Hi guys my name is Josh. Just stopping by to say 'hi' and maybe get some help with our new pool. My wife and I just bought a house with a pool. We weren't exactly looking for a house with a pool but the house we fell in love with happened to have one so here goes..
I do have a couple of questions about the equipment and such. Our setup is as follows.
1 in-ground pool with 1 skimmer and 1 drain at the bottom of the pool
1 in-ground spa which waterfalls into the pool and 1 drain at the bottom of the spa
1 pump, 1 filter, 1 heater
2 3-way valves located near the timer/GFI/light switches for the spa/pool
With a little tinkering so far here is what I have come up with..
The 2 3 way valves that I have seem to control the send and return from the pool and spa. Moving them around has resulted in a few strange goings-on. Once I drained the entire spa (into the pool, I assume). Turning the other valve full-on one way causes the jets in the spa to bubble (though not very much or for very long). Some clarification on this, if possible, would be awesome.
Our heater seems not to work very well. If I turn it on it will run warm water into the spa for about 5 minutes and then the water goes cold again. From there it alternates about every 1 minute between hot and cold. This is only allowing the water in the spa to get to a "luke-warm" state, never really getting hot. We have noticed a flame icon that appears on the display during this cycle which might indicate over-heating.
How do the jets in the spa work without a separate pump for that specifically? I noticed a 2 inch PVC stub up next to the valves which makes gurgling sounds when I change the valves to certain positions.
Here are some pictures of our setup..