Please take the time to read this information carefully, as it will provide you with the information you will need to ensure the safe, secure, and timely installation of your new spa. The following sections are guidelines on how to prepare for delivery and set-up of your new spa. Specifically covered are site selection, delivery access, ground preparation, and electrical requirements.
In most cities and counties, permits will be required for the installation of new electrical circuits or the construction of exterior surfaces (decks and gazebos). In addition, some communities have adopted residential barrier codes which may require fencing and/or self-closing gates on the property to prevent unsupervised access to a pool (or spa) by children less than 5 years of age. Your spa is equipped with a locking cover that meets the ASTM F1346-91 Standard for Safety Covers and as a result, is usually exempt from most barrier requirements. As a general practice, your local Building Department will inform you of any applicable barrier requirements at the time a permit is obtained for the installation of a new electrical circuit.
Site Selection and Preparation
IMPORTANT: Site selection and preparation are your responsibility. Carefully read these instructions and consult us if you have any questions.
You probably have a spot picked out for your new spa, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, on a patio or on a deck.
Just make sure you check the following:
• Always put your spa on a structurally sound, level surface. A filled spa can weigh a great deal. Make certain that the location you choose can support the weight of your filled spa. We can help you calculate approximate weight when full.
• Don’t forget to level your spa before filling it. Your spa should be shimmed no more than ¼” to ½ “.
• Locate your equipment compartment, which houses all of the electrical components, in a place where water will drain away from it. Allowing water into the equipment compartment can damage the electronics, or may result in tripping your house’s circuit breaker.
•Leave yourself easy access to the circuit breakers in the subpanel (230 volt models), or to the interrupter switch on the end of the power cord (115 volt models).
•Never let water get into the subpanel (230 volt models), into the interrupter switch (115 volt models), or into the electrical outlet that your spa is plugged into. Your 115 volt spa should be plugged into an area where it is not exposed to water or into a protective box designed to keep out rain and water from sprinkler systems. Your 230 volt spa’s subpanel should be rain tight when installed correctly with the door closed.
•Leave access to the equipment compartment for periodic spa care and maintenance.
Outdoor and Patio Installation
No matter where you install your new spa, it’s important that you have a solid foundation to support it. Structural damage to the spa resulting from incorrect installation or placement on an inadequate foundation is not covered under the spa’s limited warranty.
You may place your hot tub on any surface which is solid and level. Make sure that if you are installing your hot tub on concrete pavers that you remove all vegetation from below the pavers to minimize settling.
• If stepping stones or railroad ties are selected for the spa foundation, they should be placed at the designated leveling areas of your spa to maintain even distribution of the spa weight.
• It is important to note that soft surfaces, even when stepping stones are used to distribute the weight of the spa as evenly as possible, will still have a tendency to settle unevenly, resulting in an un-level spa.
• Remember, placing the spa on grass or dirt may increase the amount of debris which is inadvertently brought into the spa water on the user’s feet.
As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to provide a suitable, level foundation for your spa. Keep in mind that most delivery crews are not equipped to level and prepare spa sites.
NOTE: In order for the spa to operate properly and the internal plumbing to drain completely, you must ensure that the spa is leveled after it has been installed. This may require your spa to be shimmed. Your spa delivery crew can help you perform the procedure.
To be certain your deck can support your spa, you must know the deck’s maximum load capacity. Consult a qualified building contractor or structural engineer before you place the spa on an elevated deck or indoors. We can help you determine the approximate weight of the hot tub full with max capacity. This weight per square foot must not exceed the structure’s rated capacity, or serious structural damage could result.
Be aware of some special requirements if you place your spa indoors. Water will accumulate around the spa, so flooring materials must provide a good grip when wet. Proper drainage is essential to prevent a build-up of water around the spa. When building a new room for the spa, it is recommended that a floor drain be installed. The humidity will naturally increase with the spa installed. Water may get into woodwork and produce dry rot, mildew, or other problems. Check for airborne moisture’s effects on exposed wood, paper, etc. in the room. To minimize these effects, it is best to provide plenty of ventilation to the spa area. An architect can help to determine if more ventilation must be installed.
You will need to make sure you have enough clearance both vertical and horizontal for the delivery of your spa. You will need a minimum horizontal clearance of 38”. This may need to be greater depending on the size of your spa. You will need 1’ more vertical clearance than the dimension of your spa. For example, if you spa is 7’ x 7’x40” you will need 8’ of vertical clearance and 40” of horizontal clearance.
NOTE: It may be necessary to allow for additional over-head clearance if the spa will be rolled up or down an incline or moved up or down a short flight of stairs. Use the information below to determine the requirements for access to your desired location.
It may be necessary to remove a gate, part of a fence, or other movable obstructions in order to roll the spa to its installation site. About ten percent of the time, a crane is the only way to install the spa by lifting it to its final destination.
