Recreational Spas
Installation and Owner’s Manual
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Your Spa and Dealer Information
Important Safety Instructions
Installation Procedures
Electrical Specifications (Power Requirements)
CS6200 Control Box Power Switch Diagram
CS6200 Control System VDS System
Operation Procedures (Start Up Preparation)
Draining Your Spa
Operating Top Side Control
Programming Filtration
Additional Features
Ozone Generator Safety Instructions
Filter Assembly and Parts
Spa Serial Number Location
Maintenance and Care
Your Cabinet and Cedar Skirting
Chemicals
Chemical Trouble Shooting Guide
Top Side Error Identification
Basic Troubleshooting
Warranty
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Manufacturer Reserves The Right To Change Specifications Without Notice.
Part# 7229
Manufacturer of Fine Spas
13055 49th ST. N.
Clearwater, Florida 33762
(727) 573-9611 Fax (727) 573-7758
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www.HYDROSPA.com
YOUR
SPA and DEALER
MONTE CARLO
SAN MARCO
SIESTA
VENICE
INFORMATION CONERNING YOUR NEW SPA
(Please take this time to fill out the information below along with your Dealer) Complete
the Warranty Registration Card on the back, and mail it to Hydro Spa with-in 90 Days, or
complete your Warranty Registration on-line at http://www.hydrospa.com. Thank you
for your purchase of a quality spa manufactured by Hydro Spa, 1-800-BEST-SPA.
Spa Name/Model:
Spa Serial Number:
8 Digit Number
Spa Color:
Date Of Purchase:
MM/DD/YY
Dealer/Store Name:
Dealer/Store Address:
Dealer/Store City:
Dealer/Store State:
Dealer/Store Zip:
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
When installing your SPA and using this electrical equipment, basic safety precautions
should always be followed, to include the following:
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READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS! The following instructions
are required by ETL to be printed as a condition of their listing this product. They
contain important safety information we strongly urge you to read and apply.
DANGER - TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY: Do not permit children to
use spa unless they are closely supervised at all times.
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WARNING SIGN MUST BE POSTED
The WARNING sign (RED) above is packed with your Hydro Spa. This sign
must be posted in a prominent place in close proximity to the spa installation site
immediately upon completion of spa installation.
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WARNING SIGN - It is extremely important that this sign be permanently
placed in clear view of any persons using the spa. Occasional spa users may not
be aware of some of the dangers hot water poses to pregnant women, small
children, and people under the influence of alcohol. If you did not receive a
warning sign or your sign has become damaged, please contact your spa dealer or
the manufacturer.
DANGER - A wire connector is provided on this unit to connect a minimum No.
8 AWG (8.4mm2) solid copper conductor between unit and any metal equipment,
metal enclosures of electrical equipment, metal water pipe, or conduit, if that item
is located within 5 feet (1.5m) of the unit.
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DANGER - RISK Of ACCIDENTAL DROWNING: Extreme Caution must be
exercised at all times, to prevent unauthorized access by children. To avoid
accidents, ensure that children cannot use spa unless they are supervised at all
times.
DANGER - TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY: The suction fittings is 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.
DANGER - RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK:. Install at least 6 feet (91.5m)
from all metal surfaces. As an alternative, a spa may be installed within 5 feet of
metal surfaces if each metal surface is permanently connected by a minimum 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 ELECTRICAL SHOCK: Do not permit any electrical
appliance, such as a light, telephone, radio or television within 5 feet (1.5m) of the
spa.
Position spa to provide proper drainage of the compartment for electrical
components.
For floor recessed spas, install to permit access for servicing from above or below
floor.
NEVER USE AN EXTENSION CORD!
Consideration should be taken for water splash out. Water can ruin wood floors
and some finishes.
DO NOT use a wall switch, ground fault circuit interrupter, circuit breaker, fuse,
or plugging and unplugging the spa as a means of turning on or off your spa for
normal everyday use.
DO NOT block access door.
Set the spa on a firm level (flat) surface. Do not set spa on blocks as structural
damage may occur to spa.
WHILE USING SPA, FOLLOWING ALL THESE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
1. WARNING – To reduce the risk of injury. The water in a spa should never exceed
40 o C (104 o F). Water temperatures between 38 o C (100 o F) and 40 o C (104 o F) are
considered safe for a healthy adult. Lower water temperatures are recommended for
young children and when spa use exceeds 10 minutes.
