Vita Spa M60 User manual
Important Safety Instructions
Do's and Don'ts
Elechical Requirements and Installation
Heating Your Spa
Drail141g Your Spa
Winterizing Your Spa
Redwood Cabinet Majntenance
Marine Vmyl Cover
WATER QUALITY AND MAINTENANCE
Sanitizing pH Control
This Owner's Manual has been designed to familiarize you with your Vita Spa operations and general maintenance. We suggest that you take some time to carefully review it. Please keep this manual available for reference.
1£ you have any questions regarding your Vita Spa set-up, operation, or maintenancel contact your Authorized Vita Spa Dealer.
SERIAL #: normal business hours, Monday through Friday, Sam. to 5pm, E.S.T.
The Serial Nwnber is located on the cabinet (Left of Door) or within the equipment com-
1, tment. Please verify that the serial nwnber is noted on your dealer's purchase contract.
a metal surface if each metal surface is permanently connected by a minimum No.8 AWG
(8.42mm2) solid copper conductor attached to the wire connector on the terminal box that is provided for this purpose). National Electrical Code
ANSI/ NMfP A7O-1993.
AND USING THIS ELEC-
BASIC SAFETY PRE-
CAUTIONS SHOULD ALWAYS BE FOL-
LOWED, INCLUDING THE fOllOWING:
READ AND fOlLOW INSTRUCTIONS.
7. DANGER. RISK OF ELECTRICAl SHOCK.
Do not permit any electrical appliances, such as a light, telephone, radio, or television within 5 feet
(1.5 m) of the spa.
1. WARNING -To reduce the risk of injury, do not permit children to use this product unless theyare closely supervised at all times.
2. DANGER. RISK Of ACCIDENTAL
DROWNING. Extreme caution must be exercised to prevent unauthorized access by children. To avoid accidents, ensure that children cannot use a hot tub or spa uIlless they are supervised at all times.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
A. The water in a spa should never exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees F). Water temperatures between 38 degrees C (100 1') and 40 degrees C (104 F) are considered safe for a healthy adult. Lower water temperatures are recommended for extended use (exceeding 10 minutes) and for young children.
3. A ground tennlnal (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 thjs point and any metal equipment, metal water pipe, metal enclosures of electrical equipment, or conduit within five feet (1.5 m) of the unit.
B Smce excessive water temperatures have a high potential for causing fetal damage during the early months of pregnancy, pregnant or possibly pregnant women should limit spa or hot tub temperatures to 38 degrees C (100 F.) c. Before entering a spa, the user should measure the water temperature with an accurate thermometer, since the tolerances of water temperature regulating devices vary.
4. DANGER -To reduce the risk ,9f injury to persons, DO NOT remove suction fittings. The suction fittings in this spa are sized to match the specific water flow created by the pump. Should the need arise to replace the suction fittings or the pump, be sure that the flow rates are compatible.
Never operate the spa if the suction fittings are broken or missing. Never replace a suction fitting
\vith one rated less than the flow rate marked on the original suction fitting.
D. The use of alcohol, drugs or medication,
E, before or during spa use, may lead to unconsciousness with the possibility of drowning.
Persons suffering from obesity or with a medical history of heart disease, low or high blood pressure, circulation system problems, or diabetes should consult a physician before using a spa.
5. Install the spa so proper drainage is provided for the compartment containing the electrical components.
6. DANGER -RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK.
Install at least 5 feet (1.5 m) from all metal sur-
-faces. (A spa may be installed within 5 feet of
F. Persons using medication should consult a physician before w;ing a spa, since some medication may induce drowsiness, while other medication may affect heart rate, blood pres.
sure and circulation.
Make sure the spa is connected to a
Ground Fault Interrupter (GFCI) protected circuit. This GFCI is required by the N ational Electrical
Code (NEC) and must be installed by a licensed electridan. Test GFO monthly.
Test the water with your hand before entering the spa to be sure it is comfortable .
Remember that wet surfaces can be slippery. Take care when entering and exiting the spa.
Use the thermal cov,er when the spa is not in use, empty or full.
Prolonged immersion in water that is warmer than normal body temperature can result in a dangerous condition known as HypoTHER-
MIA. The causes, symptoms, and effects of hypothermia may be described as follows:
Hypothermia occurs when the internal temperature of the body reaches a level several degrees above the normal body temperature of 98.6
degrees F. The symptoms of hypothermia include dizziness, fainting, drowsiness, lethargy, and an increase in the internal temperature of the body.
