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anyone here work on hottubs

My tub in my backyard is not keeping up to temp recently, the highest it can get is 96 degrees, so I adjusted the temp down to 94 so it wouldnt keep running constantly and killing my electric bill. anyone know what I need to get this thing back up to normal?




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probably a ton of jizz blocking the heater up somehow. stop humping in there!!

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Nope only done work in hot tubs.

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probably a ton of jizz blocking the heater up somehow. stop humping in there!!
LOL, no sex in the hot tub, I am very picky about my water quality.




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noodles is probably right, this girl has been in your hot tub.....



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ok 7 posts and nothing usefull yet. this must be CLSB




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Serious post. You have a heat-loss problem.

1) Make sure you have a good cover. (Stop the heat loss from the top)
2) Insulate the bottom of the tub. You can go the cheap ass route and buy that expander foam and spray the ever loving shit out of the bottom of the shell. Whatever you do, you have to keep the cold off the tub itself. (Stop it from the bottom).

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Serious post. You have a heat-loss problem.

1) Make sure you have a good cover. (Stop the heat loss from the top)
2) Insulate the bottom of the tub. You can go the cheap ass route and buy that expander foam and spray the ever loving shit out of the bottom of the shell. Whatever you do, you have to keep the cold off the tub itself. (Stop it from the bottom).
This is hats confusing me. my cover seems good, and the inside is foamed from the factory, it had no problem staying at 103 all through the serious cold snap, so right now it shouldnt be a problem. I'm wondering if the heating element is going out, but I dont want to just start throwing parts at it




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I'm wondering if the heating element is going out, but I dont want to just start throwing parts at it
Either that, or can you clean the heater some way or another? A filter in there?
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This is hats confusing me. my cover seems good, and the inside is foamed from the factory, it had no problem staying at 103 all through the serious cold snap, so right now it shouldnt be a problem. I'm wondering if the heating element is going out, but I dont want to just start throwing parts at it
Have you used a different thermometer to verify the temp or are you relying on what it is telling you?

Get your thermostat checked. It can produce heat if it's keeping it at 96 and you're sure nothing has changed underneath with respect to insulation. The question remains if the heating element stays on the whole time (meaning it can't put enough heat into the water due to it losing it faster than it puts it in) or if it goes on/off and because of this can never actually reach the temp you are trying to achieve (keeping it running).

How handy are you with a voltmeter?

These are annoying little things that seem to always happen when it's too f*ing cold to fix.. They never seem to break in the summer when it's a snap to do anything to them...

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I'm sorry I have nothing useful to add.

However, I would like to point out that the chick in Vcook's video stayed in the hot tub after everyone else had jumped out.

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Have you used a different thermometer to verify the temp or are you relying on what it is telling you?

Get your thermostat checked. It can produce heat if it's keeping it at 96 and you're sure nothing has changed underneath with respect to insulation. The question remains if the heating element stays on the whole time (meaning it can't put enough heat into the water due to it losing it faster than it puts it in) or if it goes on/off and because of this can never actually reach the temp you are trying to achieve (keeping it running).

How handy are you with a voltmeter?

These are annoying little things that seem to always happen when it's too f*ing cold to fix.. They never seem to break in the summer when it's a snap to do anything to them...
LOL, I can hold my own with a voltmeter

The thermostat thing is interesting I never thought of that.




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if the heater is on but not heating the water, the heat exchanger could be clogged. if you do not change the water frequently the water will accumule alot of dissoved solids that can stick inside the exchanger and "insulate" it from the heat that is to be transmited to the water. in that case it will need to be rodded out or reaplaced.

if the heater is going on and off or not on at all, it could be a dirty filter. probably from danica's beaver. in that case just buy new filters. cleaning them is a waste of time.

keep in mind that most hot-tubs are built for shit. even the expensive ones are marginal.

or,considering you are a ducati rider just tell yourself your hot tub has "character" and deal with it.

if you do have a real problem, i might be able to hook you up with parts.
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The tub is a sweetwater Bahia if I remember correctly. do you have access to parts for that Dwags?




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Tony i have never worked on a hot tub but i cant see it being all that difficult. How many heating elements are there? Does it/they work in stages? Can you pull an element to see if it has calcium or scale build up on it. If you have not conditioned your water routinely or change the water do to conductivity buildup it could be scaleing up the elements or plates which would cause poor heat transfer.....

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The tub is a sweetwater Bahia if I remember correctly. do you have access to parts for that Dwags?
i am not sure. what labdog typed is probably your problem. might have to take the heater apart and check. if it is clogged pm me and i will see what i can do if it needs to be replaced.
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