We haven't used it recently and I probably need to clean the filters but it is hard to do that when it is too cold to be outside spraying the hose on the filters. What should I do? Do I need to call a repairman?
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The F2 Error Code is usually from a Balboa sp pack / system and normally is referring to a flow issue in your hot tub.
The usual culprit is a dirty filter, so make sure to either replace or give your hot tub filter a good cleaning. Also look at your intakes and out takes and make sure they are clear of debris.
We have a filter cleaning guide located here:
You should also first cut the power to the unit and let it cool down and then reset it.
If this doesn't clear the problem up, you are probably going to need to start looking at water flow restrictions, such as air bubbles in the piping. A good flush will usually clear all of that out, without having to crack open any of the plumbing.
Last but not least, if none of that works, you are going to need to start looking at fuses, heating element, or the circuit board if all other trouble shooting does not fix your error.
The best advice here is that if cleaning or replacing the filter doesn't solve it, and then flushing out the system doesn't work, call a spa tech and have them come out. Unless you are a qualified spa tech, messing with the heater or circuit board is usually not advised.
Hope that helps.
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Backwash filter system, change filter media if over two years old, flush out heater. Check water clarity going into the filter system, if dirty..., you may have a broken underground line. Check water clarity coming out of filter system, if dirty.., backwash again and check filter media. Also, Heater boiler headers may be rotting.
Check out enzymes, such as Spa Perfect (by Natural Chemistry). This is a liquid that eliminates oils from the water. It is basically the stuff they cleaned up the Valdez oil spill with in Alaska. I believe it is more effectine than sponges.
You have one of four possible issues in your hot tub.
The first thing you want to establish is if the problem is organic or non-organic, because the solution to the issue is different for both. If it is organic mold or algae then you need to drain clean and sanitize everything, tub, filter, hot tub cover etc.. and it may take more then one refilling depending on what it is. You could try and take a sample in a clear jar and put bleach in the jar. If the substance in the water disappears you know its organic.
If the issue is water hardness or calcium then you will need the corresponding chemicals to deal with these issue. We have a chemical called spa control that deals with water hardness. You may also want to use a a pre-filter when filling your hot tub to rid yourself of high content minerals in your water.
the oil is from the body and will be impossible to control. any additive you use may cause irritation to the users. Spa baths are very bad for spreading disease ( hotels with spas have to empty and clean the spa after every person staying there by law)
they can be cleaned in home use by using a detergent on a rag and cleaning around the water line. there are reusable filters on the market that you can clean in detergent and rinse out to save the cost of filters.
Turn off all power to the hot tub as soon as you realize it is
overheating. The spa should have an automatic shut off when the water
temperature reaches about 112 degrees fahrenheit. Call your hot tub dealer or manufacturer for service options. There are a
variety of conditions that could lead to the overheating of your hot
tub, but may differ in various hot tub models and brands. Check the water level of the hot tub. Low water levels could be the culprit for the over heating, so you may just need to add more water to the hot tub. Check the shut-off valves in the hot tub. If they are closed while the hot tub heater is on, it could cause the water to reach unsafe temperatures. Clean the hot tub filter. A dirty filter could be blocking the flow of water, causing the water to sit in the hot tub and overheat. Turn the power back on after finding the problem and talking to the hot tub dealer. The hot tub will probably not start back up until the water reaches a safe temperature
Ok, I can sort of solve this... According to the local hot springs dealer, there is a special tool you need to open the grate, however, they cannot seem to to locate one for sale. The part number no longer shows up in their system, so I am screwed with the same situation :(