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Hot tub breaker keeps tripping

The gfi circuitbreaker started tripping out of the blue; I disconnected the power from the motherboard and breaker did not trip,which indicates to me the powerfeed is ok.,reconnected it to the motherboard with all accessories unplugged and breaker tripped again.Does this mean the board went bad or am I barking up the wrong tree?Any help would be appreciated.

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You are exatly right. It's really not that uncommon for Older models to have faulty motherboards. Once you replace that, it should be working new.

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#1. DO NOT GET INTO TUB FULL OF WATER WITH A GROUND FAULT.
2. There is a short. You need to get multimeter and start checking each part for current running to ground wire.
3) Power is ON. Connect power without GFCI.
4) Tape tester leads to wood sticks to keep hands away from power.
5) Do not touch anything directly or you will become the ground rod.
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8) Body and parts must be on sheet of plywood, or similar non-conductive dry surface.
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