Owner`s and Installation Manual

Owner`s and Installation Manual
– WARNING –
THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL GRADE PRODUCT.
A KNOWLEDGE OF CONSTRUCTION
TECHNIQUES, PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL
INSTALLATION ACCORDING TO CODES ARE
REQUIRED FOR PROPER INSTALLATION AND
USER SATISFACTION. WE RECOMMEND THAT
A LICENSED CONTRACTOR PERFORM THE
INSTALLATION. OUR WARRANTY DOES NOT
COVER IMPROPER INSTALLATION-RELATED
PROBLEMS.
Table of Contents
PAGE
A. Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
B. Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
1. Outdoor Installations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2. Indoor Installations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
C. General Spa Installations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
1. Portable Modular Spas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
A. RTB Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
2. One-Piece Portable Spas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
3. Custom In-Ground Spas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
4. Connecting the Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
A. Equipment System Considerations . . . . . . 5
5. Generation Next Series Spas . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
D. Parts of the Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
E. Parts of the Equipment System . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
F. Spa Side Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
1. Heat Recovery “HRC” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
2. Economy Electric Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
3. Deluxe Electronic Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
G. Support Systems Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . 11
1. 110 Volt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
2. 220 Volt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
3. 50 Hz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
H. Start-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
I. Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
1. Testing the G.F.C.I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
2. Spa Surface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
3. Cabinet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
A. Cedar Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
B. Perma-Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
4. Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
5. Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
A. Top-Load Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
B. Skim Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
6. Periodic Draining . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
7. Plumbing Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
J. Water Chemistry Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
K. Winterizing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
L. Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
M. Safety Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
BE SURE TO READ THIS
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
BEFORE INSTALLING AND
USING YOUR SPA.
SAVE THIS MANUAL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE.
READ AND FOLLOW ALL IMPORTANT
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
When installing and using this electrical equipment, basic
safety precautions should always be followed, including the
following:
9. For cord and plug connected units: GROUND FAULT
CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER PROTECTION IS
REQUIRED. All spa equipment systems must be
protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (G.F.C.I.)
in accordance to the National Electrical Code. A cord
mounted G.F.C.I. is supplied with the spa support pack
equipment.
READ AND FOLLOW
ALL INSTRUCTIONS.
1. It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that all
users of the spa are adequately informed of all
precautions.
10. For permanently installed units: GROUND FAULT
CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER PROTECTION IS
REQUIRED. All spa equipment systems must be
protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter (G.F.C.I.)
in accordance to the National Electrical Code. A ground
fault circuit interrupter type circuit breaker (not supplied)
must be installed in the panel box by a qualified
electrician when making wire connection to the spa
support pack equipment.
2. Use the spa only as described in this manual.
3. The spa is intended for home use only. Do not use the
spa in a commercial, rental, or institutional setting.
4. WARNING: To reduce the risk of injury, do not permit
children to use this product unless they are closely
supervised at all times.
11. For permanently installed units only: A green-colored
terminal (or wire connector marked “G,” “GR,” “Ground,”
or “Grounding”) is provided within the control box. To
reduce the risk of electric shock, connect this terminal
or connector to the grounding terminal of your electric
service or supply panel with a continuous green insulated
copper wire equivalent in size to the circuit conductors
supplying this equipment, but no smaller than No. 12
AWG (3.3 mm2). In addition, a second wire connector is
provided 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) copper wire to any
metal ladders, water pipes, or other metal within
5 feet (1.52 m) of the tub.
5. 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 spa or hot tub
unless they are supervised at all times.
6. DANGER: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF DROWNING:
A) Never use the spa alone.
B) Children should not use the spa unless they are
supervised by an adult.
C) Keep pets away from the spa at all times.
D) Always replace and lock the spa cover when the
spa is not in use.
12. Install to provide drainage for compartments of
electrical components.
7. DANGER: RISK OF INJURY. Do not remove the
suction fittings. The suction fitting in this spa is sized
to match the specific water flow created by the pump.
Should the need arise to replace the suction fitting or
the pump, be sure that the flow rates are compatible.
Never operate spa if the suction fitting is broken or
missing. Never replace a suction fitting with one rated
less than the flow rate marked on the original suction
fitting.
13. For floor recessed spas: Install to permit access for
servicing from above or below the floor. Spa equipment
must be installed below water level.
14. When planning your spa installation site, prepare for
the unlikely event of rapid spa drainage.
15. A pressure wire connector is provided in 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 enclosures of
electrical equipment, metal water pipe, or conduit within
5 feet (1.5 m) of the unit, as needed to comply with local
requirements.
8. DANGER: Keep hair and body parts away from the
suction guard. Do not allow long hair to float freely in
the water; long hair should be restrained with a bathing
cap. To reduce the risk of drowning from hair or body
entrapment, install a suction fitting(s) with a marked
flow rate in gallons per minute that equals or exceeds
the flow rate marked on the equipment assembly, if
replacement of suction fitting(s) becomes necessary.
16. DANGER: RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK: Install spa
at least 5 feet (1.52 m) from all metal surfaces. (A spa
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F) Persons using medication should consult a
physician before using a spa or hot tub since
some medication may induce drowsiness while
other medication may affect heart rate, blood
pressure, and circulation.
may be installed within 5 feet of metal surfaces if, in
accordance with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/
NFPA, each metal surface is permanently connected
by a No. 8 AWG (8.4 mm2) copper conductor attached
to the wire connector on the terminal box provided for
this purpose. – ALL SPA SUPPORT EQUIPMENT
MUST BE GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER (G.F.C.I.) PROTECTED AT THE HOME
POWER SOURCE.
22. Never use the spa alone.
23. Do not bring any object into the spa that could damage
the spa shell.
17. WARNING: The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
(G.F.C.I.), must be tested before each use. To test
the G.F.C.I., press the “test” button while the spa is
running. The spa should shut off. Press the “reset”
button. The spa should resume normal operation. If the
spa continues to run after the “test” button is pressed,
then the G.F.C.I. is damaged. Do not use the spa
until the G.F.C.I. has been repaired or replaced by a
qualified electrician.
24. Never insert any object into any opening.
25. Do not use breakable containers in or near the spa.
26. Do not sit on the spa cover or place objects on it; it is
not designed to support weight.
27. Remove any water or debris that may collect on the
spa cover.
18. WARNING: RISK OF SUFFOCATION. For spas with
gas heaters only. This spa is equipped with a gas
heater and is intended for outdoor use only, unless
proper ventilation can be provided for an indoor
installation.
28. Keep children under the age of 12 and pets away from
the spa when it is not in use.
29. Keep all chemicals away from children and pets.
30. The pH and chemical balance of the water must be
maintained as explained in this manual. Failure to do
so may cause injury to users or damage to the spa,
and will void the warranty.
19. DANGER: RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. Do not permit
any electric appliance, such as a light, telephone, radio or
television, within 5 feet (1.5 m) of a spa or hot tub. Keep
electrical appliances and extension cords away from the
spa. Water is a conductor of electricity.
31. Individuals with infections and open sores or wounds
should not use the spa. Bacteria thrive in warm and hot
water. Always keep your spa disinfected and maintain
the proper chemical balance.
20. Enter and leave spa slowly and with caution. Surfaces
around spa will be wet and slippery.
21. WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY:
A) The water in a spa or hot tub should never exceed
40˚C (104˚F). Water temperatures between 38˚C
(100˚F) and 40˚C (104˚F) are considered safe for
a healthy adult. Lower water temperatures are
recommended for extended use (exceeding 10-15
minutes) and for young children.
B) Since excessive water temperatures have a high
potential for causing fetal damage during the early
months of pregnancy, pregnant or possible pregnant
women should limit spa or hot tub temperatures to
38˚C (100˚F).
C) Before entering a spa or hot tub, the user should
measure the water temperature with an accurate
thermometer since the tolerance of water
temperature regulating devices may vary as
much as 3˚C (5˚F).
D) THE USE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS, OR
MEDICATION BEFORE OR DURING SPA OR
HOT TUB USE MAY LEAD TO UNCONSCIOUSNESS WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF DROWNING.
E) 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 a spa or hot tub.
32. Shower before and after using the spa. This will
remove any deodorant, perspiration, or body oils that
could contaminate the water. Showering after will
remove any residual chemicals and any bacteria that
may have been in the spa.
33. WARNING: “The use of alcohol, drugs or medication
can greatly increase the risk of fatal hyperthermia.”
DANGER – TO REDUCE THE RISK OF DROWNING:
Prolonged immersion in the spa may cause
hyperthermia. The causes, symptoms and effects of
hyperthermia may be described as follows:
Hyperthermia occurs when the internal temperature of
the body reaches a level several degrees above the
normal body temperature of 98.6˚F. The symptoms of
hyperthermia include an increase in the internal temperature of the body, dizziness, lethargy, drowsiness,
and fainting. The effects of hyperthermia include:
1. Failure to perceive heat
2. Failure to recognize the need to exit the spa
3. Unawareness of impending hazard
4. Fetal damage in pregnant women
5. Physical inability to exit the spa
6. Unconsciousness resulting in the danger of drowning.
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34. Do not use the spa immediately after strenuous
exercise.
41. For spas with audio/video components:
A) CAUTION – Risk of Electric Shock. Do not leave
compartment door open.
B) CAUTION – Risk of Electric Shock. Replace
components only with identical components; and
C) Do not operate the audio/video controls while
inside the spa.
D) WARNING – Prevent Electrocution. Do not
connect any auxiliary components (for example
cable, additional speakers, headphones, additional
audio/video components, etc.) to the system.
E) These units are not provided with an outdoor
antennae; when provided, it should be installed in
accordance with Article 810 of the National
Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.
F) Do not service this product yourself as opening or
removing covers may expose you to dangerous
voltage or other risk of injury. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel.
G) When the power supply connection or power
supply cord(s) are damaged; if water is entering
the audio/video compartment or any electrical
equipment compartment area; if the protective
shields or barriers are showing signs of
deterioration; or if there are signs of other potential
damage to the unit, turn off the unit and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel.
H) This unit should be subjected to periodic routine
maintenance (for example, once every 3 months)
to make sure that the unit is operating properly.
35. If you feel pain or dizziness at any time while using
the spa, discontinue use and contact a physician.
36. WARNING: The spa jets produce a stream of water with
relatively high pressure. Prolonged exposure of a localized area of the body may cause bruises to the skin.
37. WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF INJURY:
It is especially important for persons over the age of
35 or persons with pre-existing health problems, such
as obesity, heart disease, high or low blood pressure,
circulatory problems, or diabetes to consult their
physician before using the spa.
38. For controls other than underwater lighting circuits:
A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (G.F.C.I.)must be
provided if this device is used to control an
underwater lighting fixture. The conductors on the
load side on the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter shall
not occupy conduit, boxes, or enclosures containing
other conductors unless the additional conductors are
also protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.
39.For all permanently connected units not provided
with an integral disconnecting means: The electrical
supply for this product must include a suitably rated
switch or circuit breaker to open all underground
supply conductors to comply with Section 422-20 of
the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA. The
disconnecting means must be readily accessible to
the tub occupant but installed at least 5 feet (1.5 m)
from tub water.
42. For your protection, a safety sign has been mounted
on the outside of the spa cabinet. An additional sign
has been included within this spa informational
packet that should be placed where visible to spa
occupants. Additional copies can be obtained from
your spa retailer.
40. WARNING: Do not place spa in direct sunlight while
unit is empty or when sealed in shipping materials.
Excessive heat build-up may cause damage to spa
and void warranty.
SPA WARNING LABELS
1. The included warning
sign must be posted
where all users of the
spa can see and read
it. Additionally, we have
placed a label on the
outside of your spa.
2. WARNING DECAL
PLACEMENT: Locate
the decals shown here
and familiarize yourself
with the information
found on the inside and
the cabinet of your spa.
WARNING:
Read all instructions before using the spa.
PDC Spas assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property
damage sustained by or through the use of this product.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
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LOCATION
The location of your spa is very important in order for you to achieve maximum enjoyment from your spa. Generally,
spas belong outdoors. Locating a spa indoors increases your risk of indoor flooding. Please consider the following:
OUTDOOR INSTALLATIONS
INDOOR INSTALLATIONS
1. Local electrical and plumbing codes.
2. Consider local codes pertaining to fencing,
enclosures, walls, electrical and plumbing. You will
need to ensure that your spa is an adequate distance
from power lines, both above ground and underground. Your spa will also need to be childproofed
(covered and of adequate height).
3. View from house for aesthetics and supervisory needs.
4. Distance from house for wintertime soaking.
5. Nighttime lighting.
6. Locate the spa with an awareness to sunlight
exposure, views, access, lot lines, lighting, wind
direction, shielding, septic tanks, plants, trees.
(Chemicals in the spa water splashed from within
your spa may damage plant life.)
7. Consider the location of the nearest bathroom.
8. If your spa is to be located on a second story, be
positive support is adequate. Call your builder.
9. Area for placement of support equipment where
adequate space will be needed for periodic removing
and cleansing of the cartridge filter, setting the time
clock and general servicing.
10. Be sure to note any other considerations, such as
aesthetics or privacy concerns, that may affect the
safety or enjoyment of using the spa.
11. Provide adequate drainage away from the equipment
and adequate elevation to allow draining by syphon.
12. Location of electrical supply. 240 volt systems require
hard wire installed from the electrical source to the
spa support pack terminal; 120 volt systems have
a 15 foot cord and require a 20 amp grounded
“dedicated” circuit. Removal of the plug or use of
an extension cord will void all warranties. ALL
EQUIPMENT MUST BE GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT
PROTECTED AT THE POWER SOURCE.
13. Venting for gas heated systems.
14. Locations at least 5 feet (1.52 m) from all metal
surfaces. (A spa may be installed within 5 feet of
metals surfaces, if, in accordance with Article 680 of
the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70-1984,
each metal surface is permanently connected by a
No. 8AWG (8.4 mm2) copper conductor attached to
the wire connector on the terminal box provided for
this purpose.)
15. Place the spa on a firm, level surface that will not shift.
1. Local electrical and plumbing codes.
2. Ventilation fans and/or dehumidifiers should be
provided to handle the high humidity developed by
your spa. Walls, ceiling and wood trim should be
resistant to high humidity.
3. Chemicals will vaporize from the water and may cause
an odor and possibly corrosion to certain home hardware. Never store chemicals inside the spa cabinet.
