2012 swim spa owners manual (english) 010312
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Letter of introduction
3
Important User Safety Instructions
Warnings
Hyperthermia
4
4
Choosing the Right location
Indoor Locations
Outdoor Locations
5
5
General Installation Considerations
6
Special Considerations
Indoor Installations
Outdoor Installations
6
6
Site Preparation
Above Ground Installations
In-ground & Partial In-ground Installations
Installation Examples
Equipment Accessibility & Protection
7
7
8
8
Equipment
Equipment Placement
Equipment Plumbing Diagrams
9
9
9
Unloading/Handling your Swim Spa
10
Leveling your Hydropool Swim Spa
11
Setup and Assembly
Steel Support Leg Assembly—Overview
Steel Support Leg Assembly— Details
Support Equipment Assembly
Ozonator Connection
LED Light Assembly
Topside Control Panel Connection
11-14
11
11-12
13
13
14
14
Important Electrical Safety Instructions
G.F.C.I./R.C.D. Application Guideline & Wire Size
North America G.F.C.I. Installation Diagram
Europe R.C.D. Installation Diagram
14-16
14
15
16
Accessories
Pillows
AquaCord Tether System/Rowing Kit
Filter/Ice Bucket Lids
Waterfall Pillows (19fX model only)
Dreamscents Aromatherapy System
Safety Hardcover Locks
Cover Remover (optional)
Everlast 4-tier steps
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17
17
17
18
18
18
18
Filling, Checking and Starting your Hot Tub
Pump Priming/Releasing an Air Lock
19-20
19-20
Hydropool Control Systems
2
IN.XE Spa Pack Series
IN.K600 Static Electronic Control
21-22
23-24
Variable Air Therapy System Control Functions
25
Jet and Feature Operation
Jet Identification Chart
Flow Adjustment
Removal and Replacement
Adjustable Flow Control
The Self Clean Mode Indicator
Aquaflex Current Control
26
26
26
27
27
27
Hot Tub Water Balance
General Overview
Initial Fill
Glossary of Common Water Maintenance Terms
Water Balance Summary for your Hot Tub (chart)
Water Balance Troubleshooting
Corona Discharge Ozone Technology
28
28
29
29
30
31
Routine Hot Tub Maintenance
Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly
Cleaning the Skimmer Basket
Cartridge Filter, Removal, Cleaning, Re-installation
Cleaning the Acrylic Surface
Safety Hard Cover
Changing your Swim Spa Water
Draining your Swim Spa Water
31
31
32
32
32
33
33
Wood Products
Cabinet Wing-Locks
Protecting your Cabinet Wood Finish
34
34
Winterizing your Hydropool Hot Tub
35
General Troubleshooting
What to do in the event of
Power Fluctuations
Cold Weather Power Failure
36
37
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Since manufacturing our first swim spa in 1995, we have seen the popularity of this mini-fitness
and massage pool grow by leaps and bounds year after year.
Hydropool swim spas are not only fun and relaxing, they can even add value to your home.
The minimal space and maintenance requirements of swim spas, combined with the year-round
use potential, safety and better swim, will ensure the future of swim spas as ”the pool of the future“.
This manual contains valuable information and pointers that will save you both time, money and
help simplify upkeep and maintenance.
Please take the time to carefully read and understand all the safety, installation and operating instructions in this manual before electrically connecting your swim spa and adding
water.
Enjoy.
David Jackson
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SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
IMPORTANT USER SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Your physiological response to hot water is subjective and depends on your age, health, and medical history. If you
don’t know your tolerance to hot water, or if you get a headache, or become dizzy or nauseous when using your hot tub,
get out and cool off immediately.
WARNINGS
HYPERTHERMIA
1 Children should NOT use a hot tub
without alert adult supervision.
2 Children should not enter a hot tub where water
temperature exceeds body temperature (37°
C / 98.6°F).
3 Prolonged immersion in water temperatures in
excess of 38°C (100°F) may be injurious to your
health. We recommend establishing lower temperatures and
shorter use periods for young children and/or those users potentially affected by hot temperatures. Always confirm water
temperature with an accurate thermometer before entering
your hot tub.
4 Do not allow children to submerge their head under water.
5 Do not use a hot tub unless all suction guards are installed to
prevent body and hair entrapment. Do not sit in front of, or on
top of the suction fittings or skimmer, as this will obstruct
proper circulation and may result in personal injury.
6 Never operate the hot tub pump at high speed without
having all suction and return lines open.
7 Always keep the hardcover installed and locked when the hot
tub is not in use.
8 People using medications and/or having any adverse
medical history should consult a physician before using a hot
tub.
9 People with infectious diseases should not use a hot tub.
10 Exercise caution when entering or exiting a hot tub.
Where practical, install a safety grab bar or handrail.
Turn off the jets before entering the hot tub to improve
visibility of the steps or flat entry area.
11 To avoid unconsciousness and possible drowning, do not
use drugs or alcohol before or during the use of a hot tub.
12 Pregnant women should consult a physician before using a
hot tub.
13 Do not use a hot tub immediately following strenuous
exercise.
14 Do not permit or use electric appliances (such as a light,
telephone, radio or television) within 1.5 m (5 ft) of this
hot tub, unless such appliances are rated at 12VDC or less.
15 Test the GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) monthly.
16 Post emergency phone numbers for Police, Fire Dept.,
and Ambulance at the nearest phone.
17 Maintain water chemistry/balance in accordance with
manufacturer’s instruction
Since your hot tub can be set to reach temperatures of 40°C (104°
F), users should be aware that extended submersion in water that
exceeds normal body temperature can lead to hyperthermia.
The causes, symptoms and effects of hyperthermia may be described as follows:
Hyperthermia occurs when the internal temperature
of the body reaches several degrees above the normal
body temperature of 37°C (98.6°F). The symptoms of
hyperthermia include drowsiness, lethargy, and an increase in the
internal temperature of the body. The effects of hyperthermia include:
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Unawareness of impending hazard
Failure to perceive heat
Failure to recognize the need to exit the hot tub
Physical inability to exit the hot tub
Fetal damage in pregnant woman
Unconsciousness resulting in the danger of drowning
If you sense any of the symptoms of hyperthermia, safely
exit the hot tub immediately.
WARNING
THE USE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS OR
MEDICATION CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE
RISK OF FATAL HYPERTHERMIA.
NEVER ALLOW DIVING OR JUMPING
IN YOUR SWIM SPA
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT LOCATION
Your Hydropool swim spa can be installed indoors or out, on the ground, in the ground or half-and-half. The
following information will assist you in choosing the right location for your individual needs. When making your
decision, always remember that swim spas can be enjoyed year-round, indoors or out, regardless of the climate. Many Hydropool owners report that their favourite time to use a swim spa is in the cooler fall and winter
months, while others praise the enjoyment of using their swim spa in the warmer spring and summer months.
INDOOR LOCATIONS
If members of your family are not cold weather enthusiasts, or if your backyard or patio area is not suitable for a swim
spa installation, then an indoor location for your swim spa may be your best or only choice. You may wish to create an
exercise/spa area in your home, or install your swim spa in a glass solarium or four-season room adjoining your home.
Indoor installations not only add a unique look and appeal to your home, they provide the privacy and controlled climate
to ensure that use and enjoyment of your swim spa is maximized.
If you should choose an indoor location, you will find further information as outlined in the section “SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR INDOOR INSTALLATIONS”
For those who choose an outdoor location, swim spa operating temperatures can be adjusted to match the season. In
colder months, many owners will operate their swim spa in
the range of 26-32°C (80-90°F).
During warmer months, an operating temperature of 24-30°
C (75-85°F) will provide a refreshing retreat. If you should
choose an outdoor location, you will find further information
as outlined in the section “SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
FOR OUTDOOR INSTALLATIONS”
OUTDOOR LOCATIONS
For a variety of reasons, outdoor locations are a far more
popular choice. Some of the reasons include:
• Limited indoor space
• Delivery complications due to door openings, stairwells,
etc.
• Limited budget (indoor installations usually also involve
interior home renovations)
• Desire for an outdoor entertainment center
• Swim spa is being installed adjacent to an existing or
planned swimming pool
• Concerns over splashing water inside the home
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GENERAL INSTALLATION CONSIDERATIONS
5 Never suspend the swim spa from a deck or cabinet as
personal injury and/pr product damage may occur.
1 Ensure that your Hydropool Swim Spa is properly supported
by either a level concrete pad, or a properly constructed
deck capable of supporting 1220 kg/m2 (250 lbs./ft2). If there
is a possibility that the pad could shift by freezing/thawing
ground movement (such as in clay regions, and/or areas
with high water tables) concrete footings extending below
the frost line are recommended.
6 The swim spa equipment and all electrical plugs, outlets
and lights within 1.5m (5ft) of the pool must be GFCI protected. Consult your electrician for further details.
7 Installation of a safety grab rail or reachable support for use
when entering or exiting the swim spa is recommended.
2 Decking should be chosen and constructed in a manner that
minimizes the chance of slipping or falling.
