LIMELIGHT Collection
Watkins Manufacturing Corporation congratulates you on your decision to enjoy the
finest spa available... Welcome to the growing family of HOT SPRING spa owners.
Before you begin reviewing the manual, please take a moment to register your warranty. Doing so will assist us in contacting you for any
important product notification.
Prior to registering, you will need the serial number that is located within the equipment compartment of your HOT SPRING spa.
To register please go to http:/www.hotspring.com/owners/product-registration or simply scan the QR code below:
FOR YOUR RECORDS
Spa Model/Serial Number:
Date Purchased:
Dealer:
Address:
Cover Serial Number:
Accessory Serial Number:
If you have any questions about any aspect of your spa's set-up, operation or maintenance, contact your authorized HOT SPRING
dealership. They are trained professionals who are familiar with the product as well as new spa ownership concerns. Their expertise will
facilitate the enjoyment of your new HOT SPRING spa.
IMPORTANT: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation reserves the right to change specifications, or design, without notification and without
incurring any obligation.
Important!
In most cities and counties, permits will be required for the installation of electrical circuits or the construction of exterior
surfaces (decks and gazebos). In addition, some communities have adopted residential barrier codes which may require
fencing and/or self-closing gates on the property to prevent unsupervised access to a pool (or spa) by children under 5 years
of age. Your HOT SPRING spa is equipped with a locking cover that meets the ASTM F1346-91 Standard for Safety Covers
and as a result, is usually exempt from most barrier requirements. As a general practice, your local Building Department will
inform you of any applicable barrier requirements at the time a permit is obtained for the installation of an electrical circuit.
Your HOT SPRING dealer can provide information on which permits may be required.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SAFETY INFORMATION
SPA CARE AND MAINTENANCE
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS............................... 1
DRAIN & REFILL INSTRUCTIONS......................................23
IMPORTANT
SPA INSTRUCTIONS.............................................................. 3
PREVENTION OF FREEZING.............................................23
GETTING STARTED
FILTER SYSTEM...................................................................24
SPA FEATURES...................................................................... 4
FILTER CARTRIDGES
REMOVAL & CLEANING......................................................24
QUICK START-UP INSTRUCTIONS..................................... 5
CARE OF THE SPA PILLOWS.............................................24
EQUIPMENT COMPARTMENT............................................. 7
CARE OF THE EXTERIOR...................................................25
WATER QUALITY AND MAINTENANCE
BASIC INFORMATION............................................................ 8
HOW TO ADD CHEMICALS
TO THE WATER...................................................................... 8
FUNDAMENTALS OF
WATER MAINTENANCE........................................................ 9
THE HOT SPRING SPA WATER MAINTENANCE
PROGRAM.............................................................................10
CARE OF THE SPA COVER................................................25
COVER LIFTER SYSTEM....................................................25
ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS
230 VOLT PERMANENTLY CONNECTED MODELS .......27
230 VOLT CONVERTED GLEAM........................................28
115 VOLT GFCI BOLT...........................................................28
115 VOLT OPERATION (60Hz ONLY).................................28
VACATION WATER CARE INSTRUCTIONS...................... 11
115/230 VOLT CONVERTIBLE MODEL..............................29
WATER TERMINOLOGY......................................................12
230 VOLT CONVERTED BOLT...........................................29
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
SERVICE INFORMATION
HOME SCREEN....................................................................14
GENERAL INFORMATION...................................................31
TEMPERATURE CONTROL ...............................................14
GFCI AND HIGH LIMIT THERMOSTAT...............................31
LOCKING FEATURES..........................................................14
NO-FAULT HEATER AND INTEGRATED PRESSURE
SWITCH..................................................................................31
JETS CONTROL....................................................................15
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LIGHT CONTROL..................................................................15
SILENT FLO 5000 CIRCULATION PUMP AND
CIRCULATION PUMP THERMAL CUT-OFF......................31
SUMMER TIMER..................................................................15
MISCELLANEOUS SERVICE INFORMATION...................31
LANGUAGE...........................................................................16
ACTS INVALIDATING WARRANTY.....................................32
BRIGHTNESS........................................................................16
DISCLAIMERS.......................................................................32
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ACE WATER CARE (OPTIONAL).....................................16
WATKINS CUSTOMER SERVICE.......................................32
AUDIO (OPTIONAL)..............................................................16
TROUBLESHOOTING..........................................................32
JET MENU
GLEAM ™ (MODEL GLM).....................................................18
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PULSE (MODEL PLS) .......................................................19
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FLAIR (MODEL FLR)...........................................................20
BOLT™ (MODEL BLT) ..........................................................21
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GLOW (MODEL GLW) .......................................................22
TROUBLESHOOTING..........................................................33
SPA SPECIFICATIONS.........................................................34
Safety Information
IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS
(READ AND FOLLOW ALL
INSTRUCTIONS)
• Do not operate the audio main controls while inside the spa (if spa is
equipped with an audio component).
• Do not connect any auxiliary components (for example, cable
additional speakers, headphones, additional audio components) to the
audio system unless approved by Watkins Manufacturing Corporation .
• Do not self service audio component by opening spa door as this may
expose dangerous voltage or other risk of injury. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
• Do not attach an external antennae to a spa audio system unless
installed by a licensed electrician in accordance with Article 810 of the
National Electric Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.
WARNING
AVOIDING THE RISK TO CHILDREN
DANGER - RISK OF CHILD DROWNING
Extreme caution must be exercised to prevent unauthorized access
by children. To avoid accidents, ensure that children cannot use a spa
unless they are supervised at all times.
WARNING
To reduce the risk of injury, do not permit children to use this spa unless
they are closely supervised at all times.
• To reduce the risk of injury, lower water temperatures are
recommended for young children. Children are especially sensitive to
hot water.
• Extreme caution must be exercised to prevent unauthorized access
by children. To avoid accidents, ensure that children cannot use a spa
unless they are supervised at all times.
DO:
• Make sure you always lock the child resistant locks after using the spa
for your children’s safety. Every HOT SPRING spa is equipped with
a locking cover that meets the ASTM F1346-91 Standard for Safety
Covers.
• Test the water temperature with your hand before allowing children to
enter the spa to be sure that it’s comfortable. Children are especially
sensitive to hot water.
• Remind children that wet surfaces can be very slippery. Make sure
that children are careful when entering or exiting the spa.
DON'T:
• Allow children to climb onto the spa cover.
• Allow children to have unsupervised access to the spa.
AVOIDING THE RISK OF ELECTROCUTION
DANGER - RISK OF ELECTROCUTION
• Connect only to a grounded source.
• Do not bury the power cord. A buried power cord may result in death,
or serious personal injury due to electrocution if direct burial-type cable
is not used, or if improper digging occurs.
• A ground terminal (pressure wire connector) is provided on the control
box inside the unit to permit connection of a minimum No. 8 AWG
(8.4 mm²) solid copper bonding conductor between this point and
any metal equipment, metal water pipe, metal enclosures of electrical
equipment, or conduit within five feet (1.5 m) of the unit as needed to
comply with local requirements.
Safety Information
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• To reduce the risk of electrical shock, replace a damaged cord
immediately. Failure to do so may result in death or serious personal
injury due to electrocution.
• Your spa is provided with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
for user and equipment protection. To ensure proper operation of this
important safety device, test according to the following instructions per
electrical configuration.
• Cord-Connected 115 volt, 20 amp models: The GFCI is located at
the end of the power cord. Before each use, with the unit operating,
push the TEST button. The unit should stop operating and the GFCI
power indicator will go out. Wait 30 seconds and then reset the GFCI
by pushing the RESET button. The GFCI power indicator will turn
on, restoring power to the spa. If the interrupter does not perform in
this manner, there may be an electrical malfunction and with it, the
possibility of an electric shock. Disconnect the power until the problem
has been corrected.
• 230 volt, permanently installed or converted models:
• A ground terminal is provided on the terminal block (TB-1, system
ground terminal) located inside the control box. To reduce the risk
of electric shock, connect this terminal to the grounding terminal
of your electrical service or supply panel with a continuous green,
insulated copper wire. The wire must be equivalent in size to the
circuit conductors supplying the equipment. In addition, a bonding
terminal (pressure wire connector) is provided on the outside of
the control box for bonding to local ground points. To reduce the
risk of electric shock, this connector should be bonded with a No.
8 AWG (8.4 mm²) solid copper wire to any metal ladders, water
pipes, or other metal within 5 feet (1.5 m) of the spa to comply with
local requirements. The means of disconnection must be readily
accessible, but must be installed at least 5 feet (1.5 m) from the
spa.
• Your spa is provided with a suitably rated circuit breaker to open all
ungrounded supply conductors.
• Your spa uses ground fault circuit interrupters in the electrical
subpanel. Before each use of the spa and with the unit operating,
push the TEST button on each breaker. The switch should click
over to the “Trip” position. Wait 30 seconds and reset each GFCI
breaker by switching it completely off and then completely on.
The switch should then stay on. If either of the interrupters does
not perform in this manner, it is an indication of an electrical
malfunction and the possibility of an electric shock. Disconnect the
power until the fault has been identified and corrected.
IMPORTANT: Failure to wait 30 seconds before resetting the GFCI
may cause the spa’s Power Indicator (on the control panel) to blink. If
this occurs, repeat the GFCI test procedure.
DANGER - RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK
• Install at least 5 feet (1.5 m) from all metal surfaces. A spa may
be installed within 5 feet of a metal surface if each metal surface is
permanently connected by a minimum No. 8 AWG (8.4 mm²) solid
copper conductor attached to the wire ground connector on the
terminal box that is provided for this purpose if in accordance with
National Electrical Code ANSI/NMFPA70-1993.
• Do not permit any electrical appliances, such as a light, telephone,
radio, or television within 5 feet (1.5 m) of a spa. Failure to maintain
a safe distance may result in death, or serious personal injury due to
electrocution, if the appliance should fall into the spa.
• Install your spa is such a way that drainage is away from the electrical
compartment and from all electrical components.
DO:
• Be sure your spa is connected to the power supply correctly - use a
licensed electrical contractor.
• Disconnect the spa from the power supply before draining the spa or
servicing the electrical components.
• Test the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter(s) before each use.
• Replace audio components only with identical components (if your spa
is equipped with an audio component).
DON'T:
• Use the spa with the equipment compartment door removed.
• Place electrical appliances within 5 feet (1.5m) of the spa.
• Use an extension cord to connect the spa to its power source. The
cord may not be properly grounded and the connection is a shock
hazard. An extension cord may cause a voltage drop, which will cause
overheating of the jet pump motor and motor damage.
• Attempt to open the electrical control box. There are no user serviceable
parts inside.
RISKS TO AVOID
DANGER - RISK OF INJURY
• To reduce the risk of injury to persons, DO NOT remove suction fittings
(filter standpipes) located in the filter compartment.
• The suction fittings in the spa are sized to match the specific water
flow created by the pump. Never replace a suction fitting with one
rated less than the flow rate marked on the original suction fitting.
• There is a danger of slipping and falling. Remember that wet surfaces
can be very slippery. Take care when entering or exiting the spa.
• Never operate spa if the suction fittings are broken or missing.
• People with infectious diseases should not use the spa.
• Keep any loose articles of clothing, long hair, or hanging jewelry away
from rotating jets or other moving components.
INCREASED SIDE EFFECTS OF MEDICATION
• The use of drugs, alcohol may cause unconsciousness with the
possibility of drowning.
• Persons using medications should consult a physician before using
a spa; some medication may cause a user to become drowsy, while
other medication may affect heart rate, blood pressure, and circulation.
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• Persons taking medications which induce drowsiness, such as
tranquilizers, antihistamines, or anticoagulants should not use the spa.
HEALTH PROBLEMS AFFECTED BY SPA USE
• Pregnant women should consult a physician before using spa.
• Persons suffering from obesity, or with a medical history of heart
disease, low or high blood pressure, circulatory system problems, or
diabetes should consult a physician before using spa.
UNCLEAN WATER
• Keep the water clean and sanitized with correct chemical care. The
recommended levels for your HOT SPRING spa are:
Free Available Chlorine:
3.0-5.0 ppm
Total Alkalinity:
40-120 ppm
Water pH:
7.2-7.8
Calcium Hardness:
50-150 ppm
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efer to Water Quality and Maintenance section for complete
instructions.
IMPORTANT: Turn on the jet pump for a least ten minutes after adding
ANY spa water chemicals into the filter compartment.
Clean the filter cartridges monthly to remove debris and mineral buildup
which may affect the performance of the hydromassage jets, limit the
flow, or trip the high limit thermostat, which will turn off the entire spa.
AVOIDING THE RISK OF HYPERTHERMIA
Prolonged immersion in hot water can result in HYPERTHERMIA, a
dangerous condition which occurs when the internal temperature of
the body reaches a level above normal 98.6°F (37°C). The symptoms
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, and
unconsciousness resulting in a danger of drowning.
WARNING
The use of alcohol, drugs, or medication can greatly increase the risk of
fatal hyperthermia in hot tubs and spas.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY
• The water in the spa should never exceed 104°F (40°C). Water
temperatures between 100°F and 104°F (36°C and 40°C) are
considered safe for a healthy adult. Lower water temperatures are
recommended for extended use (exceeding ten minutes) and for
young children. Extended use can cause hyperthermia.
• Pregnant or possibly pregnant women should limit spa water
temperatures to 100°F (36°C). Failure to do so may result in
permanent injury to your baby.
• Do not use spa immediately following strenuous exercise.
Safety Information
AVOIDING THE RISK OF SKIN BURNS
• To reduce the risk of injury, before entering a spa the user should
measure the water temperature with an accurate thermometer.
• Test the water with your hand before entering the spa to be sure it’s
comfortable.
SAFETY SIGN
Each HOT SPRING spa is shipped with a SAFETY SIGN in the owner’s
package. The sign, which is required as a condition of Product Listing,
should be permanently installed where it is visible to the users of the
spa. To obtain additional SAFETY SIGNS, contact your HOT SPRING
dealer and request Part #70798.
IMPORTANT
SPA INSTRUCTIONS
The following contains important spa information, and we strongly
encourage you to read and apply them.
DO:
• Use and lock the vinyl cover when the spa is not in use, whether it is
empty or full.
• Follow the Spa Care and Maintenance recommendations stated in this
manual.
• Use only approved accessories and recommended spa chemicals and
cleaners.
SPA SHELL
Your HOT SPRING spa has an acrylic shell. Stains and dirt generally
will not adhere to your spa’s surface. A soft rag should easily remove
most dirt. Most household chemicals are harmful to your spa’s shell
(see below for detailed information on cleaning agents). Always rinse off
any spa shell cleaning agent with fresh water.
IMPORTANT:
1. The following products are the ONLY approved cleaning agents
for your HOT SPRING spa shell: plain water, HOT SPRING
FRESHWATER Spa Shine, Brillianize® or Soft Scrub®. The use of
alcohol or any other household cleaner other than those listed to
clean the spa shell surface is NOT recommended. DO NOT use any
cleaning products containing abrasives or solvents since they may
damage the shell surface, specifically: Simple Green®, Windex® or
Spa Mitt. NEVER USE HARSH CHEMICALS! Damage to the shell
by use of harsh chemicals is not covered under the warranty. Always
rinse off any spa shell cleaning agent with fresh water.