4. During the normal use of the spa, water will escape
the spa vessel. Never place the spa on or over any
material which may be damaged by this water or
the chemicals within the water. Keep damageable
materials far enough away from the spa to avoid water
damage, even if the spa should lose all its water.
5. Consider and prepare for the unlikely event of rapid
spa drainage. If placement of the spa is permanent,
you may wish to provide floor drains to accommodate
draining, etc. Always leave room all around the spa
for easy access in case repairs are necessary.
6. Consider and prepare for the unlikely event of spa
removal.
7. Read 7-14 in the Outdoor Installations information.
8. Do not set spa on finished floor without a waterproof
barrier protection underneath.
9. The spa should be located near a power source
capable of supplying 240 volts AC power. It must be
wired directly into a grounded circuit with a Ground
Fault Circuit Interrupter (G.F.C.I.) capable of carrying
50 amps. No other appliances should be on the
same circuit.
10. The spa should be close to a source of water.
11. Be sure that the location you choose is stable. It
must be able to support the weight of the spa when
it is filled with water, plus the weight of the occupants.
The spa weighs approximately 4000 pounds when it
is filled with water.
12. Do not use the spa above a finished living area, due
to the risk of water damage.
13. The spa is not designed for in-floor installation.
However, it is compatible with a deck system that is
built flush with the top of the spa, provided you leave
access for service.
14. Be sure to note any other considerations, such as
aesthetics or privacy concerns, that may affect the
safety or enjoyment of using the spa.
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GENERAL SPA INSTALLATIONS
WARNING: THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL GRADE PRODUCT.
A KNOWLEDGE OF
CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES, PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION ACCORDING
TO CODES ARE REQUIRED FOR PROPER INSTALLATION AND USER SATISFACTION. WE
RECOMMEND THAT A LICENSED CONTRACTOR PERFORM THE INSTALLATION. OUR
WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER IMPROPER INSTALLATION-RELATED PROBLEMS.
well-supported by the wooden supports shown below.
In NO way should the lip of the spa be used for support.
Partial in-ground and below-ground installations
should have the footwell of the spa resting on concrete
or firm sand for support and leveling purposes. Again,
the seating area must be fully supported and the lip
NOT used for support.
“ONE-PIECE” PORTABLE SPA INSTALLATIONS
One-piece portable
spa unit with
external
equipment pack.
Partial In-Ground Installation
The PDC “one-piece” portable spa is fully assembled
with the skirting (cabinet) attached to the spa shell. This
unit may be equipped with a Slimline Series support pack
that is installed behind the cabinet walls. If so, take note
of the location of the equipment components prior to
permanent installation for possible future need of access
by removing side skirt panels. The one-piece unit must be
installed on a flat, firm, level surface. If the unit is
equipped with an external pump pack, those components
should be connected as noted here.
SEAT
GRADE
Ground Level Installation
Wood supports
CONCRETE PAD
FLOOR
Wood
Supports
The spa must be filled
with water and checked
for leaks before being
backfilled with sand or
before decks are installed.
Review all location considerations in this manual to assure
proper placement of the spa for years of enjoyment.
CUSTOM, IN-GROUND SPA INSTALLATION
(Cut To Fit)
* This type of installation is not recommended
by the factory.
Custom spa installations may have numerous
variations. For those sitting on ground level, the spa must
be set level on a concrete pad, a stable sand base or
CONNECTING EQUIPMENT SYSTEM
Attach the equipment pack components as marked.
Connect the unions together from the equipment pack
and spa as they are marked (example: suction, return,
blower).
Your electrician can now complete all hook-ups as
described in this manual and on the equipment pack. All
connections must be in compliance with all national and
local electrical codes. Finally, fasten the pump cabinet to
the skirt with the screws provided.
Your PDC spa has had two factory tests for water
leaks. Leaks can develop, however, in handling and
shipping. Check with accuracy for leaks that may have
developed during this time.
from the spa. Upgraded and oversized equipment should
be substituted if the equipment must be placed farther
than 15 feet away.
The spa support equipment must be placed at or
below water level. In NO way should the pack be
above water level. All PDC equipment must be placed
in a sheltered environment that will protect the equipment from rain, sleet, snow, and direct sunlight.
It is recommended that the blower line be raised above
the water level of the spa, creating a plumber’s loop, for
all in-ground installations. This will eliminate water
drainage from the spa if blower check valve should fail.
ALL ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS MUST BE G.F.C.I.
PROTECTED AND PERFORMED BY A QUALIFIED
ELECTRICIAN IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE NATIONAL
ELECTRIC CODE AND ANY APPLICABLE LOCAL
ELECTRIC CODES.
EQUIPMENT SYSTEMS CONSIDERATIONS
Location
It is recommended that the support equipment pack
for custom in-ground spas be placed within 10 to 15 feet
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3. All pipe connections should be made with products
formulated specifically for plastics, i.e., PVC solvent
cement, Teflon tape, etc. DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN
PIPE CONNECTIONS.
4. Check all areas for leaks prior to backfilling or decking
around the unit. PDC conducts factory water tests for
leaks several times prior to shipping, but leaks may
develop during transit and handling.
Pack Sizing
PDC offers a wide variety of UL listed spa support packs
enabling proper sizing of the spa with the power of the
equipment. PDC recommends that the support pack not be
over 15 feet from the spa to assure adequate water action.
If the pack must be installed at a distance further than 15
feet, the pump should be upgraded or a second pump
added. In addition, the number of jets in the spa deserves
consideration in choosing the proper spa pack: more jets
require more power and the pump should be upgraded or a
second pump added for proper water action.
GENERATION NEXT SERIES SPAS
The GENERATION NEXT SERIES spas are designed
to be easily installed on any flat, firm, level surface. A wire
chase molded into the bottom floor panel allows electrical
service to be brought in under the spa from any direction.
Removable panels on the side allow easy access for
servicing the support pack components and the plumbing.
Keep this in mind when locating the spa for possible
future need of access when servicing. The bottom floor
panel may also be removed if necessary for servicing
the spa.
Plumbing
1. Two valves for each pump are provided to shut off
flow to and from the spa system. Valves should be
placed in front of the pump, one on the suction side
and one on the outlet side of the pump.
2. Inlet and outlet pipes should be connected with
1
1 /2” or 2” schedule 40 PVC. Blower lines should be
1
1 /2” schedule 40 PVC.
PARTS OF THE SPA
Hydro-jets: These are the wall fittings around the inside
perimeter of the spa. They mix water with air to produce
localized therapy, in a straight stream, circular motion or
in random patterns for upper and lower back massage in
the lounge and contoured seating areas.
Skimmer: This will appear at water level as a square
inlet or vertical rectangle inlet. The skimmer traps
surface debris. The water level in the spa should be
kept at the center of the skimmer for best results. An
additional skim filter may be installed on selected models
for further water sanitation.
Suction: This is a circular fitting mounted on the vertical
wall of the footwell and serves the same function as the
skimmer. It works in conjunction with the skimmer to
return water to the support equipment.
Air Controls:
These are round
fittings mounted
on the lip of spa
that control the
amount of outside air mixed
with the incoming water of the
hydro-jet. Your
spa has multiple
air controls on
the spa lip that
control air pressure mix with a
segment of jets.
Air’assage:
This appears as
a number of tiny holes in the seating area where the
bubbler (blower) pushes air through for extra therapy
action.