8 A nearby garden hose connection is recommended for filling and “topping up” the swim spa.
3 Level your swim spa using wood shims where necessary,
ensuring that the tapered end extends at least 61 cm (24 in.)
under the unit.
9 Additional side-wall support of the unit is not required when
properly installed with steel support legs.
4 If you do not have a factory installed insulated cabinet, it is
assumed that you are building your own custom cabinet,
tiling or decking in combination with the leg kit package.
WARNING
The swim spa equipment and all electrical
plugs, outlets and lights within 1.5m (5ft) of
the hot tub must be G.F.C.I protected. Consult your electrician or local electrical authority for further details.
Please consider the following:
•
Always provide a convenient access door for servicing the
equipment.
•
Decking should be constructed to allow future service
access around the entire swim spa.
Access to the swim spa must always be secured:
•
Extra insulation may be added, however, the equipment
area must remain unimpeded and have adequate ventilation.
Outdoors - in accordance with local property by-laws
and/or via an approved fence with a self-closing gate and
a safety hardcover;
•
Decking should be chosen and constructed in a manner
that minimizes the chance of slipping or falling
Indoors - by a lockable door and a safety hardcover.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
INDOOR INSTALLATIONS
• When the swim spa is to be installed in a small room (under
150 ft2/14 m2), we recommend that large units be fully or partially submerged in-floor so that it does not dominate the room.
This will also provide greater overhead clearance for entry and
exit to and from the hot tub
• It is beneficial to have the swim spa room located near wash
room and shower facilities
• The swim spa room should have a floor drain to handle
splash water, a window, outside exhaust fan or humidistat controlled exhaust fan for ventilation. Where this is not practical,
the use of indoor/outdoor carpeting or a tile floor and the opening of a window while the swim spa cover is removed should
be sufficient. You should not have concerns regarding humidity. When the hardcover is installed, no humidity will escape.
During use, the small amount of humidity released into the
room can be removed with the use of a dehumidifier
• Consider plumbing a water tap and drain location nearby to
facilitate draining and top-up
• Always provide adequate ventilation for the support equipment
• Consult your local Hydropool retailer for further information
OUTDOOR INSTALLATIONS
• Contact your local building code department to determine if
a building permit is necessary and for information on applicable bylaws (distance from property lines, buildings, fencing
requirements, etc.)
• If you are doing any excavating, contact your local gas,
electric, and cable-company to ensure that there are no underground lines
• Locate the swim spa, where practical, within close distance
of a door to the house to maximize potential winter use.
• Ensure that all swim spa support equipment is easily accessible and protected from the elements
• If possible, locate the swim spa where you will enjoy some
privacy, out of the site of neighbours. If this is not possible, a
partial privacy or wind partition, or proper placement of the
optional Hydropool cover lifter should provide adequate privacy
• The swim spa support equipment is designed for indoor (out
of the direct elements) use. When your Hydropool swim spa
is equipped with a factory-installed cabinet, and installed as
per the guidelines of this manual, the equipment will be adequately protected. If the swim spa is shipped without a cabinet, your custom cabinet or other structure must be designed
to supply protection for the swim spa support equipment from
rain, snow, splash water, etc., but still designed in a manner
to ensure adequate ventilation.
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SITE PREPARATION
ABOVE-GROUND INSTALLATIONS
Where the swim spa is a ”stand-alone“ above-ground installation to be installed in regions where freeze/thaw conditions
may occur, a level patio stone or pre-formed paver type base
may be sufficient if there is no abutting deck(s) that could be
damaged during potential seasonal movement of the ground.
The potential drawback to this type of base is that splash
water could eventually de-stabilize the ground under the
base, with the resultant shift of the support base causing
damage to the swim spa structure.
Recommended Minimum Concrete Pad Dimensions
With Factory Cabi- Without Cabinet
net & Steps
For best results, we recommend the installation of a LEVEL
concrete pad:
• Dig out and level the ground 20-30 cm (8-12 in.) below your
desired base level
• Install 10-15 cm (4-6 in.) of crushed stone
• Next, install 10-15 cm (4-6 in.) of poured concrete
• Level the concrete and apply a broom-type finish
14IX AS/AT
239 cm x 488 cm
94 in x 192 in
17FX Model
259 cm x 671 cm
102 in x 264 in
239 cm x 576 cm
94 in x 228 in
19FX Model
259 cm x 711 cm
102 in x 280 in
239 cm x 620 cm
94 in x 244 in
• It is recommended leaving a 61 cm (24 in) wide crawl-space
around the entire unit to ensure adequate accessibility.
• ALWAYS ensure that there is good drainage, via a properly
designed French (gravel) drain system and/or a sump pump,
to prevent ground water flooding damage to the support equipment or structure swim spa
• Install protective waterproof conduit to house light, or topside
control cables that will be buried
• Access for future service must be considered at the time of
design and installation. Difficult access can result in supplemental service labour charges not covered by the factory warranty. Consider easily removable deck materials.
Bunker – Recommended Minimum Interior Dimensions
17FX AS/AT
259 cm x 576 cm
102 in x 228 in
In regions where freeze/thaw occurs, or where there will be
custom decking abutting the swim spa, we recommend the
installation of poured concrete footings extending below the
frost line beneath the pad to prevent the possibility of future
shifting.
IN GROUND & PARTIAL IN GROUND INSTALLATIONS
When recessing the swim spa all or part way below ground
level, a concrete base along with a concrete or wood retaining
wall to hold back the earth is suggested.
This forms a box or ’bunker‘, in which the swim spa is placed.
Hydropool does not recommend back-filling full in-ground or
partial in-ground installations without the backfillable frame
accessory and installed support panels.
14FX AS/AT
14IX or 14FX
Models
19FX AS/AT
174 in x 93 in 210 in x 93 in 168 in x 93 in 220 in x 93 in
442 cm x 236 533 cm x 236 427 cm x 236 559 cm x 236
cm
cm
cm
cm
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SITE PREPARATION CONTINUED
INSTALLATION EXAMPLES
EQUIPMENT ACCESSIBILITY & PROTECTION
• Ensure that access to the equipment, and the working area
around the equipment, is large enough to accommodate a
service person
• The equipment should be located as close to the swim spa
as possible to maximize jet performance
• Whenever possible, install the pump(s) and control with
heater below water level to ensure easy priming and maximize performance.
• Install protective waterproof conduit to house applicable
cords or line extensions such as the topside control cables,
light wires or ozone tubing.
• In climates where freeze/thaw occurs we recommend that
remote plumbing lines be buried below the frost line and that
pipe insulation is applied over all pipes that run from the
swim spa to the remote equipment to help maintain energy
efficiency.
The equipment must be located in an area where it will
remain dry and will not be exposed to rain, snow or ground
water.
• When your swim spa is to be installed above ground, the
optional factory cabinet is designed for both protection and
accessibility
• When your swim spa is to be installed fully or partially in
the ground, or if you have ordered a swim spa without a
cabinet: it is necessary that the equipment be installed in
an area that is dry, protected from the elements, has proper
ventilation, and is easily accessible for service
• Always ensure that the equipment is mounted on a raised
base or platform to prevent potential water damage to the
motors, equipment or controls. Note that the equipment is
supplied on a raised composite support equipment platform.
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EQUIPMENT
EQUIPMENT PLACEMENT
• The equipment should be located as close to the swim spa as possible to maximize jet performance
• Whenever possible, install the pump(s) and control with heater below water level to ensure easy priming
• Piping diameter on pump lines must be 2.5 in. for inlet/ suction pipes and 2 in. for outlet/pressure pipes with minimal
use of elbows.
• Install protective waterproof conduit to house applicable cords or line extensions such as the topside control cables,
light wires or ozone tubing.
The swim spa equipment is designed for indoor/out of the direct elements use. Your custom enclosure or other structure must be designed to provide protection for the swim spa support equipment from rain, snow, splash water,
etc., but still designed in a manner to ensure adequate ventilation.
• All field installed plumbing must meet minimum sizes as previously outlined in order to conform to regulated standards
regarding safe inlet and outlet flows. If required, please call your dealer for more detailed drawings.
EQUIPMENT PLUMBING DIAGRAMS
Inlet/Suction Side Plumbing Connections
Inlet/Suction Side Plumbing Connections
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UNLOADING / HANDLING YOUR SWIM SPA
Some installations require the use of a crane. When a
crane is used for lifting, place the straps under the swim
spa, ensuring that the plumbing lines and fittings are not
stressed and/or damaged. The straps should be secured
so that they will not slip in any direction, and strap spreaders
utilized to prevent undue structural side load on the swim
spa shell.
Hydropool swim spas require a minimum clearance of 249
x 130 cm (98 x 51 in.) to allow movement of the unit
through alley-ways, fence openings, etc. Where this is not
possible, the use of a crane (with strap spreaders) to lift
the swim spa from the truck or trailer over the house to the
patio or yard is often the most viable option.