Since excessive water temperatures have a high potential for causing fetal damage
during early pregnancy, pregnant or possibly pregnant women should limit water
temperatures to 38 o C (100 o F). Before entering a spa, the user should measure the
water temperature with an accurate thermometer. (The tolerances of water
temperature-regulating devices vary.) The use of alcohol, drugs, or medication before
or during spa use may lead to unconsciousness with the possibility of drowning.
Persons suffering from obesity, medical history of heart disease, low/high blood
pressure, circulatory system problems, or diabetes, should consult a physician before
using a spa. Persons using medication should consult a physician before using a spa
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because some medications induce drowsiness while others may affect heart rate,
blood pressure, and circulation.
2. DANGER – Prolonged immersion in hot water may induce hypothermia. The
causes, symptoms and effects of hypothermia may be described as follows:
Hypothermia occurs when the internal temperature of the body reaches a level several
degrees above the normal body temperature of 98.6 o F. The symptoms of
hypothermia include:
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Failure to perceive heat
Failure to recognize the need to exit spa or hot tub
Unawareness of impending hazard
Fetal damage in pregnant women
Physical inability to exit the spa or hot tub
Unconsciousness resulting in the danger of drowning
WARNING – THE USE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS OR MEDICATION CAN
GREATLY INCREASE THE RISK OF FATAL HYPOTHERMIA.
3. DO NOT JUMP OR DIVE INTO SPA.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
INSTALLATION
The installation of your spa is not included in the cost the spa unless specifically noted on
your invoice by your dealer.
Planning Your Installation
Proper planning is an important consideration when installing your new spa. Site
selection is a critical step and should be given some serious thought. Planning ahead,
before the delivery of your spa, will make the process of installation easier. The
following information is provided to assist you in site preparations.
General
Check out the local building codes with respects to gates, fences etc.
Be sure that the spa will have proper access to water, drainage and electrical.
The spa must have proper support underneath to support the weight. In most cases, the
best answer is a 4-inch thick cement pad. However, there are many ways to support your
spa. Please consult your spa sales representative before constructing a base that will be
right for your needs.
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Indoor Installations
Be sure your spa will fit into the space you have chosen. Proper access into the home is
needed to move the spa into place. Ventilation may be needed because of the humidity
from the spa. In most cases, a Spa Cover is sufficient. Be sure to check the load carrying
capabilities of the floor you will be installing your spa, as most homes meet the
requirement of 125lbs per square foot. Insure you have proper drainage in the event of a
leak.
Outdoor Installations
Assure that spa is on a flat level surface. Never put spa on blocks! If the spa is not
supported evenly over the entire bottom surface, structural damage will occur. Protect
pump and equipment from the weather (Keep access panel door closed at all times).
Assure access to spa’s service door, filter, entry and power connection.
Solid Load Bearing Site
The site must provide a solid foundation with a minimum load bearing capacity of 90 lbs
per sq. ft. Concrete slabs and decks must be designed to support this weight. Do not
select a site composed of individual unsupported bricks, blocks or other materials, which
will shift unevenly and cause damage to your spas internal frame.
Level Site, Flat Surface
A level site is critical to both the performance and enjoyment of your spa. Water is
unforgiving and will always settle level. A flat and level site provides the surface
necessary to properly dispense weight between the foot-well, which bears most of the
spa’s weight and the structural frame, which primarily provides stabilization and
secondary support. The importance proper of support for the foot well in conjunction
with spa cabinet cannot be over stressed.
ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS
ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS
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POWER REQUIREMENTS! Below is an example of hooking up a 50 G.F.C.I. amp
breaker box.
IMPORTANT
BREAKER BOX
6 Guage Wire Must
Be Used
Load 120 Volts (Red)
To Spa
From House To Box (Red)
Input
G.F.C.I. Breaker
Load Neutral (White)
To Spa
Load 120 Volts (Black)
To Spa
From House To Box (Black)
Input
Pig Tail (White) From
From GFCI Breaker
Going To Neutral
Bar In Box
From House To Box Neutral
(White) Input
Load Neutral Bar
Ground (Green) To Spa
Ground (Green)
Input
Ground Bar
Attached To Box
(Green) Input & Out
NOTE: The White Neutral Wire from the GFCI
MUST be connected to an incoming Line Neutral.
