Keeps poping the GFCI. Used to be kind of random just before we shut it down for the summer.
Now at fall start up its toast and I need to figure out what to do. Seems to pop off when the pump is started manually. But that is based on little evidence and since its raining right now, I determined it would be fairly stupid to continue diagnistics of electrical stuff.
What I do know is the spa ran for about 24 hours and heated the contents to 102 as I wanted. At some point last night the gfci popped. Now, when reset, the spa goes into its diagnostic check and then to "prime" correctly. The next thing that is supposed to happen (I think) is to circulate water and start the pump and heater.
Things I know: Digital control bubble buttons are cracked. Could be some corrosion in that unit. There is a little bit of rust on one of the two heater electrical connections.
The spa is a Freeflow Passport spa set up for 110 Volt operation. Manufactured in 2005. It has a Balboa control and heating system in it.
I need to test the motor independantly just to make sure its not the motor, but I don't think so.
I'm guessing its the control panel, but the rust on the heater terminal gives me pause. Its not much rust either.
Replace the control panel. If I can find a generic balboa replacement, I reckon thats about $150 to $200. If that isn't the problem, I've wasted my money as pretty much no one allows returns on electric parts.
Replace the entire control system with a generic like those from SpaGuts. $400 or so. Should be simple as the existing and the Spaguts use the same M7 15" heater. Provided the motor is good, nothing left to go wrong.