All Hydropool swim spas are shipped with a layer of protective foam wrap and plastic film. Each swim spa is shipped
from the factory strapped onto a wood skid. If your swim spa
is to be delivered by your local Hydropool retailer, it will generally arrive on a flat bed truck or low profile trailer. Typically,
the dealer will arrive with the necessary equipment to maneuver the swim spa from the truck.
For direct deliveries, your swim spa will arrive on a 48 ft. or
53 ft. common carrier closed box trailer. It may be necessary
to arrange with a local towing company for a tilt and load
flatbed truck with a winch system, to pull the unit from the
box trailer to the flatbed. The swim spa can then be gently
slid off the flatbed truck or lifted by a crane into place.
Your swim spa may be pushed along rollers by 10 to 12
able-bodied adults (see image below), trailered, or craned to
its final installation site. If rollers are to be utilized, we recommend that at least six 4” pipes, 8’ long, be placed under
the shell to move it across a soft lawn, down a path, etc.
WARNING
• Do not move or place the swim spa on
the side where the equipment is located
as damage could occur
• Never roll or flip the swim spa end over
end as the cabinet could be damaged
• Never lift or handle the swim spa by the plumbing
• Make sure that there is sufficient assistance to gently slide the swim spa off the dolly or cart to the support base without any damage
Important Note: Damage caused during transportation or
by improper handling is not covered by the factory warranty.
COMMON DELIVERY ARRANGEMENT EXAMPLES
Flat Bed Truck & Winch
Crane
Crane & Strap
Spreader
Rollers
Move exposed pipe
to front
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LEVELING YOUR HYDROPOOL SWIM SPA
After the swim spa is properly positioned on the support base, the
entire unit should be checked and leveled as necessary. Should
you find that the unit is sloped or the base is otherwise uneven,
level your swim spa using a 2”– 3” clear sand bed. Make sure to
enclose or ‘box-in‘ the sand to prevent erosion. This will ensure
contact with the entire support
base to appropriately distribute the weight of the swim spa structure. Do not adjust shim under the outside edge, as this will cause
structural stress on the unit, potentially causing
damage to the swim spa structure.
SET-UP & ASSEMBLY
Set-up of your swim spa will vary depending on whether you have purchased an Aquatrainer or Aquasport model. Once
your swim spa is set into place, you are ready to install the steel support legs and connect the equipment package.
STEEL SUPPORT LEG ASSEMBLY
Do not tighten or adjust steel support legs until water is added to the swim spa. Refer to FILLING, CHECKING AND STARTING YOUR SWIM SPA for final adjustment(s).
STEEL SUPPORT LEG ASSEMBLY OVERVIEW
14’ unit = 11 legs
17’ unit = 13 legs
19’ unit = 16 legs
1 Threaded post - protrudes below swim
spa lip
2 Foot Assembly - includes foot plate &
two hex nuts
3 Hex Nut Assembly
4) Square support leg
1
3
4
11
2
1 Thread one hex nut all the way up to the top of the
threaded posts attached under the lip.
2 Thread two hex nuts down to within 2.5 cm (1 in.) of bottom of foot plate
3 Slide the foot plate assembly onto one end of the square support leg, then
slide the leg onto the threaded post under the swim spa lip.
4 Bring the two hex
nuts on the foot plate
up about 5.1 cm (2
in.) and the hex nut
on the threaded post
under the swim spa
lip, down about 5.1
cm (2 in.). Finger
tighten until the leg is
secure. Loosen the
hex nuts on the horizontal rod so that the
leg is level and
tighten until the leg is
secure.
5 After the swim spa is filled with water, the legs can now
be adjusted as necessary from either the top or bottom
with a wrench to ensure that the walls are straight and
level. See section FILLING, CHECKING &
STARTING YOUR SWIM SPA
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WARNING
DO NOT OVER-EXTEND THE STEEL SUPPORT
LEGS AND/OR SUSPEND SHELL ABOVE THE
FLOOR AS THIS WILL CAUSE STRUCTURAL
DAMAGE AND VOID WARRANTY
SUPPORT EQUIPMENT ASSEMBLY
Position equipment platform next to the swim spa under the swim jets. Do not remove support equipment from platform.
All necessary o-rings are bundled and shipped in the accessories bag. Carefully install o-rings into unions and hand
tighten all connections. Ensure that o-rings are properly seated and do not get pinched while connecting the unions as
this will result in leaks. Union connections are located on the swim spa control heater manifold, pipe to pipe connections and all pumps.
AQUATRAINER SUPPORT EQUIPMENT PLATFORM
AQUASPORT SUPPORT EQUIPMENT PLATFORM
Equipment may not be exactly as shown
OZONATOR CONNECTION
The clear 9.5 mm (3/8 in) ID ozonator tube is
shipped coiled and attached to the back of the
swim jets. Attach loose end to barb on ozonator,
and ensure that the ozone check valve is oriented
vertically.
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LED LIGHT ASSEMBLY
The light wire harnesses are bundled & attached to the control box on the equipment platform. One light is located on
the riser of the middle step and the other is located under
the swim jets. You will need to attach the light at the swim jet
end only. Clip the plastic LED light assembly onto the clear
housing.
TOPSIDE CONTROL PANEL CONNECTION
Connect the topside control panel extension cable
(located on equipment platform) to main topside control
cable located under the control panel.
IMPORTANT ELECTRICAL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
SAFETY COMES FIRST. WHEN INSTALLING & USING THIS ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, BASIC SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS MUST ALWAYS BE FOLLOWED!
1 READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS
2 Electrical installation must be completed by a qualified electrician in accordance with all National, Regional and Local
Codes and Regulations in effect at the time of installation.
3 Connect only to a dedicated circuit protected by a class ‘A’
two-pole ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
4 Use copper conductors only!
5 The Swim spa equipment and all electrical plugs, outlets
and lights within 1.5m (5ft) of the unit must be G.F.C.I protected. Consult your electrician or local electrical authority
for further details.
6 A green colored terminal or a terminal marked “G”, “GR”,
“Ground”, or “Grounding” is located inside the supply terminal box or compartment. To reduce the risk of electric
shock, this terminal must be connected to the grounding
means provided in the electric supply service panel with a
continuous copper wire equivalent in size to the circuit conductors supplying the equipment.
7 At least two lugs marked “BONDING LUGS” are provided
on the external surface or on the inside of the supply terminal box or compartment. To reduce the risk of electric
shock, connect the local common bonding grid in the area
of the swim spa to these terminals with an insulated or bare
copper conductor not smaller than No.6 AWG (Canada/
Europe) / No.8 AWG (USA).
8 All field installed metal components such as rails, ladders,
drains or other similar hardware within 3 m (10 ft) of the
swim spa shall be bonded to the equipment grounding bus
with copper conductors not smaller than No.6 AWG. The
steel support legs must be grounded.
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WIRE SIZE
NORTH AMERICA
• The minimum wire size for systems that require a 40A
GFCI is #8/3 c/w ground (also referred to as #8 gauge/4
conductor).
• The minimum wire size for systems that require a 50A
or 60A GFCI is #6/3 c/w ground (also referred to as #6
gauge/4 conductor).
EUROPE
• The minimum wire size for European system is 2.5
mm2 copper wire.
G.F.C.I./R.C.D. APPLICATION GUIDE
NORTH AMERICA
Aquatrainer
Aquasport
EUROPE
All models (single-phase)
60A
50A
40A
IMPORTANT NOTE:
• This guide is for standard installations where the wire run is
15 m (50 ft.) or less. For longer wire runs, consult a qualified
electrician.
NORTH AMERICA – GFCI INSTALLATION
NOTICE
Installation of the GFCI - Circuit Breaker, including ampere sizing and selection of conductor size
and type, must be performed by a qualified electrician in accordance with the National Electrical
Code, or the Canadian Electrical Code, and all Federal, State/Provincial and local codes and regulations in effect at the time of installation.
SIEMENS - 240 VOLT
TYPICAL
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EUROPE – R.C.D. INSTALLATION - TYPICAL
NOTICE
Important Note: Installation of the R.C.D. - Circuit Breaker, including ampere sizing and selection of
conductor size and type, must be performed by a qualified electrician in accordance with National,
Regional and Local Codes and Regulations in effect at the time of installation.
TO HOT TUB SUPPORT
EQUIPEMENT
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ACCESSORIES
TUBULAR PILLOWS (19FX ONLY)
The tubular pillows are a friction fit. Simply compress the
ends slightly, and slide into the semi-circular recess above
the seat or lounger, with the Hydropool logo facing out.
CORNER WRAP PILLOWS (14FX, 17FX & 19FX)
The corner wrap pillows are pre-installed at the factory
and are attached via friction fit. To remove, grasp ends of
pillow and lift up from swim spa seat. To re-install, reverse
procedure.
Although the pillows are designed to remain in-place in the hot tub, to extend the life of the pillows, remove after each use.
AQUACORD TETHER SYSTEM
Should you desire a tether resistance swim or excercise, simply lift the cap of the Aquacord tether anchor and slip one end of
the Aquacord onto the anchor and the other around your waste. Adjust the Aquacord length so that your extended arm has at
least 46 cm (18 in.) of clearance from the end of the swim spa.