The internal mechanism of the GFCI requires
this Neutral connection. The GFCI WILL NOT
work without it.
WARNING – ALWAYS USE A CERTIFIED ELECTRICIAN WHEN HOOKING
UP YOUR NEW SPA.
MODEL
VOLTS
Monte Carlo 240
San Marco
240
Siesta
240
Venice
240
AMPS
50
50
50
50
AMP
LOAD
40
40
40
40
MARKING
3 Wire #6 + Grd 3
3 Wire #6 + Grd 3
3 Wire #6 + Grd 3
3 Wire #6 + Grd 3
APPLICATION
HQ CS6200
HQ CS6200
HQ CS6200
HQ CS6200
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An illustration showing the proper electrical connections for 240 volt service has been
provided for you on a wiring diagram and conversion instruction affixed to the backside
of the electrical box faceplate. GFCI wiring instructions you can find on the backside of
the electrical box too. Be sure to follow these and all other instructions carefully. Be
sure that all connections are tight before switching on the circuit breaker.
CAUTION! Failure to abide by specification listed may result in damage to equipment
and may void the warranty. IF THE SPA IS WIRED INCORRECTLY, YOUR
WARRANTY WILL BE VOID ON ANY BURNED OUT ELECTRICAL
EQUIPMENT.
G.F.C.I Line-out Wiring Check for 120/240V convertible System (3/4 wire system
including ground wire).
If the spa is equipped with a 120/240V control system, an additional white load neutral
wire must connect to the load neutral out. This wire runs with the others to the system
box. Proper placement of this neutral wire is essential. If miss-wired, the G.F.C.I will
trip.
G.F.C.I (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter)
IMPORTANT
This service must be single phase. Do not attempt to fix these types of problems
yourself. High voltage can seriously injure or kill. Always use a certified electrician
when hooking up your new spa.
The National Electrical Code states that a service disconnect breaker box (a G.F.C.I. can
be used for this purpose) must be located at least 5 feet away from the spa and should be
conveniently located near the equipment bay. If it is not in plain sight, keep the
disconnect padlocked when in the off position.
Remember, high voltage is still accessible in the housebreaker box even though you have
turned off the spa breaker.
Pump Assembly
Control Box
CS6200 CONTROL BOX ASSY
Heater Assembly
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CS6200 CONTROL BOX POWER SWITCH DIAGRAM
POWER SWITCH (OPTIONAL)
If equipped, your system may
incorporate a power switch. This
switch will turn power either on or
off to the internal circuitry and
connected components.
POWER DETECTION SWITCH (OPTIONAL)
The power test switch allows you to
verify that voltage is being supplied to
your system.
Simply press the switch toward the rear
of the enclosure to see the Line 1
voltage indicator illuminate then press
the switch toward the front of the
enclosure to see the Line 2 voltage
indicator (240-Volt Models only)
illuminate.
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CS6200 CONTROL SYSTEM
VDS – Visual Diagnostic System
This indicator light activates when the heater is
“on”. It is a diagnostic tool for service
technicians.
If your system is equipped with Hydro-Quip’s exclusive, Visual Diagnostic System,
your control will do the troubleshooting for your. VDS consist of control-mounted
indicators and (if equipped) lighted component cords. You will know at a glance if a
component is being supplied with the proper voltage, if a fuse has blown or (by
simply pressing a switch) if the complete system is being supplied with voltage from
the breaker panel. The following information will guide you through the Visual
Diagnostic System.
TROUBLESHOOTING VDS SYSTEM
VDS INDICATOR ILLUMINATED
POSSIBLE PROBLEM
SYSTEM FUSE – This fuse protect the
printed circuit board.
Input voltage connected incorrectly. Call
your local dealer or qualified technician.
PUMP 1 FUSE – Protects the primary
pump.
Restricted flow of water, faulty pump or
severe weather/electrical storm. Call your
local dealer or qualified technician.
AUX. FUSE – Protects the secondary
pump or blower.
Restricted flow of water, faulty pump,
faulty blower or severe weather/electrical
storm. Call your local dealer or qualified
technician.
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OPERATION PROCEDURES
START UP PREPARATION
Before performing the operations in this section, make sure you have read and understand
all of the previous instructions set forth in this manual. Make sure the spa has been
installed correctly, including electrical wiring connections as specified in the wiring
diagram.
Filling Your Spa
Make sure GFCI breaker that
supplies your spa equipment
power is shut off.