Ultra Massage Selector: Located on spa lip. Turn to
adjust pump power to selected jets which enhances
water action through those jets by decreasing water
action through others. Only selected spa designs have
this feature.
Spa Light: Underwater low voltage light with three
changeable colored lenses for night time spa enjoyment.
Safety Glow Light: As an option, your spa may have
low voltage lighting installed around the base perimeter
of the cabinet. This not only looks good, but also
provides lighting for safer entering and exiting of the spa.
Motion Glow
Lighting: Low
voltage spa
light, with 8
shades of color
wash controlled manually at spa side.
Illusion
Lighting: As
an option, LED
pinpoint lights
with up to 25
points of light,
accent the lip
of your spa
with 7 color
options.
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PARTS OF EQUIPMENT SYSTEM
The spa support pack contains up to five major
components: either single or dual speed pumps, that
circulate the water through the hydro-jets and back
through the suctions; a cartridge filter that physically
removes debris from the water; and a blower (“bubbler”)
that pushes air through the air channel of the spa for
increased therapy. Your unit will also be equipped with
either a gas or electric heater. All components are
operated by switching at spa side. Water is routed
through the pump, filter (located on the pressure side
of the pump for optimum filtration), heater and jets. The
bubbler acts as a separate component and is used for
general massage in the Contempra and Ultra spas, and
Timeless Platinum.
pump will continue to operate at low speed even though
the jet button is pushed. The control unit will shut the
pump off when programmed to do so. The single-speed
pump(s), if present, are activated by the PUMP2 or
PUMP3 control.
Filter: Your PDC spa is equipped with a top-load
pressure side filter. This assures optimum water filtering
and ease of cleaning at spa side. Selected models,
including the Generation Next Series Spas, also include
a skim filter. Review the maintenance section of this
manual for filter cartridge cleaning and replacement.
Air’assage (Blower): This equipment acts independent
from all other support pack components. It pushes
outside air through the air channel for generalized
massage. It is activated by depressing the bubbler
control at spa side. The blower is located behind the
cabinet wall. Make note of location prior to installing.
Pump: Your new spa has been equipped with a pump
for hydrotherapy jet action and water filtration. The spa
support pack features a dual-speed pump and, on some
models one or two additional single speed pumps. For
“E” (economy electronic), and “GE” (deluxe electronic)
controls, the high speed of a dual-speed pump is activated
by the PUMP1 control at spa side. The lower speed
(filtration speed) is controlled by the programmable
electronic control on “E” or “GE” support pack models.
The filtration time required to maintain warm, clean water
may vary from spa to spa. Generally, no less than six
hours a day is recommended. The PUMP1 button can activate the pump at full speed at any time for hydrotherapy,
even though turning off the pump at the PUMP1 button
does not override the filtration cycle (low speed). For
example, if the spa has been programmed to circulate the
system at a time when bathers are exiting the spa, the
Heater: Your spa is equipped with thermostat control at
spa side. Once you find the temperature you enjoy most,
leave the thermostat at that setting, and the spa will
automatically maintain the correct temperature, ready for
your enjoyment any time of the day. Avoid constant
resetting of the thermostat; it is more economical to
maintain temperature, than to let the temperature fall
and then wait during heat-up time before soaking.
Ozone: All spas with ozone option for sanitation should
circulate 16-24 hours daily. Use the electronic control to
program this operation.
SPA SIDE CONTROLS
Light: Turning the light(s) on - (depending on your spa
configuration) Spa Light Only – Press Light key to turn light
on. Press a second time to turn light off.
Economy
Electronic Control*
(“E”)
Pump 1: Press Pump 1
key to turn Pump 1 on. Press a second time
to change the pump speed. A third time turns
pump off.
A built-in timer automatically turns pump off
after 20 minutes, unless it has been manually
deactivated. The “Pump 1” indicator lights up
when Pump 1 is on.
Spa Light – The “Light” indicator lights up
when the light is on. Spa Light is also used
as a program function.
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* Control not to be used on remote pack location installs
due to 25-foot limit of connecting ribbon.
Temperature: Setting water temperature:
Use Up/Down arrow key to regulate water
temperature. Press and hold key to increase
(or decrease) current temperature setting. The
temperature setting will be displayed for 5 seconds to
confirm your new selection.
Pump 2: Press Pump 2 key to turn Pump 2
on. Pressing a second time turns pump off.
A built-in timer automatically turns pump off
after 20 minutes, unless manually deactivated.
The “Pump 2” indicator lights up when Pump 2 is on.
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The “Set Point” indicator displays the desired
temperature, NOT the current temperature!
Water temperature can be adjusted by 1˚
increments from 59˚ to 104˚F (15-40˚C).
Troubleshooting:
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Automatic water heater start: When water temperature is
1˚F (0.5˚C) lower than the Set Point, the
heater will automatically turn on until water
temperature reaches Set Point plus 1˚F
(0.5˚C). The “Heater” indicator lights up when
the heater is on.
A. Pumps have
started up for 1
minute on several
occasions and
“Filter” indicator
is flashing.
Programming the filter cycle duration: The system automatically performs two filter cycles per day, at 12 hour intervals. During a filter cycle, pumps are activated for a programmed number of hours.
Not a bug but a
feature! Our Smart
Winter Mode protects your spa from
the cold by turning
pumps on for 1
minute several
times a day to prevent freezing
in pipes.
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To set the filter cycle duration:
B. The display is
flashing.
Use Up/Down
arrow key to
change setting.
0 = no,
12 = continuous
filtration.
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C. 3 flashing dots
are displayed.
D. Water temperature is flashing.
A problem has
been detected.
Water temperature
in the spa has
reached 112˚F
(44˚C).
Do not enter the
water! Check and
open water
valves. Clean filter
if necessary.
Check water level.
Add water if needed.
Shut power off
and power your
spa up again to
reset the system.
A power failure must Call your dealer or
service supplier if
have occurred.
problem persists.
Press any key to
stop the flashing
and reprogram the
filter cycle.
When desired setting is displayed,
press Light key
again. The filter
cycle will start.
The “Filter”
indicator
lights up
when a filter
cycle is on.
Do not enter the
water! Remove
the spa cover and
allow the water to
cool down. The
system will reset
itself when water
reaches 109˚F
(43˚C).
Call your dealer or
service supplier if
problem persists.
PUMP #2
PUMP #1
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Press and hold
Light key for 5
seconds. The display will show
a value that represents the filter
cycle duration in
hours.
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PUMP #3
UP
ON/OFF
Deluxe Electronic
Control (“GE”)
PROGRAM
AIR’ASSAGE
NOTE: After a power failure, the filter cycle duration will
return to its default value (6 hours). In this case, the first
filter cycle will start 12 hours after power is restored.
SPA
LIGHT
SAFETY
GLOW
DOWN
System On/Off: This key is used to turn On/Off the entire
system. When power is applied to the unit, it is “On” by
default. The unit will regulate the spa temperature to the
desired set point and the display will show the current
temperature.
NOTE: Prevent excessive water temperature caused by too
long filter cycles, the system will cancel a filter cycle after 3
hours if water temperature raises above 104˚F.
