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Tutorials and documentation for hot tubs and spas

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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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 don't know how to convert from metric to imperial? Don't panic, we've explained everything so you don't make mistakes.

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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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How to get rid of biofilm in your hot tub

How to get rid of biofilm in your hot tub

Is your water cloudy, or does a thin, viscous (sometimes smelly) layer appear on the surface of your spa water, or near the jets or the skimmer? It is a microbial film, called biofilm. We explain here how it appears, and how to get rid of it.

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How to keep your hot tub water clean

How to keep your hot tub water clean

Clean and healthy water is a fundamental requirement for a safe spa experience. To make the best choice of disinfectant treatment between chlorine, bromine and active oxygen, and depending on the frequency of use of your spa, we explain everything to disinfect your spa perfectly !

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How to use bromine in your hot tub

How to use bromine in your hot tub

Are you treating your spa with bromine or do you want to treat your spa with bromine? Here is some information that may help you.

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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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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 cannot neglect your choice of filters, which guarantee healthy and clean water through optimal filtration. We sell a wide range of brands and sizes of filter cartridges on our site, all of excellent quality, but with different characteristics and technologies, thus explaining their sometimes marked price differences.

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What does that error message mean?

What does that error message mean?

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

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Error codes on my keyboard - Gecko control systems

Error codes on my keyboard - Gecko control systems

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

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Identify and change my pump seal

Identify and change my pump seal

With the right tools, replacing this part is not complicated and above all, it does not require the assistance of a professional. Our team will advise you and explain what steps to take to replace your spa pump wet end seal in a video !

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

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

You turned your spa on yesterday, but the water still remains warm, or even cold? You might have a heater problem, but other - often more simple - reasons can also be the source of the problem. We'll explain, step by step, how to identify the cause of these malfunctions.

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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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Balboa is not a hot tub brand

Balboa is not a hot tub 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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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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Do I need a 48-Frame or 56-Frame wet end?

Do I need a 48-Frame or 56-Frame wet end?

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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How to configure a Balboa control system: general rules

How to configure a Balboa control system: general rules

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

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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 air control valve

How to recognize your air control valve

Find your hot tub air control or its inner part! We have listed the main brands (Waterway, LVJ, Rising Dragon, CMP, HydroAir, ITT...) and their very specific inner parts to avoid any mistakes.

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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 recognize your water control valve

How to recognize your water control valve

You want to replace your water control valve or its inner part but you don't know the manufacturer? Each valve is unique, with its own cover design, and an inner part adapted to the valve itself.

We have listed the main manufacturers of water control valves (Waterway, LVJ, Rising Dragon, CMP, etc.) to help you find the right part.

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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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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 hot tub ? If we do not sell this brand here on tubs, you will have no trouble finding its equivalent here : models, mainly of the LX Whirlpool brand, are indeed similar, for the same use.

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My hot tub has a flow error

My hot tub has a flow error

Does your spa keypad display the error code FLO? Or the messages FL, LF, drY, NF, three blinking dots... no doubt, your spa has a low flow problem. This error is one of the most common failures in the spa world, and there can be many causes. Tubs will help you solve the problem !

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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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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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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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What should I replace my bromine treatment with?

What should I replace my bromine treatment with?

Due to the very high demand for disinfection products, HTH bromine tablets is out of stock until June. Don't panic, we offer several alternative solutions to continue treating your spa water effectively.

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What spare parts for my control system?

What spare parts for my control system?

Are you looking for a specific replacement part for your control system? We have listed here the main spare parts for the control systems sold on our website: motherboards, heaters, probes, fuses...

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