Filling your spa is the first step in
maintaining water quality and
chemical balance. Use only clear,
uncontaminated potable water
when filling your spa. Never use
hot water. This will prevent
scaling and corrosion from your
hot water tank from entering the
spa.
Water Level
The correct water fill level may vary with
each individual installation. Every
person entering a spa displaces a given
volume of water. Once in the tub, the
water level should be just above the top
neck jets.
Winterizing Your Spa
Warning: Allowing the spa water to
freeze will cause severe damage to the
spa shell, equipment, and plumbing and
your warranty will be void.
Using your spa in freezing cold weather,
it is critical that a water temperature is
maintained well above freezing.
Freeze Protection
Your Hydro Spa is equipped with a
special feature called freeze protection.
If the high limit sensor detects 55 degrees
F at the heater, then all the equipment is
automatically activated to provide freeze
protection. See details in electrical
control system.
Warning – We strongly recommend that
you inspect and test your spa and controls
on a daily basis during periods when
temperatures are below 32 degrees F.
Chemically Treat Water Immediately
To assure the maintenance of water
Every installation
is different
quality
it is imperative
that youand many fac
chemically threat the spa water
immediately upon completion of filling.
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DRAINING YOUR SPA
Turn Power Off .
Remove Drain Valve Safety Cap – Attach a standard garden hose to drain valve.
Select A Safe Suitable Drain – Route hose to a sewer drain capable of safely
assimilating 300 plus gallons of water, which may contain both unsanitary
contaminants and chemical residue. Open drain valve.
WARRANTY – Do Not Supply Power To An Empty Spa! - This could damage your
electrical equipment and pumps, voiding warranty.
Remove any remaining water with a shop-vac, sponge and pail, or simply dilute in your
fresh fill. Do not forget to close the drain connection before refilling.
Cleaning the Spa Interior
To preserve the sheen of your tub’s surface, it is crucial that you void using
abrasive cleaners or cleaners which have adverse chemical effect on the surface.
See your authorized Hydro Spa Dealer
Pillow Care
Remove and clean the headrest pillows as needed with soapy water using a cloth
or soft-bristle brush. To maintain water resistance and luster, apply a quality
vinyl conditioner once a month.
Always remove the pillows when adding chemical shock treatment to the tub
water.
The pillows can be returned to the tub when the sanitizer reading drops below 5
ppm.
OPERATING TOP SIDE CONTROL
Jets Aux
Temp Set Point
Filter Cycle
Heater On
Display
Jets Key
Temperature Set Key
Aux Light
Key Key
Default System Operation: When power is applied, or there is a temporary loss of power,
the system will initiate its default programming. The filter cycle will begin24-hours after
the system has been powered up. The filtration cycle will be active for 1-hour and will
repeat every 12-hours. The temperature will be maintained at 95o F. NOTE: Default
Setting can be changed without notice.
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Pump 1 Key (Jets 1): Press this key once to turn Pump 1 onto Low speed, press this key
a second time to turn Pump 1 onto High speed, a third press will turn the pump off. A
built-in timer will shut the pump off after 20 minutes of operation unless done so
manually. The Pump 1 indicator will illuminate while the pump is running. If the filter
cycle indicator is illuminated, a filtration cycle has begun and you will not be able to turn
the pump off.
Aux Key (Aux): Press this key once to turn Aux on, press this key a second time to turn
Aux off
Light Key: Press this key to turn the Light on and off. The light will automatically shut
off after 2 hours.
Temperature Set Keys: Press the Temperature Set Key Up to increase the desired
temperature. Release and press again to lower the temperature. The temperature can be
adjusted in 1o F increments from 59o F to 104 o F (5o C to 40 o C). The new setting will
remain on the display for 5 seconds as a confirmation. During this time the Temperature
Program indicator will illuminate to let you know this is the desired and not the actual
temperature. After 5 seconds the display will return to the current temperature reading.
When the temperature drops to 1 degree F below the set temperature, the heater will be
turned on until the temperature is 1 degree F above the set temperature. The heater On
indicator will illuminate while the heater is on and flash when there is a call for heat and
the heater has not yet been activated.
