly adjusted, act as a buffer against rapid pH changes.
Proper total alkalinity levels are important to ensure optimal
chemical balance in spas. Low TA can cause the pH to be
unstable causing the water to be corrosive or scale forming
to the spa and its equipment. To correct low TA, add a Total
Alkalinity Increaser. High TA can cause scale build-up, cloudy
water, as well as other pH problems. If the spa water has
high TA, contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer
for assistance.
Calcium Hardness (CH)
CH is the measure of dissolved calcium in the water. Low CH
(soft water) can stain the spa surface as well as cause
corrosion to the spa and its equipment. To correct low CH,
add a CH Increaser. High CH (hard water) can cause cloudy
water as well as rough scale build-up on the spa surface and
equipment. If the spa water has high CH, it is preferable to
either dilute the water’s hardness by blending the water with
water from a water softener, or by the addition of a special
water softening chemical (contact your authorized Bullfrog
Spa dealer). IMPORTANT: Never fill the entire spa with soft
water unless an appropriate mineral supplement is
immediately added (contact your authorized Bullfrog
Spa dealer).
Stain and Scale Control
Stain and scale problems are common in hot water
environments. To help prevent and control staining and
scaling, add a Stain and Scale Inhibitor.
Foam Control
Spa water that is polluted with body oils and lotions,
combined with high water temperatures, can cause
excessive surface foaming. For a temporary fix, add a Foam
Remover. The best way to control foam is to Super Sanitize the
water; this will destroy the soap agents that normal levels of
sanitizer will not.
Cloudy Water Prevention and Control
There are two basic reasons that spa water becomes
cloudy. Non-filterable liquid waste (e.g. perspiration) have
contaminated the water. To remove these substances, Super
Sanitize the water. Or, non-filterable micro-particulate waste
(e.g. dust) has contaminated the water. To remove these
substances use a Water Clarifier.
Starting the Spa with New Water
IMPORTANT: Never fill the spa with soft water unless an
appropriate mineral supplement is immediately added. If
your water is extremely hard, it is preferable to either dilute
the water’s hardness by blending the water with water from a
water softener, or by the addition of a special water softening
chemical. For more information, contact your authorized
Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Step 1: Add the prescribed dose of Stain and Scale Inhibitor
while filling the spa. This will provide the initial protection
against staining and scaling. Once the spa is filled, add the
prescribed dose of Water Clarifier. This will clear the water of
any micro-particulates that may be in the new water.
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Maintenance
Peroxymonosulfate or equivalent). Contact your authorized
Bullfrog Spa dealer for assistance.
Maintenance
Step 2: If possible, have your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer
test the calcium hardness (CH) of your spa water. Adjust the
CH to 150-200 parts per million (PPM).
Step 3: Test and adjust the Total Alkalinity (TA). TA should
measure 125 to 150 PPM.
Step 4: Test and adjust the pH. Water pH should measure
7.4 to 7.6.
Step 5: After the spa water has circulated for 1 hour,
Super Sanitize the water by adding 2 teaspoons (10cc) of
Granular Chlorine (Dichlor-type only) or 4 teaspoons (20cc)
of Granular Bromine per 200 gallons (909.2l) of spa water. (For
complete details, refer to the Super Sanitation section.) After
several hours, check sanitizer level and adjust, if necessary, to
the following:
Without Ozone
With Ozone
Chlorine Level
3.0-5.0 PPM*
2.0-4.0 PPM
Bromine Level
6.7-11.0 PPM
5.7-10.0 PPM
*PPM=Parts per million
IMPORTANT: Do not enter the spa water until the sanitizer
range is within the above stated boundaries. NOTE: If the
sanitizer level is too high, simply wait as the sanitizer level will
naturally drop over time.
Step 6: Startup water chemistry is now complete. However, it
may take several days for the filter to completely clear the
water.
Maintaining Spa Water
Sanitizer and pH Levels
It is important to test and adjust the sanitizer and pH levels of
your spa on a frequent basis. These tests should be performed
prior to each use of the spa. At a minimum, it is
recommended that you test the spa water 2-3 times a week,
regardless of use.
