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I have a jetted tub that the air switch does not work properly on. It will turn on, then you have to disconnect the line to let air out of the tube for the button to come back out. It will then shut the motor off when you push. Otherwise the button stays in. Its like there is a vacuum is building up in the tube. Getting tired of disconecting and purging line every time wife takes bath.

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This actually sounds like you have some calcium built up on the inside of the air button.
Take the trim ring off the air button and pull out the center button.
Get some soft emery cloth and run it around the outside of the center button and well as the inside of the button body then reinstall.
That should solve your problem with a sticking air button.
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Sounds as if you may need a new switch to turn the tub on/off. You can find one on our site

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If it is a air button that pushes in and comes back up, there is a good chance that the switch (which is mounted on the pump/motor) is bad. If the switch is a touch button on a key pad, the problem is in the control box for the pump/motor.

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the air switch should be connected to a switch by the motor the air switch is ur on off and should run from the button to another switch by motor the air switches were put in so there was not live wiring by the tub surface ,the the tub button/switch is like a bellows and pushes air into tube to turn switch on/off

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I had this same problem on my tub, which uses a GE motor. I looked at the motor, and on one end (the end opposite where the water comes out) there is a hole in the middle. In that hole is the head of the shaft, which has a regular screw tip. Turning this turns the motor. I filled the tub, inserted a slotted regular screwdriver and turned it about 10 times clockwise, then 10 times counterclockwise. You should see the whole motor turn. Doing this loosened it up, and then it started.

Once it started, all kinds or residue came out, which was probably why it had stopped working. I hadn't used it for a while.

After getting it running I'm going to run some cleaning solution through it, and make sure I run it more often to prevent this in the future.

I'm not a professional, just a guy trying to fix his own tub. So take my advise with that grain of salt.

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sounds like it may be either the air button or the air switch (on motor).
pull the pump and plug into an outlet. take a straw and blow into the air switch where the air tubing was connected. If the pump comes on then you know the button. If the pump doesn't come on then you will need to replace the air switch on the back of the motor.

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