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I have been unable to switch operating mode of Balboa spa controller VS500Z from 110 volts to 220. I have 220v appearing at the neutral in that has nothing connected to it. Dealer gives up. Balboa does not give out information to non techs. What to do?

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  • harolds935 Apr 20, 2009

    Turns out that the VS500Z rewires a neutral wire connection to operate.

    Seemed strange that there was 220 at the neutral lug but it is not a problem0 the nietral requires a neutral connection.

    HaroldS


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I had to wire mine the same - found this on their website - check the bottom left corner - you should be all set. Good luck!

http://service.balboa-instruments.com/appnotes/VS5xx_Config_Guide.pdf

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Unless it's a 110 tub, you don't. If the system is designed to run on 220 the circ pump and flow pump will not function properly, the power pack may not function and the tub will never reach temp. If it is a 110 hot tub I would still suggest having a licensed electrician run the line for you. Most insurance companies will not cover any type of hot tub related claim unless installed by licensed tub tech/electrician. If you insist on wiring it yourself, the BLACK wire is the "hot" wire carrying the current. In 220 installations the RED wire is the second "hot" wire. The WHITE/GREY is the neutral wire, and the GREEN is the ground. But again, I STRONGLY recommend paying the $80-$95 bucks to have it done professionally. I hope this helps =)

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Whereas the VS501Z will support a two speed pump, a single speed pump or blower, an ozone, a 12v spa light and an optional circulation pump.

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