PROGRAMMING FILTRATION
Programming Filter Cycles: You may choose to filter the spa 1, 2 or 3 times per day as
required to keep the water clean and sanitary. Press and hold the Pump Key. The current
setting will be displayed. Press and hold the Temperature Set Key to increase or decrease
the frequency of the filtration cycles per day. The filter cycle is now set. The cycles will
repeat every 8, 12 or 24 hours within a 24-hour period starting from the time
programmed. It is recommended to schedule the filtration cycles so they do not interfere
with sleeping hours.
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Programming Filter Cycle Duration: You may choose to filter your spa 60, 120, 180 or
480 minutes per cycle as required to keep the water clean and sanitary. Press and hold
the Light Key. The current duration of the filter cycle will be displayed. Press and hold
the Temperature Set Key in increase or decrease the duration of the filter cycle. The
duration is now set. To start a filter cycle immediately, press and hold the Light Key.
Note: If a Key is not pressed with 5 seconds during programming, the system will revert
back to the monitoring mode. If the Pump and/or light were turned on during the
programming process, turn them off. The system will revert back to display the water
temperature within 5 seconds.
Power Loss: Any interruption of power will cause the unit to reset and revert to the
default programming of 95 F set point temperature and 2, 1-hour filtration cycles.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Smart Winter Mode: If the system detects ambient conditions below a present factory
setting, the system will automatically activate the Smart Winter Mode for a period of 24
hours. In this mode, if a pump has not been powered in the last 2 hours, the system will
turn it on for a minute to prevent freezing. The filter Mode light indicator will flash
while the pump is running in this mode. Note: If you notice the pump coming on every 2
hours. This is the most likely cause. This will continue for a 24-hour period. This is
normal and is the systems protection against freezing.
Over Temperature Protection: If the water temperature exceeds 112 F at the Temperature
sensor 3 flashing dots will appear below the temperature display and the heater as well as
all other outputs will shut off. After the water has cooled down power to the spa must be
cycled on then off to reset the system. If the spa water temperature does not seem to
elevated, the error indication may have been caused by poor water flow or electrical line
interference (thunder storms, voltage surges, etc.). Simply reset and monitor the system.
Power-Up Detection: Upon first powering the system or if a power outage occurs, the
display will flash until a key is pressed.
Air Volume Control – (AVC)
The handle valve is used to select jet action between groups of jets, to customize the
therapy action. Adjust to desired therapy action – handle moves only 180 degrees.
OZONE GENERATOR
Ozone is injected into the spa water during the filtration cycle. The ozone generator (if
equipped) operates in conjunction with low speed pump operation and ozone injector.
The ozone is injected into the water to supplement chemical sanitizers, kill bacteria,
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oxidize organics, and control minerals. Anytime the pump, the air blower, or the light is
turned on, the ozone will turn off.
OZONE GENERATOR SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS – OPTIONAL
Do not add any device that could, or attempt in anyway to, interrupt the flow of
ozone to spa water.
Do not allow ozone level to reach or exceed 0.1 PPM.
Do not attempt to energize ozone generator with ozonator’s cover off.
The internal lamp in the ozone generator is intended for application only where
humans will not be exposed to the ultraviolet radiation produced.
Do not block ozone jets or could cause damage to ozonator and void warranty.
FILTER ASSEMBLIES AND PARTS
Spa Model
Siesta, Venice, Monte Carlo
Filter Size
35 Sq. Ft.
Part#
2741 2ea,
San Marco
50 Sq. Ft.
5532
The filter(s) in your spa should be cleaned at least every 5-6 weeks, depending on usage.
This will ensure that the water is being filtered properly, and there is no restriction in the
filter due to dirt and grease.
Cleaning the filter can be done easily using a Filter Degreaser solution and following the
directions on the bottle. Soak filters in a degreaser and power wash with a garden hose. It
is recommended to have a second filter, which can be cleaned between changes. This
will enable you to quickly exchange the dirty filter with the clean one and immediately
start your spa again.
Adjusting Diverter Plate: In the event that air is being drawn
into the skimmer, it may be necessary to adjust the diverter
plate (slow the water flow). This is done by turning knob “A”
thereby adjusting opening “B”. Turn clockwise to increase and
counter clockwise to decrease water flow.
B
Lid
Basket
Diverter
Plate
Filter
Cartridge
A
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SPA SERIAL NUMBER
Location of Spa Serial Number
Inside your spa cabinet above the electrical
spa equipment control box you will locate
your 8 digit serial number, which is on the
fiberglass body of the shell itself.