Always test the pH level before you test the sanitizer level. If
the pH level is not within the correct range (7.4-7.6), make the
necessary adjustments.
With each sanitizer test, use either granular Chlorine
(Dichlor-type only) or granular Bromine to maintain the
following levels:
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Without Ozone
With Ozone
Chlorine Level
3.0-5.0 PPM
2.0-4.0 PPM
Bromine Level
6.7-11.0 PPM
5.7-10.0 PPM
IMPORTANT: To maintain the level of sanitizer with Bromine or
Chlorine (Dichlor-type only) tablets, contact your authorized
Bullfrog Spa dealer for assistance.
Super Sanitation
Super Sanitize the water once a week by adding one of the
following:
• 2 teaspoons (10cc) of granular Chlorine per 200 gallons
(909.2l) of water
• 4 teaspoons (20cc) of granular Bromine per 200 gallons
(909.2l) of water
NOTE: To Super Sanitize your spa water using a non-chlorine
shock (Potassium Peroxymonosulfate or equivalent) refer to
the chemical manufacturer’s instructions or see your
authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer for assistance.
NOTE: Super sanitation may be required more than once per
week for heavy usage.
Stain and Scale Control
Use a Stain and Scale Inhibitor per the manufacturer’s
instructions. Add the chemical 3-4 days after Super
Sanitation.
Foam Control
Use a Foam Remover per the manufacturer’s instructions as
needed.
Cloudy Water Prevention and Control
Use a Water Clarifier per the manufacturer’s instructions. Add
the chemical 3-4 days after Super Sanitation.
Water Chemistry Troubleshooting
Prior to each spa use, check the water. If the water appears
cloudy or off-color, has significant surface foam, or excessively
smells of chlorine or bromine, than water needs to be treated
or drained. Using the spa in these conditions could result in a
skin rash or irritation or possibly an infection or other serious
health risk. For assistance in handling spa water chemistry,
contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer or another
service center capable of performing a computerized water
analysis.
Changing Spa Water
IMPORTANT: Drain your spa to an area that can handle a
large quantity of water. If draining water onto vegetation,
make sure that the sanitizer level (Chlorine or Bromine
level) of the water is less than 0.5 PPM.
WARNING: Avoid drainage that can lead into basement
window wells.
To Drain Your Spa:
Step 1: Disconnect electrical power supply.
Step 2: Remove equipment compartment door.
Step 1: Remove garden hose from drain hose.
Step 2: Replace drain hose cap.
Step 3: To avoid air pockets in the pump(s), refill the spa
with water by placing the hose into the filter compartment
through the Weir door. Fill to the water level indication on
the faceplate of the filter assembly.
Step 4: Restore electrical power supply.
Step 5: Press any button to reset the control system.
Step 6: Reattach the equipment compartment door.
Step 7: Following instructions in Starting the Spa with New
Water.
IMPORTANT: Never fill the spa with soft water unless an
appropriate mineral supplement is immediately added. If
your water is extremely hard, it is preferable to either
dilute the water’s hardness by blending the water with
water from a water softener, or by the addition of a
special water softening chemical. For more information,
see your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
NOTE: The higher the water level in the spa, the fewer spa
users it will be able to handle.
Step 3: Locate the drain hose.
Step 4: Lift the drain hose higher than the water level in
the spa.
Step 5: Remove drain hose cap.
Step 6: Connect a garden hose to the drain hose.
Step 7: Lower to ground level and drain.
NOTE: For faster draining, you can purchase a
PowerDrain™ from your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer. For
steps to drain the spa using the PowerDrain, please see
the PowerDrain product usage instructions that are
included with this accessory.
To Refill Your Spa:
WARNING: When refilling the spa, always Super Sanitize
the new water by adhering to the instructions in the Water
Chemistry section.
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Maintenance
As you use your spa, soap and detergent residues from your
skin and bathing suits, along with other substances from
maintaining the spa’s water chemistry will accumulate in the
spa water and make maintaining the water more difficult.
Rinsing your bathing suits, and showering without soap, prior
to entering your spa will increase the life of your spa water.
