Hi everyone, this is my first post, so please forgive me if I don't know what I'm doing
We just bought a house in Texas with an in ground pool with attached hot tub. I have no idea what I am doing with the pool. The sellers told us that the pool was 27,500 gallons. I had a friend show me about the valves and how to turn the pump flow to the pool, spa, or both. The thing that I am most concerned with is the automatic cleaner, the sellers left us a Barracuda G3 in pretty rough shape. I need to order a new disc for it as well as the "foot pad." When I looked on the Barracuda website they talked about using a "flow valve" if you used the cleaner directly from the skimmer. Before I read this, I hooked up the cleaner, and it seemed to work without it. Should I get this valve? Or would that be a waste of 50 dollars? Basically I need to know how to use this cleaner, how often and things like that.
With my hot tub the water is around 57 degrees, I have a Raypak electric heater and I let it run for about 4 hours and I gained 2 degrees. Is there something that I need to be doing differently? I turned the valve from pool to spa and all the water feeds the hot tub, but it still pulls from the pool. Will this thing ever get warm? I also have a thing that makes all the bubbles in the hot tub, I was wondering if I turned the pump off and only the aerator on, would I still be heating it without pulling all the cold water from the pool? Please help me, Im such a newbie! lol