MAINTENANCE and CARE
Bulb Replacement
To replace the spa light bulb, open up the access door and look on the body of the
shell and locate the light. Remove the bulb by twist on the bulb socket (not wires), as
illustrated. Once removed, pull the bulb from the light socket and replace by
reversing steps.
NOTE: The replacement bulb must be of the same electrical rating as the factory
installed bulb.
Light Harness
Twist-lock style
Part # 5401
Light
12V Bayonet Mount
Part# 2898
Your new spa was built to give you years of enjoyment and pleasure. However,
certain maintenance steps must be taken in order to extend life and usability of the
spa.
IMPORTANT! The warranty on your spa and equipment is dependent on proper
water balance through the use of spa chemicals. A special section of this manual will
cover chemical usage and requirements. In addition to chemicals water balancing, the
following maintenance procedures must be followed periodically.
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Cleaning The Spa
The spa shell should be cleaned with a mild soap solution. Do not use solvents. The
spa should always be clean and dry before being moved or stored.
Maintaining The Spa Cover
The spa cover should be cleaned monthly. To clean the spa cover, use water and a
non-abrasive cleaner on the entire cover. Rinse the cover with a garden hose to
remove any cleaner residue. Dry the cover entirely. You should also use a nonsilicone based vinyl conditioner on the cover after you clean it. This will protect the
cover from sun damage.
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Daily
Check the water level and refill the spa to the proper level
Check the pH balance and sanitizer level. Adjust if necessary.
Clean the surface of the water with a skimming net.
Weekly
Clean the spa shell at the waterline.
Check and thoroughly clean the filter if needed.
Replace the filter if needed. (Always have a spare.)
Monthly
Clean the spa cover.
Soak the filter for two hours in a trisodium phosphate (TSP) solution. Rinse
the filter in clean water.
Every Three Months
Drain the spa and refill with clean water. Sanitize and test the pH of the
water.
Check for any leaks around the pump or joints in the pipes. The seals will
wear out over time; detecting leaks early can reduce repair cost.
Clean the interior of the spa. DO NOT use solvents or waxes.
Your Cabinet & Cedar Skirting
Your cabinet has an access panel or door to the internal parts which consists of a
pump or pumps, motor or motors, heater, ozonator (if you have one), filter housing,
hoses, and wiring to provide electricity to your control system.
The cabinet frame is made of weather treated wood, and covered outside by either
redwood, cedar, cypress or TimberStone TM siding.
The cabinet should be treated just like any other piece of furniture in your home. If
spa will be setting outside in the weather, remember that it will be out in all types of
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conditions such as rain, sun and the wind. It will be necessary at least every 4 months
to retreat the wood using a water-resistant stain (linseed oil) to protect the wood as
needed. You may also order stain though your dealer or manufacturer.
CHEMICALS
IMPORTANT! The following section on chemicals must be read and understood fully!
The warranty on your new spa is dependent on the proper use of these chemicals.
The biggest threat to a spa is poor chemical balancing the water. Spas can present health
hazards if inadequate maintenance programs are used. Consider that four people in 1,000
liter spa are equal to 160 people in 38,000 gallons of water in a pool. Bear in mind that
the water in your spa is an environment if the water is not properly maintained.
The following are some important points when dealing with spa chemicals:
1. Always follow the directions on the individual (bromine & chlorine) chemicals
containers.
2. Never mix different types of chemicals; it could cause a fire or explosion.
3. Never store chemicals in anything but their original containers.
CHEMICALS AND ACCESSORIES NEEDED FOR SPA
There are many types of chemicals recommended for use in spas. Some are mandatory,
were others are optional.
Below is a list of all chemicals and accessories with an explanation of each:
CHLORINE: A highly concentrated chemical, which is used in pools and spas as a
bactericide and algaecide. Chlorine will sanitize and disinfect your spa. Chlorine is most
often available in two different forms, a concentrated granular form and tablet form.
(When using a tablet from of chlorine, a non-chlorine shock is recommended). A
residual of 1-1.5 p.p.m. (parts per million) is needed.
PH UP & pH DOWN: The pH level of water represents the amount of acid or alkaline
in the water. This can promote scaling, cloudy water, eye irritations, and difficulty in
maintaining proper chlorine level. Too low pH makes the water in the spa corrosive.
This could lead to damage to the spa itself or The spa pack. NOTE THIS DAMAGE IS
NOT COVERED UNDER WARRANTY! A pH Level of 7.2 – 7.6 p.p.m. is to be
maintained in your spa.