Depending upon usage, the spa water will need to be
changed every 1-4 months or when the water chemical levels
become difficult to manage. When changing spa water,
remove all JetPaks ™. Clean the JetPod ™ areas with a spa
surface cleaner. See Spa Shell Care. Clean the plumbing
areas on the back of the JetPaks with a spa surface cleaner
and a long, soft bristle brush.
Maintenance
Filter Cleaning
It is recommended that the filter cartridge(s) be
cleaned every 3-6 weeks or as needed. Replace the
filter cartridge(s) every 1-2 years or when necessary.
To maintain warranty protection, use only genuine
Bullfrog Filter Cartridge replacements. To clean your
filter cartridge(s), complete the following:
Step 1: Place the spa in Standby mode.
Step 2: Remove FilterCap™.
Step 3: Remove cartridge(s).
Step 4: Using a garden hose with a nozzle or other
high-pressure device, clean cartridge(s). Work top to
bottom on each pleat.
• To remove collected suntan lotions or body oils, soak
cartridge(s) in warm water with a Filter Cleaner or
detergent.
• To remove calcium deposits, soak cartridge(s) in a
plastic container using a 1:10 ratio of Muriatic acid to
water solution. Calcium deposits indicate a high spa
pH, which should be corrected.
Step 5: Reinstall cartridge(s) and FilterCap.
Step 6: Press any button to reset the control system.
To ease the burden of cleaning a filter cartridge,
consider Bullfrog’s SpinClean™ filter cleaning device
(see JetPaks and Accessories or contact your
authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer).
IMPORTANT: Using a brush to clean a filter cartridge
could cause damage to the cartridge.
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Light Bulb and LED Replacement
Ozone Purifier Replacement
IMPORTANT: The indicator light will not be on when any jets
button has been activated manually. The light will remain off
for 30 minutes thereafter.
NOTE: If the indicator light does not turn on during automatic
filter pump operation, contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa
dealer for service.
To replace a burned out or defective light bulb or LED,
complete the following:
Step 1: Turn off the electrical power at the breaker box.
Step 2: Remove the equipment compartment door.
Step 3: Locate the back of the light fixture.
For standard light bulb replacement:
Step 4: Grasp the light bulb holder (located on the back of
the light fixture) and twist counter-clockwise to release the
light from the fixture.
Step 5: Remove the light bulb by pulling it straight out of the
light bulb holder.
Step 6: Replace the light bulb and reinstall the light bulb
holder.
For LED replacement:
Step 4: Insert a small standard screwdriver into the tabbed
slot (see arrow).
Step 5: Carefully pry off the back light fixture cover.
Step 6: Remove the LED assembly by pulling it straight out.
Replace the LED. Reinstall the back cover of light fixture.
For both lighting systems:
Step 7: Replace the equipment compartment door.
Step 8: Restore the electrical power supply.
NOTE: For alternate lighting systems, contact your authorized
Bullfrog Spa dealer.
High-Output Ozone Purifier
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Maintenance
On the front of the Ozone Purifier (optional) is the indicator
light. To verify that the Ozone Purifier is working properly,
check to ensure that the indicator light is glowing while the
filter pump is running during a period when the pump has
been activated automatically.
Maintenance
Spa Shell Care
General Cleaning
For normal cleaning, use a mild dishwashing soap such as
Ivory® liquid or a window cleaner such as Windex ®. For
stubborn stains, use a mild liquid cleaner such as Softscrub ®
or a mild detergent such as Spic And Span ®. To apply these
cleaners, use a soft, damp cloth or sponge. Rinse well and
dry with a clean cloth. To clean hard water stains, remove
light scratches and protect your spa shell, contact your
authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Cleaning the Scum Line
With normal use of the spa, oils, lotions, and hairspray will
build up on the surface of the water. This will leave a scum
line around the perimeter. This can be easily removed using a
spa surface cleaner or its equivalent. Avoid using cleaning
agents that leave suds in the water.
WARNING: Never allow your spa surface to be exposed
to alcohol, acetone (nail polish remover), nail polish,
drycleaning solution, lacquer thinners, gasoline, pine oil,
abrasive cleaners, or any other household chemicals other
than those listed. These chemicals can void the warranty.
