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Question: How do I restart the tub after draining?


When restarting your tub, you will want to fill the tub and run all of the jets on high speed for 10-15 minutes. This will help flush the residue of the antifreeze out of the plumbing. Then drain the tub, clean the sides with an approved cleaner, place your filter back into the filter canister, re-fill your tub and balance your chemicals. You may notice slightly more foaming than normal when you first start using your tub, this can be reduced with anti-foaming agents and generally gets better over the first week or two of usage as the filter removes the anti-freeze and organic residue left behind after rinsing and cleaning.

Make sure you check your filter at least once per week and rinse it out as needed for the first few weeks. You may also find it necessary to soak your filter in a filter cleaner after a few days, depending on the level of contaminant left in the tub after the re-start.

Please check with your manufacturer or authorized hot tub dealer  manuals for your specific Hot Tub.

Hot Tub: What kind of replacement filter can I use on my Tub?

Question: What model and manufacturer information is available to purchase a replacement filter for my Hot Tub?

Answer: Use the table below to find the cartridge you need.

























Baker Hydro








Filbur Manufacturing



Error LCD Window Message Codes

ACC (Applied Computer Controls)

CoLd = Temperature in the spa heater housing is below 40° F. Status of the heater element is unknown. The low speed pump or circ pump will operate continuously until the temperature rises above 45° F.

OH = Over heat. The spa is at a temperature above 108° . Do not use spa when temperature is flashing or the OH message is displayed.

HLoH = Hi Limit Over Heat. Hi limit sensor is disconnected or shorted or the spa temperature is above 112° F.

SEoP = Sensor open or disconnected.  Heater disabled but the spa is operational.

SESH = Sensor short, nonfunctional. Heater disabled but the spa is operational.

PSoC = Pressure switch open with circulating pump.

PSoL = Pressure switch open with low pump.

PSoH = Pressure switch open with high pump.

ToE = Time out error. Rare system error.  Spa unusable. Contact ACC.

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How fast does the water temperature increase?

There are a few conditions that affect the speed:

1. Ambient Temperature (if it is colder outside, it takes longer to heat the tub)

2. Cover In Place (it will take longer if the cover is off - keep the cover on while heating the water)

3. All components are in good working condition

When you take these factors into account:

The spa will heat between 3 to 6 degrees per hour. 

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Water Over Heating 

In warmer weather we receive calls about tubs heating past the set point by several degrees.

Most cases are caused by the filter duration being set too high. Below are some tips to keep the spa running cooler in the warmer months. If you follow these tips, the spa will normally overheat only 1 or 3 degrees past the set point.

1. if the spa is set to filter too many hours a day it can cause it to overheat. The filter duration should be set at F2 or F3. The duration is how many hours it will run the low speed pump to filter in a 12 hour period. When the pump is running it produces a lot of heat which is being absorbed by the spa

2. you can also adjust when you want the filter cycle to run. The 1st 12 hour cycle starts 6 minutes after the power is turned on to the spa. You then can set the tub to run the cycles early morning and at night when the outside temperatures are cooler.

3. the air controls should remain open in the warmer months to help circulate air into the water to help keep it cool. The air is pulled from inside the cabinet and will help cooler air circulate in. Keeping them closed in the colder months will help the energy efficiency

using the Economy mode. Although you can not use this tip with tip #2 it works very well if it fits into your schedule. If you always use your spa the same time at night you can set the filter cycle to start a few hours before use. The spa will then be heated to the set poi

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Comfortable Hot Tub Surrounds

What is around your Hot Tub?

What may look great, may not be comfortable.  If you place crushed rock or wood chips around your tub, it may be pleasing to the eye, but it is not pleasing to the feet.  Grass also    

  looks nice, but will bring dirt and grass into the water - increasing filter and cleaning costs.

You’ll need to plan the patios, decks, and walkways to your hot tub.  A simple and cost effective walkway is using paving stones or something that is easy on your feet and won’t track into the hot tub. 

Do you plan to entertain?  Is your hot tub is on a deck?

Add an area for a patio table and chairs and a place for the grill! You can add a dressing screen and create a private spot for people to change.

Landscaping around your hot tub is easy. You’ll just need to remember to plan things carefully! Your  backyard will become your favourite place quickly - enjoy it. 

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Keeping Your Spa Clean (tips)

Posted in Ascot  Spas and Hot Tubs.

Easy Ways To Keep Your Hot Tub Clean

To clean the hot tub insert or shell, get a mild non-abrasive, non-foaming cleaner and a very soft rag or nylon scrubber.  Use these to remove dirt build-up.

Use baking soda for minor surface cleaning.