FILTER/ICE-BUCKET LIDS
The filter and ice-bucket covers provide that finishing touch to your
Hydropool hot tub. As the covers are identical to each other, simply
place over either opening for a finished appearance.
WATERFALL PILLOWS (19FX ONLY)
If you received the optional waterfall package, remove the blade from the waterfall receiver fitting in the hot tub (already installed at the factory). Insert the waterfall blade through the front of the special waterfall pillow. The front flange of the waterfall
blade will be recessed into the front of the pillow. If it is not recessed, the blade needs to be removed and re-inserted through
the opposite side of the pillow. Push the pillow into the semi-circular recess, ensuring that the portion of the blade protruding
out of the back of the pillow inserts firmly into the waterfall receiver fitting.
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YOUR DREAM SCENTS AROMATHERAPY SYSTEM
Operational Instructions:
This exclusive aromatherapy system is independent from the
blower and uses liquid scents.
To operate the system is very simple:
1) To fill begin by opening the cap “counterclockwise” on the
unit and remove. There are arrows on the cap to indicate the
direction in which to turn the cap to open. Then fill the reservoir
with your favorite Hydropool liquid scent (or equivalent).
To replace cap perform the reverse of the above directions.
2) Now the system is ready to work: just push the button to
release the scent into the hot tub and repeat to add more liquid
scent as desired, please note by turning the button clockwise
you can lock it so that any accidental pushing of the button will
not result in adding unwanted liquid scent when not desired.
To unlock turn button counter-clockwise.
CAUTION
Always ensure the safety hard cover is in
place and locked whenever the swim spa is
not being used.
COVER REMOVER - OPTIONAL
A Hydropool cover lifter assists in the removal of the
safety hard cover. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your particular cover remover for installation.
For further information, contact your local Hydropool
retailer.
ROWING KIT
The Aquatic Rowing
Kit is a combination of
stainless steel oars
and resistant tether
cords that attach to a
swivel anchors allowing a full rowing motion.
LED MOOD LIGHTING
Press the ‘light’ pad on the topside control to start the following
LED lighting modes. Pressing the ‘light’ pad on/off within 3
seconds cycles through the various ‘light shows’. When the
LED lighting is turned off for more than 5 seconds, then turned
back on, the system will resume the last ‘light show’.
SAFETY HARDCOVER LOCKS
In an uncovered swim spa, over 90% of the heat is lost from
the water surface. Hydropool hard covers are engineered for
maximum thermal efficiency and appearance. Simply place the
cover on the swim spa, pull the straps down so that they are
fully extended, then release slightly so that there is approximately 6 mm (1/4 in.) of slack. Mark the position on the cabinet
or deck surface, and fasten the receiver clip with the screws
provided.
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SWIM STEPS
To assist in the entry and
exit of the swim spa Hydropool offers either a matching
three tier Natural Western
Cedar (pictured in inset
above) or a four tier Universal Step in either matching
Espresso or Driftwood color
with black railings.
FILLING, CHECKING AND STARTING YOUR SWIM SPA
• Be careful to only adjust the nut 1/4 or 1/2 a turn at any
one time. Do not extend the leg length too much as this may
cause deformation on the top flange. Adjustments may be
necessary on more than one leg. For adjustment, see section STEEL SUPPORT LEG ASSEMBLY DETAILS
CHECKING
Although your swim spa was thoroughly water-tested in the
factory, some loosening of fittings can occur during shipping.
Before any decking, tiling or carpeting is completed around
the installation, fill and operate your hot tub to test for leaks
(this ensures easy access and inexpensive correction).
Check all union connections and plumbing for minor leaks.
In the event of a leak, ensure all union connections and
pump plugs are tight and all o-rings/gaskets are in place.
STARTING
• Before applying voltage to power-up your swim spa, it is
very important that you understand the sequence of events
that occur when the system is activated in order that the
pump can be primed efficiently and damage to the system
can be avoided.
•
Turn the main power “on” at your electrical panel.
•
Follow the control instructions for your particular model
swim spa to put the pump into low speed.
See section HYDROPOOL CONTROL SYSTEMS
PUMP PRIMING/RELEASING AN AIR LOCK
• On some systems a message will appear on the display
indicating that the system is in PUMP PRIMING MODE.
This mode will last for 4 to 5 minutes before automatically
entering the normal operation mode. See complete details
for your spa in section HYDROPOOL CONTROL SYSTEMS
•When the pump is located below water level, the water
should start circulating immediately. If the motor works but
you do not notice water circulation within the first 15 seconds, the pump may require priming due to trapped air
(referred to as an ‘air lock’). To prime (inset 2), open the
hose-bib to allow trapped air to escape. Close as soon as
the water flow from the jets becomes regular. If the pumps
have not primed after 2 minutes, and water is not flowing
from the jets, DO NOT allow the pumps to continue to run.
Turn power off at the main house panel (or GFCI) and try
releasing the air again by loosening the union on the discharge side of the pump(s) while the motor is not running.
Turn the power back on. If the pump(s) does not prime after
15 seconds, sometimes momentarily turning the pump(s) off
and on will help the system to prime (note: do not do this
more than 5 times).
PROPER WATER LEVEL
FILLING
• When adding water for the first time, the swim spa should
be filled through the skimmer opening (helps to prevent air
locks) using a standard garden hose, turning the tap on
slowly to prevent damage to the surface by a jerking hose
connection.
• Pull up the handles on the intake and return gate valves
(handles are pulled up when valves are open and pushed
down when valves are closed).
•
Ensure the drain hose-bib is closed.
•
Ensure that all jets are open.
See section JET & FEATURE OPERATION
•
Fill the swim spa to the recommended level as indicated by the “MIN” and “MAX” marks on the weir door
of the skimmer opening.
• Important: Under NO circumstances should the pump(s)
be allowed to operate without priming beyond 5 minutes, as
this may not only cause unwarrantable damage to the pump,
it may also cause the control system to go into an overheat
condition.
Definition: ‘Priming’ a pump is a term used to describe the
process in which air trapped in the plumbing and pump
wetend (referred to as an ‘air lock’) is released, allowing the
pump to move water efficiently through the plumbing system
and to the jets.
STEEL SUPPORT LEG ADJUSTMENT: While the swim
spa is filling, it may be necessary to adjust the steel support
legs. Should the unit bow outward, lengthen the steel support leg by turning the top nut counter clockwise on the
bottom foot. Should the shell bow inward, shorten the steel
support leg by turning the top nut clockwise.
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RELEASING AIR TRAPPED IN FILTER...
• When the pump starts circulating, it will be necessary to
release trapped air in the filter. Carefully loosen the air vent
valve counter-clockwise until there is the hissing sound of air
escaping. Once there is a steady stream of water, close the
vent valve, ensuring that the o-ring does not become
pinched.
• Turn the Hydrotherapy pump(s) on and re-check for leaks.
The control system will automatically return the pump(s) off
after 15 minutes.
• Adjust the hot tub heat control at the topside panel to the
desired water temperature.
• Adjust water balance (pH, TA, calcium hardness) to recommended levels and add sanitizer once the water temperature
reaches 20oC (68oF).
See section SWIM SPA WATER MAINTENANCE
AIR VENT VALVE
• The hot tub will require 8-10 hours to reach the desired
temperature.
• Keep insulated safety hard cover on the hot tub, and the
air controls closed during the entire heat up process.
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HYDROPOOL SWIM SPA SERIES CONTROL SYSTEMS
NORTH AMERICA / EUROPE
HYDROPOOL SWIM SPA – IN.XE SPA PACK SERIES
INITIAL START-UP
TEMPERATURE CONTROL
FUNCTIONALITY AND ADJUSTMENT
After you manually exit or the system automatically exits Priming Mode, your hot tub will automatically
heat to the factory preset default temperature of 38°C (100°
F) The topside panel will briefly show the default temperature, and then the display will show (- - - oF) and time (12:00
pm).
Before applying voltage to power-up your hot tub, it is very
important that you understand the sequence of events that
occur when the system is activated in order that the pump
can be primed efficiently and damage to the system can be
avoided.
At initial power-up, the system will do a lamp test where all
of the segments and LED’s are lighting up. Then the system
will show the software part number “85”, the software revision “r3” and then the low level selection “L1”.
After the initial software indicators are shown, the display will
flash between temperature (- - - oF) and time (12:00 pm).
This display is indicating that the system is in PUMP PRIMING MODE. In this mode pump 2 (if installed) will run for one
minute and then it will turn off and the system will activate
pump 1 to run for one minute before automatically exiting
and entering the normal operation mode.
Note that the water temperature is not yet displayed, as the
system requires approximately 2 minutes of water flow
through the heater to determine temperature. After 2 minutes
the display will show the current measured water temperature
Press the keypad to increase the temperature to the desired
setting. The heat indicator light on the topside panel will turn
on indicating that the display shows the desired temperature,
NOT the current water temperature.