JetPak™ Plumbing Care
At least twice a year, or every time spa water is changed,
remove all JetPaks. Clean the plumbing on the back of the
JetPaks with a spa surface cleaner and a long, soft bristle
brush. For cleaning the JetPak acrylic surface, refer to Spa
Shell Care.
Spa Cabinet Care
The EternaWood ™ cabinet components are made to provide
many years of maintenance-free service. For normal
cleaning, use a mild dishwashing soap. For stubborn stains,
contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Spa Cover Care
Your spa cover is warranted by its manufacturer, Sunstar
Enterprises, 255 Redel Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
(800) 438-8677. Although basic instructions are provided
below, it is important that you refer to the Sunstar information
that came with the cover. Sunstar provides detailed
information on caring for your spa cover and what to do to
protect its warranty.
WARNING: A non-secured or improperly secured cover may
pose a safety threat to children and may also cause damage
or injury if blown off by wind. Always remove entire cover
before using the spa.
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IMPORTANT: Do not stand, sit, or place any item on the cover
that could damage it. Gently remove any snow
accumulations over 2” (5.08cm). Do not use any cleaners
other than those recommended by Sunstar Entreprises.
Always secure the cover with all of the cover locks when not
in use, whether the spa is empty or full of water. When Super
Sanitizing your spa, always follow the cover care instructions
provided in the Super Sanitation section.
Cleaning the Spa Cover
At least monthly, clean the spa cover.
Step 1: Remove the cover and lay it down on a flat, clean
surface near a garden hose.
Step 2: Rinse the cover to remove any loose debris.
Step 3: Clean the top (vinyl) of the cover with a mild solution
of dishwashing soap and a soft bristle brush. Using a gentle
circular motion, scrub the cover, careful to not let any of the
cover dry before rinsing with water.
Step 4: Rinse the cover thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth.
Step 5: Use saddle soap (never a petroleum-based product)
to condition the cover per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 6: Wipe and rinse any dirt from the bottom of the cover.
Step 7: Replace the cover and secure the locks.
NOTE: To remove tree sap, use lighter fluid (the type used in
cigarette lighters). Use sparingly. Immediately, apply saddle
soap to the area.
Miscellaneous Care
Cleaning and Protecting the Headrests
Regularly, clean all headrests with mild soap, water, and a
clean cloth. Monthly, use a non-petroleum-based product
such as 303 Aerospace Protectant manufactured by 303
Products, Inc. This will maintain water resistance and luster of
the product. NOTE: Headrest discoloration is caused by
improper water chemistry and is not covered under the
Bullfrog or Tadpole warranty.
Vacuum the Spa
Debris from wind, trees, and users will occasionally accumulate
on the bottom of the spa. The filtration system will remove the
smaller debris; however, debris that is too large or heavy will
have to be removed by a spa vacuum. If you do not have a
spa vacuum, contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Freeze Prevention
WARNING: Prior to winterizing your spa, it will be necessary
to Super Sanitize the spa water as per the instructions in the
Water Chemistry section. This procedure will help prevent the
growth of bacteria, algae and fungi in any areas of plumbing
that may not be fully free of water after you drain your spa for
its period of winterization.
Step 1: Drain the water.
Low-Use or No-Use Periods
During certain times of the year, you may not use the spa on
a frequent basis. For these low-use or no-use periods,
consider the following:
Step 2: Remove the drain plug from the pump(s), loosen all
PVC pipe unions, and pump air-bleed valves in the
equipment compartment. Do not replace the plugs, tighten
the unions or close the air-bleed valves until the spa is dewinterized.
Low Use or No Use for less than Two Weeks
Step 3: Clean the entire spa.
No Use for Two to Six Weeks
Step 4: Remove filter cartridge(s) and clean. Allow filter to
dry fully and store in a dry place.
Do not make any changes.
If the spa will not be used for at least two weeks, lower the
temperature to the lowest setting of 80◦ F (26 ◦ C) or place in
Sleep Mode. Lowering the temperature will cut the cost of
operation, however; you will need to adjust the temperature
setting approximately 4 hours before use in order to heat the
spa to 100◦ F (38◦ C).