The effects of hypothern1ia include (1) unawareness of impending hazard, (2) failure to perceive heat, (3) failure to recognize the need to exit the spa, (4) physical inability to exit the spa, (5) fetal damage in pregnant women, and ( 6) unconsciousness resulting in a danger of drowning.
Take steps to prevent the intrusion of sand and dirt into the spa.
WARNING -The use of alcohol, drugs, or medication can greatly increase the risk of fatal hypothermia in hot tubs and spas.
Maintain proper water chemistry.
Clean the filter cartridge weekly.
Use the spa for long periods of time at temperatures over 104 F.
Persons taking medications which induce drowsiness such as tranquilizers, antihistamines or anticoagulants should not use the spa. Pregnant women and persons with a medical history of heart disease, circulatory problems, diabetes or high blood pressure should consult their physician before using the spa.
Operate spa without water. Turn circuit breaker off before emptying the spa and while it is empty~
Store chemicals in~ the spa' s equipment compartment.
O1ildren are especially sensitive to hot water. At no time should children have unsupervised
Open the electrical box. There are no user serviceable parts inside.
encourage children to climb onto the thermal cover -IT IS NOT DESIGNED AS A -SAFETY
OR CHILD RESISTANT COVER!
Operate the pump(s) on hi-speed for extended periods of time with the cover on. Extended hi-speed pump operation will cause a slow heat build-up due to water friction, which could trip the spa' s hi-limit thermostat.
Every Vita Spa comes with a thermal cover which is provided with locking straps. INSTALL the locks for your child's safety.
PRIVACY AND WIND SHIELDING:,
A sheltered environment can result in lower operating and maintenance costs.
1) The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that the IKJwer supply to this spa must be a dedicated, ground fauh circuit
(GFCI) protected circuit with no oUter appliances or lights sharing power off this circuit.
The spa must be installed on a structurally strong, solid and reasonably level surface. The site should allow for drainage away from the equipment compartment in which the electrical components are housed. Take into account the following when considering prospective sites. Refer to spa equipment/ cabinet access addendum.
NOTE: All spas from the factory are set for
50 amp 220 volt. For 110 volt 20 amp operatIon, an Internal conversion must be made by a qualIfied, lIcensed electrician or your dealer ac&urdlng to the instructions located on die wiring diagram.
There may be certain restrictions and / or requirements that are particular to your locality.
2) When opting for l10 volt 20 amp operation
(1.5 HORSEPOWER EQUll'MENT ONLY), the power cord must reach the dedicated outlet. The use of an extension cord is prohibited and will void both the manufacturer's warranty and the independent testing agency listing .
Doors, halls, stairs, etc. may pose*obstructions to deliver the spa to its intended site.
3) Refer to the wiring diagram to determine the current, voltage and wire size requirements for this spa.
MAl NTENAN CE:
Trees, lawn, placement surfaces, etc. can create extra work in keeping your spa and spa area clean and safe .
llffiN type wire is recommended.
WIre size for the distance of the wire nm must conform to NEC and local electrical codes.
Use copper conductor only to ensure proper connections. DO NOT USE ALUMINUM WIRE.
Your VITA SPA dealer is your best resource to answer any questions or provide suggestions for your spa installation.
4) To obtain access to the spa's power tern1ina1 strip, remove equipment access door and remove the control box cover.
5) Feed supply conductors through power supply ports provided on spa and install into control box.
6) Connect wires to terminal block (TBI) color for color. All wires must be connected or damage may result. TIGHTEN SECURELY!
IMPORTANT: All electrical wiring to the spa must meet the requirements of the National
Electrical Code (N'EC) and any applicable state or local codes. The electrical circuit must be installed by a qualified, LICENSED electrical contractor
[I1 and approved by a local building / electrical
7) A separate #8 (.4mm2) solid copper ground wire should be connected between the spa grounding lug and a recognized grounding rod that is fully driven into the ground. N OTE: Do not turn power on to the spa until the start-up instructions have been followed.
NOTE: When power to the spa is turned on, the spa should be in selection one mode. Before activating the heater, depress the selection buttons on the spa side control to engage the various func.
tions as follows:
NOTE: For best results, read each step carefully and entirely before proceeding to the next.
