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Your spa should be drained every four to six months and refilled with fresh tap water. After you have drained your spa, refill it in this manner. Click here to learn how to drain the spa.
Unscrew the cartridge and remove it
While the spa is filling up, this is a good time to prepare the filter.
If you need to clean the filter, it will need to soak for 24 hours in filter cleaning solution, so it’s a good idea to have a second filter on hand. Click here for more information on cleaning the filter.
If you need to replace the filter, soak it in a bucket of water for 30 minutes before it’s placed in the spa. A dry filter can allow air into the filtration system which can cause the pump to fail to prime.
Place a garden hose in the filter canister and fill your spa with regular tap water about six inches from the top. If the water level is too low or too high, your spa will not operate properly.
Always fill the spa through the filter canister! Failure to do so may cause air to be trapped in the filtration system and prevent the pumps from operating properly.
Never fill your spa with soft water.
Soft water makes it impossible to maintain the proper water chemistry and may cause the water to foam, which will ultimately harm the finish of the spa and void your warranty.
When the spa is filled to the correct level, turn on the power at the GFCI breaker. (Ensure that 120V spas are connected to the proper electrical outlet.)
Your spa will perform a self-diagnostic check and go into priming mode. When the control panel displays PR, do the following:
If spa fails to prime, there could be an air pocket at the suction side of the pump. Click here for priming instructions.
Make sure the filter has soaked at least 30 minutes before you install it.
When the spa has finished priming, the heater will activate. Put the cover on and let the spa run for two hours.
After the spa has run for two hours, test and adjust the water chemistry. Click here for instructions on water chemistry.