IMPORTANT: During all low- and no-use periods, be sure to
maintain the spa water as per the instructions in the Water
Chemistry section.
IMPORTANT: For all no-use periods, and on a weekly basis,
be sure to have someone visually check that the spa is
functioning correctly and to also maintain the spa water as
per the instructions under the Water Chemistry section. Not
doing so may lead to corrosion, staining, and/or scaling to
the spa and its equipment. During periods of freezing
temperatures, a spa that has malfunctioned may be subject
to damaged plumbing or equipment as a result of ice
buildup within the spa. If the spa cannot be checked and
maintained on a weekly basis, then consider winterization.
Winterization (No use for over six weeks)
When you are not planning to use the spa for six or more
weeks, or when someone is not able to maintain the spa on a
weekly basis, you should winterize the spa. To winterize, follow
these steps:
Step 5: Secure the cover to the spa utilizing the tie downs
and locking system. In areas where heavy snow is anticipated,
place a large piece of plywood (or its equivalent) on top of
the spa cover to assist in supporting the cover with the added
weight of the snow. Remove snow off the cover following
each snow storm.
WARNING: To avoid water from becoming trapped
between the floor suction fitting and the filter pipe close the
slice valve in front of the pump leading to the filter. Use a wet/
dry vacuum to remove the remaining water out of pipe by
placing the vacuum end over the filter hole. In a two-pump
spa, first plug off one filter then vacuum out the water. Or
pour 1-2 gallons (4.55-9.09l) of RV antifreeze into the filter hole.
NOTE: RV antifreeze is nontoxic and does not require
evacuation at start up.
Spa De-Winterization
To de-winterize the spa, reverse the Winterization procedure.
Refill to the water level mark.
WARNING: Whenever refilling the spa, it will be necessary to
Super Sanitize the new spa water. Instructions are found in the
Water Chemistry section.
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Maintenance/Low-Use or No-Use Periods
In regions where low temperatures fall below 5 F (-15 C), it is
recommended that a 2” (5.08cm) insulation board or blanket
be secured to the backside of the spa equipment
compartment door. IMPORTANT: When daytime outside
temperatures reach 60 F (15.6 C), the equipment
compartment insulation must be removed to prevent
overheating of the equipment.
Service
Service
Before requesting service from your dealer, refer to the
Troubleshooting section to determine the necessary
course of action. If the problem cannot be solved
using the Troubleshooting Guide, contact your
authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Warranty Service
If the spa falls within the warranty period and within
the scope of the warranty, contact your authorized
Bullfrog Spa dealer to schedule a service call. You will
be required to show proof of purchase. NOTE: Damage
caused by repairs made by someone other than an
authorized Bullfrog Spa technician will void the
spa’s warranty.
Non-Warranty Service
An authorized Bullfrog Spa technician should perform
all repairs that fall outside of the warranty coverage or
beyond the warranty period. If you are not able to use
an authorized technician, you should use genuine
Bullfrog replacement parts.
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Troubleshooting Guide
Spa light does not work:
Control panel displays an error message:
Cause #2: Lighting system is defective.
Solution: Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Cause: An error has occurred.
Solution: See Diagnostic Messages for specific errors.
Control pad and spa equipment do not operate:
Cause #1: No electrical power to spa.
Solution: Turn on or reset the GFCI circuit breaker. If this does
not solve the problem, have a qualified Electrician check the
electrical service.
Cause #2: The 20 or 30A fuse, depending on the system, has
blown.
Solution: Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
GFCI breaker trips repeatedly:
Cause #1: Improper wiring to spa or GFCI breaker is
defective.
Solution: Consult with a qualified Electrician.
Cause #1: Light bulb has burned out.
Solution: Replace light bulb.
Spa pump will not turn on, creates a burning smell while
running, or makes excessive noise while running:
Cause: Pump motor is defective.
Solution: Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Jets surge on and off:
Cause: Water level is too low.
Solution: Adjust water to the water level indication mark on
the faceplate of the filter assembly.
Jets are weaker than normal or do not work at
all, but the pump is running:
Cause #1: Jet handle(s) are partially or fully closed.