To Check/Change the Set Temperature
The last measured temperature is constantly displayed on
the topside panel. When this pad is pressed once any time
during normal operation, the display will show the set temperature for 5 seconds. Press this pad a second time to increase or decrease the set temperature. To change the direction of the temperature settings (ie. lower vs. raise the
temperature), allow the display to revert back to the current
water temperature then press the pad again.
The temperature can be adjusted from 15°C (59°F) to 40°C
(104°F) in 0.5°C (1°F) increments.
While in this mode, the heater circuit is disabled to allow the
priming process to be completed without the possibility of
energizing the heater element during low flow or no flow
conditions. The system will not automatically activate any of
the functions, however, by pushing the pad on the topside
control, the pump can be manually activated to facilitate
priming.
Definition: ‘Priming’ a pump is a term used to describe the
process in which air trapped in the plumbing and pump wetend (referred to as an ‘air lock‘) is released, allowing the
pump to move water efficiently through the plumbing system
and to the jets.
Heater Function
In a regulation cycle, the system first generates water flow
through the heater housing and the plumbing, in order to
ensure accurate water temperature readings as well as
avoiding heater activation in dry conditions.
The system verifies periodically that all parameters are within
the normal range.
If the readings received from the system are not valid, blanks
(- - -) will be displayed until normal readings have been successfully found.
After verifying pump activation and taking a water temperature reading if required, the system automatically turns the
heater on to reach and maintain water temperature at the set
point. The heater indicator lights up when the heater is on, It
flashes when there is a request for more heat but the heater
has not started yet.
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STANDBY / DRAIN ASSIST MODE
PUMP / JETS FUNCTION
Press this pad to activate the pump
A long press of 5 seconds will enable the “STANDBY
MODE”. This mode allows you to stop all outputs including
all automatic functions such as a filter cycle, heating requests and smart winter mode purging for 30 minutes to
perform quick spa maintenance. When the “STANDBY
MODE” is activated, the display will toggle between the
“OFF” message, the “CLOCK” and the water temperature.
Press either Pump 1 or the Pump 2 key to restart the system before the expiration of the 30 minute delay.. The spa
light will flash a few seconds before the end of the 30 minutes to warn you the system is about to resume its normal
operation and the display will then show “ON” for 3 seconds. Once the “OFF” mode is enabled, a quick press of
the Pump 1 key will activate the “DRAIN MODE” and the
filtration pump will turn on and run for 30 minutes. If your
tub has not been completely drained down you can simply
press the Pump 1 button again to continue the cycle. A
press of any key will disable the “OFF” and “DRAIN” mode
and resume its normal operation.
1st press – turns on high speed
2nd press – turns off
Pump 1 and 2 are single speed pumps that run on high
speed only for hydrotherapy. A built in timer automatically
turns the pumps off after 15 minutes unless it has been
manually deactivated. The pump indicator icons turn on
when each pump is activated.
PUMP AUTOMATIC TIME-OUT
High speed – 15 minutes
SETTING THE TIME OF DAY
In order to set the time of day you must press and hold the
FILTER key for 5 seconds. The display will show the time
of day with the hours flashing. Use the temperature keys
to change the hours. A press of the FILTER key will then
flash the minutes. Once again use the temperature keys
to change the minutes. A final press of the FILTER key
will program the time.
PURGE CYCLES
The purge cycles are programmed to begin at the start of
each filter cycle. Pump 2 activates for 1 minute, shuts off
and then Pump 1 activates for 1 minute and then shuts
off.
FILTER CYCLES
To program the filter cycles, you must enter the duration
of the cycle and frequency of the cycle. During a filter cycle the pumps run for one minute to purge the plumbing
and then the filtration pump runs for the remaining duration of the filter cycle.
OZONATOR OPTIONAL
The ozonator operates during FILTER CYCLES only and
remains off for 30 minutes after usage.
PROGRAMMING THE FILTER CYCLE
In order to program the filter cycle you must press and
hold the FILTER key for 5 seconds. The display will show
the time of day with the hours flashing. A press of the FILTER key will then flash the minutes. A press of the FILTER key will display FS (filter start time). Use the temperature UP and DN keys to select the start time. A press
of the FILTER key will display FD (filter duration). Use the
temperature UP and DN keys to select the duration (0-24
hrs). A press of the FILTER key will display FF (filter frequency). Use the temperature UP and DN keys to set the
frequency (1-2). A press of the FILTER key will display EP
(economy mode programming). Use the temperature UP
and DN keys to turn off or on (0-1). A press of the FILTER
key will display ES (economy start). Use the temperature
UP and DN keys to set the start time. A press of the FILTER key will display ED (economy duration). A press of
the temperature UP and DN keys will select the duration
(1-24 hrs). A press of the FILTER key will display a flashing F. Use the temperature UP and DN keys to toggle
between F and C. Press the FILTER key to exit the programming.
SMART WINTER MODE
Smart Winter Mode protects your system from
the cold by turning the pumps on several times a day to
prevent water from freezing in the pipes. The Smart Winter Mode indicator turns on when in this mode of operation.
If the temperature drops to 4°C (39°F) within the heater
chamber, the system automatically activates the pump to
provide freeze protection. The pump will operate until the
temperature reaches 5°C (41°F) before returning to normal system mode.
COOL DOWN
After heating the spa water to the desired set point, the
heater is turned off, but the filtration pump remains on for
a certain amount of time to ensure adequate cooling of the
heating element in order to prolong the useful life of the
heater. The heater icon flashes during this time.
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IN.K600 Static Electronic Control
The IN.K600 Electronic Control panel uses a paged-style menu system to operate and program your spa. Basic
button functions are described next.
Program Key—Use the Program Key to display the time or enter the Programming Menu by pressing and holding the key. In the programming mode, the following parameters can be set: time, filter
cycle’s start time, duration and frequency, economy mode start time and duration as well as the
temperature units.
On/Off Key—Use the On/Off Key for the following functions: Spa On/Off, Standby Mode. In
Standby Mode all of the equipment is shut off. The progress bar will display the remaining time
before the system automatically exits Standby Mode (user can also exit Standby Mode at any time
by pressing again the On/Off key).
Use the (+) or (-) keys to set desired water temperature or raise or lower values in a
menu.
Use the (<) or (>) keys to move between selections.
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Spa Mode Controls
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VARIABLE AIR THERAPY SYSTEM CONTROL FUNCTIONS:
NOTE: For IN.XE spa pack the blower has dedicated power
already supplied to the keypad and you only need to follow step
1 to power up the unit.
1) ON/OFF :
Press 1: The Blower starts at maximum Speed. LED: ON
Press 2: The blower stops. LED: OFF
1
2
2) TO CONTROL SPEED:
Press 1 and hold: Speed goes up or down, LED: ON when
pressing. Release pressure at the desired speed.
3) TO CONTROL PULSATION:
Press 1: Slow Pulsation Cycle, LED: ON.
Press 2: Quick Pulsation Cycle, LED: Flashes.
Press 3: Pulsation Cycle OFF, LED: OFF.
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JET AND FEATURE OPERATION
Cluster Storm
Directional Jet
Cluster Storm
Pulsator Jet
Poly Storm
Acupressure Jet
Cluster Storm Rifle
Jet
Poly Storm Multi
Massage Jet
Mini Storm Galaxy
Jet
Poly Storm Rifle
Jet
Mini Storm
Massage Jet
Power Storm
Resonator Jet
Monsoon Jet
Mini Storm Multi
Massage Jet
Mini Storm
Directional Jet
Power Storm Rifle
Jet
Power Storm Twin
Roto Jet
Patented Wide Stream Jet
JET WATER FLOW ADJUSTMENT
Your Hydropool swim spa features adjustable water flow on
specific hydrotherapy jets.
To reduce the flow: grasp the outer flange of the jet, and turn
clockwise approximately a 1/4 turn. When it hits the stop, the
jet is considered closed, and flow will be restricted. To increase the flow: from the closed position, turn the jet counterclockwise approximately 1/4 turn. When it hits the stop, the jet
is open, and there is maximum jet flow. Do not attempt to turn
the jet past the stop, as this will unclip the
jet internal from the socket.
INTERCHANGING JET INSERTS
A great feature for custom tailoring the jets in your Hydropool
swim spa to suit your personal hydrotherapy needs. Jets of
like size and dimension may be interchanged with each other,
for example, if you wished to swap a Poly Storm Directional
jet for a Poly Storm Twin Roto jet, or a Mini Storm Twin Roto
jet for a Mini Storm Directional jet.
JET AIR FLOW ADJUSTMENT
Your Hydropool swim spa features adjustable air flow on specific hydrotherapy jets. To reduce the flow: push the air switch
to “OFF”. When it hits the stop, the air is closed, and air flow
will be restricted.
To increase the flow: push the air switch to “ON”. When it hits
the stop, the air control is fully opened. For maximum operating efficiency, the air controls must remain closed when your
swim spa is not in use.
JET INSERT REMOVAL & REPLACEMENT
POLY/MINI STORM DIRECTIONAL & TWIN ROTO
POWER STORM MASSAGE & STORM CLUSTER
TO REMOVE:
• Turn the jet counter-clockwise to unclip & pull out of socket.
