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Spa water does not get hot

Possible causes can include:

  • Spa may be in Economy Mode
  • Set the spa to Standard Mode. Follow directions in owner’s manual.
  • The filter may be dirty or may need to be replaced. A dirty or clogged filter will restrict water flow and shut down the heater.
  • Clean or replace the filter to re-establish water flow. Follow directions in owner’s manual.
  • The water level may be too low. If this is the case, it can shut down the heater.
  • Fill the spa with water level at 4 to 6 inches from the top.
  • The temperature is not turned up high enough.
  • Raise temperature on topside control. Follow directions in owner’s manual.
  • The spa has been left uncovered. The cover will keep heat in the spa and help keep heat from escaping.
  • Cover the spa. Make sure cover is on at all times when spa is not in use. See owner’s manual for cover info.
  • The heater element may be old, deteriorated, or coated with scale.
  • If scale has deposited on the heater element, heat will not transfer to the water properly. If this is the case, the element or heater will have to be replaced. Contact your dealer for more assistance.
  • If power to the spa was shut off, the temperature may have reset after the power was restored. The automatic default for temperature is 100°F. If power goes off and then comes back on, the spa may reset to factory default temperature of 100°F.
  • Raise the temperature on the control panel.
  • If the HL or HFL message appears on the control panel, the pressure may be defective. This will shut down the heater. Call your dealer or Cal Spas customer service.
  • A heating mode may not be selected.
  • See control panel instructions in your owner’s manual.
  • The gate valves may be partially or completely closed.
  • Make sure the gate valves are completely opened. NEVER OPERATE YOUR SPA WITH THE GATE VALVES CLOSED!
  • The heater may be defective
  • Contact your dealer for assistance

Spa water does not get hot

When this occurs, a message code may also appear on the control panel. Depending on the problem, the message code may be OH, OHS, HH, or OHH. Note that overheating can occur during summer months and may not necessarily indicate a malfunction.
Possible causes can include:

  • Spa may be in Economy Mode
  • Temperature is set too high
  • Turn the set temperature down to a lower temperature. (Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to do this.)
  • Filtration time is too long
  • Turn the filtration cycles down during the warm months.
  • If the filtration time is set too long, the equipment area gets hot. During warm months, running the filter cycle for extended lengths of time can cause “heat creep” where heat transfers to the water from the equipment area heating up.
  • Cabinet is not adequately ventilated
  • Make sure the cabinet ventilation is unobstructed.
    If there is debris: remove it and make sure the air flow around the cabinet is open.
  • Heat buildup from equipment needs to be vented, if there are obstructions to the ventilation or not enough venting, this can also create “heat creep”.
  • High speed pumps have been running too long
  • Limit pump running time to no more than 15 to 30 minutes.
  • When high speed pumps run too long, they generate heat from the motor. Over time, this can overheat the water.

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Everything You Need to Know About Keeping Your Spa Water Fresh

Do you want to protect your investment into your brand new spa? A couple simple steps on a set schedule can keep your investment lasting long, looking good, and keep you feeling relaxed with every use. The Basics (Routine Maintenance) There are a couple simple things to keep an eye on in order to keep your spa optimal for regular use. First off, the most important thing is to use your basic senses. Does your water look clear? Does it smell funny? Does the water feel clean? If you notice anything out of the ordinary about your water, you may need to stay on top of your routine maintenance for your spa. If you notice any leaves or large debris in your water, use a skimmer to scoop up anything you can see. If you notice any smells or scale floating in the water, continue in the article to find out how to remedy these issues. A good thing to regularly check is water chemistry. This is one of the most important things to keep track of when maintaining your spa. A couple test strips or pH test kit are a must have to make sure that your spa water is healthy. The ideal pH balance of your spa should be hovering around the 7.2-7.8 range. Any lower and your water is too acidic. Any higher and your water is too alkaline/basic. It is important to regularly check pH because any imbalance can hinder the sanitizing agents and promote bacterial growth or cause cloudy or scale buildup in the water. The chemicals needed are pretty straightforward. If your water is too acidic, add an alkalinity increasing agent to lower the pH, and if your water is too alkaline/basic add proper acid agents to raise the pH. Quickspaparts.com offers all the chemical test equipment you need! Chlorine Test Strips Bromine Test Strips Filter Cleaning (Once every two weeks) Once your pH balances are in check, but you are still noticing issues with your water flow and filter efficiency, it may be time to take a look at your filter. A good rule of thumb is to remove and clean your filter bi-weekly to ensure minimal blockages and maximize the life of your filter. A simple cleaning can be done with a soft brush and hose to dig out any large particles and clear the filter for better flow. Filter Deep Clean (~3 Months) A deep filter clean is great to pair with a routine water replacement for your spa. Quarterly, you should drain and refill the water in your hot tub. While you do this it is a good idea to do a thorough cleaning of your filter. Instead of just rinsing the filter out with water, we recommend soaking the filter overnight in cleaning agents to maximize filter health. Always be sure to do a final water rinse and dry of the filter before re-installation. Replacement (Annually) With regular spa use, it is recommended to do a full filter replacement annually. After regular cleaning, the filter media beings to break down over time. Annually a full replacement is recommended to ensure a long life for all other parts of the spa. Nothing can substitute a brand new filter, and it will feel as if your spa has been completely revived. The water will be cleaner and will flow better overall. Buy a new filter at quickspaparts.com today!