Solution: Open jet handle(s).
Cause #2: There is a defective component on the spa.
Solution: Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Cause #2: Filter cartridge is dirty.
Solution: See Cleaning the Filter.
Spa pump turns off during operation:
Cause #3: There is air trapped in the spa equipment or its
face piping.
Solution: Open the air bleed valve on each pump’s housing
and allow air to bleed out of the system. Be sure to tighten
each air bleed valve as soon as water starts to flow.
Cause #1: Automatic timer has completed its 30 or 120 minute
cycle.
Solution: Turn on the pump.
Cause #2: Pump has overheated due to the vents on the
equipment door being blocked.
Solution: Clear items away from vents.
Cause #3: The pump motor is defective.
Solution: Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Cause #4: The suction fitting(s) are blocked.
Solution: Remove any debris that may be blocking the
suction fitting(s).
Cause #1: Slice valve is partially or fully closed.
Solution: Open slice valve and secure with
valve keeper.
Cause #5: The JetZone Divider ™ is not installed
(if applicable).
Solution: Re-install in the appropriate JetPak ™.
NOTE: Running the spa without a JetZone Divider can cause
serious damage to the pumps.
Cause #2: Thermostat has been turned down.
Solution: Adjust thermostat to desired temperature.
Cause #6: Slice valve is closed.
Solution: Open valve and secure with valve keeper.
Spa will not heat:
Troubleshooting Guide
This guide will assist in solving simple problems with the spa. If
the problem cannot be solved using these procedures,
contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
Cause #3: High limit sensor has tripped.
Solution: Press any button to reset.
Cause #4: Heating system is defective.
Solution: Contact your authorized Bullfrog Spa dealer.
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Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
Bullfrog Custom Portable Spas Technical Specifications
General Features
Model 331
Model 451
Model 562
Model 552
Model 662
Model 682
Standard Dimensions (W x L x H)
5’-6” x 6’-10” x 31”
6’-7” x 7’-4” x 35”
7’-4” x 7’-4” x 35”
7’-10” x 7’-10” x 35”
7’-10” x 7’-10” x 35”
7’-10” x 7’-10” x 35”
Metric Dimensions (W x L x H)
1.73m x 2.09m x .79m
2.01m x 2.24m x .89m
2.24m x 2.24m x .89m
2.39m x 2.39m x .89m
2.39m x 2.39m x .89m
2.39m x 2.39m x .89m
Seating Capacity
3
5
6
5
6
8
Bucket Seats
2
2
3
2
3
3
Recliner Seats
0
1
2
1
2
3
Lounger Seats
1
1
1
2
1
0
Cool Down Seats
0
1
0
0
0
2
Water Capacity
205 Gallons (776 Liters)
304 Gallons (1151 Liters)
360 Gallons (1363 Liters)
411 Gallons (1556 Liters)
416 Gallons (1575 Liters)
425 Gallons (1609 Liters)
Dry/Maximum Filled Weight (includes
cover)
563lbs./2898lbs.
(255kg/1315kg)
663lbs./4024lbs.
(301kg/1825kg)
815lbs./4685lbs.
(370kg/2125kg)
894lbs./5406lbs.
(406kg/2452kg)
894lbs./5473lbs.
(406kg/2482kg)
894lbs./5564lbs.