If the spa has to be taken off of the cart to go over a wall (either because the entry area is too narrow, the eaves are too low, the corner is too tight, or the stairway is too steep), a crane will be required. Don’t be alarmed! The crane has a truck-mounted boom which can fit right in your driveway. It is run by a licensed and insured operator. For a charge, the crane operator will lift your spa over walls, buildings, or any other obstruction and place it as close to the installation site as possible. Pacific Hot Tub Solutions delivery personnel will supervise the crane delivery and complete the spa installation. Crane delivery typically takes an average of 30 minutes to complete.
NOTE: If your spa delivery requires the use of a crane, you may be required to pay for its services at the completion of the delivery.
To ensure you will have an opportunity to use your spa soon after delivery, it is very important that the required electrical service has been installed. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
IMPORTANT: All electrical circuits must be installed by a qualified, licensed electrician. Faulty or unpermitted wiring will void your warranty.
Spas come in two voltages. 115v or 230v.
115 Volt Operation Requirements
The 115 volt spa requires a dedicated 20 amp, 115 volt circuit. Your spa will come with a GFCI plug which eliminates the need for the 20amp circuit to have GFCI protection.
NOTE: The term “dedicated” means that only the spa operates on the circuit. Each 115 volt model comes equipped with approximately 15 feet of usable power cord with a GFCI plug-in (head). (This is the maximum length allowed by Underwriters Laboratory.) When the spa is installed, the power cord will come out of the bottom of the equipment compartment.
In addition to the dedicated 20 amp circuit, your spa requires a 20 amp single receptacle. This receptacle, which contains an outdoor-rated, weather-resistant receptacle cover plate, is readily available at Home Depot or Lowes. The single receptacle and cover plate should be installed by you or your electrician prior to the delivery of your spa.
For your safety, when you or your electrician are installing the electrical outlet, it should be no closer than five (5) feet and no farther than ten (10) feet from the spa. (Reference National Electric Code 680-6a(1) and 680-41a.)
WARNINGS: Do not connect your spa to an extension cord!
The 115 volt GFCI switch and the receptacle must be protected from weather and landscape sprinklers–they should never get wet.
NOTE: If you require the services of a licensed electrician, we can provide you with some to contact for bids.
Your spa has been carefully engineered to provide maximum safety against electric shock. Remember, connecting the spa to an improperly wired circuit will negate many of its safety features and potentially your warranty.
lt230 Vo Operation Requirements
All 230v models require a 50 amp, single phase, 230 volt circuit breaker in the main electrical service panel. All 230 volt spas must be wired in accordance with applicable local and national electrical codes; all electrical work must be done by the homeowner or a licensed electrician.
A licensed electrician should install a four-wire electrical service (two line voltages, one neutral, one ground) from the main electrical service panel to the subpanel, and from the sub-panel (50 amp GFCI “spa box”) to the spa per the appropriate wiring diagram.
The grounding conductor must be at least #10AWG.Your electrician should mount the subpanel in the vicinity of the spa but it should not be closer than five (5) feet from the spa water edge (NEC 680-38 to 41-A-3).
INSTALLATION NOTE: After the spa has been installed by the delivery crew, you or your electrician can connect the conduit from the subpanel to the spa’s Control Box and then complete the wiring connections in the control box.
WARNING: Removing or bypassing the GFCI breakers in the subpanel at any time will result in an unsafe spa and will void the warranty.
Do not turn the power on to your spa until it is full of water.
Filling Your Spa
Once the electrician has completed your connection you may fill up the spa for the first time. Make sure that the equipment compartment is closed to minimize exposure to water.
1. Remove the filter from the filter housing and let it float in the water while your tub is filling. Your filter must be completely saturated before placing it back in the filter housing to ensure adequate flow. Do not place filters in the filter housing until after the hot tub is operating, the prime cycle has completed and the spa is heating so that is does not restrict flow causing air pockets in the line which will prevent the tub from operating property.
2. Wipe off the end of your garden hose to minimize excess debris entering your spa while filling. Put the garden hose in the filter housing and place something heavy on it to keep it from falling out while the tub is filling.
3. Allow the tub to fill completely before turning on the power. There may be a fill line on your filter housing if not, fill to just above the highest jet (excluding shoulder jets).
Once your spa is full you can turn on the power. Your spa will be in prime mode and a countdown will begin on the topside control. Wait for this countdown before operating your spa. You tub will start heating as soon as the prime mode is complete. Turn all jets on high and run the tub for 10 minutes which will remove any unwanted air pockets from the lines. You may now place the filter in the filter housing.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 503-913-2189. Pacific Hot Tub Solutions 13851 Beavercreek Rd., in Oregon City, OR 97045