I) FILL YOUR SPA
Wipe the interior of the spa with a damp, soft cloth to remove any residue that may be on the surface. Fill with a garden hose. As the spa is fillmg, check in the equipment access area for any leak5. On occasion, it may be necessary to hand tighten a union fitting that may have come loose during transit. Also check that the gate valves are pulled out to the open position and that the hose bib is closed. Continue to fill to the water level line.
Low speed pump is controlled by the time clock
(see TImer Operation sec.) When low speed is on, the heater will operate Wlti1 the desired temperature is reached.
High speed pump (JETS) only. The heater will operate if needed only if the supply current to the spa is 220 volt 50 amp.
Blower only. The heater will not operate in this mode.
N OTE: If your water is extremely hard, it is preferable to fill the spa halfway with hard water and the rest with softened water. Never fill the spa entirely with softened water.
-2) TURNING POWER ON
Before turning the power to the spa on, rotate the thermostat knob to the off position and place the timer selection switch to the manual (up) position. (See TImer Operation) Oose the equipment access door and turn the power on.
High speed pump (JETS) and blower. The heater will operate if needed only if the supply current to the spa is 220 volt 50 amp. NOTE: Selections two through £our can be accessed regardless 0£ the timer position by depressing the selection button.
For dual pump systems, you will have a third button which operates the second pump (see Item
3) FUNCTION SELECTION
(See Item "B" 111.1)
4) HEATING YOUR SPA
After sequencing functions and returning to selection one (LOW SPEED Pillvfi'), turn the thermostat knob to the hot position. The time it will take to reach your desired temperature will vary depending on the supply current to the spa. On l10 volt 20 amp, temperature will rise two to three degrees per hour. On 220 volt, the temperature will rise seven to ten degrees per hour. When the desired temperature is reached, place the timer selection switch to the center position and set the time of day and the amount of run time required.
NOTE: While heating t11e spa, keep the air controls closed.
5) TIMER OPERATION
NOTE: When using a VITAZONE water purification system, the minimal amount of run time will increase. Refer to the vrrAZONE owners manual for instructions.
6) FREEZE PROTECTION
Freeze protection is provided by setting the thermostat at an adequate temperature level and by setting the TImer Selection Switch (ill. 1 ) to the
ON (up) position.
The timer, which is located on the front panel of the control box, controls the low speed pump only. All other functions of the spa are accessible regardless of the timer setting.
7) ADD START UPlcHEMICALs
Carefully follow the;directions and add the startup chemicals recommended to you by your dealer. Contact your dealer to clarify any questions you may have.
SEmNG THE nME OF DAY
Rotate the outer ring 0£ the timer clockwise until present time of day (AM/PM) is aligned with time indicator arrow. NOTE: The center dial will also turn as the outer ring is rotated and will correspond to the time 0£ day ~tting .
8) LIGHT OPERAnON
The light button is located on the spa side control.
Depress the button once for the light to come on and again to go off. There are two mood setting colored lenses included with your spa which may be placed over the light lens in the spa.
TI MER SELECTION SWITCH
This switch has three positions for the various operations of low speed. In the III" position the low speed is permanently off. In the center position (rIMER MODE)~ the low speed will turn on and off as selected with the position of the timer pins. In the lIOn position, which is used when initially heating the spa and also for freeze protection, low speed pump will run constantly regardless of the position of the timer pins.
9-) JET OPERATION
Your Vita Spa is designed with a unique jet system to allow you to select a wide variety of massage patterns. The following is a description 0£ the various types of jets and their operation you may use to tailor your spa t°tYour specific massage needs.
DIREcnONAL 'a ROTAnoNAL
MASSAGE JETS oP£. OPEN
SETTING THE RUN TIME
The outer ring of the timer is comprised of a series of pins that will slide in toward the center or out toward the edge of the timer. Each pin represents fifteen minutes. When the pins are slid in towards the center of the timer the low speed pump will run. When they are slid to the outer edge the low speed is off. The minimal amount of run time recommended per day is four hours. The low speed pump is used for mtration and maintaining the desired water temperature in your spa. The amount of nm time will vary depending on the chosen temperature, supply voltage and the external temperature. When selecting the run time, all the pins between the time selected must be slid in towards the center-
When the pump is on and the turbo massage jet is in the off position, the directional and rotational massage jets will 00 operational. The water flow direction is adjustable by rotating the directional jet nozzle. The amount of pressure can 00 adjusted by rota9ng the outer rim of the jet(s): clockwise for m¥'imum pressure and counter
EURO MASSAGE JET
(E-100 on MT Models)
TheSe'EUro jets are used in various models for various purposes, In cluster configuration for back and
Your VITA SPA is manufactured with the highest quality and most durable materials available. A spa care and maintenance program is recommended to increase your comfort, maintain the spa's reliability and protect your investment.