CHLORINE AND pH TEST KIT: An accurate, high quality test kit is needed to
properly test and maintain the chlorine and pH levels in the spa water.
THERMOMETER: A thermometer is necessary in your spa to provide an easy
temperature reading. Water temperatures, which are too hot, are unsafe and could cause
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damage to your spa's finish. Recommended temperatures ranges are 102 o F to 104 o F.
water in excess of 104 o F is UNSAFE!
The following chemicals are not necessary for safe use in your spa. However, depending
on the type of water available to you, the products are highly recommended. In most
cases, these products will increase the life of your spa and equipment and will make the
spa more pleasant to maintain.
SPA SHOCK: This chemical oxidizes or “burns-out” most organic contaminants in the
spa water. It works together with the chlorine in your spa. Most often it is a weekly or
bi-weekly treatment. (This product is mandatory when using a tablet form of chlorine,
bromine or granular).
STAIN & SCALE REMOVER: A stain and scale remover prevents water discoloration
due to certain minerals in the water. It also prevents scaling which could corrode the
pump and shorten its lifespan. Depending on the brand, stain & scale remover is most
often a weekly treatment.
WATER CLARIFIER: This product is designed to coagulate small particle of
unwanted dirt or grime in order to aid filtration. As with the stain & scale remover is
most often a weekly treatment. Use of this chemical will prolong your filtration system
and filter a spa.
ALKALINITY INCREASER: Total alkalinity in the water is the combined
measurement of a group of alkaline sales in the water. Too low alkalinity may cause the
pH levels to fluctuate excessively when being adjusted. The ideal range for total
alkalinity is between 90 -150 p.p.m. range. (A special test kit is required).
CALCIUM HARNESS INCREASER: Calcium is the mineral in water, which
determines whether the water is “soft” or “hard”. Low calcium can make the spa water
is ideal in the 225 - 275 p.p.m. range. (A special test kit is required). Test Strips are
recommended for testing.
BROMINE: Bromine is an alternative to chlorine as a disinfectant. The benefit of using
bromine is that it has less-odor and is more pH independent.
CHEMICAL STARTUP
The initial chemical startup of your new spa involves a number of simple steps. Most
important is adjusting the pH level of the water and introduction chlorine (or bromine)
into the spa. Follow the step-by-step procedures listed below and remember to follow the
directions on each individual chemical bottle.
Test both pH and the chlorine/bromine levels of the water. Adjust the pH level by adding
degreaser or pH increaser. NOTE! The pH may be too high or too low to fully adjust in
one treatment. Do not try to make large changes in the pH with one treatment; you must
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increase or reduce the pH gradually to ensure damage does occur to your spa or
equipment. Add chlorine/bromine into the water in the method your have chosen.
NOTE! If a tablet of chlorine/bromine is used, “shock” the water first with the spa
shock. Add the Water Clarifier and Stain & Scale chemicals as recommended on the
chemical bottle.
CHEMICAL TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE
Just as with anything else, adjusting and balancing spa chemicals takes practice. Below
are a number of common problems, which may arise in your spa water. Try curing the
problem by following the trouble-shooting guide. If the problem persists, or the problem
is not covered in the following guide contact your authorized After Hours Dealer.
PROBLEM
Cloudy Water
Foamy Water
Green or Yellow Water
Scum Line
SOLUTION
1. Cloudy water is normally due to high
pH or low chlorine/bromine levels. Test
the water and correct the pH levels and
chlorine/bromine levels.
2. Excessive use of defoamer chemical
may cause the water to turn cloudy.
Use defoamer in the water. This chemical
must be used only when necessary. It will
cause the water to turn cloudy if used
excessively.
This usually means the water is low on
chlorine/bromine levels. “Shock” the water
and test for chlorine/bromine levels. Add
water clarifier.
A scum line will normally appear on the
water level of the spa. However, it us
unusual for scum line to persist. Ad stain
and remover as directed.