When the system is “Off”, all outputs are turned off for
30 minutes and the display shows “OFF” for at least 10
seconds. The filter cycle, the smart winter mode and the
heater can’t start during this time. All keys are disabled
except the On/Off key to restart the system before the
30 minutes ends. This feature is used to clean/change
the filter.
Note that also the filter cycle is cancelled when the
system is turned off.
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Pump #1: This key is used to turn the Pump #1 in the
sequence Low, High, then Off. A built-in 20 minute timer will
shut the pump off unless the user does so manually.
The arrow above the Pump 1 logo on the display will be on
when the pump is running, or it will blink if the pump is in
Low speed.
The default frequency per day is two times a day and the
default number of hours per cycle is two hours.
When there is a Heat demand, a Cool down period, or a
Filter cycle (last phase), the controller will run pump #1 in
Low speed. Then, if the user presses the Pump #1 key,
pump #1 will go directly into High speed. This has been
added to give the user feedback.
During the duration adjustment of the frequency per day
adjustment, if the user doesn’t use any key for 5 seconds,
the system “stores” the new duration and the new
frequency, but these will take effect only at the next Filter
cycle. However, if the user exits the duration of frequency
adjustments by pressing the Program key again, a new
Filter cycle is immediately started, and a new 12-hour
cycle is started.
Pump #2: This key is used to turn the Pump #2 in the
sequence On, then Off. A built-in 20-minute timer will shut
the pump off unless the user does so manually.
Safety Glow: This key is used to turn the Safety Glow light
On, then Off. A built-in 4-hour timer will shut the Safety
light off unless the user does so manually.
The arrow above the Pump 2 logo on the display will be on
when the pump is running.
Spa Light: This key operates the Motion Glow light
and Illusion light option. The Motion Glow light has eight
different programs activated by repeated pressing of the
key. Illusion lighting features a series of pinlights around
the spa lip and other various locations.
Pump # 3: This key is used to turn the Pump # 3 in the
sequence On then Off. A built-in 20-minute timer will shut the
pump off unless the user does so manually.
Up and Down: These keys are used to set the temperature
of the water and program some system functions. As soon
as the user presses one of these keys, the display will show
the current set point and will keep showing it for 5 seconds
after releasing the key. Pressing the keys will either
increase or decrease the current set point. The Set Point
logo on the display tells the user if the display shows the
current set point or the actual temperature of the water.
The arrow above the Pump 2, 3 logo on the display will be
on when the pump is running.
Air’assage: This key is used to turn the Blower High, Low,
then Off. A built-in 20-minute timer will shut the Blower off
unless the user does so manually.
The arrow above the Blower logo on the display will be on
when the Blower is running. It will blink if the Blower is on
Low speed.
The water temperature can be adjusted in 1 degree increments from 59 to 104° F (or from 15 to 40° C). After
a power down, the default set point is 95° F .
PROGRAM
When the water temperature is 1° F (0.5° C) lower than
the set point, the heater will come on until the water
temperature reaches the set point plus 1° F (0.5° C).
The Heater logo on the display will blink when the system
calls for heat and will come on when the heater is actually
turned on.
Filter cycle definition
A Filter cycle consists of starting pump #2, pump #3 and the
blower for 1 minute to purge their plumbing and then start
pump one low speed for the duration of the cycle.
The Filter cycle icon is displayed when there is an active
Filter cycle.
ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Filter cycle duration and frequency adjustment
The Filter cycle Duration is user programmable. By pressing
the Program key, the display shows the current duration
value “Fdxx”, where xx is from 0 to 12. Using the Up and
Down keys, this value can be adjusted as desired.
Panel Lock
It is possible to lock out all the keys. This feature is helpful
when young children could have access to the keypad. To
lock / unlock the keypad, simply press the Pump #1 key for
at least 5 seconds.
The Filter cycle Frequency (per day) adjustment is user
programmable by pressing another time on the Program
key, the display will show the current frequency value
(“FFxx”, where xx is the frequency). Using the Up and
Down keys, this value can be adjusted from 1 to 4.
There are 2 keypad lock modes: the full lock and partial
lock. The full lock, as the name implies, locks ALL keypad
functions. The partial lock locks only the programming and
temperature functions; the Pump, the Blower, and Light
keys remain useable.
If a duration of 0 is selected, the Filter cycle never comes
on and the Frequency selection is not offered, as it makes
no sense. On the other hand, if any of the following
combinations is selected, the Filter cycle is constantly on:
“Fd06” with “FF04”, “Fd08” with “FF03”, or “Fd12” with
“FF02”. In these cases however, the initial 1-minute purge
will still occur at every start of a cycle.
To lock, press on the Pump 1 key for 5 seconds. At that
point, “LocP” will be displayed. If the key is released at this
time, keypad will be in partial lock. However, if lock key is
kept pressed for another 5 seconds, “LocF” will appear and
the keypad will be fully locked.
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When the keypad is locked, all automatic functions of the
system run as usual. However, when a locked key is
pressed, a “LocP” or “LocF” message is displayed for 1
second.
When the smart winter mode is starting, the pumps don’t
start all at the same time. The sequence follows :
2 first seconds
: Pump #1 Low and circulation
pump is starting.
To unlock a locked system, press Pump #1 key until “Uloc”
appears in the display screen, at least 5 seconds.This
keypad has 4 keys that have exactly the same functionality
as the Pump 1, Pump 2/3 and the Air’assage
and Light keys on the main keypad.
After 2 seconds
: Pump #1 turns to high speed.
After 4 seconds
: Pump #2 turns to low speed.
After 6 seconds
: Pump #2 turns to high speed.
After 1 minute
: All others pumps are stopping
and pump #3 is starting.
Overtemp error
If the water temperature reaches 112° F on the regulation
probe, the display will start blinking and will stop all the
pumps and accessories; filter cycle and user demand will
be cancelled.
Note: If a key is pressed during a 1-minute cycle, the cycle
will be cancelled.
Power-up detection
After a power-up, the display will blink until somebody
presses a key. This feature is to let the user know that a
power failure has occurred.
The only things that will still work during overtemp error will
be the smart winter mode and all the keys that do not start
the accessories.
Temperature sensor failure
If the value returned by the temperature sensor does not
seem to be in the normal range (between 32° F and
122° F), the display will show the wrong temperature and
the Heater will not be allowed to turn on and the heating
demand will be cleared. This error will also clear the
filtration cycle, but the Smart Winter Mode will remain
operational. The pumps will be allowed to work manually, if
the error is detected in the low limit (34° F).
The system will return in the normal mode when the
temperature returns to 109° F.
High-Limit
The high-limit circuit will shut the heater off if the
temperature of the water at the high-limit sensor reaches
119° F. Should this occur, the display will show “…” and a
LED will light up on the PCB, but all of the accessories will
still function.
If the error is not present anymore, it can be cleared by
pressing a key.
The heater will remain off until a complete shut down of the
circuit occurs.
Inverted display
It is possible to invert the display so that the display is
readable from either inside or outside the spa. To do this,
just press on the Program key for 5 seconds to toggle
between the inverted mode or not.
Overtemp during Filter cycle
In order to prevent excessive water temperatures due to
long Filter cycles during warm weather, the system has a
special safeguard.
At power-up, the display defaults to the non-inverted mode.
Also, note that in the inverted mode, some icons (ie. F and
C) are not displayed.