TO RE-INSTALL:
• Push the jet into the socket until it snaps into place, ensuring the square pin on the back of the jet lines-up with the
groove in the socket flange. Rotate jet right or left to ensure it
is properly seated.
CLEANING STAINLESS STEEL
JETS & CONTROLS:
Use a Cleaner such as Brasso or Stainless Steel Cleaner to
bring back the luster to your Stainless Steel parts at each
refill cycle.
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JET AND FEATURE OPERATION
ADJUSTABLE FLOW CONTROL (Aquatrainer ONLY)
Your Hydropool swim spa is equipped with 1 DIVERTER
valve to control and adjust water flow to suit individual user
preference. The pump 1 (P1) DIVERTER valve provides
variable water flow adjustment between the lower centre
swim jet (providing added buoyancy and variable swim resistance), and the hydrotherapy jets on the bucket seats, or
a combination of both.
THE SELF-CLEANING MODE INDICATOR
This worry-free indicator is located above the access doors of
cabinet equipped swim spas, displays that the Self-Clean and
Eco Heat Systems are both functioning. Reassuring you of
your family’s safety and protection. NOTE: this feature is
only installed on units equipped with a cabinet.
AIR CONTROLS
AQUAFLEX CURRENT CONTROL (Aquatrainers only)
This system allows for the swimmer to vary the flow of water
and adjust the swim intensity of the jets. Allows quick adjustment to level of fitness the swimmer is accustomed to from
Novice to Triathlete. This option has keypads near the swim
end so that they can easily adjust their swim without having
to go back to the main keypad area and eliminates the need
for manual diverters.
WATER FLOW
PUMP 1
WATER FLOW
PUMP 3
WATER FLOW
PUMP 2
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SWIM SPA WATER BALANCE – GENERAL OVERVIEW
NOTABLE POINTS
• The reliability and longevity of your swim spa support equipment are directly related to how well water quality is maintained!
• The small volume of water in your swim spa is easily affected
by the introduction of oils, lotions, perspiration and chemicals. It
is imperative that you give your swim spa regular attention to
maintain clean, safe and balanced water to prevent premature
damage and/or failure (corrosion/calcification) to the support
equipment. Maintaining proper swim spa water balance and
sanitizer levels is extremely important. Neglected hot water will
allow bacteria to quickly spread.
• The mineral content of swim spa water increases due to water
evaporation, sanitizers and other chemicals. If the mineral concentration, particularly calcium, becomes too high, the minerals
will literally “drop” or precipitate out of the water and deposit on
the swim spa walls, plumbing, jets, in the filter and on the heater
element.
• It is very important that pH be checked frequently and maintained in the recommended range as indicated in the chartWATER BALANCE SUMMARY FOR YOUR HOT TUB
• It is also very important that Total Alkalinity (the ability of the
water to resist a change in pH) be maintained in the recommended range as indicated in the chart WATER BALANCE
SUMMARY FOR YOUR SWIM SPA
• Although there may be two identical swim spa models right next
door to each other, the maintenance requirements will be different, dependant on such factors as:
– bather load
– frequency of use/quantity of bathers
– different body chemistry
– sun vs. shade
– temperature
WARNING
CHEMICAL HANDLING SAFETY HINTS
• Never pre-mix chemicals with each other prior to adding
to hot tub water.
• Add only one chemical to the water at a time.
• Always add chemicals to water and not vice-versa.
• Chemicals may be corrosive, so handle with care and
store in a cool dark place.
• Never smoke near chemicals as most are flammable
• Ensure any spilled chemicals are carefully cleaned up
immediately.
• Always have the POISON CONTROL telephone number
handy in the event of an emergency.
• Keep chemicals out of children‘s reach
• Wear safety glasses and gloves when handling chemicals.
INITIAL WATER FILL & BALANCE
1 Make sure the swim spa is circulating.
2 Add a sequesterant (stain and scale controller). Allow water
to circulate for an hour before adding anything else to the swim
spa water.
3 Add a Shock / oxidizing agent .
4 Add sanitizing tablets (Bromine or Chlorine) to the dispenser:
For these reasons, it is very important to develop proper swim
spa water maintenance habits and follow your Hydropool retailer’s recommended water maintenance procedures.
DISPENSER
Heater and other component failure due to
improperly maintained pH or Total Alkalinity
is not covered under warranty.
CHECK VALVE
ASSEMBLY DISPENSER
• Built in dispenser: if your Hydropool swim spa was ordered with the optional built in
bromine/chlorine dispenser,
(located in the lid of the cartridge filter housing), refer to
section CARTRIDGE FILTER
for details on removing and
re-installing the lid. Once the
filter lid is removed, you’ll
notice a clear 2.5 cm (1”) diameter tube extending from
the bottom of the lid.
Expose the large Refill hole at the end of the tube and add 5 or
6 tablets. Do not overfill dispenser as performance will be affected. Turn to expose the most number of smaller holes and
allows water to circulate for 3 or 4 hours before testing level.
Adjust to lesser number of holes as necessary to maintain a
level of 2 –4 PPM Sanitizer.
•
Floating dispenser: As above, add 6 or 7 tablets, adjust
initially to ‘5’, allow water to circulate for 3 to 4 hours, then
test.
The tablets will dissolve slowly over a 10-14 day period, depending on setting, and use of the hot tub.
5 Test pH and Total Alkalinity and adjust accordingly.
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GLOSSARY OF COMMON WATER MAINTENANCE TERMS
1 CHLORINE – in granular, liquid or puck/tablet form, is an oxidant and biocidal agent. It is very effective and fast acting. Recommended chlorine residual level is 3.0 to 5.0 ppm.
2 CHLORAMINES – a compound formed when chlorine combines with nitrogen or ammonia present in the water. When allowed to
go unchecked, it causes eye and skin irritation and is indicated by a strong chlorine odor.
3 ONE-PART BROMINE – also available in puck/tablet form, is another type of oxidant/biocidal agent, and is introduced into the hot
tub water via a brominator. Recommended bromine residual level is 3.0 to 5.0 ppm
4 TWO-PART BROMINE – composed of a liquid or powder component introduced manually into the water on a weekly basis, and a
granular component that is added daily or as the hot tub is used.
5 BROMAMINES – are formed when bromine destroys nitrogen-bearing organic matter. Unlike chloramines, bromamines don’t
cause eye irritation, however, when allowed to go unchecked, will cause an objectionable odour.
6 SHOCK – the practice of adding an oxidizing agent to hot tub water to destroy ammonia, nitrogenous and organic contaminants
(chloramines and bromamines)
7 pH – a logarithmic value expressing the relative acidity or basicity of a substance (such as hot tub water) as indicated by the hydrogen ion concentration. pH is expressed as a number on a scale of 0 to 14, where 0 is most acidic, 1 to 7 being acidic, 7 considered
neutral, 7 to 14 being basic, and 14 being most basic. The ideal range for hot tub water is 7.4 to 7.6 ppm
8 pH INCREASER – raises the pH level of the water.
9 pH DECREASER – lowers the pH level of the water.
10 TOTAL ALKALINITY (TA) – the amount of carbonate, bicarbonate and hydroxide compounds present in the water that determines the ability or capacity of the water to resist change in pH. Also known as the ‘buffering’ capacity.
11 ALKALINITY BOOSTER – raises the alkalinity.
12 CALCIUM HARDNESS – the calcium portion of the total alkalinity which represents 70 to 75% of total hardness. Calcium concentrations determine whether water is ‘soft’ - too little calcium, or ‘hard’ -too much calcium.
13 CALCIUM BOOSTER – increases the calcium level.
14 TOTAL DISSOLVED SOLIDS (TDS) – a measure of the total amount of dissolved matter in the water (calcium, carbonates, bicarbonates, magnesium, metallic compounds, etc.)
15 SEQUESTERANTS (STAIN AND SCALE CONTROLLERS) – keeps dissolved metals and minerals in the water from attacking
the hot tub shell and support equipment components.
16 DEFOAMER – removes foam build-up from the water surface. At best, this is a temporary remedy, as excessive foam is merely a
symptom of improper water balance (typically high organic residue and/or high pH).
17 CARTRIDGE FILTER CLEANER – degreases and cleans cartridge filters.
18 OZONATOR – generates Ozone (a gaseous molecule composed of 3 atoms of oxygen) and is injected into the hot tub water for
the oxidation of water contaminants.
19 TEST KIT – used to monitor specific chemical residual or demands in the water. May be in the form of litmus strips or liquid drops.
20 PPM – abbreviation for ‘parts per million’, the unit of measurement used in chemical testing which indicates the parts by weight in
relation to one million parts by weight of water. Essentially identical to the term mg/L - milligrams per liter.
WATER BALANCE SUMMARY FOR YOUR HOT TUB*
SANITIZER (ppm)
Chlorine
Bromine
MIN
1.0
2.0
IDEAL
3.0 - 5.0
6.0 - 10.0
MAX
5.0
10.0
CHEMICAL
PH
Total Alkalinity (TA)
7.2
80
7.4 - 7.6
80 - 120
7.8
180
Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
Calcium Hardness
300
150
1000 -2000
200 -400
3000
500 -1000
*National Spa & Pool Institute recommended levels for residential spas/hot tubs
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WATER BALANCE TROUBLESHOOTING
Problem
Cloudy Water
Possible Causes
Solutions
microscopic particles too small to filter
out.
