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My lay z spa just set up for spring. Pump is working fine, heater trips breaker when activated

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Call an electrician as there is a dead short in the heater element

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My Apollo Spa shuts off and on when high speed is pushed. I replaced pump and it is the same. Any help is appreciated.


Check your voltage to that pump. If the pump is set to accept high-voltage of 240 V, and you are only providing low-voltage of the 110-120 V then you will be getting that symptom.

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The pump shorts out when heater is put on


Electric spa control?
what do you mean pump shorts out? Are you saying a breaker trips or a GFCI trips?
if so, it has nothing to do with the pump, if it's already running. But once the heater engages and the breaker trips, then you have about heater element.

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My spa flips breaker at the 6 pm circulation. Why?


Does it trip on other programmed cycles? Or, do you only have the one circulation time? This one is odd, if it only trips during one of multiple cycles. It could happen this way: if you have two or more cycles programmed, and only the one 6:00 cycle has the option for the heater to come on, then you could have a bad heater element? But the situation would have to have the spa in economy mode. Because heater will work only when timed filter cycles are activated, and if a demand for heat is registered, the heater will come on,and in your case, breaker will trip. If in standard mode, the breaker will trip any time the spa comes on, when a demand for heat is registered, this is called "heat call" or call for heat. Good luck

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need more info does whole thing trip off sounds like shorted heater element if you are able to disconnect heater leads and thing stays on bad heater be careful its either 110 volts or 220 volts if your not familiar with this call a professional

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I'm going on somewhat limited information here not knowing if the tub is newly installed or if this is a spa that has been working in the past and just started doing this. It would be helpful to know if this is a recently installed pump as well. That said here are a few things to check.
If it's a new install: Your electrician has more than likely wired the spa incorrectly. Be sure that the spa pack has 220V going into the pack and that the GFCI is wired correctly.
If it's an old spa with a new problem: A lot of times a bad heater element can cause a spa to trip the breaker. If you have a bad element the spa will operate normally for about a minute when you turn the power on, then trip the breaker as soon as the heater kicks in.
If it only trips the breaker when the pump is turned on to high speed, more than likely there is a problem with the wiring of the pump or the relay on the pump itself.

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We have a 2004 Balboa series spa and the breaker keeps tripping what could cause this? Everything has been working fine.


Understand that this information is beingprovided as-is and without warranty or guarantee. As with all electricalcomponents and devices, all work should be performed by a licensed spa or pooltechnician. Serious injury or death can occur if a component is improperlyrepaired or installed.

There are several reasons the breaker can trip. It could bea bad pump, bad heater, GFCI or wiring issue.... Typically unplugging eachcomponent will help isolate which component is causing the trip. It is rare fora board to cause a breaker trip, so if all components (including both legs ofthe heater) are disconnected and the breaker continues to trip then you move onto wiring or the GFCI.


You can find answers to common spa or bath problems online at http://www.balboadirect.com/support.aspx

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two main reasons breaker trips is the pump motor jammed [not turning]or the heater shorted out --disconnect power open access panel disconnect the lines to the heater turn on power if breaker trips than motor /pump problem if doesnt trip than heater problem can order heater replacement online or pool spa store--if motor pump check pump for debris and motor for lube if u can turn shaft or impeller oil motor and work it into bearings if still not turning possible need to replace motor unit

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If your filter is plugged causes the heater to work harder(overheat). Rus

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so how do you know is the heater ?the breaker trip when the pump is working w out heater? must of the times is the pump not the heater

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