2. Iron and copper in the water can stain the spa shell if allowed to go
unchecked. Ask your HOT SPRING dealer about a Stain and Scale
Inhibitor to use if your spa has a high concentration of dissolved
minerals. (Watkins recommends FRESHWATER Stain & Scale
Defense.)
3. Keep all cleaners out of the reach of children and use care when
applying.
DON'T
• Leave the HOT SPRING spa exposed to the sun without water or the
cover in place. Exposure to direct sunlight can cause solar distress of
the shell material.
• Roll or slide the spa on its side. This will damage the siding.
• Lift or drag the vinyl cover by using the cover lock straps; always lift or
carry the cover by using the handles.
• Attempt to open the electrical control box. There are no user
serviceable parts inside. Opening of the control box by the spa owner
will void the warranty. If you have an operational problem, carefully go
through the steps outlined in the Troubleshooting section. If you are
not able to resolve the problem, contact your authorized HOT SPRING
dealer. Many problems can easily be diagnosed over the telephone by
an Authorized Service Technician.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Safety Information
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Getting Started
SPA FEATURES
1) Standard LCD Contol Panel. The control panel
is accessible from inside or outside the spa and is
designed for ease of use.
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2 ) The Diverter lets you divert water to different
combinations of jets simply by turning the lever.
3) The Air Control lever lets you dial in the ideal
amount of air for both the Precision® and MotoMassage® DX Jets (GLEAM Only).
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4) The Water Feature lever adjusts the amount
of water that flows from the either one of the two
available water features.
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5) The Combination XL Hydromassage jet
provides a broad robust massage and can be
adjusted to provide a direct stream or rotating
massage.
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6) The Combination Hydromassage jet targets
the feet, shoulders or back and can be adjusted to
provide a direct stream or rotating massage.
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12) Spa Filter provides the water filtration of the spa
(not illustrated).
7) The Directional Hydromassage jet delivers a
therapeutic massage.
13) This is the heater return and spa drain.
8) The MOTO-MASSAGE DX is a moving jet. It
has two warm streams of water sweeping up and
down the entire length of your back (GLEAM Only).
14) The spa is entertainment-ready for easy speaker
installation.
15) The HOT SPRING logo on the front of the spa
illuminates a blue and green color. These colors
indicate the power and ready status of the spa without
having to open the cover to look at the control panel.
9) The Raio® multi-color points of light system,
you see multiple points of multi-color lighting.
10) The Vidro® water feature adds beauty to your
spa experience.
11) Pillow - Most spas come with one or more
pillows.
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Getting Started
MOTO-MASSAGE DX JET (GLEAM ONLY)
WATER FEATURE
DIRECT HYDROMASSAGE JETS
HOT SPRING LOGO LIGHT
The MOTO-MASSAGE DX jet automatically travels up and down in a
sweeping motion, simulating the natural stroking effects of a manual
massage. The intensity of the MOTO-MASSAGE DX jet may be adjusted
by turning the AIR CONTROL lever.
The MOTO-MASSAGE DX jet has been factory adjusted to provide
maximum hydromassage, and to achieve full vertical travel with its
AIR CONTROL lever in the full air volume position. Should the MOTOMASSAGE DX jet not achieve full vertical travel and the problem is
not a closed air control valve or clogged filter cartridge, then your HOT
SPRING Service Center should be contacted.
IMPORTANT: A slow or non-moving MOTO-MASSAGE DX jet may
indicate that the filter cartridge pores are obstructed with dirt, body oils,
or calcification. Follow the filter cartridge cleaning procedures in the Spa
Care and Maintenance section of this manual.
The GLEAM, PULSE , FLAIR , and GLOW spas come equipped with
a Vidro® water feature. This water feature can be turned on or off when
the two-speed pump is on low speed (tranquil mode) or high speed. To
function correctly, the water feature on/off lever must be placed in the full
on position only.
If the lever is not in the full on position when the pump is on high speed,
it is likely that the water feature will project water substantially farther out
into the spa as the on/off lever is opened. This is not proper operation.
If this occurs, the pump should be turned off, the water feature lever
rotated to the full on position and the pump turned on again.
When not in use turn the on/off lever to the OFF position.
CAUTION: Partial blockage of water flow at entrance of water feature
will cause the water to flow farther into or over the spa.
The HOT SPRING logo on the front of the spa illuminates a blue and
green color. These colors indicate the power and ready status of the spa
without having to open the cover to look at the control panel.
Direct Hydromassage jets are small, producing a precisely narrow
stream of massaging action. They are placed in groups to perform a
soft, soothing massage on your back, neck, and shoulders.
Green indicator - water is ready,
within 2°F of set temperature
COMBINATION HYDROMASSAGE JETS
These jets deliver a great massage to the feet, back and shoulder areas.
These jets may be adjusted to provide either a stationary, direct stream,
or, by positioning the nozzle to one side, a variety of rotating massage
patterns. Also, the speed of the rotation can be changed by rotating
the jet faceplate from a full stream, to shutting the jet completely off. To
avoid damage to your spa’s plumbing and components, do not turn off
more than half of these jets at the same time.
COMBINATION JETS MAINTENANCE
Blue indicator - Power to spa is on
If you notice that either the Combination or Combination XL jets spin
slower than when the spa was new, or the jets are sticking, the cause
may be built-up deposits inside the jet bearings. To remove the deposits,
use the following instructions:
1. With the spa off, rotate the combination jet face counter-clockwise
until it stops.
2. Once the face stops rotating, push in and use a little extra force
to rotate the face even more counter-clockwise past the locking
position until it stops. Pull face with the body away from the spa.
3. After flushing the bearing inside the body with water, spin the
rotating eye, it should spin very freely. If it does not, place the
bearing end in a cup of vinegar (the vinegar will soften any
deposits). Leave soaking overnight. The next day, flush with water
and repeat the spin test.
NOTE: If it still doesn’t spin freely, a second night of soaking is
required. If the bearing still does not spin, you will need to purchase
a replacement assembly from your HOT SPRING dealer.
4. To replace, position the cutout at the back end of the face body
downward and push the face body back into the spa fitting. Slightly
rotate face body in either direction until you feel the body align with
the fitting, then press firmly on the face body. Once seated, push
and rotate the face clockwise using a little extra force to overcome
the locking position. If the face does not rotate, remove and rotate
face body 180° and repeat this step. Turn the jet pump on, the
combination jet should spin freely.
Getting Started
Green Indicator: The GREEN indicator will light when the spa water
temperature is within 2°F (1°C) of the set temperature, and will turn
off when the temperature is outside of that range. If you increase or
decrease the temperature setting of the spa, the ready indicator will turn
off until the water temperature reaches the acceptable range for the
new temperature setting. A flashing GREEN indicator means a problem
may exists with the temperature sensor (see Troubleshooting section for
more information).
Blue Indicator: The BLUE indicator is ‘on’ when the spa is properly
supplied with power. It also provides a diagnostic function–a flashing
BLUE indicator indicates that the heater high limit has tripped, meaning
that either the spa water is above its acceptable temperature range,
or a malfunction has occurred within the spa (such as low circulation
due to clogged filters). An ‘off’ BLUE indicator means that there is a
problem with the spa control box or the power supplied to the spa (see
Troubleshooting section for more information).
QUICK START-UP INSTRUCTIONS
BEFORE YOU FILL YOUR SPA
Make sure your spa has been properly installed per all local codes, this
includes the location of the spa, the foundation of the spa as well as the
electrical installation of the spa. Installation instructions in the form of a
Pre-Delivery Instruction booklet can be obtained from either your HOT
SPRING dealer or online at:
www.HotSpring.com/planning-tools/pre-delivery-instructions
DO:
• Know which water treatment system you will be using and make sure
you have necessary chemicals available. Read all of the instructions
that come with the system.
• Have FRESHWATER 5-way Test Strips Available.
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GLEAM Model:
• Push the JETS hard button.
• Push the JETS MAX soft button to turn on all the jets and run for
one minute. Press the soft button next to each Jet # to shut off the
jets.
Weak or surging jets are an indication of a low water level condition or
clogged filter cartridges.
IMPORTANT: Be sure the air Lever (see illustration in Spa Features
section) is open by turning clockwise until it stops. Combination jet
faces can be turned to completely shut off jet flow, these jets should
be open as well.
4. USING A TEST STRIP AND APPLICABLE CHEMICALS,
adjust Total Alkalinity (TA) to 80 ppm, Calcium Hardness (CH)
to 100 ppm, then spa water pH to between 7.4 and 7.8. These
procedures are listed in the “Water Quality and Maintenance”
section.
IMPORTANT: Always add spa water chemicals directly into the
filter compartment with the jet pump on high speed for at least
ten minutes. Adjusting the Total Alkalinity (TA) as the first step is
important, as out-of-balance TA will affect your ability to adjust the
pH correctly and will prevent the sanitizer from operating effectively.
• Have pH/Alkalinity Up & Down available.
• Know the "Hardness" of your water, contact your dealer to help you
with this information. See Water Quality and Maintenance for more
information.
IMPORTANT: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation does not
recommend that the spa be filled with “softened” water, as this may
damage the spa’s equipment.
• Purchase the Clean Screen® pre-filter to remove unwanted
contaminants from the tap water. This is recommended, not required.
DON'T:
• Power up the spa until it has been filled with water! Power to the
spa automatically activates critical components within the spa, such
as controls, heater, circulation pump, and other systems. If power
is supplied to these components prior to the spa being filled, the
components will be damaged, and this may result in a non-warranty
component failure.
• Fill the spa with hot water or cold water with cold water temperature
below 50º F (10º C)! Tripping of the high-limit thermostat may result
causing your spa to stop functioning.
DON'T:
SUPERCHLORINATE THE SPA WATER by adding 1½
• Use your spa after filling until all of the steps listed below START-UP
are completed!
• Add chlorine if treating your spa with polyhexamethylene biguanide
(Biguanide, PHMB, eg. BaquaSpa®) sanitizer.
teaspoons of chlorine (sodium dichlor) per 250 gallons (950 liters) of
spa water with the spa in the Cleaning mode.
All HOT SPRING spas are equipped with a Cleaning mode. When
the mode is activated, the jet pump in the first jet system will turn on
and run for ten minutes (used for water maintenance). To activate
the Cleaning mode, press the CLEAN soft button (on home screen)
to turn on the jet pump.
START-UP
Your HOT SPRING spa has been thoroughly tested during the
manufacturing process to ensure reliability and long-term customer
satisfaction. A small amount of water may have remained in the
plumbing after testing and, as a result, may have spotted the spa shell
or the spa siding prior to delivery. Before filling the spa, wipe the spa
shell clean with a soft rag.
The following instructions must be read and followed exactly to ensure
a successful start-up or refill.
1. CLOSE DRAIN AND FILL THE SPA with water through the
filter compartment. Your HOT SPRING spa water level should be
maintained just below the bottom of the pillow.
5. DURING THE SUPER-CHLORINATION PERIOD, rotate the
DIVERTER lever(s) through both operating positions, letting the
spa water circulate (with jets on) for equal periods of time. The HOT
SPRING spa's diverter levers are designed to operate different jets
in two different positions.
6. SET THE TEMPERATURE CONTROL, the spa is
pre-programmed to reach 100°F (38° C), and will normally do
so within 18 to 24 hours. You may raise or lower the water
temperature by:
• Pressing the OPTIONS hard button on the control panel.
• Pressing the soft button next to Temperature.
• Pressing the soft button next to TEMP ▲ button on the control
panel to raise the temperature.
• Pressing the soft button next to TEMP ▼ button on the control
panel to lower the temperature.
Place the vinyl cover on the spa and allow the water temperature
to stabilize. Make sure you secure the cover in place using the
cover locks. Periodically check the spa water temperature. When
the water temperature climbs above 90°F (32°C), proceed to the
next step.
To prevent tampering, you can lock your desired temperature
setting. Refer to the Operating section for details.
2. AFTER THE SPA HAS BEEN FILLED with water and the
equipment compartment door is secured, power must be applied to
the spa.
• 115 volt models: Connect the GFCI to the waterproof receptacle
and push the RESET button on the GFCI.
• 230 volt models: Open the door of the electrical subpanel, reset
the 30 amp GFCI breaker first, verify the system is primed, then
reset the 20 amp breaker. Close and secure the subpanel door.
3. TO CHECK THE OPERATION OF THE JET SYSTEM and to
purge any remaining air from the heating system:
PULSE, FLAIR & GLOW Models:
• Push the JETS hard button.
• Push the JET MAX soft button to run pumps on high speed, run for
one minute. Press JETS OFF soft button to shut all the jets off.
BOLT Model:
• Push the JETS Hard button to run the jet pump on high speed, run
for one minute. Press JETS OFF soft button to shut the JETS off.
7. ACTIVATE THE CLEAN CYCLE as described in step 5 to turn on
the CLEAN cycle to circulate the spa water. After the clean cycle
is complete, test the spa water for Free Available Chlorine (FAC)
residual. If the residual is between 3 and 5 ppm on the test strips
(found in the test kit) go on to the next step. If the residual is less
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Getting Started
9. RECHECK the Total Alkalinity (TA) at 80 ppm, Calcium Hardness
than 3 ppm, superchlorinate the spa water by adding 1½ teaspoons
of chlorine (sodium dichlor) per 250 gallons (950 liters) of spa water.
Activate the clean cycle again to circulate the spa water for another
ten-minute period.
(CH) at 100 ppm, then spa water pH at between 7.2 and 7.8. using a
FRESHWATER 5-way test strip.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you adjust your Total Alkalinity first, as
an out-of-balance condition will affect your ability to adjust the pH
correctly, and will prevent the sanitizer from operating effectively.
The spa is ready for use when the spa water has circulated
through each diverter lever operating position and the chlorine
level remains between 3 ppm and 5 ppm.
8. ROTATE THE DIVERTER LEVER(S) TO OPPOSITE
POSITION. Activate the clean cycle as described in step 5. Test the
spa water for Free Available Chlorine (FAC) residual. If the residual
is between 3 and 5 ppm on the test strips (found in the test kit) go
on to the next step. If the residual is less than 3 ppm, superchlorinate
the spa water by adding 1½ teaspoons of chlorine (sodium dichlor)
per 250 gallons (950 liters) of spa water. Then Activate the clean
cycle again to circulate the spa water for another ten-minute period.
Repeat this procedure until both diverter lever(s) operating positions
have been tested.
10.TEST WATER WEEKLY OR BEFORE EACH TIME
THE SPA IS USED
Getting Started
EQUIPMENT COMPARTMENT
The illustration below is to be used as a reference
only (your spa may look different). The equipment
compartment is located behind the front panel of the spa
below the control panel.
8
4
1
1
5
2
3
6
EQUIPMENT COMPARTMENT
1.Wavemaster® jet pump
2.No-Fault® heater
3. Silent Flo 5000® circulation pump
4. IQ 2020® control box
7
5.
6.
7.
8.
Ozone injector
*Main drain (with shut-off valve)
*Secondary drain
Bonding terminal
* This drain may be reversed with other drain depending on your spa, the Main drain will always have a shut-off valve attached.
Getting Started
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Water Quality and
Maintenance
CHEMICAL SAFETY
When using chemicals, read the labels carefully and follow directions
precisely. Though chemicals protect you and your spa when used
correctly, they can be hazardous in concentrated form. Always observe
the following guidelines:
• Allow only a responsible person to handle spa chemicals. Keep them
out of the reach of children.