If the water temperature exceeds the set point by more that
2 degrees F for more than three hours, the system will
cancel the Filter cycle and the Filter cycle icon will blink for
the remainder of the filter cycle.
Temperature Display in Fahrenheit or Celsius
The temperature can be displayed in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
To toggle between those choices, press the light key for five
seconds.
Ozone output
During the Filter cycle, the ozone output is turned on.
Smart Winter Mode
This system prevents the water from freezing in the pump
plumbing. An onboard sensor continuously checks the
ambient air temperature in the pack. If at any time the
temperature goes below 68° F, the system activates the
winter mode for the next 24 hours even if the temperature
returns above 68° F. In this mode, if a pump hasn’t been
turned on since a determinate time (see table below)
depending on the temperature, the system will start all
pumps for 1 or 2 minutes to circulate warmer water in the
plumbing depending if pump #3 is configured. When the
pumps are running because of this protective feature, the
filter cycle icon on the display will blink.
Secondary Electronic
Control
(Standard on Ultra Spas
and Platinum Spas,
optional on Contempra Spas)
This keypad is usually installed in large spas. It gives users
the possibility of operating the spa from another location
within the spa. User cannot toggle temperature units from
this keyboard.
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SUPPORT SYSTEMS SPECIFICATIONS
PDC offers a wide choice of support equipment models.
The model number and component sizes are found on a
label inside the panel box lid. Refer to the label when
referring to this manual and arranging for service.
located behind the cabinet; take note of location.
Circulation Pump Models:These support systems may
feature an additional 24-hour circulation pump and skim
filter. The model number ends in “C” for these systems.
Refer to the maintenance section of this manual for cleaning
procedure of filter. Note location of circulation pump behind
spa cabinet prior to install.
ALL SYSTEMS REQUIRE THE INSTALLATION OF
GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER PROTECTION (G.F.C.I.) BY A QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN IN
ACCORDANCE WITH NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
AND LOCAL REGULATIONS.
“Slimline” Construction Models: All 240 volt systems are
offered and noted with “SL” after model number. These systems are installed behind the spa skirt outside of the RTB.
The location of system components; control box, pumps,
heater, blower, may vary with each spa design. Make note of
location prior to installation to ensure future access. The
heater manifold and element designs differ with these systems and should be noted during service. These spas do
not have the end cabinet.
DISCONNECT ALL ELECTRICAL SUPPLY AND CONTACT
A QUALIFIED TECHNICIAN FOR ALL SERVICING.
Prior to each use, testing of the GFCI is required.
Refer to instructions under “Spa Maintenance.”
1. All spa support systems are multiple supply circuits.
2. All 240 volt systems require the electrical supply to
be protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
circuit breaker. Models E36, GE36X2, are single
pump systems requiring a 40 amp G.F.C.I. 120/240
volt circuit breaker. All other 240 volt systems require
a 50 amp G.F.C.I. 120/240 volt circuit breaker.
3. The electrical connection must be done by a
qualified electrician and conform with the National
Electric Code as well as all local codes existing. The
qualified electrician is to wire the 240 volt legs and
neutral into the appropriately marked terminal found
within the spa equipment control panel using #6-3
copper wire with ground. The ground wire must be
inserted into the ground (bonding lug) found within
the spa equipment control assembly.
4. The G.F.C.I. protection must be tested prior to each
use. Refer to the maintenance section in this manual
for instructions.
120 Volt System
International 50 Hz System
1. All spa support systems are multiple supply circuits.
2. All spa support systems require the electrical supply to
be potected by a Ground Fault circuit Interrupter. See
the specification chart below for the proper sizing of
the circuit interruptor for each spa support system.
3. The electrical connections must be done by a qualified
electrician in accordance to the Electrical Codes for
your local area.
4. The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter must be tested
according to manufacturer’s guidelines to insure proper
operation and protections to the occupants of the spa.
It is encouraged to test prior to each spa use.
SUPPORT SYSTEMS for INTERNATIONAL INSTALLATIONS
UL
®
HRC unit: This unit is a plug-in system. It requires a 15
amp dedicated circuit with ground. This unit comes
equipped with a 10 ft. power cord which includes a
G.F.C.I. plug. This plug must be plugged directly into a
15 amp 120 volt receptacle. DO NOT USE AN EXTENSION CORD.Use of an extension cord between this plug
and the receptacle may damage the control and will void
the warranty. This system uses both friction and recovered motor heat to heat the spa water. Spa water is
therefore being heated only when the pump is running.
The HRC system is not available with ozone or lighting
features. Conduct monthly GFCI testing per instructions
under “Spa Maintenance.”
240 Volt Systems
MODEL
NUMBER
VOLTS/
HERTZ
PUMPS
HEATER
GER
200CE
220/50
2 HP - 2 Speed
GER
200CCE
220/50
2 HP - 2 Speed
GER
450XPCE
TOTAL AMPS
3 KW
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
1 Phase 3 P
hase
3 KW
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
3 KW
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
1 1/2 HP –2 Speed 3 KW
3 HP –1 Speed
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
220/50 1 1/2 HP –2Speed
3 HP –1 Speed
220/50
GE200CCE 220/50
UL
SPA SIDE
CONTROL
1/15 HP Circulat ion
220/50
GER
450XPCCE
GE200CE
BLOWER
1/15 HP Circulati on
2 HP - 2 Speed
4 1/2HP - 1 Speed
3 KW
1HP
220V
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
2 HP - 2 Speed
3 KW
1HP
220V
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
3 KW
1HP
220V
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
2 HP - 2 Speed
3 HP –1 Speed
3 KW
1HP
220V
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
1 1/2 HP –2Speed
3 HP –1 Speed
3 KW
1HP
220V
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
3 KW
1HP
220V
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
3 KW
1HP
220V
Deluxe
Electronic
GE
32
16
1/15 HP Circulati on
GE
450XPCE
220/50 1 1/2HP - 2Speed
GE
500XPCE
220/50
3 HP –1 Speed
®
For all 240 volt support packs, the model number and
components are listed on a label affixed to the support
pack electrical box.
220/50
GE
500XPCCE
Models E36, E57XP, E63XP, GE36X2, GE57XP, GE63XP,
GE78XP, GE85XP: These support systems are located
beneath the end cabinet and provide easy access for servicing and maintenance. Some models may have the blower
GE
500XPCE
1/15 HP Circulation
220/50 1 1/2 HP –2 Speed
220/50
GE
750XPCCE
3 HP –1 Speed
3 HP –1 Speed
1 1/2 HP –2Speed
3 HP –1 Speed
3 HP –1 Speed
1/15 HP Circulati on
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GENERAL START-UP
leave the thermostat at this setting, the temperature
will automatically be maintained. Re-check water
temperature with an accurate thermometer before
entering the spa.
13. Set the filtration program to desired setting. Review
instruction particular to each spa-side control.
A. Increase the filtration time periods during colder
weather temperatures to guard against freezing.
B. Twenty-four hour circulation is suggested with the
use of ozone sanitation systems to effectively treat
the water. This can be programmed through the
filtration program. Review the operation instructions
for specific controls.
14. Chemically treat the spa water. Read the section on
Water Chemistry Maintenance and follow instructions
on container of any product used.
15. Cover the spa with thermal cover to maintain
temperature.
1. Be sure that the power is turned off at the main
circuit breaker.