Illustration 4 d l ' f ' , e lver a lrm pmpoint jet stream of massaging action, They cannot be completely shut off, The Euro jet is not directional nor adjustable, but can be pressure controlled by adjusting the air volume,
The air controls are used to introduce air into the water jet stream. Marked with arro~s for open or closed: position, these
' contr6ls all.ow the
1. DRAINING YOUR SPA
Detergent residues from bathing suits as well as soap film from your body may gradually accumulate in the water. Foam inhibitors will suppress the foam but will not remove the soap from the water. Eventually, the soap build-up in the water will concentrate enough to leave an unclean feeling on the user's skin, cause sudsing and make the water impossible to clarify.
Depending on the amount of soap input, the spa water should last between two and three months.
To drain your Spa: rnustration 5 user to Increase
( open) jet pressure decrease ( close) jet pressure as desired.
A. Turn the power off at the GFCI breaker.
FINGER MASSAGE JETS
Located at various points in the spa. Creates a "finger massage" action when blower is turned on.
B. Attach a garden hose to the yellow hose bib located under the filter housing i11Side the equipment area, and" route the outlet of the hose to an appropriate draining ,area. The spa will empty by gravity. Siphon or scoop out the balance of the water.
IMPORTANT: Spa water with a high sanitizer level may harm plants and grass.
TURBO MASSAGE JET
T I.bo ...
If you are draining your spa for the winter, be sure to fully drain water from the pipe by:disconnecting the two unions at the gate valves.
Drain the water pump by removing the pump plug. Then reinstall the valves and pump plug.
c. Remove the filter and clean as required.
The turbo massage jet allows water to be diverted from other jets to full water pressure from the turbo jet itself. (Not furnished on all models).
D. fuspect the spa shell and clean as required.
E. Refill the spa BEFORE restoring power to it.
2. WINTERIZING YOUR SPA
Your VITA SPA has been designed and engineered for year-round use in any climate.
c. Use a rag to remove any debris at the bottom of the filter housing. Replace the cartridge.
A. If the spa will not be used, drain it completely following t11e instructions on //DRAINING
D. We recommend the use of a spare filter. This way one can be soaking and cleaning while you continue to enjoy the use of your spa.
If you intend to use the spa during the winter, keep the spa warm and set the timer to bring the pump on at night and a couple hours during the day. It is recommended to set the timer to FREEZE PROTECfION (See pg. 6) when the temperahIre drops below 30 F. This will keep the low-speed pump running 24 hours per day and protect against potential freezing of pipes. Note that accidental freezing could result due to prolonged power failures.
4. REDWOOD CA~INET MAINTENANCE
Your VITA SPA cabinet is made with a high quality redwood. It ~. factory stained and sealed.
Depending on the ~ocation and exposure of the spa to the rain and sun, it is recommended to seal the redwood cabinet once or twice a year with a wood sealant. Vita's specially formulated red-
3. FILTER MAINTENANCE
Vita Spas are designed with,the most efficient top loading filtration system in the industry. Filter maintenance is the most critical factor in keeping your spa water clean.
5. MARINE VINYL COVER
Your cover is manufactured from a durable marine grade, U. V. resistant material. Even SO, monthly cleanmg and periodic conditioning is recommended to maintain its beauty. To clean and condition the vinyl cover:
To clean the filter: .
(NOTE: Never run spa without filter)
A. Lightly spray the cover with a garden hose to rinse it and remove the debris.
Remove the cartridge and spray it with a garden hose. It will be necessary to rotate the cartridge while spraying so as to thoroughly remove the debris lodged between the liter pleats.
Using a large sponge or soft cloth and a mild soap solution (1 teaspoon dish washing liquid with 2 gallons of water), scrub lightly in circular motion. Then rinse it thoroughly with plenty of water.
