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Heater not coming on.

Main circuit breaker tripped.. Temps in the 20 F range caused about 1/8" of ice on the water surface. The blower seems to be running at a
very slow speed. Cannot get the heater or pump to come online.

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Sounds like the heater element is out. if you turn the breaker on and once the tub cycles on it trips the breaker again. it is definitely the heater element.

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