(406kg/2524kg)
Full-Foam Insulation/PolyBase Sealed
Bottom
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
EternaWood™ Cabinet Finish (All
Colors)
High-Performance Industrial 56-Frame
Pumps
Total Pump Brake Horsepower
Total Pump Continuous-Duty
Horsepower
Max. Range of Total “Actual” Pump
Flow
Freeze Protection
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
One Dual-Speed
One Dual-Speed
Two Dual-Speed
Two Dual-Speed
Two Dual-Speed
Two Dual-Speed
Upgradeable to 4.8BHP
Upgradeable to 4.8BHP
Upgradeable to 9.6BHP
Upgradeable to 9.6BHP
Upgradeable to 9.6BHP
Upgradeable to 9.6BHP
Upgradeable to 2.5HP
Upgradeable to 2.5HP
Upgradeable to 5.0HP
Upgradeable to 5.0HP
Upgradeable to 5.0HP
Upgradeable to 5.0HP
229gpm @ 10psi to
137gpm @ 16psi
(1041.06lpm @ 69kPa) to
622.82lpm @ 110.4kPa)
229gpm @ 10psi to
137gpm @ 16psi
(1041.06lpm @ 69kPa) to
622.82lpm @ 110.4kPa)
459gpm @ 10psi to
275gpm @ 16psi
(2086.66lpm @ 69kPa) to
1250.18lpm @ 110.4kPa)
459gpm @ 10psi to
275gpm @ 16psi
(2086.66lpm @ 69kPa) to
1250.18lpm @ 110.4kPa)
459gpm @ 10psi to
275gpm @ 16psi
(2086.66lpm @ 69kPa) to
1250.18lpm @ 110.4kPa)
459gpm @ 10psi to
275gpm @ 16psi
(2086.66lpm @ 69kPa) to
1250.18lpm @ 110.4kPa)
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Corona Discharge Ozone Purifier
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
HO Corona Discharge Ozone Purifier
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Large
Large
Large
Large
Large
Large
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Filter Element (Top Accessible)
50 sq. ft. (4.65 sq. m)
50 sq. ft. (4.65 sq. m)
100 sq. ft. (9.29 sq. m)
100 sq. ft. (9.29 sq. m)
100 sq. ft. (9.29 sq. m)
100 sq. ft. (9.29 sq. m)
Floor Drain (In Footwell of Spa)
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
3
4
5
5
6
6
Self-Draining JetPak Feed Lines
Standard w/
Modification
Standard w/
Modification
Standard w/
Modification
Standard w/
Modification
Standard w/
Modification
Standard w/
Modification
Automatic Filtration in JetPods
Stereo/CD/Spaside Control/Bose®
Speakers
Underwater Light
24-Bulb LED Lighting System
JetPaks/Headrests
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Standard
Ozone Jet
1
1
1
1
1
1
Foot & Leg Jets
6
5
6
10
8
4
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69
73
73
77
Maximum Jets Available
Maximum Jets Available (With Shower
Jets)
244
260
463
430
458
503
Model 331
Model 451
Model 562
Model 552
Model 662
Model 682
Programmable/Digital
Programmable/Digital
Programmable/Digital
Programmable/Digital
Programmable/Digital
Programmable/Digital
120V~-20A or 240V~30/50A
120V~-20A or 240V~30/50A
240V~-30/50A
240V~-30/50A
240V~-30/50A
240V~-30/50A
Heater (dual overheat protection)
1.4KW/5.5KW
1.4KW/5.5KW
5.5KW
5.5KW
5.5KW
5.5KW
“Select” LCD Master Control Pad:
Medium Sized, 4-Button, Partially
Backlit & Piezo-Switched features.
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
“Premier” LCD Master Control Pad:
Large Sized, 8-Button, Fully Backlit,
Clock, Invert, Lock & Piezo-Switched
features.
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional (One)
Optional (One)
Optional (Set of Two)
Optional (Set of Two)
Optional (Set of Two)
Optional (Set of Two)
Control System
Balboa EL Control Box w/ “M7”
Technology
Electrical Requirements
Auxiliary Control Pad(s)
NOTE: 120V~ Pump Option on 331/451 model is only available in the 48-Frame version.
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*Dry/Maximum Filled Weight data includes spa cover but no occupants.