Test these water balance elements and adjust to recommended parameters.
high Total Alkalinity
high pH levels
high Calcium Hardness
Scale
(White/Grayish Deposit)
Skin Eye Irritation
Excessive Foam
Test and adjust all water balance elements and add flocculent* to cause the particles to combine together so
they can be filtered out.
high Calcium Hardness
Test calcium hardness level and treat with sequesting
agent*
or perform partial drain/refill.
improper pH and/or Total Alkalinity levels
Test water balance and make the appropriate
If no water line is present you can try using defoamer* to
break up the contaminants and then a clarifier* to help
filter them away. If a water line is present the spa may
need to be drained and cleaned. Either way, the filter
should be thoroughly cleaned by soaking over night in
bleach. An oil absorbing sponge can help in preventing
this in the future.
buildup of body oils or cosmetics
Prevent by running an extra rinse cycle on washing machine
or re-rinse well by hand.
Laundry detergent residual in swimwear Some organic matter is prone to causing foamy water as
it breaks down in the filter (maple leaves especially).
Generally using defoamer* to break up the contaminants,
then a clarifier*
excess organic contaminants
To help filter them away followed by thoroughly cleaning
your filter will clear up the problem. It may however be
necessary to drain and refill your spa if the foaming is
quite excessive.
low Calcium Hardness
Test calcium hardness and if necessary increase with
calciumchloride*
Corrosion/Etching
low Calcium Hardness and/or low Total
Alkalinity
Test calcium hardness and if necessary increase with
calcium chloride*
Discoloured Water
(Clear v. turbid water)
presence of metals in water (iron, copper, etc)
Treat with chelating* or sequestering agent*
Unstable pH
low Total Alkalinity levels
Test total alkalinity levels and if necessary increase with
sodium bicarbonate*
pH resistant to changing
high Total Alkalinity levels
Test total alkalinity levels and if necessary decrease with
sodium bisulfate* or muriatic acid*
* contact your local Hydropool retailer for specific product
recommendation
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CORONA DISCHARGE OZONE TECHNOLOGY
All Hydropool swim spas are factory prepared to accommodate
ozonators. The Hydropool Corona Discharge Ozonator is regarded as the most technologically advanced system on the
market, allowing longer contact time with the swim spa water
resulting in reduced chemical consumption and clearer,
cleaner water. Hydropool’s unique ozone injection system both
maximizes the dispersion of the ozone gas and decreases the
bubble size resulting in longer contact with the water and increased water quality and purity. The ozone/water mixture is
sent down a series of tubes where the ozone is “broken down”
into even smaller bubbles before being remixed with the water
reducing the “off-gassing” commonly found with other ozone
systems.
HOT TUB
WATER
MAZZEI
OZONE
INJECTOR
CD OZONATOR
OZONE MIXING
CHAMBER
OZONE
INJECTOR
JET
ROUTINE SWIM SPA MAINTENANCE
REVIEW CHEMICAL HANDLING
SAFETY HINTS
DAILY
1 Test water, and if necessary, add shock.
2 Ensure proper water level is maintained.
QUARTERLY
1 Drain swim spa once per year and clean the acrylic shell
surface with a non-abrasive cleaner designed specifically
for acrylic surfaces. See sections CHANGING THE
SWIM SPA WATER and DRAINING SWIM SPA
WEEKLY
1 Test pH and Alkalinity. Adjust accordingly
2 Top-up chemical dispenser
3 Add sequesterant (stain and scale controller)
4 Remove and spray cartridge filter with garden hose and reinstall (see section CARTRIDGE FILTER)
5 Remove and clean out skimmer basket (see section
CLEANING THE SKIMMER BASKET)
6 Add Shock / oxidizing agent
7 Inspect union connections for o-ring and gasket leaks Tighten if loose
8 Clean stainless steel controls as indicated on page 28.
CLEANING THE SKIMMER BASKET
1 Activate the STANDBY/DRAIN ASSIST mode
2 Remove the skimmer basket by pulling the weir door forward, and pulling the basket up and towards the front
3 Remove debris from basket. (Note: Avoid hitting the
basket against objects to knock debris loose as this
may damage the unit)
4 Reinsert basket
5 Take the system out of STANDBY/DRAIN ASSIST
mode, and as the pump begins to operate, monitor water
flow over the weir door to assure that it is free floating
MONTHLY
1 Soak your filter cartridge in a filter cartridge cleaning solution. Rinse thoroughly and, if possible, allow to dry before
re-installing. Hydropool recommends purchasing a second
filter so that while the first is cleaning, the other is clean
and ready to install
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LOCKING
RING
CARTRIDGE FILTER
The cartridge should be cleaned every two to four weeks,
depending on the amount of use. Signs that the filter requires
cleaning include:
• Reduced jet power
• Hazy gray water
• Rattling noise in the pump or filter
• Heater not working
AIR VENT
VALVE
FILTER LID
BUILT IN CHEMICAL
DISPENSER
REMOVAL
1 Activate the STANDBY/DRAIN ASSIST mode.
2 Remove the filter cover and open the small, black air vent /
bleeder valve on the top of the filter lid.
3 Lift the Gray lock tab to disengage and turn the locking ring
counter clockwise.
4 Pull the filter lid upwards, and lift the cartridge element
straight up and out of filter housing.
CARTRIDGE FILTER
ELEMENT
CLEANING
5 With a garden hose and spray nozzle, hose off the cartridge
element, ensuring to carefully separate every pleat.
6 To remove collected lotions, body oils, etc. soak the cartridge in warm water and a filter cleaning/emulsifying compound (available at your HYDROPOOL retailer).
7 A cleaning cylinder may be purchased from your HYDROPOOL Hot tub Retailer.
8 Rinse thoroughly and dry before replacing.
9 Hydropool recommends purchasing a spare filter cartridge
so that you always have a clean substitute ready to rotate.
10 After the element has dried - if necessary, lightly brush
between pleats with a fine paint-brush to remove remaining dirt particles.
FILTER HOUSING
CLEANING THE ACRYLIC SURFACE
The acrylic surface can be cleaned and polished using a soft
cloth and acrylic cleaner, available at your Hydropool retailer.
• Important: Do not use detergents - the
remaining residues will adversely affect
water chemistry, making it difficult to
maintain proper water balance
• Do Not use abrasive cleaners – damage
to the acrylic surface will occur.
Do not use a wire brush or other devise
to clean cartridge element.
Do not put in dishwasher or washing machine.
SAFETY HARD COVER
When a swim spa is uncovered, over 90% of heat is lost from
the water surface. This evaporation also affects the chemical
balance and could create humidity problems indoors. HYDROPOOL Safety Hard Covers are engineered for maximum
thermal efficiency and appearance. They are hinged in the
middle for easier handling, and the zip fastener allows the
tapered foam inserts to be changed if damaged. The skirt of
the safety hard cover hugs the lip of the swim spa for a tight
fit. The handles are placed so that even one person can easily carry a large cover. The locks, with one part fastened to
the deck or skirt, prevent small children or animals from entering the swim spa.
Do not drag the safety hard cover across the swim spa or
decking. Fold the cover first, then lift by the handles. Standing
on the hardcover could cause the tapered foam inserts to
crack, which will lead to water absorption.
RE-INSTALLATION
11 Place the cartridge filter back into the filter housing.
12 Replace the filter housing lid, pushing it down to seat, ensuring that the lid o-ring does not become twisted.
13 Hydropool recommends that the lid o-ring be lubricated
with a non-petroleum based lubricant (ie. Silicone gel)
when it becomes dry. This will help to prevent twisting and
pinching as the lid is installed, and significantly increase
longevity of the o-ring.
14 Install the filter lock-ring, turning clockwise until the lock
tab snaps into place.
15 Close the air vent/bleeder valve.
16 Take the system out of STANDBY/DRAIN ASSIST mode.
17 When the pump starts circulating on low speed, it will be
necessary to release trapped air in the filter. Carefully
loosen the air vent/bleeder valve counter-clockwise until
there is the hissing sound of air escaping. Once there is a
steady stream of water, close the vent valve, ensuring that
the o-ring does not become pinched.
NEVER LEAN OR STAND ON YOUR HARDCOVER.
The cover should be cleaned at least twice a year with a vinyl
moisturizer and protector.
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11 To completely flush the old water from the plumbing lines:
allow fresh water to fill into the foot-well area while the old
water continues to be pumped out. Always keep at least
10cm (4 in.) of water in the foot-well so that pump 1 remains primed.
12 When the water from the drain hose turns clear (indicating
fresh fill water), flush is complete.
13 Turn OFF the low speed pump.
14 Close the drain-hose bib on the swim spa plumbing line
and continue filling swim spa with fresh water.