Spa pillows can be removed and cleaned by following the instructions in your Owner's Manual.

The hot tub vinyl cover is best cleaned and conditioned by following this step-by-step method:

1.remove the cover and spray it lightly with a garden hose to loosen any dirt or debris that might have accumulated.

2.using a mild soap solution (1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 2 gallons water) or baking soda, scrub the vinyl in a circular motion with a large sponge.

3.Promptly rinse with a garden hose. Rinse the bottom of the cover (do not use soap), and wipe it clean with a dry rag.

HINT: Shower without soap prior to entering the spa, and use only the rinse cycle when laundering your bathing suit, helps avoid detergent and soap residue in the spa water.

Clean Your Hot Tub Filter Cartridges

Your spa filter cartridges can become clogged with mineral particles or calcification from hard water.  This may result in reduced water flow.

We recommend that you clean your filter cartridges every month. Using a garden hose, spray each cartridge and rotate while spraying to thoroughly remove any debris lodged between the filter pleats. Contact us for the best Filter Cleaner products that match your filter.

Your filters should be replaced every three years with replacement filters from All Brevard Hot Tubs.

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Shower before using the tub.

 Rinse out your hair and body care products before you get in the spa. If circumstances permit, do not use any clothing in the tub. Microfibers from clothing and costumes clog filters and soap residues from laundry processes will cause scum or even foam. If your spa water is murky or there is foam forming in your spa, it could be due to lotions and body products people wear into the tub. When using your spa, use eco-mode and turn your thermometer up about a half hour before you want to use the tub. The temperature range 101 °F (38 °C) to 104°F (38-40C) is comfortable for many people. Waiting to turn up the heat until you are ready to use the tub will save you energy. Turn it up, and then go take a shower before you get in.    Consider using an enzyme-based clarifier during heavy bathing seasons. This product helps clean the spa of all of the soaps, gels, lotions etc. that people wear into the spa

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Change the water

 Change the water every three, four, or six months. Depending on how much your spa is used and the type of spa you have, you will need to perform a complete water change two to four times a year. Use the instructions that come with your tub to drain and refill your spa or tub with soft water.

    If you have a typical family spa, you will want to change and refill the water in your spa approximately every 3 months

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    You can use a total dissolved solids (TDS) test strip to decide when to change your spa water. You can find these strips at ouronline local hot tub  spa shop.

    Add a flush product (also found at a  online local hot tub  spa shop. to your spa water before you drain it, and run the jets for 20 minutes on high before you drain your water. Adding a flush product can help keep the equipment in your spa clean.


Leave your hot tub on at all times. 

Leave your hot tub on at all times. Turn down the temperature when you are not using the spa, but keep the spa running at all times. Your spa should be equipped with circulating pumps that will occasionally circulate the water. This circulation will keep your spa from building up algae while continually filtering and cleaning the water. The circulation helps keep your spa water clean. 

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Is it okay if I just drop the tablet inside the spa?

No. The concentrated tablet may damage the surface of your spa. It can also cause skin burns or a rash if someone touches it.

How do I shock my hot tub?

Get a shock product -- there are a ton of them out there. First, add chlorine or bromine and then add the shock (usually 2 ounces for a 400 gallon hot tub). Do this once a week. Leave the cover off for 15 minutes afterwards.

My hot tub is cloudy! I have done the test strips and added chemicals, etc., but the water stays cloudy. What can I do?

The water will never look crystal clear like a swimming pool. Try flushing it with Ahh-Some and refilling the tub. Then use a weekly clarifier

Things You'll Need

    Chlorine (or Bromine) granules or tablets made for spas

    Spa test strips

    Sodium bisulfate (spa down) to lower pH (alkalinity)

    Sodium bicarbonate (spa up) to raise pH (alkalinity)

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How to Buy a Hot Tub

The words “hot tub” and “spa” are often used interchangeably. When it's time for you to buy a hot tub, you'll want to consider the best value for your budget within the “portable” hot tub or spa category. Portable means a self-contained freestanding unit that can be moved (if circumstances make it necessary or desired) from one location to another.

Here are a few important factors to help guide your next hot tub purchase...


Size: Spa size is typically affected by the available space for the hot tub in your desired location, and by the number of people you want your hot tub to hold.

Comfort: The comfort of the hot tub's seating is very important. To ensure that your comfort level is met, be sure to sit in the spa before purchasing. It's also highly recommended that you “wet test” the spa; this will give you the best indication of how comfortable it is for you and other intended users. You can schedule a wet test with your local Caldera dealer to see (and feel) what we mean.