2. Turn temperature knob to “off” setting (if
equipped).
3. CAUTION: Electric heater element must be fully
submerged in water before being energized.
4. Fill spa to the recommended level, assuring all
suction outlets are covered with water.
5. Make sure valves on the suction and return sides of
the spa pump are open to allow water to flow to and
from the spa and spa support system.
6. Carefully open the hose bib spigot on support pack
to allow air to bleed from the system. Close the hose
bib when a solid stream of water flows out. (On units
without hose bibs, this bleeding may be done by
loosening the suction unions at the slide valves and
retightening them.)
7. Turn power “on” at main circuit breaker.
8. Press jet/pump button to “on” position to activate
cycle.
9. Turn both air regulator knobs to “off” position.
10. When the system has fully primed, all the jets
should be freely rotating and free of excess air;
except the jet attached to ozone, if this option is
included on the system. Allow the system to operate
for five minutes in this position.
11. Turn the thermostat to the desired temperature
to begin heating the spa water. The indicator light on
the side of the heater terminal box will be “on” during
heating cycle.
12. The economical, gradual heating of the water takes
place over a number of hours, depending upon the
size of the spa, size of the heater and the
recommended use of a PDC spa cover. When the
desired temperature is reached (not over 104˚),
Start-Up for “HRC” Units
1. Be sure unit is off and unplugged.
2. Fill unit with clear water.
3. Plug into power source (Dedicated three-pronged
grounded outlet). Push “test” button and then “reset”
button to assure that the G.F.C.I. is working properly.
4. Depress the “reset” button on the spa side control to
close the high limit relay.
5. The spa side thermostat control is to be set at
desired level, activating the pump and heat recovery
warming mode.
6. Cover the spa with the thermal cover to speed up
the warming process.
7. Refer to “Control” section of this manual for further
details on this spa side operation.
SPA MAINTENANCE
TESTING THE G.F.C.I.
THE SPA SURFACE
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (G.F.C.I.) protection
for the spa should be tested prior to each use by the
homeowner. With the spa in operation, push the “test”
button on the G.F.C.I. breaker at the panel box or on the
power cord. The spa should shut down immediately.
Now reset the G.F.C.I. The spa should return to normal
operation. If the G.F.C.I. fails to operate in this manner,
there exists a possibility of electrical shock.
To preserve the sheen of your spa’s surface, clean
and sanitize the acrylic surface with rubbing alcohol.
Avoid using abrasive cleansers. If you are not certain as
to the suitability of a particular cleanser, consult your
dealer. Do not use soap, as it can cause sudsing.
THE CABINET
Wood Cedar Cabinet: With time and exposure to the
elements, the wood on your spa will tend to lose its new
appearance. Protecting or reviving the wood surfaces is a
fairly simple process.
Light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper will help smooth
Discontinue spa operation by disconnecting the
power source and notify a qualified electrician for identification and correction of the problem.
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any roughness, and regular applications of a penetrating,
wood preservative will enhance and protect the richness
of the wood.
Cleaning/Replacing Skim Filter Cartridge:
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Cross Section of Skim Filter
Perma-Wood Cabinet: Your spa may be constructed
from a wood alternative material designed to be durable,
tough, and virtually maintenance-free. It may require
cleaning periodically with a non-abrasive cleaner.
THE COVER
WEIR
DOOR
BASKET
FILTER ELEMENT
Using the optional insulating spa cover anytime the
spa is not in use will significantly reduce your operating
costs, heat-up time and maintenance requirements. To
prolong the life of the cover, handle it with care and
clean it regularly using mild soap and water. Periodic
treatments with a vinyl conditioner will help protect
against deterioration caused by UV rays from the sun.
Never allow anyone to stand or sit on the cover, and
avoid dragging it across rough surfaces.
To clean or replace the cartridge in the skim filter, first
shut off electrical power at the main or sub-panel. Refer
to the diagram at right when disassembling the filter. The
basket is cleaned by dumping out all large debris and
then rinsing it in clean water. If an oil, film, or scum is
present, wash the basket in a soap solution and clean
with a bristle brush. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap
before replacing the basket in the skim filter.
THE FILTER
Inspect the cartridge filter. If the cartridge filter appears
discolored and covered with film or scum, it should be
cleaned. Rinse the exterior of the cartridge with a garden
hose, then soak the cartridge in a mild solution of a
chlorine bleach and warm water, or a special filter
cartridge cleaning solution available at your local pool
and spa supply store. To keep a filter in the spa while
soaking the dirty one, obtain a replacement filter at a
local pool and spa supply store.
Cleaning/Replacing Top-Load Filter Cartridge:
Spa water filtration begins
as soon as the flow is steady
through the pump. PDC
primarily uses a top load
pressurized filter to assure
optimum cleaning capacity.
As the filter cartridge
removes dirt from the water,
the accumulated debris will
cause a resistance to flow. When this is
noticed, along with cloudy water, clean or
replace the filter element as noted below.
PERIODIC SPA WATER DRAINING
After a certain time, you may find that the addition of
chemicals will not clarify or eliminate odors in the spa.
This is an indication that the water needs to be drained
and replaced. Generally, depending upon bather load and
water chemistry maintenance, this may need done every 3
months. With the use of ozone as the sanitizing agent, it
is found that the water needs changed less frequently.
1. Reduce set temperature to 59˚.
2. Turn off all power.
3. Hook-up garden hose to spigot on the support pack
and open spigot. Gravity will feed the draining process.
4. Clean cartridge filter noted above.
5. Apply coat of wax to spa finish.
6. Follow instruction under start-up.
1. Shut off power at the main or sub panel.
2. Open the small, black bleeder valve on
top of the filter cover slightly to release
pressure. (Be sure to re-close the valve
snugly before reactivating the spa.)
3. Depress safety tab next to the lid and
remove the black lock ring. Lift the dome
lid and remove the filter element. Clean
any debris from the filter housing. Soak
the filter element in a filter cleansing solution
available from your spa dealer. Rinse the filter
element down with a garden hose or pressure hose,
and replace in the filter housing. (It is recommended
to have an extra filter cartridge on hand so that a
clean element will always be available while the
soiled element is being cleaned. This will minimize
downtime of the spa during the cleaning procedure.)
When replacing the element into the housing, be sure
that the o-ring is in place and clear to assure a snug
fit of the filter dome lid to prevent leakage. Hand
tighten the lock ring until the safety tab clicks into
place. Re-check bleeder valve to be sure it is closed.
PLUMBING CARE
All spas are plumbed with plastic jets, pipes and fittings
which are glued together. These plastic parts and their
many glue joints are subjected to harsh treatment. Every
spa is tested with water to assure there are no leaks when
it leaves the factory; however, sometimes spas develop a
leak caused by shipping vibration. Over the years, your
spa is subjected to many hot-cold cycles and the high
pressure generated by the powerful jet pump, which
together stresses the pipes and joints. PDC spas are
designed to be owner serviceable with easy-access
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panels on all 4 sides of the portable spa which allow
quick and thorough inspection and repair of the plumbing
system. Should a leak occur, follow these instruction to
make the repair.
1. Remove side panel to locate leak. Mark the leak with
a marking pen.
2. Turn off all power. Drain spa below leak, allow plastic
parts to dry.