• Accurately measure the exact quantities specified, never more. Do not
overdose your spa.
• Handle all containers with care. Store in a cool, dry, well ventilated
place.
• Always keep chemical containers closed when not in use. Replace
caps on their proper containers.
• Don't inhale fumes, or allow chemicals to come in contact with your
eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands immediately after use.
• Follow the emergency advice on the product label in case of accidental
contact, or if the chemical is swallowed. Call a doctor or the local
Poison Control Center. If a doctor is needed, take the product container
along with you so that the substance can be identified.
• Don't let chemicals get on surrounding surfaces or landscaping. Don't
use a vacuum cleaner to clean up chemical spills.
• Never smoke around chemicals. Some fumes can be highly flammable.
• Don't store any chemicals in the spa equipment compartment.
BASIC INFORMATION
It’s important to have clean water. Water maintenance is one of the least
understood, yet most important, areas of spa ownership. Your dealer
can guide you through the process of achieving and maintaining perfect
water in your spa, given your local conditions.
IMPORTANT: Water Terminology can be found at the end of this
section.
• Always read & refer to the owner's manual for complete information.
• Test your water with a test strip once a week, or each time the spa is used.
• Add chemicals in frequent small amounts to prevent overdosing the spa.
• Use the spa only when the chlorine level is between 1-5 ppm or
manually add chlorine as needed.
• When using ACE ® System, read & refer to the ACE owner's manual.
• It is the spa owner's responsibility to prevent over or under
chlorination.
• Drain & refill water 2-4 times per year depending on how often you
use your spa, and how many people use it.
IMPORTANT: Remember to change your water every three to four
months. Spa water that is maintained using the ACE Salt Water Sanitizing
System may last much longer - up to twelve months, with proper care*.
Refer to the ACE owner's manual for detailed instructions.
Check with your HOT SPRING dealer to determine if water in your
region has unique qualities - such as high metal or mineral content - that
should be addressed.
Your program will depend on your water’s mineral content, how often
you use your spa, and how many people use it.
HOW TO ADD CHEMICALS
TO THE WATER
IMPORTANT: All spa water chemicals, including granulated dichlor,
MPS, granulated pH increaser or decreaser, granulated total alkalinity
increaser, liquid stain and scale inhibitor, and liquid defoamer must
always be added directly into the filter compartment while the jet pump
is running in its high speed mode, and it must run for a minimum of ten
minutes.
WATER QUALITY CHART
To Administer Spa Water Chemicals:
PARAMETER
TARGET
MIN - "OK" RANGE - MAX
pH
7.4
7.2
7.8
ALKALINITY
80 ppm
40 ppm
120 ppm
HARDNESS
100 ppm
50 ppm
150 ppm
CHLORINE
3 ppm
1 ppm
5 ppm
Maintaining the water quality and the cleanliness of the filters in your spa
is your responsibility. Keeping the spa water balanced prolongs the life
of the spa components and will make the water more comfortable. Your
dealer can guide you through the process of achieving and maintaining
perfect water in your spa, given your local conditions. Your program will
depend on your water’s mineral content, how often you use your spa,
and how many people use it. Watkins Manufacturing Corporation has
developed several water care systems and products to simplify water
care which are available from authorized HOT SPRING dealers
ACE Salt Water Sanitizing System
®
Vanishing Act Calcium Remover
HOT SPRING FRESHWATER products FRESHWATER 5-way Salt Test Strips
EverFresh® System
CLEAN SCREEN Prefilter
1. Fold back the cover. Carefully remove and set aside the filter
compartment cover.
2. On your Control Panel:
• Push the CLEAN soft button (on home screen) to turn on the jet
pump.
3. Carefully measure the recommended amount of chemical and slowly
pour it into the filter compartment. Use care not to splash chemicals
on your hands, in your eyes, on the spa shell surface, or on the spa
cabinet.
4. Replace the filter compartment cover. After ten minutes, the jet pump
will automatically shut off to complete the procedure. Close and
secure the cover.
DANGER: Risk of Drowning: Never leave an open spa unattended!
IMPORTANT: After administering a super chlorination treatment or nonchlorine shock to your spa, leave the cover open for a minimum of 20
minutes to allow the oxidizer gas to vent. A high concentration of trapped
oxidizer gas which may exist as a result of the shock treatment (not daily
sanitation) may eventually cause discoloration or vinyl degradation to the
bottom of the cover. This type of damage is considered chemical abuse and
is not covered under the terms of the limited warranty.
*For more information visit www.hotspring.com/save-water
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Water Quality and Maintenance
FUNDAMENTALS OF
WATER MAINTENANCE
• Testing: Test the water weekly or each time the spa is used with
convenient FRESHWATER 5-way test strips or more accurate liquid/
tablet reagent test kit per instructions. Critical parameters: sanitizer
level, pH, Calcium Hardness (CH), and Total Alkalinity (TA). Store test
equipment in a dark, cool, dry place to maintain potency.
• Water Filtration: The 100% no by-pass 24 hour filtration used in HOT
SPRING spas provides the best approach to keeping water clean
by constantly circulating sanitizer and removing waste from the spa.
Regularly inspect and clean filters for peak performance.
• Chemical Balance/pH Control: It is important to adjust the primary
water parameters (Total Alkalinity, Calcium hardness, pH) into the
recommended ranges so
ALKALINE SPA
ADD pH
that they are stabilized or
WATER
DECREASER
balanced. Balance the
(SCALING
TO LOWER
water chemistry every time
ZONE)
pH
you fill the spa with new
water and then during the
life of that body of water.
COMFORT
Keeping the water in
ZONE
IDEAL
balance prevents damage
by holding the pH in a
ADD pH
ACIDIC SPA
safe range and preventing
INCREASER
WATER
calcium scale formation
TO RAISE
(CORROSIVE
on spa equipment. A low
pH
ZONE)
pH can damage metal
components whereas a high
pH can cause high levels of calcium to form scale. Your dealer should
provide a detailed water chemistry orientation soon after your new spa
is filled for the very first time.
• The following three water components must be kept in balance to avoid
damage to the spa. Do balance these components in the order they
are listed here as each will help you balance the next using a minimum
amount of chemicals.
1. Calcium Hardness (CH) – CH is the measure of the amount of
dissolved calcium in the water. Low levels can make the water
corrosive and high levels cause scale formation of spa components.
The recommended CH reading is between
50 - 150 ppm. A hardness of 50 ppm is recommended with the ACE
System. If the CH level is too high, lower it with the VANISHING
ACT calcium remover per instructions. Once in balance, the CH
reading normally remains stable until new water is added. Great
care must be taken when filling the spa from a water softener to
ensure that the calcium remains in balance and avoid damage to the
spa.
2. Total Alkalinity (TA) - TA is a measure of the water’s ability to resist
changes of pH or buffer capacity. A low TA allows the pH to fluctuate
easily. The recommended TA reading is between 40 - 120 ppm. To
raise the TA, use FRESHWATER pH/Alkalinity Up (sodium hydrogen
carbonate). To lower the TA, use FRESHWATER pH/Alkalinity Down
(sodium bisulfate). Once the TA is balanced, it normally remains
stable until the next drain/refill. We recommend you check the TA
reading once per month. Raising/lowering the TA may cause the pH
readings to fluctuate widely. Ignore the pH readings on the test strip
while you are balancing the TA.
3. pH - The pH is the measure of the acidity and alkalinity. Maintaining
the proper pH level will optimize the effectiveness of the sanitizer,
preventing damage to the spa and physical discomfort for spa users.
A low pH dissipates sanitizer, causes corrosion, and irritates spa
Water Quality and Maintenance
users. A high pH level will neutralize sanitizer, promote scaling and
cloud water. The recommended pH reading is between 7.2 - 7.8. To
lower the pH level, use FRESHWATER pH/Alkalinity Down (sodium
bisulfate). To raise the pH level, use FRESHWATER pH/Alkalinity
Up (sodium carbonate).
• Water Conditioners: Spa fill water varies from location to location and
user to user, therefore it is important to consult with your dealer for an
appropriate program.
a. VANISHING ACT – High levels of calcium and some minerals
can be removed from the water with the single use VANISHING
ACT. High calcium levels can cause scale formation on the spa
equipment and shell.
b. CLEAN SCREEN pre-filter –The CLEAN SCREEN pre-flter
should be used at every fill and top-off to remove contaminants
from the fill water, especially iron, copper, and manganese. Many
water sources including well water contain high concentrations of
minerals that can cause staining of the shell and plastics.
c. Stain and Scale control – For water high in calcium and minerals,
it may be necessary to use an anti-scalant like Stain and Scale
control. As water evaporates from your spa and new water is
added, the amount of dissolved minerals like calcium, copper,
iron, and manganese will increase. (Minimize evaporation by
keeping the cover on the spa whenever possible.) High iron or
copper content in the water may produce green or brown stains
on the spa.
d. Foam Inhibitors - Soap is introduced into the spa water from
users’ bodies and swimming apparel and can cause the spa
water to foam when the jets are used. Low levels of calcium
hardness (soft water) can increase foaming. Although ozone and
ACE can oxidize soap residual, it may become necessary to add
Foam Inhibitors to suppress the foam. Excessive soap in the
water may require a water change to resolve.
• Oxidizers: Ozone and Monopersulfate (MPS) are oxidizers used to
prevent the buildup of contaminants, maximize sanitizer efficiency,
minimize combined chlorine, and improve water clarity. They are to be
used in conjunction with EPA registered sanitizers. The FRESHWATER III high output ozone system uses Corona Discharge technology to
produce a high concentration of ozone which is injected into the spa
water 24 hours per day. FRESHWATER Chlorine-Free Oxidizer,
Monopersulfate (MPS) is a granular oxidizing chemical.
• Sanitizers: Maintaining the recommended residual level of an EPA
registered sanitizer at all times will decrease the occurrence of unsafe
bacteria and viruses in your spa water. The recommended Free
Available Chlorine (FAC), the amount of available chlorine sanitizer,
is 3.0-5.0 ppm. A low FAC can allow bacteria and viruses to grow
rapidly in the warm water, and a high FAC can cause discomfort to the
user’s eyes, lungs, and skin. Each sanitizer carries its own instructions
regarding how much to use and when to add it to the spa water.
Consult your dealer for their recommendations and instructions on
proper sanitizing of the spa.
a. ACE Salt Water Sanitizing System
b. EVERFRESH Water Care System FRESHWATER Concentrated
Chlorinating Granules c. Sodium Dichloro-s-Triazinetrione (sodium dichlor or chlorine)
d. Brominating Concentrate (one step granular bromine).
e. BaquaSpa® (please consult your BAQUASPA manual for instructions on the use of this product).
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ACE SALT WATER SANITIZING SYSTEM
IMPORTANT: DO NOT use tri-chlor chlorine, bromo-chloro-dimethylhydantoin (BCDMH), or any type of compressed bromine or chlorine,
acid or any type of sanitizer which is not recommended by Watkins
Manufacturing Corporation.
(OPTIONAL)
The ACE Salt Water Sanitizing System converts water and sodium
chloride salt into chlorine sanitizer. The ACE is compatible with
chlorine based systems and chemicals. Although the system is
reduced maintenance, it is not automatic. It is important that the user
regularly tests and balances the water. A calcium hardness of 50 ppm
is recommended to extend the life of the hardware. Consult the ACE
Manual for additional instructions.
THE HOT SPRING SPA WATER
MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
FILLING THE SPA WITH WATER
Use the CLEAN SCREEN Pre-filter to remove unwanted contaminants
such as rust, dirt, detergents, and algae from the fill water. Dissolved
metals, copper, iron, and manganese are also removed. Instructions are
included with the CLEAN SCREEN Pre-filter. Always fill the spa through
the filter compartment. Do not fill your spa using water from a swimming
pool as pool chemicals are very different from those used in a spa and
can damage your spa.
ADDING CHEMICALS TO THE WATER
All spa water chemicals, including granulated dichlor, MPS, granulated
pH increaser or decreaser, granulated total alkalinity increaser, liquid
stain and scale inhibitor, and liquid defoamer must always be added
directly into the filter compartment while the jet pump is running in its
high speed mode, and it must run for a minimum of ten minutes with the
cover off. Use the Clean button/feature to ensure that the chemicals are
properly mixed when adding.
BUILDING A SANITIZER ROUTINE
During the first month of ownership, measure the sanitizer residual
daily in order to establish a baseline of sanitizer needed vs. spa usage.
Sanitizer needed is the amount of Free Available Chlorine needed to
accommodate the number of users and their combined usage time. For
example, two spa users for twenty minutes every day creates regular
demand on the sanitizer that is used to determine how much sanitizer
to add in order to maintain the proper residual. If the usage pattern
increases dramatically with invited guests, the amount and frequency of
sanitizer required increases dramatically.
PERFORMING SUPER CHLORINATION/
NON-CHLORINE SHOCK TREATMENT
EVERFRESH WATER CARE SYSTEM
(OPTIONAL)
The EVERFRESH water care system is comprised of the following
products:
• CLEAN SCREEN Pre-filter
• FRESHWATER Concentrated Chlorinating Granules, Sodium Dichlor
• FRESHWATER Chlorine-Free Oxidizer, Monopersulfate (MPS
• FRESHWATER III high output ozone system
• FRESHWATERAg+ Silver Ion purifier
The EVERFRESH system introduces silver ions into the spa water via
erosion of silver infused beads which inhibits bacteria growth. When
combined with MPS, or chlorine, waste is oxidized and removed from
the water. It is important to follow the recommended application and
maintenance programs outlined for each product’s use. If the spa is
being used over an extended period of time, such as a whole afternoon
or evening, additional sanitizer will be needed.
Required: Weekly Super Chlorinate/Shock the spa to reactivate the
silver ion cartridge, allow the release of silver ions, and quickly destroy
any remaining contaminants. Without this weekly shock treatment, the
silver ion cartridge may stop releasing silver ions into the water.
IMPORTANT: Use only Dichlor sanitizer. Silver is not compatible with
bromine and biguanides. Don't use a water clarifier. Clarifiers will cause
the spa water to become cloudy.
MANUAL CHLORINE (SODIUM DICHLOR)
A weekly or monthly super chlorination (1.5 tsp dichlor/250 gal) or shock
(4tbs mps/250 gal) may be required of your chosen sanitation program.
Increasing chlorine to 5 ppm for 24-48 hours removes excess waste and
chloramines from the water. Sodium dichlor is 6x stronger than MPS
and may be a more appropriate for those users that experience heavy
bather load conditions. Operate all jets and leave the cover open for
a minimum of 20 minutes to allow the oxidizer gas to vent to prevent
damage and discoloration to the cover and pillows after administering
a super chlorination or shock to your spa. This type of damage is
considered chemical abuse and is not covered under the terms of the
limited warranty.
IMPORTANT: Always allow the Free Available Chlorine to fall below 5
ppm before using your spa.
DANGER: Never leave an open spa unattended, especially if there
are children present!
Watkins Manufacturing Corporation recommends the use of
FRESHWATER Concentrated Chlorinating Granules (sodium dichlor)
for sanitizing the water. Sodium dichlor is preferred because it is totally
soluble, dissolves quickly, and is nearly pH neutral. The recommended
Free Available Chlorine (FAC), the amount of available chlorine sanitize
the spa, 3.0-5.0 ppm.