After allowing to d~ inspect the cartridge for calcium deposit (scaling) or an oil film. Rapid mineral build-up from hard water, or oil build up from the use of oil-based water scent or body oil may coat the filter carhidge. A filter cleaner to soak the cartridge is available from your vrrA SPA dealer and should be used as part of your spa maintenance.
Condition the vinyl after cleanjng by applying a thin film of vinyl conditioner such as
ArmorA1l. NOTE: To remove tree saps, use lighter fluid (not charcoal lighter, but the kind used in cigarette lighters). Use sparingly and rinse with mild soap solution afterwards.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR WATER
QUALITY MAINTENANCE ulating the amount of tablets, the amount the floater js open, and the length of the filtration cycles, you can control the amount of bromine in your spa. A bromine residual of 2 to 3 ppm is generally considered desirable. A two-part bromine system or granular chlorine ( dichlor) are also acceptable sanitizers.
Maintaining water quality within specific limits will enhance your enjoyment and prolong the life of the spa. Safe, comfortable, and clean spa water is a fairly simple task to achieve, but it does require regular attention because of the numerous factors that can alter it. There is no one forn1ula to be followed because of the variables, i.e. quality of the water used to fill the spa, water temperature, user load, etc. For specific guidelines for water quality maintenance, consult your VITA pH CONTROL pH is a measure of acidity and alkalinity of the spa water. The recommended pH for spa water is
7.4 to 7.6 ppm. Below 7.0 ( considered neutral), the spa water is acidic and can cause damage to the heating system. Above 7.8, the water is too alkaline and can result in cloudy water and scale formation on the spa shell, heater and cover.
gram based on your specific nee~s. Disregard for water maintenance will result in poor soaking conditions, damage your spa inv~stment and pos-
~ibly void your warranty. ~
Spa water malntena9ce separat~ easily developed consIsts programs: of dlree
IMPORTANT: NEVER USE CHLORINE
TABLETS (TRICHLOR) I. YOUR SP:A.
This chemical can have an extremely corrosive effect on certain materials in the spa. Also, the use of liquids, chlorine or acid, are not recommended.
Damage caused by use of these chemicals, or improper use of any chemical, is not covered under the spa warranty.
1. Sanitizing and maintaining a safe level of sanitizer in the spa water.
2. Balancing the pH and maintaining the recommended mineral content level.
3. Achieving and maintaining water clarity.
To destroy bacteria and organic d:ompounds in the spa water, a sanitizer must be u~d regularly. The use of a bromine floater is recommended. By reg-
OPJJOMAl VITAZONE WATER
If you have elected to equip your spa with the optional VITAZONE ozone water purification system, you will find that your water stays fresh and clean with significantly less usage of dlemical sanitizer and you will also be able to go longer between spa draining. Read and follow the instructions included with your VITAZONE ozone water purification system to determine how to adjust your chemical usage and filter cycles.
N othing works
High speed pump
Low Speed pump
If power light on
Location not visible
Blower not working
No high speed pump
No low speed pump
AREAS TO CHECK
.Reset "GFO" red button
.Make sUIe that timer is in center or bottom position
.O1eck that valves are pulled open
.Turn thermostat knob up
.Reset hi~t switch
.Make sure that timer switch is on "Bottom" position and low speed pump is operating
.Turn up thermostat clockwise
.Set longer hours on your time and let nm for 24 hours
.O1eck that valves are pulled open
.Turn down thermostat counter clockwise
.Make SUIe that timer switch is in center position .
.Make sUIe that jet or high speed is not "On"
.O1eck all 3 unions (hand tighten only)
.deck for cracks at unions if cracks are found call dealer for service
.Call dealer for service
.O1eck if blower cord is connected to equipment £ak
.Switch selection bUtton till blower li~ on
.Call dealer for service
.Check bulb; replace if bad
.Make sUIe air fine from push button to equipment is on
.Push light switcl1 button one time OIl, one time off
.Check GFO; if tripped, reset
(Elan 220 volts only)
.Call dealer for service
.Oteck valves are ~ulled open ;
.Switch .Selection button until
..t" li~ is on
.Call dealer for service
.Make sure timer switch is on the center or bottom position
.Make sure valves are pulled open
.Call.dealer for service
VITA INTERN ATI O N AL
2320 NW 147th Street
Miami, Florida 33054
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