3. Contact qualified service technician to repair plumbing.
WATER CHEMISTRY MAINTENANCE
pH Control: Chemically balanced water depends primarily
on:
1. The amount of acid or base in the water (pH),
2. Those chemicals that help maintain or stabilize pH
(total alkalinity) and,
3. Those chemicals that cause scaling (calcium
hardness).
Described as a measure of relative acidity or alkalinity
of water, pH is measured on a number scale from 0 to
14. The mid-point, 7, is said to be precisely neutral,
above which alkalinity becomes progressively greater
and below which acidity becomes progressively
greater. Properly balanced spa water should have a
pH between 7.2-7.8, a total alkalinity of 75-150 ppm
and an optimum range of 100-400 ppm of calcium
hardness. Within these limits, your sanitizing
chemicals and filtering functions will be most effective.
Test kits are available to measure the pH and should
be replaced on an annual basis to assure accuracy.
destroying the organic contaminants so the sanitizer can
be effective in killing bacteria. Contact your chemical
supplier for the best “shocking” agent in conjunction with
the line of chemicals being used. For spas installed
outside and directly in sunlight, algae growth may be a
problem. If this occurs, contact your dealer or chemical
manufacturer for advice on the best agent available to
handle this problem. Above all, remember:
1. Before using chemicals, read the labels and follow
directions carefully.
2. Always add the chemicals directly to the spa water,
either in a suitable feeder, distributed over the surface
of the water, or poured into the water, preferably with
the pump and bubbler “on.”
3. Never add chemicals to the spa while people are
using it.
4. Maintaining temperature between 95˚-104˚F is
essential as a health factor for bathers and is helpful
in controlling water problems.
5. The bottom line to proper water maintenance is to
adhere to a regular schedule of testing chemical
levels and maintaining them.
Disinfection: The high temperature and increased
velocity of the water, as well as the heavy bather loads,
all contribute to the organic contamination of spa water.
It is very important to maintain an effective residual of
sanitizing agent, to shock treat at periodic intervals and,
if needed, to control algae growth.
Bromine is the best-suited sanitizer for spa water.
Although chlorine is popular as a swimming pool
sanitizer, the high temperatures and aeration of a spa
greatly accelerate chlorine loss. Free chlorine reacts with
organic materials to form combined chlorine, which is a
poor disinfectant that causes offensive odors and often
causes eye burn. Bromine is similar to chlorine, although
in the free and combined form it is an effective sanitizing
agent and causes no offensive odor or eye burn. It is
easier to maintain a bromine residual than chlorine and it
is effective over a wider pH range than chlorine.
The test for bromine should read 1 ppm in a residential
spa. Depending upon bather load, amount of usage,
type of water, ultraviolet exposure, etc., the amount of
chemicals needed will vary. On a weekly basis, a “shock”
treatment should be used to destroy organic
contamination not readily destroyed by normal additions
of the sanitizing agent. This is accomplished by using a
powerful, long-lasting oxidizing agent capable of
PDC offers an automatic brominator as a cylinder
inside the top-load filter. This offers easy chemical
insertion and adjustment. PDC also makes available the
option of the use of ozone as the sanitizing agent. This
utilizes ultraviolet light and offers a “hands-free” routine to
spa water care. The pH must be maintained and shocking
may be needed after heavy bather loads. With the use
of ozone, the periodic draining may be needed less
frequently, and the bromine odor no longer an issue. It is
suggested that 24-hour circulation is required to effectively
sanitize the water, and a chlorine shock used periodically.
Contact your spa dealer for more information.
Ozone: This a popular form of disinfection that
utilizes ultraviolet radiation to create ozone which
sanitizes and minimizes the need for chemicals. There
is no test kit available to test ozone presence in spa
water, although a 24-hour circulation period is
recommended for clean, clear water. A proper pH must
be maintained and a routine bromine or chlorine shock
is suggested.
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WINTERIZING
If your spa is to be used during the winter months in
cold climate where the danger of freezing exists, certain
precautions should be taken to avoid damage. An
increased circulation cycle, and use of a rigid foam cover
are suggested. Contact your dealer for advice.
Many spa owners find that outdoor wintertime soaking
is quite enjoyable, and PDC certainly suggests the use of
a spa year-round, although certain situations do require
closing the unit for the winter months (i.e., vacation homes).
If the spa will not be used for a period of time, perform the
following winterizing procedures:
1. Turn thermostat knob to off position.
2. Drain spa of all water.
3. Remove any remaining water with sponge. In order
to drain all of the water from the air channel, turn
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5.
6.
7.
“bubbler” on for approximately ten minutes to spray
out the water. Clean spa as per previous instruction.
Repeat as necessary.
Shut off all electrical power to unit.
Filter should be drained, removed and cleaned.
Pump, motor and all connecting lines should be
drained fully to protect from freezing. Blow air
through all connection lines to remove water. You
may wish to use a non-toxic RV type antifreeze to
guarantee freeze prevention. Be sure to read the
manufacturer’s instructions and remove all
anti-freeze before the next spa use.
Cover the spa with a waterproof rigid cover to
protect it from snow, ice and wind.
TROUBLESHOOTING
A good general rule is to visually inspect your spa and
equipment area frequently. If anything looks broken,
worn, or incorrect, contact your electrician or spa dealer.
A simple repair may prevent an injury or more serious
problems requiring expensive repairs. If your spa is not
operating, check the following:
4. No heat
• Check all steps under part “1.”
• Check temperature dial –make sure it’s not in “low”
position.
• Check for clogged filter element and other restrictions.
• Check water level.
• Check if pump is running.
• Check high-limit (labeled on terminal box).
1. All equipment does not operate
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Check
Check
Check
Check
Check
5. No bubbler
if spa is plugged in.
power source G.F.C.I. breaker.
to assure spa has dedicated circuit.
the “test” and “reset” buttons on G.F.C.I.
time clock.
internal fuses.
• Check all steps under part “1.”
• Blowers generally need no maintenance.
Replacement is normally the solution.
6. No light
• Check “light” button.
• Check G.F.C.I. “test” and “reset” buttons.
2. Pump does not work
• Check all items above.
• Check filter; clean or replace cartridge.
• Check for blockages (restrictions) at suctions,
skimmer and pump basket.
• Push “PUMP” button to check if high speed is
functioning on a dual-speed pump.
7. Water is cloudy
• Increase circulation cycle.
• Test water chemistry.
• Clean/replace filter cartridge.
If above checks do not solve the problem,
call a qualified service technician.
3. Inadequate jet action
• Make sure jets are turned on.
• Make sure air controls are open.
• Check for restrictions (blockages) in jets and/or main
skimmer and pump basket.
• Check water level.
• Push “jet” button to check if high speed is
functioning on a dual-speed pump.
• Check to be sure the optional Turbo diverter jet is in
proper position.
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SAFETY SIGN
Place enclosed safety sign where legible by spa occupants.
These warnings are posted for the safety and well-being of all
users of the spa.
To obtain additional or replacement copies of this safety sign,
contact your local retailer or PDC Spas, P.O. Box 4007,
Williamsport, PA 17701.
Please read and understand all warnings!
SAVE THIS MANUAL!
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75 Palmer Industrial Road • P.O. Box 4007 • Williamsport, PA 17701 USA
www.pdcspas.com
PL/3471-C1101
Rev. 6-2005
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