If the FAC is too low: Increase the FAC by adding granulated sodium
dichlor.
If the FAC is too high: Allow time to pass and the FAC level will
naturally drop over time.
If the spa smells of chlorine: super chlorinate or shock the spa FAC
chlorine does not have an odor whereas combined spent chlorine
(chloramines) has a strong chlorine odor that can be eliminated by
shocking the water.
IMPORTANT: There are several forms of stabilized chlorine available
for use in spas and swimming pools. It is extremely important to choose
one specifically designed for spas. Use of an incorrect product such
as tri-chlor which has a very low pH (2.6) and dissolves too quickly in
hot water, results in extremely high levels of chlorine that WILL cause
damage to your spa. Use of a liquid or compressed bromine/chlorine
or unapproved sanitizer WILL damage your spa and is specifically not
covered under the terms of the limited warranty.
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Water Quality and Maintenance
OZONE MAINTENANCE
LONG TIME PERIODS (5-14 DAYS):
Reduced or no ozone bubbles coming from heater return (clogged
ozone injector) or no ozone, clean the injector:
1. Place 16 ounces of white vinegar into a cup or bucket.
2. Carefully loosen the long tubing attached to the bottom of the
ozonator, located in the equipment compartment.
DANGER: Place the end of the tubing into the vinegar, making
certain that the end of the tubing sits at the bottom of the container.
3. Run the spa until all 16 ounces of the vinegar are gone. This should
allow an ample flow of vinegar to be run through the injector and clear
the blockage.
4. Reinstall the tubing to the bottom of the ozonator.
Water chemistry damage is not covered by the warranty. The chemical
levels and water quality in the spa are under your direct control.
With proper basic care, the spa will provide many years of hot water
relaxation. If you are unsure about any chemical or its usage in the spa,
contact your Authorized Dealer, or Watkins Manufacturing Corporation.
Prior to leaving:
1. At least one day before you leave, set the temperature to its lowest
level. This setting should represent an approximate water temperature
of 80°F (27°C)
IMPORTANT: Spa water oxidizers such as sodium dichlor (chlorine)
maintain their level of effectiveness substantially longer in warm water
80°F (27°C) than in hot water 101°F to 104°F (38°C - 40°C).
2. Adjust the pH as required. Sanitize the water by following the shock
procedures.
Upon your return:
3. Sanitize the water by following the shock procedures. Return the set
temperature to its original setting. The spa water will be safe for you to
use once the Free Available Chlorine residual level has dropped below
5.0 ppm.
IMPORTANT: If you will not be using your spa for an extended period
of time (in excess of 14 days) and an outside maintenance service
(or neighbor) is not available to assist with the water maintenance,
draining or winterizing of the spa is recommended. Spas equipped
with our FRESHWATER III ozone system can extend this to 4 weeks.
The FRESHWATER III ozone system does not guard against possible
freezing damage, however.
DO:
• Add all chemicals slowly into the filter compartment with the jet pump
operating for ten minutes.
• Use special care if using baking soda to clean either the interior or
exterior plastic surfaces.
IMPORTANT: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation DOES NOT
recommend the use of any floating chemical dispenser. Damage to
the spa shell or components caused by a floating chemical dispenser
is specifically not covered under the terms of the limited warranty.
Floating dispensers can become trapped in one area and cause an
over-sanitization or release large chunks of sanitizer that very quickly
chemically burns the shell and cover.
SUPPLEMENTAL WATER MAINTENANCE
Proper water sanitation and mineral balance (pH control) are absolutely
essential for a complete spa water maintenance program. Here are two
other popular water additives that are optional:
Mineral Deposit Inhibitors
DON'T:
• Use compressed sanitizers.
• Use a floater type sanitization system as a low or no maintenance
solution to your spa maintenance program.
• Use a sanitizer which is not designed for spas.
• Use swimming pool (muriatic) acid to lower pH.
• Use household bleach (liquid sodium hypochlorite).
• Broadcast or sprinkle the chemicals onto the water surface. This
method may cause chemically-induced spa surface blistering (chemical
abuse).
VACATION WATER CARE
INSTRUCTIONS
Foam Inhibitors
If you plan to be away from home, follow these instructions to ensure
that the water quality of your spa is maintained:
SHORT TIME PERIODS (3-5 DAYS):
1. Adjust the pH by following the instructions outlined in the Water
Quality and Maintenance section.
2. Sanitize the water by following the shock procedures also listed in the
Water Quality and Maintenance section.
3. Lock your cover in place using the coverlocks.
4. Upon your return, sanitize the water by following the shock
procedures, and balance the pH.
5. If ACE is installed, please refer to Tips section, vacation or limited use
in the ACE Owner's Manual.
Water Quality and Maintenance
As water evaporates from your spa and new water is added, the amount
of dissolved minerals will increase. (Minimize evaporation by keeping
the cover on the spa whenever possible.) The spa water may eventually
become “hard” (Calcium Hardness too high) enough to damage the
heater by calcifying its surface. Proper pH control can minimize this.
Normal soap build-up will require water replacement regularly enough
that mineral deposits normally are not a problem.
Occasionally, high iron or copper content in the water may produce
green or brown stains on the spa. A stain and scale inhibitor may help to
reduce these metals.
IMPORTANT: Well water may contain high concentrations of minerals.
The use of a low water volume, extra-fine pore water filter (in-line prefilter such as the CLEAN SCREEN pre-filter) will help to remove many of
the larger particles during the filling of the spa. In-line pre-filters can be
purchased at your local HOT SPRING dealer.
Spa water requires changing due to the buildup of soap in the water.
Typically, soap will cause the spa water to foam when the jets are used.
Soap is introduced into the spa water from two sources: users’ bodies,
which retain a soap residual after showering, and swimming apparel,
which retains soap after washing.
Foam inhibitors can suppress foam, but cannot remove soap from the
water. Soap is very difficult to remove from the water because soap is
not oxidized by any chemical added to the spa. Only ozone can oxidize
soap.
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Eventually the soap build-up in the water will be concentrated, resulting
in an unclean feeling on the bather’s skin, which is impossible to remedy.
When this occurs, it’s time to drain and refill the spa. Depending on the
soap input, the water should last about four months before needing to be
drained.
WATER TERMINOLOGY
The following chemical terms are used in this Water Quality and
Maintenance section. Understanding their meaning will help you to
better understand the water maintenance process.
Bromamines: Compounds formed when bromine combines with
nitrogen from body oils, urine, perspiration, etc. Unlike chloramines,
bromamines have no pungent odor, and are effective sanitizers.
Bromine: A halogen sanitizer (in the same chemical family as chlorine).
Bromine is commonly used in stick, tablet, or granular form.
Calcium Hardness: The amount of dissolved calcium in the spa water.
This should be approximately 50 -150 ppm (ACE: 25 – 75 ppm). High
levels of calcium can cause cloudy water and scaling. Low levels can
cause harm to the spa equipment.
Chloramines: Compounds formed when chlorine combines with
nitrogen from body oils, urine, perspiration, etc. Chloramines can cause
eye irritation as well as having a strong odor. Unlike bromamines,
chloramines are weaker, slower sanitizers.
Chlorine: An efficient sanitizing chemical for spas. Watkins
Manufacturing Corporation recommends the use of sodium dichlor-type
granulated chlorine. This type is preferred because it is totally soluble
and nearly pH neutral.
Chlorine (or Bromine) Residual: The amount of chlorine or bromine
remaining after chlorine or bromine demand has been satisfied. The
residual is, therefore, the amount of sanitizer which is chemically available to
kill bacteria, viruses and algae.
Corrosion: The gradual wearing away of metal and plastic spa parts,
usually caused by chemical action. Generally, corrosion is caused by low
pH or by water with levels of TA, CH, pH or sanitizer which are outside the
recommended ranges.
Halogen: Any one of these five elements: fluorine, chlorine, bromine,
iodine, and astatine.
MPS: Monopersulfate is the non-chlorine oxidizer used with the
FRESHWATERAg+ silver ion purification system. Not a sanitizer.
Nitric Acid: The formulation of nitric acid, a highly corrosive chemical,
is a byproduct of the ozone generating process. Nitric acid is produced
in very small quantities and is readily dissolved in the water stream with
ozone.
Oxidizer: The use of an oxidizing chemical is to prevent the buildup of
contaminants, maximize sanitizer efficiency, minimize combined chlorine
and improve water clarity. See MPS and Ozone.
Ozone: Ozone is a powerful oxidizing agent which is produced in
nature and artificially by man. Ozone forms no byproducts, oxidizes
chloramines, and will not alter the water’s pH.
pH: The measure of the spa water’s acidity and alkalinity. The
recommended pH for the spa water is 7.2 to 7.8. Below 7.0 (considered
neutral), the spa water is too acidic and can damage the heating system.
Above 7.8, the water is too alkaline and can result in cloudy water, and
scale formation on the shell and heater.
ppm: The abbreviation of “parts per million”, the standard measurement
of chemical concentration in water. Identical to mg/l (milligrams per liter).
Reagent: A chemical material in liquid, powder, or tablet form for use in
chemical testing.
Sanitizer: Sanitizers are added and maintained at recommended
residuals to protect bathers against pathogenic organisms which can
cause disease and infection in spa water.
Scale: Rough calcium-bearing deposits that can coat spa surfaces,
heaters, plumbing lines, and clog filters. Generally, scaling is caused by
mineral content combined with high pH. Additionally, scale forms more
readily at higher water temperatures.
Super-Chlorination: Also known as “shock treatment.” SuperChlorination is a process of adding significant doses of a quick dissolving
sanitizer (“dichlor” is recommended) to oxidize non-filterable organic
waste and to remove chloramines and bromamines.
Total Alkalinity (TA): The amount of bicarbonates, carbonates, and
hydroxides present in spa water. Proper total alkalinity is important for
pH control. If the TA is too high, the pH is difficult to adjust. If the TA is
too low, the pH will be difficult to hold at the proper level. The desired
range of TA in spa water is 40 to 120 ppm.
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Water Quality and Maintenance
Operating Instructions
INDICATOR ICONS
The control panel provides a quick visual check of the spa’s status and
allows the user to set the temperature, activate the jets & lights, lock the
temperature and/or spa functions. Other optional functions may also be
available depending on the spa model and accessory equipment that
has been installed into the spa. The control panel has eight buttons.
HARD BUTTONS
The four labeled outer buttons are referred to as "Hard buttons". These
buttons are fixed and their functions do not change.
JETS - If jet pump indicator icon is off and JETS hard button is pressed,
the 1st jet pump function will activate and the Control panel display will
advance to the Jets menu.
If jet pump indicator icon is on and the JETS hard button is pressed while
in any screen other than the Jets menu, the jets pump function does not
change, only the Control panel screen will change to the Jets menu.
LIGHTS - If lights are off, press LIGHTS hard button from any screen to
turn on the Underwater lights (only) and display the Underwater Lighting
menu. When LIGHTS hard button is pressed in the Underwater Lighting
menu with the underwater lights on, it will cycle the light intensity for the
underwater lights. If underwater lights are on, initial press of LIGHTS
hard button will not change light setting but will access Underwater
lighting menu.
OPTIONS - Transitions to the Options screen to access temperature
and setup menu
BACK - Goes back one menu. In Home screen Hold BACK button until
screen rotates 180° to view from inside spa. Repeat to reverse.
JETS
Hard button
OPTION
Hard button
Soft buttons
LIGHTS
Hard button
Indicator Icons
Control panel screen
SOFT BUTTONS
Spa Light Indicator: The Spa Light indicator icon is displayed
when any light inside the spa is on. The indicator will remain
solid as long as any light is activated. Spa Light indicator flashes
whenever the color wheel is on.
Spa or Temperature Lock Indicator: The Spa or Temperature
Lock indicator icon is displayed when either the Spa Lock,
Temperature Lock or both is activated. Lock indicator icon does not
flash.
Jet Pump Indicator: The Jet Pump indicator icon is displayed
whenever a jet pump is on. The Jet Pump indicator icon will
flash whenever the spa is in the ten-minute clean cycle.
Summer Timer Indicator: The Summer Timer indicator icon is
displayed when the summer timer is set to ON. In the summer
timer mode, the heater and circulation pump cycle are off for eight
hours. The Summer Timer indicator icon will not flash.
Water Care Indicator: The Water Care indicator icon is
displayed whenever a water care device is detected in the
system and the water care system is operating correctly. The icon will
flash if the water care system requires attention.
POWER Indicator: The POWER indicator icon is displayed
when the spa is properly supplied with power. It also provides
a diagnostic function–a flashing power indicator icon indicates that the
heater high limit has tripped, meaning that either the spa water is above
its acceptable temperature range, or a malfunction has occurred within
the spa (such as low circulation due to clogged filters). An ‘off’ power
indicator icon means that there is a problem with the spa control box or
the power supplied to the spa (see Troubleshooting section for more
information).
OPTION SCREEN
BACK
Hard button
The four inside buttons are referred to as "soft buttons". Pressing a soft
button will activate the function on the control panel screen closest to
that button. The control panel display lets you know you’ve pressed a
button and that the selected function has been performed. After a period
of non-use (45 seconds) the display will go back to the Home screen
where the screen will remain on for several minutes before going into
sleep mode. Pressing any button will wake up a sleeping display.
Operating Instructions
The indicator icons can only be seen on the Home Screen. They are
visible whenever the icon's function is active.
READY Indicator: The READY indicator icon is displayed
when the spa water temperature is within 2°F (1°C) of the set
temperature, and will turn off when the temperature is outside of that
range. If you increase or decrease the temperature setting of the spa,
the ready indicator will turn off until the water temperature reaches the
acceptable range for the new temperature setting. A flashing READY
indicator means a problem may exists with the temperature sensor (see
Troubleshooting section for more information)
The Option screen is an intermediate
screen that gets you to various optional
settings.
Press the OPTIONS hard button on
the control panel to display the Options
screen.
Press the Soft button next to the descriptions to access the description's
screen.
IMPORTANT: Audio and ACE Water Care will only be displayed on your
Options screen if your spa is equipped with these features.
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HOME SCREEN
To increase the set temperature of the spa water:
• Press the soft button next to ▲.
Each time the button is pressed,
the set temperature display will
increase by one degree. If the
button is held down, the set
temperature display will increase
by one degree every half-second.
The temperature displayed in the
center of the Home screen is the
actual temperature of the spa water.
If the READY icon is lit and solid
on the screen then the actual spa
temperature is within 2°F (1°C) of
the set temperature. The corner soft
button functions are as follows:
MEMORY
If you purchased music or TV accessories with your spa, this feature will
take you to the Audio menu.
To decrease the set temperature of the spa water:
• Press the soft button next to ▼.
Each time the button is pressed, the
set temperature display will decrease
by one degree. If the button is held
down, the set temperature display will
decrease by one degree every halfsecond.
If the set temperature value does not
change, check to see whether the
TEMP LOCK or SPA LOCK features are on. When either of these
features is activated, the temperature control is disabled.
The temperature can be displayed in Fahrenheit or Celsius. Press the
soft button next to the °F/°C to choose one or the other.
CLEAN
LOCKING FEATURES
This feature will recall the last active setting for jets and lights prior to
pressing the All Off button.
IMPORTANT: If the jet pump will not engage, make sure SPA LOCK is
deactivated. SPA LOCK disables the controls on the control panel.
