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What does the message on my spa keyboard mean?
What does the message on my spa keyboard mean?

An error message appears on your keyboard and you don't understand what it means? Tubs.fr has listed the main messages you can find to solve the problem.


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How to keep your hot tub water clean
How to keep your hot tub water clean

Here are three essential steps to keeping the water in your spa free from bacteria:

1.  Start with a clean spa
2.  Be clean when you use it
3.  Always keep a small trace of disinfectant in the water

That's all.  Easy, right?


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How to read pump labels
How to read pump labels

If you want to replace your pump, referring to the brand of your spa will not give you the necessary information. The dimensions of the pump and/or the wet end to be changed are obviously important, but the informations on the label on the motor (or more rarely the wet end) are even more essential: they give you the brand of the pump or its motor, the series, the type (single or two-speed), the power, etc.


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How to recognize your diverter valve
How to recognize your diverter valve

Recognizing a diverter valve or a diverter valve gate if you want to change these parts in your installation can be difficult. Many brands, especially Chinese, now sell their own models, and all (valves and valve gates) are very similar.

However, each diverter valve is unique, with its own cover model, and a valve gate adapted to the valve itself, with a very specific shape !


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How to choose between the different types of filter cartridge
How to choose between the different types of filter cartridge

To enjoy your spa without danger, you must not neglect the choice of your filters, which guarantee healthy and crystalline water and optimal filtration. We sell a wide range of brands and ranges of filter cartridges on our site, all of excellent quality, but with different characteristics and technologies, thus explaining their sometimes marked price differences. We tell you more!


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My hot tub doesn't get hot, or not enough
My hot tub doesn't get hot, or not enough

You turned on your spa yesterday but the water remains desperately warm, even cold? A heater problem could be involved, but other - often more simple - reasons can be behind the problem. We explain, step by step, how to identify the cause of these malfunctions.


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48-Frame or 56-Frame ?
48-Frame or 56-Frame ?

Spa pumps are generally available in two different frame sizes: 48-Frame and 56-Frame. When replacing your pump, motor or wet end, it is important to replace these elements with their equivalents of the same size, so that the fixing holes for the screws and plumbing align.


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Pleatco filters: we decode their references for you
Pleatco filters: we decode their references for you

You are used to your Pleatco filter cartridge, the PWW50 or PRB50 for example, for the most common models. But do you know what lies behind this combination of numbers and letters? We tell you more to make sure you make the right choice on tubs.fr.


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How to lock and unlock your keypad?
How to lock and unlock your keypad?

The "lock" function, available on some keyboard models, can be very practical if you do not want users to interfere with its operation (filtration cycle, purge, temperature...).


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Find your way between inches and millimeters
Find your way between inches and millimeters

You want to buy a pipe from measurements taken in millimeters, but you are not sure to find your way around the conversion from metric to imperial? Don't panic, we explain everything so you don't make mistakes.


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Spa Frog replaces its blue cartridges
Spa Frog replaces its blue cartridges

The Spa Frog disinfection system based on mineral particles has been replaced since spring 2018 by a water treatment cartridge (Spa Frog Conditioning Cartridge).


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I would like to replace my DXD pump
I would like to replace my DXD pump

You want to replace the Chinese DXD pump installed on your spa ? If we do not sell this brand on tubs.fr, you will have no trouble finding its equivalent here : models, mainly of the Whirlpool LX brand, are indeed similar, for the same use.


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How to configure a Balboa control system: general rules
How to configure a Balboa control system: general rules

All Balboa control systems (GS, GL, BP, BP, ...) have their own features, but some general and common installation rules apply, allowing you to avoid making mistakes when connecting.


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I have an hole in my shell: which jet can I insert?
I have an hole in my shell: which jet can I insert?

When you only have one hole in the shell of a spa, choosing the right jet is complicated. Tubs.fr thus facilitates your task by listing, according to the diameter of drilling of this hole, the socket which will be able to be inserted there, and thus which jet you will be able to install to take full advantage of your spa.


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Confusion between Waterway and CMP jets
Confusion between Waterway and CMP jets

Same dimensions, similar looks and similar colours: it is very easy for the customer to confuse the Waterway and CMP clip-on jets, which are however not compatible with each other. Tubs.fr explains how to choose the right brand to replace your jet.


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My hot tub has a flow error
My hot tub has a flow error

All hot tubs are equiped with some sort of way of detecting that there is water flowing through the heater.  But if the control system thinks that there is not enough water flowing through the heater to heat safely, it will shut down power to the heater, and you'll most likely see an error message on the display screen...


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No more clip-in jets from Waterway
No more clip-in jets from Waterway

For many years Waterway has offered a wide range of jets that clip into the corresponding sockets. We learned at the end of 2017 that the brand has stopped the production of the rear "clip-on" jets, and now only offers the "screw-on" jets.


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Balboa is not a spa brand
Balboa is not a spa brand

The renowned "Balboa Water Group", which has been active on the spa market worldwide for more than two decades, is not a spa manufacturer, but only a manufacturer of spare parts ! Be careful not to confuse the two when you are looking to replace certain parts of your spa.


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How to switch modes with a Balboa keypad
How to switch modes with a Balboa keypad

Most Balboa hot tub control systems have three operating modes: Standard, Economy and Sleep.  This modes affect the times at which the hot tub will heat, and therefore affect the overall power consumption.


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Spare parts for Arctic Spas
Spare parts for Arctic Spas

Blue Falls Manufacturing builds hot tubs for the Arctic Spas and Coyote Spas brands in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where the temperature rarely exceeds 0°C from mid-November to mid-March.  Not surprisingly, all aspects of their marketing, including the brand name and the polar bear logo, focus on cold temperatures and thermal insulation.


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Warranties on tubs.fr
Warranties on tubs.fr

Any new item purchased from tubs.fr is covered by our one-year commercial warranty.  If you make a purchase as an individual, and you are delivered in metropolitan France, you also benefit from two types of legal guarantee.  The duration of the legal warranties is two years, but these warranties apply only in cases defined by law, while the scope of the tubs.fr warranty is broader.


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Spare parts for Aquamarine hot tubs
Spare parts for Aquamarine hot tubs

Aquamarine was one of the first manufacturers of portable spas in France, with a factory in Villeneuve-sur-Lot in the early 1990s.  Between 1998 and 2003, Aquamarine was part of the Hawtin group, which also owned the British manufacturer Spaform.


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Standard drawings for a concrete spa
Standard drawings for a concrete spa

There are various ways to build a concrete spa. After helping several clients with their projects, we noticed that a configuration often comes back. Please note that the items listed below are not suitable for commercial use.


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Astrel Easy Heater model numbers
Astrel Easy Heater model numbers

The Astrel Easy heaters are available in several versions, depending on the power, the type of flow detection and the probe model installed on it.  All references start with "PFEAR" and end with "00000" or "00001" (the last digit is not important). The three digits after the letters PFEAR provide the essential information on the heater configuration.


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