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Water fill levels seem too low

Can the water level pressure switch be adjusted to fill the tub to a higher level? My tub only fills two thirds of the way up the inner wall below the rim, in the area where the inner tub holes are. If an adjustment is possible, how do I do it? Thanks.

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Wouldn't want to try to adjust ..can be risky and tough to get right ..water level usually comes to top row of holes ..be sure drain hose is as high as tub top to prevent siphoning

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