TOP SIDE ERROR IDENTIFICATION
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Three Flashing Dots with Pump Off
Pressure or Flow Switch Activated: If 3 flashing dots appear below the temperature
display while there is no pump operating, turn the pump on. If the 3 flashing dots went
away this indicates that the pressure or flow switch was activated although there was no
water flow. (Contact Your Local Dealer for Service)
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Three Flashing Dots with Pump On
Pressure or Flow Switch Not Activated: If 3 flashing dots appear below the temperature
display while the pump is operating, turn the pump off. If the 3 flashing dots went away
this indicates that the pressure or flow switch was not activated although there was water
flow. Note: A dirty filter limiting the water flow will also cause this error message to
appear. (Contact Your Local Dealer for Service)
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Temperature Sensor
If the display shows a constant 32 F or 125 F and this is not the actual temperature or the
displayed temperature greatly differs from the actual spa water temperature, problem with
the water temperature sensor has occurred. Contact Your Local Dealer for Service)
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High Temperature
If 3 flashing dots appear below the temperature display and the temperature displayed is
115 F or higher, and over temperature condition and a need for service has occurred.
(Contact Your Local Dealer for Service)
NOTE: If you notice the pump coming on for seemingly no reason throughout the day,
the system may be in “Smart Winter Mode”. If you cannot control some functions of the
spa be sure to check to see if the Filtration Indicator is illuminated. The spa may be in
the midst of a filtration cycle. Freeze Protection and Over Temperature Condition will
also limit or disable spa functions.
TROUBLESHOOTING
The following describes situations and possible solutions to common problems you
may encounter as a spa owner.
NOTHING WORKS:
Main Breaker is Off - Set to On.
Sub-Panel Breaker Off - Set to On.
Equipment GFCI Off - Set to On.
Power switch in Off position - Set to On.
Components not plugged in - Plug in components.
Power cord not plugged in - Plug in power cord.
Over or High Temperature Protection On - Refer to “Error Identification”
NO, LOW OR SURGING WATER FLOW
Air Lock in Plumbing System - “Bleed” the system.
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Restricted Flow - Insure that the water shut-off valves are open and that suction
fittings are not blocked by debris.
Dirty Filter - Clean or replace filter.
Low Water Level - Increase water level to recommended level.
NO LOW SPEED PUMP OPERATION
Low level Programming Incorrect - Contact your local dealer.
Over or High Temperature Protection - Turn power off then back on to reset.
Pump Not Plugged-In - Plug in the Pump.
NO PUMP OR BLOWER OPERATION
Pump or Blower Not Plugged-In - Plug in the Blower or Pump
Over or High Temperature Protection On - Turn power off then back on to reset.
NO THERAPY JET OPERATION
Water Shut-Off Valves are Closed - Open Shut-Off Valves.
Dirty Filter - Clean or Replace Filter
Jets Not Properly Adjusted - Adjust Jets properly.
Diverter Valve not Properly Adjusted - Adjust diverter valve properly.
Thermal Overload Tripping - Check for restricted flow of water.
Over or High Temperature Protection On - Turn power off then back on to reset.
WATER LEAKS
Spa Overfilled - Adjust water level.
Too Many People in the spa - Adjust water level.
Drain - Valve left Open - Close drain valve.
Coupling or Unions Loose - Tighten or contact your local dealer.
Pump Seal Leaking - Contact your local dealer.
Plump Seal leaking - Contact your local dealer.
Plumbing / Connection Leaking - Contact your local dealer.
Water Leaking from Spaside Control - Contact your local dealer.
Water in Air Blower Plumbing - Contact your local dealer.
NO HEAT
Temperature Not Set Correctly - Adjust Set Point.
Over or High Temperature Protection On - Turn power off then back on to reset.
Current Limiting On - 120V Systems will not heat if High Speed or Blower is on.
Contact your local dealer.
No Power - Reset breaker at service panel.
Low Water Flow - Clean or Replace Filter.
HIGH HEAT
Temperature Sensor Not in Dry-Well - Place sensor in dry-well.
Temperature Set Too High - Adjust Set Point.
High Ambient Temperature - Remove spa cover.
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GFCI TRIPS OCCASIONALLY
Lightning or Electrical Storm, Power Surge, Extremely Humid Conditions, or Radio
Frequency Interference - Reset GFCI. NOTE: GFCI must be properly grounded and
bonded.
GFCI TRIPS IMMEDIATELY
Defective Component - Contact a qualified service technician or the factor for assistance.
NO LIGHT OPERATION
Light Bulb Defective - Replace bulb or contact your local dealer.
Reflector has Fallen Off - Replace deflector or contact your local dealer.
Light Not Plugged-In - Plug in the light.
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