Comfort factors include seating depth and variety, footwell space, lounge fit, access to hot tub controls, ease of entry and exit, and cushioned headrests.


Hydrotherapy: This area is highly subjective. Some people want a powerful hydromassage experience while others intend to use their hot tub primarily for soaking. If you're looking to maximize your hydromassage experience, consider the types of jets and the jet placement. Don't be fooled by jet count alone. What's more important is jet variety and how the jets are positioned within the seats/lounges throughout the spa. A hot tub that maximizes the hydrotherapy experience will address all of the body's major muscle groups. You'll also want to consider jet flow adjustability, the features that allow you to customize the massage by regulating the amount of air and/or water supplied to the jets.

Air Jet System: Many hot tubs feature an air jet system that produces air bubbles from fittings throughout the spa to provide a very gentle soft–tissue massage. While this isn't an essential feature, many people enjoy the sensation it provides.


Reliability: Buying a hot tub that will last over time is an important consideration for most potential spa owners. Look for a spa that is well-built, uses high-quality materials and components, and is backed by a reputable dealer and spa manufacturer. Length of time in business and reputations can tell you a great deal. Read reviews online. Finally, ask for a copy of the warranty, and determine if the dealer and hot tub manufacturer are willing and prepared to support it.if not 

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Safety: Check to be sure that the hot tub you are considering is listed by a recognized independent testing agency such as UL or ETL. Also, make sure that you use a qualified electrician to connect the electrical service to the spa. Other considerations: a locking spa cover, always apply common sense when using the spa and adhere to the safety recommendations in the hot tub/spa Owner's Manual.


Ease of Maintenance: Most likely, you're looking for a hot tub that won't require a lot of your time to keep the water clean and clear, and that will preserve its appearance over time.

To maintain good water quality, consider a Corona Discharge (CD) ozone generator. This type of ozone generator will reduce the amount of sanitizer needed, and help keep the water crisp and clean. CD systems last longer than alternative ozone systems. Also, consider the type of filtration system and square footage of filtration. Generally, “premium” spas feature small circulation pumps that continuously filter the water and provide the necessary flow to allow the heater to constantly maintain the set temperature.

When considering preservation of the exterior appearance, look for a spa that features a "simulated" wood exterior. These require much less maintenance time and effort than real wood. You'll also want to check the warranty for the cabinet to ensure that you're covered should it not hold up over time.

Energy Efficiency: Your spa's operating cost will be primarily determined by its ability to retain heat. Ensure that the hot tub has effective insulation for the shell and plumbing. Full foam insulation surrounding the shell, combined with a custom-fit spa cover that forms an insulated barrier around the bar top, are essential to keeping heat in and cold out.

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How does whirlpool therapy help with Arthritis?

The definition of arthritis is: "joint inflammation."

Arthritis is damage to the joints of the body.

It hurts - you know it. Also know there are different types - and there are natural ways to ease the pain. Lets learn a bit more.

Types of Arthritis:

joint-diagram-pain-spa-treatment •septic arthritis, suppurative arthritis - a form marked by purulent joint infiltration, chiefly due to bacterial infection but also seen in Reiter's disease.

•tuberculous arthritis - that secondary to tuberculosis, usually affecting a single joint, marked by chronic inflammation with effusion and destruction of contiguous bone.

•juvenile rheumatoid arthritis - rheumatoid arthritis in children, with swelling, tenderness, and pain involving one or more joints, sometimes leading to impaired growth and development, limitation of movement, and ankylosis and flexion contractures of the joints; often accompanied by systemic manifestations.

•Lyme arthritis - see under disease.

•menopausal arthritis - that seen in some menopausal women, due to ovarian hormonal deficiency, and marked by pain in the small joints, shoulders, elbows, or knees.

•arthritis mu´tilans - severe deforming polyarthritis with gross bone and cartilage destruction, an atypical variant of rheumatoid arthritis.

•rheumatoid arthritis - a chronic systemic disease primarily of the joints, usually polyarticular, marked by inflammatory changes in the synovial membranes and articular structures and by atrophy and rarefaction of the bones. In late stages, deformity and ankylosis develop.

•acute arthritis - arthritis marked by pain, heat, redness, and swelling.

•chronic inflammatory arthritis - inflammation of joints in chronic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

•arthritis defor´mans - severe destruction of joints, seen in disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

•degenerative arthritis - osteoarthritis.

•enteropathic arthritis - arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel disease or following bacterial infection of the bowel.

•hypertrophic arthritis - osteoarthritis.

•infectious arthritis - arthritis caused by bacteria, rickettsiae, mycoplasmas, viruses, fungi, or parasites.


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