General
Features
Standard Dimensions (W x L x H)
Metric Dimensions (W x L x H)
Model 251
Model 362
6’-7” x 7’-4” x 35”
7’-4” x 7’-4” x 35”
2.01m x 2.24m x .89m
2.24m x 2.24m x .89m
Seating Capacity
5
6
Bucket Seats
2
3
Recliner Seats
1
2
Lounger Seats
1
1
Cool Down Seats
1
0
Water Capacity
265 Gallons (1003L)
321 Gallons (1215L)
*Dry/Maximum Filled Weight (includes cover)
603lbs./3588lbs. (273kg/1628kg)
772lbs./4266lbs. (350kg/1935kg)
Full-Foam Insulation/PolyBase Sealed Bottom
Standard
Standard
Redwood Standard
(Optional Coastal)
Redwood Standard
(Optional Coastal)
One 3.0BHP/120V~ Dual-Speed (48-Frame)
Two 3.0BHP/240V~ Dual-Speed (56-Frame)
EternaWood Cabinet Finishes
High-Performance Pumps
Total Pump Horsepower
Current Range of Total “Actual” Pump Flow
After-Market Pump HP Upgradeability
Freeze Protection
Stereo/CD/Spaside Control/Bose® Speakers
Corona Discharge Ozone Purifier
HO Corona Discharge Ozone Purifier
Underwater Light
3.0 Brake HP (1.5 Continuous-Duty HP)
6.0 Brake HP (3.0 Continuous-Duty HP)
168gpm @ 10psi to 101gpm @ 16psi
(763.75lpm @ 69kPa) to 469.16lpm @ 110.4kPa)
459gpm @ 10psi to 275gpm @ 16psi
(2086.66lpm @ 69kPa) to 1250.18lpm @ 110.4kPa)
4.8 Brake HP (2.5 Continuous-Duty HP)
9.6 Brake HP (5.0 Continuous-Duty HP)
Standard
Standard
Not Available
Not Available
Optional - Factory Installed
Optional - Factory Installed
Not Available
Not Available
Small
Small
Optional - Factory Installed
Optional - Factory Installed
Filter Element (Top Accessible)
50 sq. ft. (4.65 sq. m)
50 sq. ft. (4.65 sq. m)
Floor Drain (In Footwell of Spa)
Standard
Standard
24-Bulb LED Lighting System
JetPaks/Headrests
Seat One - Conventional Jetting
Seat Two - JetPak Model
Seat Three - Conventional Jetting
2
3
Four Duo-Blaster Jets
Four Duo-Blaster Jets
J06-56-7
J11-58-5
Four Duo-Blaster Jets
Four Duo-Blaster Jets
Seat Four - JetPak Model
J10-22-3
J06-56-7
Seat Five - JetPak Model
n/a
No Jetting
Seat Six - JetPak Model
n/a
J03-63-12
Self-Draining JetPak Feed Lines
Standard w/ Modification
Standard w/ Modification
Automatic Filtration in JetPods
Standard
Standard
Ozone Jet
1
1
Foot & Leg Jets
1
2
20
35
Total Package Jets
Maximum Aftermarket Jets Available
36
53
Maximum A.M. Jets Available (With Shower Jets)
217
395
Control
System
Balboa EL Control Box w/ “M7” Technology
Electrical Requirements
Heater (dual overheat protection)
“Basic” LCD Master Control Pad:
Auxiliary Control Pads
Model 251
Model 362
Programmable Digital
Programmable Digital
120V~-20A or 240V~-30/50A
240V~-30/50A
1.4KW/5.5KW
5.5KW
Small Sized, 4-Button, Partially Backlit & Contact
Switched features.
Small Sized, 4-Button, Partially Backlit & Contact
Switched features.
Not Available
Not Available
Miscellaneous
Tadpole Portable Hot Tubs Technical Specifications
*Dry/Maximum Filled Weight” data includes spa cover but no occupants.
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Miscellaneous
Parts Identification Diagrams
Top View of Spa (Model 552 Shown)
Auxiliary Control Pad
FilterCap
(optional)
™
Cup Holder
Foot Jets
Headrest
Filter Assembly Face Plate
Light
Master Control Pad
Equipment Compartment
(Drain Hose and Product
Specifications Inside)
Ozone Jet
Cup Holder
JetPak™
Floor Drain
Suction Fitting
Auxiliary Control Pad
(optional)
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Miscellaneous
Equipment Compartment
Valve Keeper
Slice Valve
Pump 1
Underwater Light (backside)
Air Intake
Drain Hose
WellSpring ™ Ozone Purifier
(optional)
Valve Keeper
Control Center
Slice Valve
Union
Pump 2
Heater
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668 West 14600 South
Bluffdale, Utah 84065, USA
801.565.8111
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Part #35-1167, Rev. 9/05