ALL OFF
This feature will shut all jets and lights off immediately, while saving the
last active jets and lights settings.
AUDIO
Provided as a convenient timer for water maintenance, this function
activates the jet pump on high for a ten minute period. The jet icon (on
the Home Screen) will flash to indicate the jet pump is engaged and
in the clean cycle. Next you may add properly measured spa water
chemicals into the filter compartment. The jet pump and clean icon will
automatically shut off after ten minutes.
IMPORTANT: Some soft key functions will only be displayed if the
accessory has been installed.
TEMPERATURE CONTROL
The two locking features, Temperature Lock and Spa Lock, are
activated at the Control panel. Once activated, a lock will remain active
until the specific button combination is pressed to disable the lock. Even
if power to the spa is disconnected even briefly, the lock will remain
activated.
TEMPERATURE LOCK
The set temperature range is from 80°F to 104°F (26°C to 40°C). (The
water temperature of any spa may rise or lower slightly depending on
the current use and condition of your spa and on outside temperatures.)
The set temperature of the spa water will default to 100°F (38°C) the
first time that power is applied. This is the setting programmed at the
factory. After the spa has been set
up and used, the last temperature
value set by the user will be stored
in memory. If power is disconnected
from the spa, it will automatically
revert to the last set temperature
when power is reapplied.
To display the set temperature of
the spa:
• Press the OPTIONS hard button on the Control panel .
• Press the soft button next to Temperature. The set temperature
screen will be displayed. This screen will automatically revert to the
Home screen after 45 seconds of non-use.
When activated, the Temperature Lock
feature prevents a change in your
desired water temperature setting. All
other functions on the Control panel will
operate normally while the temperature
lock is "ON". This feature prevents
others from changing the owner's
desired settings.
To activate the Temperature Lock:
• Press the OPTIONS hard button at the Control panel.
• Press the soft button next to Temperature to advance the screen.
• Press the soft button next to Temp Lock Off to change the screen to
Temp Lock On.
IMPORTANT: The Temperature/Spa lock icon will be displayed on the
Home Screen during a temperature lock condition.
To deactivate the Temperature Lock:
• Press the OPTIONS hard button at the Control panel.
• Press the soft button next to Temp Lock.
• Press the soft button next to Temp Lock On to change the screen to
Temp Lock Off to turn the Temp Lock and icon off.
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Operating Instructions
SPA LOCK
BOLT
When activated, the Spa Lock
feature disables all functions on the
control panel. It prevents others from
tampering with the jets, lights and
temperature settings on your spa. The
control panel will not respond to any
hard or soft buttons when pushed in
Spa Lock mode.
1st press = jet pump on High
LIGHT CONTROL
All HOT SPRING spas are equipped with Multi-Color lighting.
Press the LIGHTS hard button to activate the Interior Lights and display
the screen.
To activate the Spa Lock:
• Press the OPTIONS hard button.
• Press the soft button next to Set-up.
• Press the soft button next to Spa Lock Off.
IMPORTANT: The Temperature/Spa Lock icon will be displayed while
the screens are locked.
To deactivate the Spa Lock:
• Press and hold the OPTIONS hard button and the LIGHTS hard button
at the same time for 3 seconds. The spa lock icon will turn off.
IMPORTANT: You can activate the spa lock feature even when
the temperature lock is already on. You do not need to turn off the
temperature lock in order to turn on the spa lock feature. If the
temperature lock was already on when you activate the spa lock, it
will remain on when you turn off the spa lock.
JETS CONTROL
The JETS hard button activates the jet
pumps. When the JETS hard button is
pressed, the jets menu will be displayed
on the control panel with Jet 1 in the
Low position, the Jet Pump icon will
also display on the home screen. Press
any of the soft keys to change the jet
functions between high or low (when
available) speed, and off.
The GLEAM model has 3 jet pumps, Jet 3 can be found in the lower
right corner for GLEAM spas only. The third jet pump can only be
activated by pressing the soft key next to Jet 3.
The jets icon (on the Home Screen) will remain lit until the button is
pressed to turn off the jet pump(s), or after two hours of continuous
operation when the pump(s) is automatically shut off by the control
system.
The jet pump(s) will turn themselves off after two hours of continuous operation
to prevent overheating and conserve energy in case you forgot they were on.
The jets can be restarted again with no delay.
IMPORTANT: The jet pumps will not function while the spa lock feature
is activated.
You may also run through the entire jet pump cycle by only using the
JETS hard button as follows:
GLEAM , PULSE, FLAIR & GLOW
1st Press = Jet pump 1 on Low 2nd Press = Jet pump 1 on High
3rd Press = Both jet pumps on
high speed
4th Press = Jet pump 1 on
Low, Jet pump 2 on high
5th Press = Jet pump 2 on High 6th Press = All pumps off
Operating Instructions
2nd press = jet pump OFF
To change the intensity of the spa’s Interior lights:
• Press the soft button next to Dimmer.
There are three (3) brightness levels
plus off.
IMPORTANT: Pressing the LIGHTS
hard button several times will also
change the intensity of the spa's
Interior lights when in the Interior
Lights screen from brightest to off,
back to brightest.
To change the color of the Interior lights:
• Press the soft button next to Color.
The colors are as follows: 1) Blue, 2) Aqua, 3) Green, 4) White, 5)
Yellow, 6) Red, 7) Magenta, 8) Color Wheel On, 9) Color Wheel Off.
NOTE: Lights icon on the Home Scree will flash whenever the Color
Wheel is on.
To turn off all of the lights:
• Press the soft button next to Lights Off.
GLEAM Spa Only:
The Gleam spa has exterior lights.
IMPORTANT: Pressing the LIGHTS
hard button will turn on both the Interior
and Exterior lights. Pressing the hard
light button a second time will dim
interior to 2, press hard light button a
third time will dim interior to 1, press
hard light button a fourth time will dim
interior to off, press the hard light button a fifth time will shut all lights off.
• Press the soft button next to Exterior Lighs to view the Exterior Lights
screen.
• Press the soft button next to Daily
Lights to turn on the 24 hour external
light time. Activating the timer will turn
external lights on for 6 hours at the
same time every day.
• Press the soft button next to Daily
Lights a second time to turn the timer
Off
• Press the soft button next to Interior Lights to return to the Interior
Lights menu.
SUMMER TIMER
Your HOT SPRING spa is equipped with a summer timer. The summer
timer can be activated during extremely hot summer months to
maintain water temperatures. Activating the summer timer causes the
heater to immediately shut down. The circulation pump will remain
on for approximately 5 minutes pushing water through the heater to
cool it down. Both heater and circulation pump will then remain off for
eight hours. The summer time icon will be displayed on the control
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panel and will remain displayed for as long as the summer timer is on.
The circulation pump and heater will automatically shut down for the
same eight hours every day until the summer timer is deactivated. It is
recommended to activate the summer timer in the morning so that the
spa is off during the hottest part of the day and so that the circulation
pump will start up again in the evening when you are ready to enjoy the
spa again.
IMPORTANT: The Summer timer will not lower the spa’s water
temperature below the ambient air temperature. Ambient conditions,
including humidity, wind and shading will affect your spa water
temperature.
To activate the Summer timer, simply follow these steps:
• Press the OPTIONS Hard button on the Control panel.
• Press the soft button next to Set up.
• Press the soft button next to
Summer timer to activate. The
Summer timer icon (on the Home
Screen) will display when activated.
IMPORTANT: If water temperature falls
below 80°F (26.7°C) the summer timer
will automatically be disabled.
• The Summer timer should be
deactivated when cooler temperatures return. To do this, simply repeat
last 3 steps. The yellow Summer timer icon will turn off.
ACE WATER CARE (OPTIONAL)
If your spa has the ACE WATER CARE
system installed you can navigate to the
ACE screen as follows:
• Press the OPTIONS hard button on
the Control panel.
• Press the soft button next to ACE
Water Care.
(see ACE owner's manual for more information).
AUDIO (OPTIONAL)
If a wireless audio sound system is installed, both the Home screen and
the Options screen will display the Audio function.
To enter the Audio menu screen:
• Press the soft button next to Audio on the home screen.
• Press the soft button next to Audio to turn the Sound System on or
off. Audio must be ON to advance
the audio screens.
• Press the soft button next to ▲ or
▼ to change the volume level.
• Press the Function:SET soft
button to advance to the Play/
Pause function screen.
LANGUAGE
The Control panel screen can be viewed in five different languages.
The languages are English, French, German, Dutch, and Spanish. To
change languages:
• Press the OPTIONS hard button on the Control panel.
• Press the soft button next to Set-Up.
• Press the soft button next to
Language until the desired language
is visible.
IMPORTANT: Should you accidently
change the language screen into a
language you don't know, simply
repeat the previous steps where
Set-up is in the top right corner and
Language is in the lower right corner.
BRIGHTNESS
If you would like to change the brightness of the control panel screen:
• Press the OPTIONS hard button on the Control panel.
• Press the soft button next to Set-up.
• Press the soft button next to Brightness to lower the brightness
from 7 down to 1.
IMPORTANT: Pressing the Brightness soft button at number 1 will
increase the screen brightness back to 7.
• Press the soft button next to
PLAY/PAUSE (top right corner) to play
or pause music.
• Press the Function:PLAY/
PAUSE soft button to advance to
the TRACK function screen. This
function will only control IPOD
source.
• Press the FORWARD or BACK soft
buttons to change the track (song).
• Press the Function:TRACK soft
button to advance to the SETUP
function screen. This function will
only control IPOD source.
• Press the ENTER SETUP soft button
to scroll to the SETUP SOURCE
screen.
IMPORTANT: If the Function: SETUP
soft button is pressed, the screen will
advance back to the Volume screen.
Press the Back hard button to exit
audio screens if desired.
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Operating Instructions
• This Source screen illustrates the current
audio source the spa is using.
• Press ▲ or ▼ soft buttons to change
the desired source: iPod®, TV, AUX or
Bluetooth®.
• Press the soft button next to ▲ or ▼
to change the Balance between -5
and +5.
• Press SETUP Balance soft button
to advance to the Subwoofer
Volume screen.
To use the BLUETOOTH screen, your
audio BLUETOOTH device must be paired with the spa. On your device,
find My Spa. If you do not see this on your device you may be too far
away from spa. Pair your device and you
will be ready to use the BLUETOOTH.
Audio must be On to use BLUETOOTH
and only one paired BLUETOOTH device
will work at a time.
• Press SETUP SOURCE soft button to
advance to the SETUP Tone, Treble
screen.
• Press the soft button next to ▲ or
▼ to change the Subwoofer Volume
between 0 and 11.
• Press SETUP Subwoofer
soft button to advance to the
CHANNEL screen.
• Press the soft button next to ▲ or ▼ to
change the Treble between -5 and +5.
• Press SETUP Tone,Treble soft
button to advance to the Tone, Bass
screen.
• Press the soft button next to ▲ or ▼
to change the Channel number from
1-5. The Channel number in the spa
must match the channel number on
the Transmitter in the house for the
wireless system to work.
• Press SETUP Channel to advance
to the SETUP SOURCE screen.
• Press the soft button next to ▲ or ▼ to
change the Bass between -5 and +5.
• Press SETUP Tone,Bass soft button
to advance to the BALANCE screen.
Operating Instructions
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Jet Menu LIMELIGHT COLLECTION
GLEAM (MODEL GLM)
Jet Pump 1 - Jet System 1
Diverter lever in the
Jet Pump 1 - Jet System 2
position
Diverter lever in the
A
E
E
D
C
position
B
A
C
D
B
a) 6 Direct jets
b) 10 Direct jets
c) 1 Combination XL jet
d) 4 Direct jets
e) 1 Waterfall (lever must be in ON position)
a) 2 Combination XL jets b) 6 Direct jets
c) 2 Combination jets
d) 6 Direct jets
e) 1 Waterfall (lever must be in ON position)
C
A
B
D
E
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
4 Combination jets
1 Combination XL jet
4 Direct jets
6 Direct jets
1 Combination jet
Jet Pump 3 - Jet System 2
Jet Pump 3 - Jet System 1
Diverter lever in the
Jet Pump 2
Diverter lever in the
position
position
B
A
B
a) 8 Direct jets
c) 4 Direct jets
e) 4 Direct jets
A
C
D
E
D
b) 4 Direct jets
d) 1 MotoMassage DX
a) 8 Direct jets
c) 4 Direct jets
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C
b) 2 Combination jets
d) 1 MotoMassage DX
Jet Menus
LIMELIGHT COLLECTION
PULSE (MODEL PLS)
B
A
Jet Pump 1
F
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
D
E
2 Combination XL jets
2 Direct jets
2 Combination jets
6 Direct jets
2 Combination jets
1 Water Feature (left wall) lever must be in ON
position
C
A
B
A
B
D
F
C
C
D
E
Jet Pump 2 - Jet System 1
Jet Pump 2 - Jet System 2
a)
b)
c)
d)
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
Diverter lever in the
position
Diverter lever in the
6 Direct jets
8 Direct jets
1 Combination XL jets
4 Direct jets
Jet Menus
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4 Direct jets
2 Combination jets
2 Direct jets
2 Direct jets
6 Direct jets
1 Combination XL jet
position
LIMELIGHT COLLECTION
FLAIR (MODEL FLR)
B
A
Jet Pump 1
F
D
C
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
2 Combination jets
2 Combination jets
4 Direct jets
1 Combination XL jet
1 Combination XL jet
1 Water Feature (right wall) lever must be in ON position
E
A
A
B
B
C
D
D
E
C
Jet Pump 2 - Jet System 1
Jet Pump 2 - Jet System 2
a)
b)
c)
d)
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
Diverter lever in the
Diverter lever in the
position
6 Direct jets
4 Direct jets
2 Combination jets
6 Direct jets
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position
1 Combination XL jet
4 Direct jets
2 Combination XL jets
4 Direct jets
2 Combination jets
Jet Menus
LIMELIGHT COLLECTION
BOLT (MODEL BLT)
A
B
C
E
D
Jet Pump
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
Jet Menus
8 Direct jets
4 Direct jets
2 Combination jets
2 Combination jets
1 Combination XL jet
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LIMELIGHT COLLECTION
GLOW (MODEL GLW)
B
A
Jet Pump 1
C
D
a) 10 Direct jets
b) 6 Direct jets jets
c) 2 Combination jets
d) 1 Water Feature (right wall) lever must be in ON
position
Jet Pump 2
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
E
C
D
4 Direct jets
1 Combination XL jet
1 Combination XL jet
2 Direct jets
2 Combination jets
A
B
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Jet Menus
Spa Care and Maintenance
as the heater will cycle more frequently. As an additional precaution
against partial freezing of some of the components, the equipment
compartment can be insulated with an insulating kit (available from
your local dealer). This insulating kit will also help to maximize the spa’s
energy efficiency.
IMPORTANT: When warmer weather returns approx. 60°-70°F (15° 21°C), the insulating kit must be removed to prevent overheating of the
jet pump.
Your HOT SPRING spa is manufactured from the highest quality, most
durable materials available. Even so, the spa care and maintenance
program you develop will ultimately determine how long your spa, and
its individual components, will last. Regular maintenance and following
the advice in this section will help you to protect your investment.
DRAIN & REFILL INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT: It is NOT recommended to refill your spa when the
ambient temperature goes below 50° F (10° C).