15 Place cover on swim spa (to avoid splash-out).
16 Open pump 1 return gate valve.
17 Press any button on the topside control panel (other than
the pump 1 button) to take the system out of STANDBY/
DRAIN ASSIST mode. Pump 1 low speed and the heater
will activate to circulate and heat the water while filling
continues. This also reduces the possibility of an airlock
occurring.
18 Continue adding fresh fill water until level is approximately
19mm (3/4 in.) from the top of the skimmer opening.
19 Once fill is complete, remove the #10 rubber expansion
plug from the bottom of the skimmer housing.*
20 If the filter housing was opened to replace the cartridge
filter, it will be necessary to release trapped air from the
filter housing by carefully loosening the small black air
vent/bleeder valve located on the top of the filter housing.
When water begins to escape close the air vent valve.
21 In the unlikely event of a pump air lock (pump 1 is operating but there is no water movement from the jets), refer to
section PUMP PRIMING/RELEASING AN AIR LOCK
CHANGING THE SWIM SPA WATER
The water in your swim spa must be carefully monitored and
drained regularly as required, depending on size and
amount of use. Draining at least once annually is strongly
recommended and offers the opportunity for inspection of
jets and suction fitting covers. If your swim spa is used daily
or by a large number of bathers, the water should be drained
more often. One method to determine the approximate
length of time between water changes is to divide the water
volume (in litres) of you swim spa by 13.5 and then devide
by the average number of bathers each day.
Formula
(_______ ÷ 13.5 ) ÷ (________) = (________)
Volume of water
in litres
Average daily
bathers
Days
between
water
changes
EXAMPLE:
1000 liters divided by 13.5 divided by 2 = 37 days. The swim
spa water must be changed when the amount of dissolved
solids becomes excessive, and is usually indicated by “gray”
or dull looking water.
DRAINING YOUR SWIM SPA
REFER TO FIGURE 1 & FIGURE 2
1 Locate nearest drain facility (Check your local bylaws).
2 Put the hot tub control system into STANDBY/DRAIN
ASSIST mode. The system will automatically exit
Standby Mode after 1 hour and resume normal operating
functions.
3 Remove the skimmer basket so that the hole beneath it is
accessible, and insert the #10 rubber expansion plug
provided.
4 Attach garden hose to hose bib located on plumbing line
beside the hot tub control system.
5 Run garden hose to drain location.
6 Open hose bib.
7 Close Circ Pump return gate valve next to the hose bib
(this directs the water out the drain hose).
8 Activate the circ pump.
9 Monitor the swim spa while it drains.
10 Use the second garden hose to wash down interior surface as the swim spa continues to drain. A sponge may
also be used to wipe down the interior surface.
* It may be necessary to put system into STANDBY/
DRAIN ASSIST* mode in order to remove plug.
FIGURE 1
FIGURE 2
WATER SOFTENERS
Never fill a swim spa with water from a water softener, as it
could adversely effect the water chemistry, making it difficult
to maintain proper water balance. If you live in an area with
hard or soft water, give careful attention to your Calcium
Hardness level. Topping up with soft water is acceptable.
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CABINET WING-LOCKS
The high quality wing-locks provided on your Hydropool
Swim Spa cabinet not only firmly secure the equipment access panel, they also serve as convenient handles for removal and replacement. In order to maintain optimum performance and extended life, Hydropool recommends lubricating twice annually with a silicone based lubricant.
RECOMMENDED PRODUCT: Super-Lube silicone based
lubricant (or equivalent). Available at major retailers.
CAUTION: Do not use a petroleum based
lubricant, as this will cause premature deterioration of the lock seal.
PROTECTING YOUR CABINET WOOD FINISH
HYDROPOOL swim spa cabinets are made from Western
cedar and are factory stained. Once stained, cedar weathers
well, and with proper care will maintain its beauty for many
years. In order to maintain the translucent finish and to enhance the wood grain beauty staining must be performed on
a regular basis.
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These protective finishes stabilize the wood grain and
build a durable, breathable water-repellent barrier between the wood surface and the elements. These products are available from your local building supply center..
WINTERIZING YOUR HYDROPOOL SWIM SPA
In the event that you do not wish to use your swim spa yearround, it is very important that you properly winterize to protect against damage from freezing. Your Hydropool retailer
can perform this service for a nominal fee. If you choose to
winterize your swim spa yourself, please follow the directions outlined below:
• Cover exposed plumbing connections with plastic bags
and duct tape.
• Where practical, disconnect swim spa support equipment
and store in a dry heated area.
• Install the safety hardcover, and cover the entire swim
spa with a tarp to prevent premature weathering of the
cabinet and the safety hard cover.
• Remove snow build up regularly to prevent damage to the
safety hard cover.
• It is assumed that your Hydropool swim spa has been
properly installed on a reinforced concrete pad to eliminate
lifting of the swim spa due to hydrostatic ground water
pressure.
• Drain the hot tub entirely see section - DRAINING YOUR
HOT TUB
• Remove and clean the cartridge filter element see section CARTRIDGE FILTER
• Using a wet/dry utility vacuum, remove remaining water
from the jet openings, filter cartridge housing, and footwell.
• Either pour or use a turkey-baster where necessary to add
potable biodegradable RV antifreeze to areas such as pump
wet end, jet channels, filter housing, blower channels.
DO NOT USE AUTOMOTIVE ANTIFREEZE.
• Important: mixing potable biodegradable RV antifreeze
with water significantly reduces its ability to protect against
freezing. Therefore, it is very important ALL water is removed from the swim spa plumbing before adding.
• Add potable RV antifreeze to the holes in the bottom suction/drain to prevent any trapped water in the false floor from
freezing and damaging the swim spa shell.
• Turn pump on for only a few seconds to circulate the antifreeze.
• Unthread and disconnect all unions in the support equipment area. Remove lowest winter drain plug on pump face
plate. Repeat for all pumps, where applicable.
If you are not 100% confident that
your swim spa is properly winterized, please consult your authorized HYDROPOOL Swim Spa Retailer. Caution recommends that an
authorized Hydropool Retailer winterize your swim spa in the initial
year. Damage as a result of freezing is not covered by the warranty.
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GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING
ELECTRICAL / MECHANICAL
SYMPTOM
POSSIBLE REASON(S)
ACTION
No Power
– Breaker off at main panel or fuse out
– Improper wiring
– Fuse blown in control
– Verify that breaker and/or GFCI are on
– If there is still no power, contact your
Hydropool retailer or a qualified electri
cian
G.F.C.I. Trip
– G.F.C.I. tripped – As above-contact qualified electrician
or your Hydropool retailer
No Circulation
– See PUMP PRIMING/RELEASE AN
AIR LOCK
– Open gate valves
– Top up water to proper level
– See CLEANING SKIMMER BASKET
– Short or ground in system
– Faulty G.F.C.I Jet Surge
No Heat or Erratic
Heat
Noisy Motor
– Pump is not primed (air lock)
– Gate valves are closed
– Water level is too low
– Skimmer obstructed or closed
– Water level too low
– Blockage in plumbing lines
– Suction gate valve partially closed
– Cartridge filter requires cleaning
– Blockage in plumbing line
– Suction / Return valve partially closed
– Low water level
– Faulty sensor
– Add water to correct level
– Check gate valves and/or skimmer
basket
– Pull gate valve handle “up” all the way
– Clean & reinstall
– Contact your Hydropool retailer
– Ensure valves are open
– Top up water level
– Contact your Hydropool retailer
– Contact your Hydropool retailer or a
qualified electrician
– Contact qualified electrician
– Top up water level
– Thaw out
– Damaged or worn bearings
– Low voltage
– Low water level
– Frozen pump
– Contact your Hydropool retailer
– Reset GFCI OFF/ON
Digital Top Side No
Longer Displays
– Improper connection
– Electrical brown-out
Digital Temperature
Display is Erratic or
Flashing
– Water temperature has exceeded set point
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– Decrease filter cycle and or add cold
water.
– If condition continues contact Hydro
pool retailer
GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING CONTINUED
…POWER FAILURE OR SYSTEM FAULT DURING
COLD WEATHER CONDITIONS
If your control system will not reset, (ie. GFCI trips) or if your
pump will not circulate for any other reason, place a low
wattage space heater under the cabinet in the equipment
area. This will delay the risk of freezing while a service appointment is scheduled.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF...
…POWER FLUCTUATIONS
The power supply into your home is, for the most part,
fairly consistent.
However, when local power demand is high, there is a
tendency for the voltage entering your home to drop
(sometimes significantly) or fluctuate.
This condition is referred to as a ‘brown-out’. Although
safeguards have been built into the system to protect
against this condition, supply voltage may drop low
enough, if even for a second, to cause the system to
display a ‘ghost’ message. Should this occur or if the
display shows partial messages, try resetting the system
by turning power to the swim spa off, waiting a few minutes, then turning power on again. If this does not reset
the system, contact your local Hydropool retailer or service organization.
Always follow the manufacturers instructions
when locating and placing a portable electric
space heater into service. Ensure that safe clearance
to combustible surfaces is maintained. Do not
leave unattended.
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