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Dr. Spa

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  1. You're missing your cost of gas. You'll need to compare your cost of a "Therm" of gas (generally how natural gas is billed) with 24Kwh of electricity (1 therm natural gas = 29.3kW electricity, however gas heaters are only 82% efficient).
  2. And there you have it from either a salesman of Arctic, or a rep from the factory! dang...now I gotta go look at all his posts. WHERE, well anything, is build has NO BEARING WHAT SO EVER on the climate it can handle...geez, how stupid is that? Actually, maybe he's not. Houses are insulated in the full foam style.
  3. This is the downside to this type of lifter. It's a VERY common problem. It's unfortunate that folks with disability issues think this lifter will be any easier than any others. The most difficult part of raising the cover is flipping back the first half. None of these lifters help with that, and after that, removing the rest of the cover is easier with any lifter.
  4. It could be from any number of "components". It could also be a dirty filter, or not enough water in the spa. You could try pushing to have some arbitrary component changed...but you know that saying about a snowball? It has a better chance. The dealer needs to come out, and diagnose the problem under warranty. THEN, after it's been properly diagnosed, it can be fixed.
  5. Or, maybe the little water molecules are having sex in there and multiplying.
  6. It's going to be EXTREMELY difficult to replace.....as you don't have one (at least not above ground). More likely though, one of the seals in one of the gray 3-way valves is leaking and need to be replaced.
  7. This is NOT a medical forum and it should be discussed with HER doctor.
  8. If you don't use something to sanitize the water most likely your guest will get sick, sue, and cause you to go out of business. There's noting other than chemicals to sanitize the water.
  9. First, you're in the UK? Spaform is long out of business. What you're experiencing is normal. Most homes in the UK, and even most of Europe, have rather small electrical services (in the US most homes have 100amp - 200amp main service panels...many European homes have a 40amp service). IF, you change it from 30 to 50 amps, it may then operate the heater and high speed pump at the same time (I'm not familiar enough with this particular unit to say for sure), HOWEVER, make sure your home has enough power for this, AND ALSO have your electrical wiring feeding the spa inspected to be sure it's LARGE enough to handle that much current (it's probably not and will need to be upgraded). LASTLY, be careful taking advice from here. The UK has VERY different electrical requirements than the USA and someone NOT familiar with that could easily give the wrong advise by mistake.
  10. The brass "nut" WILL unscrew...it just takes some effort after all these years. A replacement can be found here; http://www.spadepot.com/Screwplug-Heater-Elements-C710.aspx PEOPLE! PLEASE do not post advise if you don't know the actual correct answer. There are plenty of professionals here that DO, and the advise you post could very well not only be wrong, but also DANGEROUS!
  11. DON'T TRY TO UNSCREW the plastic plug on the end. It doesn't unscrew as it's glued in.
  12. There's a reasonable possibility that what it says on the motors, isn't exactly correct (VERY common practice to "fudge" on the rating plate on a motor to make the consumer "feel better"). There are multipule ways to get the rating of a motor, which will give different HP,s...but the required impeller size never changes. I'd go through the trouble to get the exact same impeller that was in there in the first place, rather than risk burning up the motor, or blowing out the plumbing from excessive pressure.
  13. Not really. It would take more than 5 days to establish a bromine regime with a floater. You be far better off simply using bleach.
  14. Pressure switch vibrated out of adjustment?
  15. The only one there I'd do is test the GFCI monthly....as is indicated on it's label. ( maybe " Disinfectant/pH controller" if that's something the manufacturer of it indicates)
  16. STOP reading and go SHOPPING. You can read all you want, and you'll NEVER know what any actual spa feels like. Sure, you'll hear many many peoples different opinions, but ONLY YOU will know what feels right for YOU.
  17. Our time and helpfulness is already here. Read the "stickies", here; http://www.poolspaforum.com/forum/index.php?/forum/13-hot-tub-water-chemistry/
  18. You'll want to swim at a much cooler temperature that you'll "hot tub" in...and you'll want to hot tub at a much higher temp than swim. Actually, if you try just soaking in the same temp you swim in, you'll probably die of hypothermia in about 2 hours.
  19. First thing would be to determine if in fact it's a problem with the motor. More than likely it's not, and you'd be wasting $500 on a new one.
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