1. Disconnect the spa from the power supply by tripping both of the
GFCI breakers located in the subpanel. Unplug power cord for 115V
models.
2. Locate the drain valve (below front panel) for the spa and remove the
drain cap. Attach the inlet of a garden hose to the drain valve (to avoid
flooding of the foundation surrounding the spa) and route the outlet
of the hose to an appropriate draining area. Spa water with a high
sanitizer level may harm plants and grass.
3. Open the valve by turning the knob. The spa will drain by gravitational
flow.
4. Allow all of the water to drain through the drain.
5. When empty, inspect the spa shell and clean as required. (Follow the
Care of the Exterior instructions.)
6. Close the drain valve and reinstall the drain cap.
7. Install new filters or clean existing with FRESHWATER filter cleaner.
IMPORTANT: Always clean and rotate the filter cartridges each time
the spa is drained for cleaning.
8. Refill the spa through the filter compartment using the CLEAN
SCREEN pre-filter.
IMPORTANT: Refill water temperature must be between 50° - 70°F to
avoid high-limit tripping.
9. Follow the Quick Start-Up instructions in the Getting Started section.
COLD WATER REFILL
• When refilling your spa if the tap water is below 50° F (10° C) the
spa may go into a High Limit Protection mode (causing your spa to
stop functioning). If high limit tripping does occur, the fastest way to
reactivate the spa control system is to first disconnect power to the spa
completely, then warm the two sensors on top of the heater and the
vinyl tubing (located in the equipment compartment) with a hair dryer
for approximately 10 minutes. Once you believe the sensors and heater
tubing have been warmed sufficiently, reconnect power to the spa.
• Blending warm water with the cold tap water so it exceeds 50° F
(10° C) during the refilling process will also achieve the same results if
that is an option for you.
PREVENTION OF FREEZING
Your spa has been designed and
engineered for year-round use in any
climate. In some areas, extremely
cold temperatures below 10°F (-12°C)
combined with strong wind, may
cause partial freezing of the jet pump,
even though the water inside the spa
remains at the selected temperature.
The energy efficiency of the spa may
also decrease during these cold periods,
Spa Care and Maintenance
WINTERIZING YOUR SPA
If you leave the spa unused for a long period of time in severely cold
weather, you should drain the spa and winterize it to avoid accidental
freezing due to a power or equipment failure.
DANGER: Use only Propylene Glycol as your anti-freeze (available
at most RV or marine supply stores). This is non-toxic. Never use an
automobile anti-freeze (Ethylene Glycol) since it is toxic!
WARNING: Failure to follow these instructions correctly can lead to
freeze damage not covered by warranty. It is strongly recommended
that you contact your local dealer to perform this service
1. Drain your spa following the Drain & Refill instructions steps 1-5.
Open waterfall valve.
2. Remove the filter cartridges, clean and store in a dry place.
3. Rotate diverter levers to middle position and Water Feature lever to
open position.
IMPORTANT: These additional instructions must be utilized when
draining and winterizing your spa in climates where the temperature falls
below 32°F (0°C). A five (5) gallon combination (vacuum/blower) wet/dry
shop vac must be used to effectively remove water that is trapped inside
the plumbing lines.
4. Attach the vacuum’s hose to the blower side of the shop vac.
a. Place the end of the vacuum hose down the filter opening.
b. Turn on the blower function and allow it to blow out any water
remaining in the plumbing lines (approximately 3 to 5 minutes).
c. Turn the SMARTJET lever to the second position and allow that
system to purge.
d. If your spa is equipped with more than two jet systems, then each
jet system will also need to be blown out.
5. Attach the vacuum hose to the vacuum side of the shop vac. Vacuum
all openings and orifices as follows:
a. Jet openings: start with the jets at the top and move downward (if
suction is coming from another jet, block off the other jet using a
large rag – this will help pull out the water that is trapped deeper
inside the main line)
b. Filter suction fittings and filter compartment.
c. Drain outlet (it may be necessary to cover the drain grate tightly
with a rag when vacuuming the drain outlets to ensure water is
drawn completely from the internal plumbing system).
6. Thoroughly dry the spa shell with a clean towel.
7. Replace the drain cap.
DANGER: Use only Propylene Glycol as your anti-freeze. This is
non-toxic. Never use an automobile anti-freeze (Ethylene Glycol)
since it is toxic!
8. Using a long-extension funnel, pour anti-freeze into all standpipes,
filter suction fittings, jet orifices and water feature orifices. Add
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enough anti-freeze to ensure adequate protection – in many cases,
you will see the liquid in the orifice, or coming out of another location.
9. Close the spa cover and fasten the cover tie downs. Cover the spa
cover with two pieces of plywood to evenly distribute the weight of
snow and ice. Secure a plastic sheet, or tarp, over the spa cover and
plywood.
10.Replace the equipment access door, if removed.
OPENING INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Remove plywood and plastic sheet. Open the spa cover by
unfastening the cover tie downs.
2. Follow the Start-up and Refill Procedures in the Operating
Instructions section of the Owner’s Manual. Do not install filters to
prevent them from exposure to the anti-freeze.
3. As part of this process, superchlorinate the spa water by adding
three teaspoons of chlorine (sodium dichlor) per 250 gallons of spa
water into the filter compartment. This is twice the normal amount of
chlorine needed for superclorination. This extra amount of chlorine is
needed to destroy the anti-freeze.
NOTE: A defoamer may be needed to decrease the amount of foam
caused by the anti-freeze
4. Drain your spa to ensure removal of anti-freeze. Do not drain water
on grass or plants due to excessive chlorine level.
5. After the spa has completely drained, re-install your filter and follow
the Start-up and Refill Procedures in the Operating Instructions
section of the Owner’s Manual.
IMPORTANT: Always keep spa covered when not in use, whether it is
empty or full.
FILTER SYSTEM
The filter lid on the spa is NOT designed to support heavy weight loads
and should not be used as a seat. In extreme cases, the lid could crack
and break. This occurrence is considered abuse and is not covered
under the warranty.
LIMELIGHT Collection spas are equipped with one filter cartridge, sized
to meet the needs of the jet pump system.
As with any water filtering system, the filter cartridge may become
clogged, resulting in reduced water flow. It is important to maintain a
clean, unobstructed filtering system. This not only provides the maximum
performance from the jets, but allows the 24 hour filtration system to
function effectively. Watkins Manufacturing Corporation recommends
the filter cartridge be cleaned (by soaking in a filter cleaner to dissolve
minerals) at least once every month.
IMPORTANT: The frequency and duration of use, and the number of
occupants all contribute to determining the appropriate time between
filter cleanings. More use means that more frequent filter cleanings are
required. Failure to maintain the cartridges in a clean, unobstructed
manner will result in reduced water flow through the heater assembly
that may cause the High-Limit Thermostat, Heater Thermal Cut-off or
Circulation Pump Thermal Cut-off to trip. If this high-limit or thermal cutoff trip occurs during sub-freezing temperatures and goes unnoticed, the
spa water may freeze. Any damage to the spa (due to freezing) caused
as a result of poor maintenance (stated under misuse or abuse in the HOT
SPRING spa Limited Warranty), will not be covered by your spa warranty.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury to persons using the spa,
DO NOT remove the suction fittings (filter standpipes) located in the filter
compartment and do not sit on the filter lid, in extreme cases the lid
could crack and break. This occurrence is considered abuse and is not
covered under warranty.
SECONDARY SUCTION SCREEN
Located in the foot well of your spa are three secondary suction screens.
The screen is used as a filter to prevent dirt from circulating through the
system.
WARNING: Do not use the spa with the suction screens removed.
FILTER CARTRIDGES
REMOVAL & CLEANING
1. Disconnect the spa from the power supply by tripping both of the GFCI
breakers located in the subpanel. Unplug power cord for 115V models.
2. Remove and carefully set aside the filter compartment cover.
3. Remove any floating items from within the filter compartment.
4. Turn the filter retainer handle (located on the top of the filter cartridge)
counterclockwise until the retainer can be removed from the filter
standpipe.
5. Remove the filter retainer and cartridge.
IMPORTANT: Never remove the filter standpipes when debris is
present in the filter compartment. Debris may find its way into the
internal plumbing which may result in blockage. NEVER REMOVE
SUCTION FITTINGS.
6. Always clean standard filter using a filter degreaser, such as
FRESHWATER Filter Cleaner, to remove mineral and oil buildup.
Simply soak the filter in the degreaser according to the package
directions, then place the filter on a clean surface and spray until clean
using a garden hose. It may be necessary to rotate the filter while
spraying to remove any debris lodged between the filter pleats. The
Tri-X ® filter can be cleaned in the dishwasher using no soap and no
dry cycle. Please contact your HOT SPRING dealer for details.
7. To reinstall the filter cartridge, reverse the order of steps in which it
was removed. Do not overtighten!
WARNING: Do not use the spa with the filter cartridges, or filter
standpipe(s) removed!
CARE OF THE SPA PILLOWS
The spa pillows will provide years of comfort if treated with care. They
have been positioned above the water level to minimize the bleaching
effects of chlorinated water, and other spa water chemicals. To extend
their life, whenever the spa shell is being cleaned, the spa pillows
should be removed and cleaned. Body oils can be removed with a mild
soap and water solution. ALWAYS rinse off the spa pillows thoroughly
to remove any soap residue. The pillows can be conditioned with HOT
SPRING Cover Shield after cleaning. If the spa is not going to be
used for a long period of time (that is during a vacation, or if the spa is
winterized), or when the spa water is being super-chlorinated, the spa
pillows should be removed until the next spa use.
To remove and replace the spa pillows:
1. Carefully pull and lift on one end of pillow to stretch pillow (longer)
until the pillow is released from the plastic retainer. Once one end
is released, push pillow in opposite direction to remove from other
retainer.
2. Align pillow.
3. Slide one end of pillow onto the spa retainer.
4. Pull other end of pillow; using both hands lift pillow above retainer and
with a stretching motion slide pillow recess onto retainer.
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Spa Care and Maintenance
CARE OF THE EXTERIOR
SPA SHELL
Your HOT SPRING spa has an acrylic shell. Stains and dirt generally will
not adhere to your spa’s surface. A soft rag or a nylon scrubber should
easily remove most dirt. Most household chemicals are harmful to your
spa’s shell (see below for detailed information on cleaning agents).
Always rinse off any spa shell cleaning agent with fresh water.
IMPORTANT:
1. The following products are the ONLY approved cleaning agents
for your HOT SPRING spa shell: plain water, HOT SPRING
FRESHWATER Spa Shine, Brillianize® or Soft Scrub®. The use of
alcohol or any other household cleaner other than those listed to
clean the spa shell surface is NOT recommended. DO NOT use any
cleaning products containing abrasives or solvents since they may
damage the shell surface, specifically: Simple Green®, Windex® or
Spa Mitt. NEVER USE HARSH CHEMICALS! Damage to the shell
by use of harsh chemicals is not covered under the warranty. Always
rinse off any spa shell cleaning agent with fresh water.
2. Iron and copper in the water can stain the spa shell if allowed to go
unchecked. Ask your HOT SPRING dealer about a Stain and Scale
Inhibitor to use if your spa has a high concentration of dissolved
minerals. (Watkins recommends FRESHWATER Stain & Scale
Defense.)
3. Keep all cleaners out of the reach of children and use care when
applying.
EVERWOOD® SPA CABINET
HOT SPRING spas include an EVERWOOD spa cabinet. EVERWOOD
consists of a rigid polymer with an exterior acrylic film that combines the
durability of plastic with the beauty of real wood.
Cleaning of EVERWOOD consists of simply spraying the cabinet with a
mild soap and water solution to remove any stains and residue.
Do not rub the EVERWOOD with an abrasive material or use abrasive
cleaners as this may damage its texture.
CARE OF THE SPA COVER
WARNING: The cover is a manual safety cover that meets or
exceeds all prevailing requirements of ASTM 1346-91 for spa safety
covers when installed and used correctly as of the date of manufacture.
Non-secured, or improperly secured covers are a hazard.
Open the cover to its fully open position before use.
VINYL COVER
The vinyl spa cover is an attractive, durable foam insulation product.
Monthly cleaning and conditioning are recommended to maintain its
beauty.
To clean and condition the vinyl cover:
1. Remove the cover from the spa and gently lean it against a wall or
fence.
2. With a garden hose, spray the cover to loosen and rinse away dirt or
debris.
3. Using a large sponge and/or a soft bristle brush, and using a very mild
soap solution (one teaspoon dishwashing liquid with two gallons of
water), or baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), scrub the vinyl top in a
circular motion. Do not let the vinyl dry with a soap film on it before it can
be rinsed clean.
Spa Care and Maintenance
4. Scrub the cover’s perimeter and side flaps. Rinse clean with water.
5. Rinse off the underside of the cover with water only (use no soap),
and wipe it clean with a dry rag.
6. To condition the cover after cleaning, apply a thin film of HOT
SPRING Cover Shield to the vinyl surface and buff to a high luster.
IMPORTANT: To remove tree sap, use cigarette lighter fluid (not charcoal
lighter fluid). Use sparingly, and rinse with a saddle soap solution
immediately afterwards, then wipe dry.
DO:
• Remove snow buildup to avoid breakage of the foam core from the
additional weight of the snow.
• Lock cover lock straps to secure the cover when the spa is not in use.
DON'T:
• Drag or lift the spa cover using either the flaps, or the cover lock straps.
• Walk, stand, or sit on the cover.
• Place any metal or heat transferring object on the cover or place any
type of plastic tarp or drop cloth over the cover as this may result in a
melted foam core, which would not be covered under the warranty.
• Use any lifting mechanisms, chemicals, or cleaners except those
recommended by Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, or its Authorized
Sales and Service Dealer.
COVER LIFTER SYSTEM
Clearance required behind cover when open:
CoverCradle® & CoverCradle II
24” UpRite®
7”
Lift ’n Glide®
14”
HOW TO OPEN THE VINYL COVER
IMPORTANT: Never attempt to open or remove the vinyl cover by
grasping or pulling on the skirting or cover lock straps. The skirting will
tear, and torn skirting is not covered under the terms of the warranty.
Check for ice build-up around the gas springs and pivot points of the
retractable cover system. Ice buildup may damage system components.
WARNING: The vinyl cover and retractable cover system are not
recommended for use in wind conditions reaching above 25 mph (40 kmh).
IMPORTANT: If your spa is located in an area susceptible to high winds,
additional coverlock straps may be installed to minimize wind damage to
the cover.
1. With the cover lock straps unfastened, place one hand under the
cover skirting, between the spa and cover, to break the cover’s
vacuum seal. Then, fold the front half of the cover over onto the back
half.
2. If no rear access is available, stand to the side of the spa directly
adjacent to the hinge area of the folded cover.
a. For the COVERCRADLE retractable cover systems: Using
both hands, cup one hand under the lower half of the cover (just
above the water) and place the other along the side of the cover,
just above the skirt. Gently push (do not lift) with both hands
towards the opposite rear corner of the cover (diagonally). As the
cover opens, the gas springs will allow the cover to come to a
gentle stop.
b. For the UPRITE retractable cover system: Simply lift the cover
at its center hinge, allowing it to move to the back of the spa and
to rest gently there.
