~ Maintenance ~
Proper Water Level
It is normal for the spa to lose approximately one inch of water per week. The water loss is due to evaporation and run off from people exiting the spa. Please be mindful of this and add water as necessary. If the water level drops below the filter level then the pumps will draw in air. This will cause the pumps to ‘air-lock’ and can cause error codes that will prevent the heater from turning on.
Filter Maintenance and Replacement
Proper maintenance of the spa’s filter is very important. The filter helps to clean the spa from algae, bacteria, hair, debris, and other solids that enter the spa. Failing to clean the filter will place an unnecessary strain on its respective pump. Additionally, a dirty filter will result in dirty water. Clean the filter at least once a month. Do not use a pressure washer.
To clean the filter:
1. Shut off power to the spa.
2. Remove the filter from the spa. Hold the filter at a 45º angle and spray it off with a garden hose.
3. Re-insert the filter in the spa.
It is of equal importance that the spa filter be replaced periodically. The fibers in the filter loosen over time, allowing more particles to pass through them. A standard cartridge filter needs to be replaced every six months at a minimum.
Draining the Spa
Always remember to shut off power at the breaker before draining the spa. The water needs to be replaced at least once a year for this reason.
The most common way to drain the spa is with the drain valve. The drain valve is a red handled spigot located in the main access panel. Attach a garden hose to the valve and turn the spigot into the open position to release the water. Be sure to close the spigot before refiling the spa.
Another way to drain the spa is by means of reverse siphon. The steps for this method are as follows:
1. Place one end of the garden hose in the spa and connect the other end to a faucet.
2. Turn the faucet on to fill the garden hose with water.
3. Once the garden hose is full, turn off the water and disconnect it from the faucet. Be sure this end of the garden hose is at a lower elevation than the end in the spa.
4. The water will now drain out of the spa.
While the spa cover is very sturdy, it is not meant to withstand excessive weight. Never stand on the cover. Remove snow or other items that accumulate on the cover promptly to avoid causing it to misshape or otherwise become damaged.
The standard synthetic panels installed on most spas are weather resistant and non-porous. They are virtually maintenance free, only requiring the occasional rub-down with a wet cloth.
Preparing for Cold Weather
There are two options when preparing for a winter with freezing conditions: maintain it or drain it.
Maintaining the spa in the winter months is much the same as maintaining the spa the rest of the year. The only major addition is that the spa and GFCI needs to be checked on a daily basis to make sure it is receiving power. The spa is constantly monitoring the temperature of the water and will automatically activate the pump(s) and heating element if it registers freezing or near-freezing conditions. Drain the spa immediately if it loses power for an extended period of time. Otherwise, the pipe fittings in the spa will freeze and break.
Consult the next paragraph for instructions on draining the spa.
The spas internal components are designed to be wet at all times, prolonged periods without power or water run a risk of damage to the internal components (including premature shalt seal failure) that will void the manufacturer’s warranty. If circumstances do not allow power or water in colder months, Follow the drain instructions found in General Maintenance, and flush the jet lines to remove any remaining water to lower the risk of freeze damage.
To do this, remove the jet from the jet body. Place the shop vacuum up to the opening and suck out the remaining water. Follow this procedure with every jet line in the spa. It is important to remember that snow gets quite heavy as it accumulates. Brush snow off of the spa cover as necessary.