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Spa Care and Maintenance
c. For the LIFT ’N GLIDE retractable cover system: Slightly lift the
cover at front of spa, glide (push back until it stops), fold cover in
half and lift cover moving it to the back of the spa. Insert locking
pin into side of lifter to prevent accidental closure.
IMPORTANT: When opening a cover with a retractable cover system, only
use one of these three specific methods. Do not attempt to open the cover
in any other way. Damage caused by improper opening or closing of the
cover is not covered under the terms of the limited warranty.
HOW TO CLOSE THE COVER
1. Standing along side the cover, place one hand on the upper corner
of the cover and gently push forward in the direction of the spa. The
cover will rotate forward to cover half of the spa.
IMPORTANT: For the UPRITE or LIFT ’N GLIDE retractable cover
system, disengage the locking mechanism(s) before pushing the cover
forward.
2. Unfold the cover by lifting the handle located on the top (front) half of
the cover. Allow the unfolded half to fall down onto the spa. The air
pressure created by the cover falling will keep the vinyl skirting from
being trapped between the cover and the spa shell.
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Spa Care and Maintenance
Electrical Requirements
• An electrical subpanel containing two GFCI breakers is included with
each 230 volt spa. We recommend that this subpanel be used to
supply power to the spa.
• The subpanel requires a 50 amp, single phase, 230 volt, four wire
service (two line, one neutral, one ground). The grounding conductor
must not be less than #10 AWG. Refer to local codes and to NEC 250122 table.
• Mount the subpanel in the vicinity of the spa, but not closer than five
feet away, in accordance with all local codes. (N.E.C. 680-38 to 41-A-3)
Once your spa has been filled with water, turn it on and test all of the
circuit breakers.
IMPORTANT: If both breakers immediately trip, verify that the wires are
correctly connected. Each breaker should be tested prior to each use.
Here’s how:
1. Push the “TEST” button on each GFCI breaker, and observe it click
OFF.
2. Wait 30 seconds, then push the breaker switch to the OFF (down)
position (to ensure that it has completely disengaged), then push
the breaker switch to the ON (up) position. If you don't wait 30
seconds, the spa’s power indicator may continue to blink – try
again.
If any of the GFCI breakers fails to operate in this manner, your spa
may have an electrical malfunction, and you may be at risk of electrical
shock. Turn off all circuits and do not use the spa until the problem has
been corrected by an authorized service agent.
WARNING: Removing, or bypassing any GFCI breaker will result
in an unsafe spa and will void the spa’s warranty.
IMPORTANT: Fill the spa with water before turning on the power.
Your HOT SPRING spa has been carefully designed to give you
maximum safety against electrical shock. Connecting the spa to an
improperly wired circuit will negate many of the spa’s safety features.
Improper wiring may also cause electrocution, risk of fire, and other
risks of injuries. Please read and follow the electrical installation
requirements and instructions for your specific spa model completely!
All HOT SPRING spa models, are equipped with a power indicator
(HOT SPRING Logo blue light) which, in addition to showing the spa
has power to it, has a diagnostic function as well. It will begin blinking
if the heater high-limit thermostat has tripped. If the power indicator
light is blinking, follow the instructions in the Troubleshooting section
to identify and correct the cause. The power indicator will stop blinking
once the problem has been corrected. The Power and Ready indicator
lights on the control panel also provide the same diagnostic function.
230 VOLT PERMANENTLY
CONNECTED MODELS
(GLEAM, PULSE, FLAIR & GLOW only)
HOT SPRING spas must be wired in accordance with all applicable
local electrical codes. All electrical work should be done by an
experienced, licensed electrician. We recommend the use of
appropriate electrical conduit, fittings, and wire for all circuits.
The following diagram illustrates how to wire 230 volt
permanently connected spa models:
HOT SPRING SPAS
230 volt permanently connected models
WARNING!
FACTORY
WIRED
HEATER
230V, 50 Amp,
2-POLE,
CIRCUIT BREAKER
(NON GFCI)
# 8 AWG WHITE, NEUTRAL
# 10 AWG GREEN, GROUND**
L1 # 12 AWG BLUE
# 8 AWG BLUE, L1
L2 # 12 AWG RED
L1 # 10 AWG BLUE
L2 # 10 AWG RED
N # 10 AWG WHITE
# 8 AWG RED, L2
MAIN SERVICE
ELECTRICAL
PANEL
H1 1 2 H2 3 4 5 6 7
THE EXACT PHYSICAL LOCATION OF THE TERMINALS ON THE GFCI BREAKER
WILL VARY BETWEEN MANUFACTURERS. CONNECTING THE HOT WIRE TO THE
NEUTRAL TERMINAL WILL CAUSE IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO THE CONTROL BOX.
GROUND # 10 AWG GREEN
*SUBPANEL
WITH GFCI
BREAKERS
Minimum 5 FEET
The Subpanel must be
within sight of the spa
Do not exceed 50 FEET.
GRD
System Ground Terminal
** Refer to NEC 250-122 (table)
NOTE: The wire connections to GFCI breakers are for reference only. Always ensure the white neutral wire is connected to the load neutral of the 30 amp breaker.
*PROVIDED WITH SPA.
Electrical Requirements
IMPORTANT: ALL WIRING SHOULD BE COPPER.
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230 VOLT CONVERTED GLEAM
The GLEAM will require an additional 20 amp breaker in order to
operate the heater and jet pump 3 at the same time. Without the
additional 20 amp breaker, the heater will NOT operate while the jets
used with jet pump 3 are on.
This subpanel requires a 70 amp, single phase, 230 volt, four wire
service (two line, one neutral, one ground). The ground wire must never
be less than #10 AWG. Use NEC 250-122 (table) and local codes for
more information. A minimum #6 AWG solid copper bond wire is also
required.
Mount the subpanel in the vicinity of the spa, but not within five feet, in
accordance with local codes.
HOT SPRING SPAS MUST BE WIRED IN ACCORDANCE WITH
ALL APPLICABLE LOCAL ELECTRICAL CODES. ALL ELECTRICAL
WORK SHOULD BE DONE BY AN EXPERIENCED LICENSED
ELECTRICIAN. WE RECOMMEND THE USE OF APPROPRIATE
ELECTRICAL CONDUIT, FITTINGS, AND WIRE FOR ALL CIRCUITS.
IMPORTANT: Service Technician must reconfigure spa using the soft
jumpers to allow spa heater to run concurrent with jet pump.
NOTE: Long wiring runs may require larger-gauge wire than stated.
Remove power
jumpers A from TB-1
CAUTIONS
USE COPPER CONDUCTORS ONLY
THESE SPAS ARE INTENDED FOR USE WITH GFCI SUBPANEL PROVIDED.
USE SUPPLY WIRES SUITABLE FOR 75°C/167°F.
ALL CANADIAN SPA MODELS USE #8 AWG GREEN, GROUND.
DISCONNECT ALL SUPPLY CONNECTIONS BEFORE SERVICING.
INCORRECT WIRING WILL DAMAGE CIRCUIT BOARDS.
CONNECT ONLY TO A CIRCUIT PROTECTED BY A CLASS A
GROUND-FAULT INTERRUPTER.
REFER TO THE WIRING INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED WITH THE SUB-PANEL
FOR DETAILED WIRING INSTRUCTIONS.
115 VOLT GFCI BOLT
The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is a safety device that is
designed to detect as little as 5 milliamps (±1mA)
of electrical current leakage to ground. Watkins
Manufacturing Corporation recommends that the
GFCI be tested prior to each use to ensure it is
functioning correctly. With the spa connected to
the power supply, push the "Test" button. The
spa should stop operating and the GFCI power
indicator will go out. Wait 30 seconds and then
reset the GFCI by pushing the Reset button. The
GFCI power indicator will turn on, restoring power
to the spa. If the interrupter does not perform in
this manner, it is an indication of an electrical malfunction and the
possibility of an electric shock. Disconnect the plug from the receptacle
until the fault has been identified and corrected.
IMPORTANT: Failure to wait 30 seconds before resetting the GFCI
may cause the spa’s Power indicator (on the control panel) to blink. If
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this occurs, repeat the GFCI test procedure.
Never use the GFCI as a means to disconnect power to the spa
(always unplug it). If the GFCI is tripped while the spa is plugged in, and
a power outage occurs, when power returns the GFCI will automatically
reset and power will flow to the spa.
115 VOLT OPERATION (60Hz ONLY)
The spa must be connected to a dedicated 115 volt, 20 amp, GFCI
protected, grounded circuit. The term “dedicated” means the electrical
circuit is not being used or shared for any other electrical items (patio
lights, appliances, garage circuits, etc.). If the spa is connected to a
non-dedicated circuit, overloading will result in “nuisance tripping” at the
main panel. This requires frequent resetting of the breaker switch at the
house electrical breaker panel and introduces the possibility of damage
or failure of spa equipment. The dedicated circuit must be properly
wired; that is, it must have a 20‑amp GFCI circuit breaker in the house
breaker panel, #12 AWG or larger wire (including the ground wire) and
the correct polarity throughout the circuit.
Electrical Requirements
NEVER CONNECT THE SPA TO AN
EXTENSION CORD!
A pressure wire connector is provided on the exterior surface of the
control box, inside the spa. This is to permit the connection of a ground
bonding wire between this point and any metal equipment, enclosures,
reinforced concrete pad, pipe, or conduit within 5 feet of the spa (if
needed to comply with local building code requirements). The bonding
wire must be at least a
#10‑AWG solid copper wire.
Bond the spa to all exposed
metal equipment or fixtures,
handrails, and concrete pad
per N.E.C. Article 680 and all
local codes.
INSTALLATION
INSTRUCTIONS
All 115 volt BOLT spa
models come equipped with
approximately 15 feet of
useable power cord (this is
the maximum length allowed
by Underwriters Laboratory
and the National Electric
Code). When the spa is
installed, the power cord will
come out of the bottom of the
equipment compartment door. For your safety, when the electrician is
installing the 20 amp single electrical outlet and waterproof cover, the
outlet should be no closer than 5 feet (1.5 meters) and no farther than
10 feet from the spa [reference National Electrical Code 680-6a(1) and
680-41a].
The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is located at the end of
the power cord. This device is for your protection. It is very important
to protect it from rain and other moisture. Test once a month, with the
plug connected to the power supply,
1. Push the “TEST” button on the GFCI breaker. The spa should stop
operating and the GFCI power indicator will go out.
2. Wait 30 seconds, then push the “RESET” button. Power will be
restored to the spa and the GFCI power indicator will turn on.
If the GFCI fails to operate in this manner, your spa may have an
electrical malfunction, and you may be risking electrical shock. Turn off
all circuits and do not use the spa until the problem has been corrected
by an authorized service agent.
WARNING: Removal of the GFCI from the spa’s power cord will
result in an unsafe spa and will void the spa’s warranty.
IMPORTANT: Should you ever find the need to move or relocate
your HOT SPRING spa, it is essential that you understand and apply
these installation requirements. Your HOT SPRING spa has been
carefully engineered to provide maximum safety against electric shock.
Remember, connecting the spa to an improperly wired circuit will
negate many of its safety features.
ADVANTAGE TO HAVING
YOUR SPA CONVERTED
• In the 115 volt configuration, either the heater, or the jet pump can
operate, but they can’t work at the same time. In a 115 volt system,
Electrical Requirements
as long as the jet pump is activated, the heater will not turn on. On
the other hand, when the spa is converted to operate in the 230 volt
configuration, the heater and jet pump can operate simultaneously.
• The heater will operate at 1500 watts when the spa is configured as
a 115 volt cord-and-plug connected model, and at 6000 watts when
the spa is configured as a 230 volt converted model heating your spa
water faster.
115/230 VOLT CONVERTIBLE MODEL
The BOLT model can be converted to 230 volt operation with the
addition of a subpanel and a control box wiring change. Consult your
dealer before attempting to convert from 115 volt operation to 230 volt
operation. Any damage to the spa from improper conversion is not
covered under the warranty.
230 VOLT CONVERTED BOLT
HOT SPRING spas must be wired in accordance with all applicable
local electrical codes. All electrical work should be done by an
experienced, licensed electrician. We recommend the use of appropriat
e electrical conduit, fittings, and wire for all circuits.
Refer to the following instructions to convert from 115 volt to 230 volt
IMPORTANT: Converting the spa to 230 volt operation will require both
an authorized HOT SPRING service agent and a qualified electrician.
Required Part: A Subpanel (230 volt Convertable) available from your
HOT SPRING dealer.
1. Disconnect the power cord from the house receptacle.
2. Open the equipment compartment door.
3. Remove the screws on the front of the spa control box.
4. Open the control box cover.
5. Identify Terminal block located in the lower left-hand corner inside the
control box.
6. Refer to illustration,
Remove the Terminal Block Power Jumper
Step 1
using needlenose pliers From terminal 4-5.
Step 1. Remove
Remove wire jumper from 2 & 6.
the 2 pin jumper
attached to terminals
4 and 5.
7. Refer to illustration,
Step 1. Remove the
wire jumper from
terminals 2, and 6.
8. Refer to illustration,
Step 2
Remove the three power cord wires from
Step 2. Remove the
terminal block 5,7 and GRD. Leave Terminal
power cord wires
Block Power Jumper 6-7 in place.
from 5, 7 and GRD
(not illustrated).
9. Unscrew the power
cord strain relief
and remove the
power cord from the
access hole in the
control box.
WARNING: Do not allow pliers to contact any electronic components
inside the control box.
Converting from 115 volts to 230 volts changes the voltage supplied
to the heater from 115‑volts to 230 volts. The jet pump will continue to
operate at 115 volts.
Have your licensed electrician wire subpanel from a 50A Main Service,
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then from subpanel into the spa's control box using the following
illustration or use the wire diagram on the inside of the control box lid.
IMPORTANT: The subpanel must be placed in sight of the spa, at a
minimum distance of 5 feet away.
position (to ensure that it has completely disengaged), then push
the breaker switch to the ON (up) position. If you don't wait 30
seconds, the spa’s power indicator may continue to blink – try
again.
If any of the GFCI breakers fails to operate in this manner, your spa
may have an electrical malfunction, and you may be risking electrical
shock. Turn off all circuits and do not use the spa until the problem
has been corrected by an authorized service agent.
IMPORTANT: Service Technician must reconfigure spa using the soft
jumpers to allow spa heater to run concurrent with jet pump.
WIRING CONNECTIONS
IMPORTANT: Fill the spa with water before turning on the power
• Once your spa has been filled with water, turn it on and test all the
circuit breakers.
Each breaker should be tested prior to each use. Here’s how:
1. Push the “TEST” button on each GFCI breaker, and observe it
click off.
2. Wait 30 seconds, then push the breaker switch to the OFF (down)
BOLT (Model BLT)
230 volt converted model
IMPORTANT! The exact physical location of the terminals on the GFCI
breaker will vary between manufacturers. Connecting the hot wire to the neutral
terminal will cause irreversible damage to the control box.
** Refer to NEC 250-122 (table)
NOTE: The wire connections to GFCI breakers are for reference only. Always ensure the white neutral wire is connected to the load neutral of the 20 amp breaker.
*AVAILABLE FROM DEALER.
IMPORTANT: ALL WIRING SHOULD BE COPPER.
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Electrical Requirements
Service Information
If the spa is not heating, the red and green lights are blinking, but
the pump and light are operating, then the pressure switch may be
open. Opening of the pressure switch is normally a result of one or a
combination of these problems:
1. A clogged filter cartridge
2. Blockage within the system plumbing
3. Power was not disconnected to the spa before it was drained
4. An air lock in the plumbing lines
Once the problem has been identified and corrected the pressure switch
will close which will energize the heater.
GENERAL INFORMATION
Your HOT SPRING spa has been designed to provide years of troublefree use. As with any appliance, problems may occasionally occur
that require the exper tise of a qualified service person. Though such
simple repairs as resetting a GFCI switch or breaker, or resetting a
high limit thermostat may not require a service call, they may indicate
that a more serious condition exists. These conditions may require an
experienced service person. Before calling for service, please refer to
the Troubleshooting Guide. Always retain your original sales receipt for
future reference.
GFCI AND HIGH LIMIT THERMOSTAT
If your spa fails to operate at any time, first check the power supply to
the spa.
Check each of the GFCI breakers in the subpanel. If a GFCI has tripped,
reset it. If it will not reset, this may be an indication of a ground fault
(short circuit) within the electrical components. Contact an Authorized
Service Technician for a complete diagnosis.
If upon checking the GFCI’s you find that they have not tripped, check
the house breaker panel and ensure the main breaker for the electrical
circuit supplying the spa has not tripped. If it has, this is an indication
that the circuit was either overloaded or a ground fault exists between
the breaker panel and the spa receptacle or subpanel. Contact a
qualified electrician.
If upon checking the main house breaker and spa GFCI’s you find no
failures, check the high limit thermostat. To check it, simply turn off
power to the spa for 30 seconds. This will automatically reset the high
limit thermostat if it has tripped. If the spa energizes once you turn the
power back on, this indicates reduced water flow through the heating
system. Tripping of the high limit thermostat is normally a result of
one or a combination of these problems. 1) clogged filter cartridge(s),
2) blockage within the system plumbing, 3) a non-functioning heater
circulation pump, 4) power was not disconnected from the spa before it
was drained, 5) an air lock in the plumbing lines. (The Power Indicator
on the front of the spa’s control panel will also be blinking if the high limit
thermostat circuit has tripped.)
If the spa does not function after tripping and resetting the GFCI’s or
resetting the high limit thermostat, then the problem should be referred
to an Authorized Service Technician. Refer to the Heater section if the
spa operates but does not heat, or refer to the Troubleshooting Guide
for additional service information.
NO-FAULT HEATER AND
INTEGRATED PRESSURE SWITCH
Watkins Manufacturing Corporation unconditionally warrants the
NO-FAULT heater against any failure that would require replacement.
This warranty’s duration is equal to the time period identified in the
Component Warranty. This warranty defines unconditional as warranty
coverage without exception provided that the component has failed to
operate properly within the spa’s system. This means that conditions
that would normally invalidate the limited warranty, such as water
chemistry damage, do not apply to the NO-FAULT heater.
It is important to note that the NO-FAULT heater is protected by both the
heater high limit thermostat circuit and the integrated pressure switch.
The causes of heater high limit tripping are discussed in the previous
section.
Service Information
SILENT FLO 5000 CIRCULATION
PUMP AND CIRCULATION PUMP
THERMAL CUT-OFF
The HOT SPRING SILENT FLO 5000 circulation pump is a dedicated,
water cooled, energy efficient, quiet pump that provides continuous
filtration for the spa. Since the SILENT FLO 5000 pump is water cooled,
it is equipped with a thermal cut-off to prevent the pump from being
damaged by running hot when water is not present.
Reset the circulation pump’s thermal cut-off by disconnecting power to
the spa and allowing the pump to cool.
Tripping of the thermal cut-off is normally the result of one or a
combination of these problems: 1) clogged filter cartridge(s), 2) blockage
within the system plumbing, 3) power was not disconnected to the spa
before it was drained, or 4) an air lock in the plumbing lines. Once the
problem has been identified and corrected the pump thermal cut-off will
be able to be reset which will allow it to operate normally.
MISCELLANEOUS SERVICE
INFORMATION
The control and high-limit thermostats are equipped with electronic
sensors that are connected to the spa’s plumbing. Never cut or kink the
wires that connect the sensors to the thermostats within the control box.
The jet pump is equipped with a thermal overload cutoff switch that is
designed to protect the pump from overheating. If the pump shuts itself
off in an older spa, it could indicate failure of the pump motor bearings. If
the pump shuts itself off in a new spa, it is usually the result of one or a
combination of the following factors:
• Thermal overload: Although mass-produced, not all thermal overload
cutoffs are exactly the same. Some are more sensitive than others and
will shut the pump off at lower temperatures.
• High temperature: All HOT SPRING spa models are equipped with a jet
pump shroud that vents the heat generated by the pump motor to the
outside of the equipment compartment, and back into the spa water. If
the vent is blocked by masonry, grass or debris, overheating of the jet
pump may occur. Once the pump motor has cooled sufficiently and any
blockage has been removed from the vent opening, the jet pump can
be restarted.
• Friction: Sometimes the moving parts of a new pump are tight enough
to cause heat build-up due to friction. After a normal break-in period,
the pump will run cooler.
• Improper wiring: If the spa is connected with an extension cord, and/
or the house wiring is undersized, the pump may starve for voltage and
therefore may draw more amperage and generate excessive heat.
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DISCLAIMERS
• If the pump is shutting down due to excessive heat, make sure the
equipment compartment has adequate ventilation. The air gap at the
bottom must not be blocked. Should your jet pump continue to shut off
after short periods of use, contact a qualified service technician.
ACTS INVALIDATING WARRANTY
The limited warranty is void if the HOT SPRING spa has been
improperly installed, subjected to alteration, misuse, or abuse, or if any
repairs on the spa are attempted by anyone other than an authorized
representative of Watkins Manufacturing Corporation. Alteration shall
include any component or plumbing change, electrical conversion, or the
addition of any non-approved sanitation or water purification device, or
heating system which contributes to component or unit failure or unsafe
operating system. Misuse and abuse shall include any operation of the
spa other than in accordance with Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
printed instructions, or use of the spa in an application for which it is not
designed; specifically: use of the spa in a non-residential application;
damage caused by operation* of the spa at water temperatures outside
the range of 35°F (1.7°C) and 120 °F (49°C); damage caused by a
dirty, clogged or calcified filter cartridge; damage to the spa surface
caused by the use of tri-chloro chlorine, BCDMH, chemical tablets in a
floater, acid, or any other spa chemicals or spa surface cleaners which
are not recommended by Watkins Manufacturing Corporation; damage
caused by allowing undissolved spa sanitizing chemicals to lie on the
spa surface (no spa surface material can withstand this kind of abuse);
damage to components or spa surface caused by improper water
chemistry maintenance; and damage to the spa surface caused by
leaving the spa uncovered while empty of water and in direct exposure
to sunlight (this may cause solar heating distress in warm weather
regions). These are considered abuses and may invalidate this warranty.
Acts of nature, and damage caused by animals, rodents, and insects are
considered abuses and are not covered under this warranty.
*Operation of the spa does not mean “use” of the spa! Watkins
Manufacturing Corporation does not recommend using the spa if the
water temperature is above or below the spa’s control panel temperature
range.
Watkins Manufacturing Corporation shall not be liable for loss of use
of the HOT SPRING spa or other incidental, consequential, special,
indirect, or punitive costs, expenses or damages, which may include
but are not limited to the removal of a permanent deck or other custom
fixture or the necessity for crane removal. Any implied warranty
shall have a duration equal to the duration of the applicable limited
warranty stated above. Some states do not allow limitations on how
long an implied warranty lasts. Under no circumstances shall Watkins
Manufacturing Corporation or any of its representatives be held liable for
injury to any person or damage to any property, however arising.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.
WATKINS CUSTOMER SERVICE
If you have any questions about any aspect of your HOT SPRING spa
set-up, operation or maintenance that have not been answered by this
manual, consult your HOT SPRING dealer.
Watkins Manufacturing Corporation can be reached at: 800-9994688 (Extension 8432), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5‑pm Pacific
Standard Time (PST), or e-mail customerservice@watkinsmfg.com.
TROUBLESHOOTING
Should you experience any problem whatsoever, do not hesitate to
contact your authorized HOT SPRING dealer. On the following page
are some tips to help you to diagnose and rectify some more common
sources of trouble, if you choose to do so.
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Service Information
TROUBLESHOOTING
Should you experience any problem, do not hesitate to contact your authorized HOT SPRING dealer. Here are some tips to help you to diagnose and rectify
some more common sources of trouble yourself, if you choose to do so.
GENERAL OPERATION TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
Problem
Probable causes
Solutions
Entire spa is inoperative
• Power failure
• GFCI tripped
• Heater high-limit thermostat tripped
• Check power source
• Reset GFCI; call for service if it will not reset
• Disconnect power for at least thirty seconds to reset heater high limit. If it will not reset,
check for clogged filters. If tripping continues, call for service.
• Deactivate spa lock
• Spa lock activated
Spa does not heat; jets and light
operate (Green logo "Ready", and
Blue logo "Power" indicators are
blinking)
• Integrated pressure switch open
Jets weak or surging
• Spa water level too low
• Filters clogged
• COMFORT CONTROL lever closed
• Add water
• Clean filters
• Open COMFORT CONTROL lever
Light inoperative
• Spa lock activated
• Light wiring or assembly is faulty
• Deactivate spa lock
• Replace light assembly
Power indicator blinking (Entire spa
inoperative)
• Spa water level too low
• Filter(s) clogged
• Closed Air Control levers
• Disconnect power for at least thirty seconds to reset heater high limit. If it will not reset,
check for clogged filter(s). If tripping continues, call for service.
Ready indicator blinking
• Temperature sensor problem
• Disconnect power for at least thirty seconds. If blinking continues, call for service.
MOTO-MASSAGE DX (GLEAM ONLY)
jet inoperative or erratic
• AIR CONTROL valves closed
• Filters clogged
• Open AIR CONTROL lever
• Clean filters
Blue Logo "Power" indicator blinking
• Heater high-limit thermostat tripped
• Disconnect power for at least thirty seconds to reset heater high limit. If it will not reset,
check for clogged filters. If tripping continues, call for service.
Green Logo "Ready" indicator blinking
• Temperature sensor problem
• Disconnect power for at least thirty seconds. If blinking continues, call for service.
• Circulation pump thermal cut-off tripped
• Check for clogged filters. Integrated pressure switch will reset when the flow of water
through the heater has been restored. Call for service if the heater trips frequently.
• Check for clogged filters or air locks in plumbing. Disconnect power to the spa, allow
circulation pump to cool. Circulation pump thermal cut-off will reset when pump has cooled
and power is reapplied. Call for service if circulation pump thermal cut-off trips frequently.
SPA WATER MAINTENANCE TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
Problem
Probable causes
Solutions
Cloudy Water
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Water Odor
• Excessive organics in water
• Improper sanitization
• Low pH
• Shock spa with sanitizer
• Add sanitizer
• Adjust pH to recommended range
Chlorine Odor
• Chloramine level too high
• Low pH
• Shock spa with sanitizer
• Adjust pH to recommended range
Musty Odor
• Bacteria or algae growth
• Shock spa with sanitizer–if problem is visible or persistent, drain, clean and refill the spa
Organic buildup / scum ring around spa
• Build-up of oils and dirt
• Wipe off scum with clean rag – if severe, drain the spa, use a spa surface and tile cleaner to
remove the scum, and refill the spa
Algae Growth
• High pH
• Low sanitizer level
• Shock spa with sanitizer and adjust pH
• Shock spa with sanitizer and maintain sanitizer level
Eye Irritation
• Low pH
• Low sanitizer level
• Adjust pH
• Shock spa with sanitizer and maintain sanitizer level
Skin Irritation / Rash
• Unsanitary water
• Free chlorine level above 5 ppm
• Shock spa with sanitizer and maintain sanitizer level
• Allow free chlorine level to drop below 5 ppm before spa use
Stains
• Total alkalinity and/or pH too low
• High iron or copper in source water
• Adjust total alkalinity and/or pH
• Use a metal deposit inhibitor
Scale
• High calcium content in water – total alkalinity
and pH too high
• Adjust total alkalinity and pH – if scale requires removal, drain the spa, scrub off the scale,
refill the spa and balance the water
Service Information
Dirty filters
Excessive oils / organic matter
Improper sanitization
Suspended particles / organic matter
Overused or old water
Clean filters
Shock spa with sanitizer
Add sanitizer
Adjust pH and/or alkalinity to recommended range
Run jet pump(s) and clean filters
Drain and refill the spa
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SPA SPECIFICATIONS
Spa Model
Footprint
Dimension
Height
Effective
Filter
Area
Heater
(Watts)
Water
Capacity
Dry
Weight
Filled
Weight*
Dead
Weight*
Electrical Requirements
GLEAM
(Model GLM)
Seats 8
Adults
9'2" x 7'7"
2.79 m
x
2.31 m
38"
100
square
feet
4,000
510 gallons
1,270 lbs.
6,925 lbs.
1,925 liters
575 kg
3,140 kg
120 lbs
per sq.
foot
230 volt, 50 or 70 amp Single
phase GFCI protected circuit
PULSE
(Model PLS)
Seats 7
Adults
7'5" x 7'5"
2.26 m
x
2.26 m
65
square
feet
4,000
380 gallons
990 lbs.
5,385 lbs.
1,450 liters
450 kg
2,460kg
120 lbs
per sq.
foot
230 volt, 50 amp Single
phase GFCI protected circuit
FLAIR
(Model FLR)
Seats 6
Adults
7'0" x 7'0"
2.13 m
x
2.13 m
65
square
feet
4,000
310 gallons
930 lbs.
4,565 lbs.
1,175 liters
420 kg
2,075 kg
115 lbs
per sq.
foot
230 volt, 50 amp Single
phase GFCI protected circuit
BOLT
(Model BLT)
Seats 4
Adults
6'8" x 6'8"
2.03 m
x
2.03 m
65
square
feet
1,500
or
6,000
290 gallons
700 lbs.
3,820 lbs.
1,100 liters
320 kg
1,740 kg
105 lbs
per sq.
foot
115 volt, 20 amp dedicate
GFCI protected circuit
OR
230 volt, 50 amp Single
phase GFCI protected circuit
GLOW
(Model GLW)
Seats 4
Adults
6'4" x 7'0"
1.93 m
x
2.13 m
65
square
feet
4,000
270 gallons
700 lbs.
3,650 lbs.
1,025 liters
320 kg
1,665 kg
100 lbs
per sq.
foot
230 volt, 50 amp Single
phase GFCI protected circuit
97 cm
38"
97 cm
36"
91 cm
33"
84 cm
33"
84 cm
WARNING: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation suggests a structural engineer or contractor be consulted before the spa is placed on an elevated deck.
* IMPORTANT: The "Filled weight" and "Dead weight" of the spa includes the weight of the occupants (assuming an average occupant weight of 175lbs).
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Service Information
LIMITED WARRANTY
This manual contains installation, operating, maintenance and service information for the
following 2016 HOT SPRING spa models:
USA MODEL
EFFECTIVE DATE
GLEAM (MODEL GLM)11/15
PULSE (MODEL PLS)11/15
FLAIR (MODEL FLR)11/15
BOLT (MODEL BLT)11/15
GLOW (MODEL GLW)11/15
Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
Vista, California
USA
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