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    spa valve circulating water from pool

    Hello,
    First time poster here and I'm just starting the learning process about my new pool. Recently when switching to SPA mode, the water does not heat up to the desired temperature and instead it slowly gets luke warm. I also notice that water over flows the spa and into the pool. This leads me to believe that the valve is not working properly and is pulling water from the pool, sending it through the heater, and returning it into the spa. This would cause the water to only be luke warm since it's not isolating the spa water like it should. The heater seems to be working perfectly fine. FYI I have a pentair easy touch system.

    Can someone give me some pointers on where to start diagnosing?

    Thanks!!

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    Re: spa valve circulating water from pool

    Quote Originally Posted by fastgsxauto
    Hello,
    First time poster here and I'm just starting the learning process about my new pool. Recently when switching to SPA mode, the water does not heat up to the desired temperature and instead it slowly gets luke warm. I also notice that water over flows the spa and into the pool. This leads me to believe that the valve is not working properly and is pulling water from the pool, sending it through the heater, and returning it into the spa. This would cause the water to only be luke warm since it's not isolating the spa water like it should. The heater seems to be working perfectly fine. FYI I have a pentair easy touch system.

    Can someone give me some pointers on where to start diagnosing?

    Thanks!!
    It seems likely that the suction side actuator is not operating properly. When you switch from pool to spa and back again, both actuators should rotate.

    If they don't the one that doesn't move is the culprit.
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    Re: spa valve circulating water from pool

    Thanks for the reply! Excuse my ignorance, but how do I tell if the actuator is switching or not?

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    Re: spa valve circulating water from pool

    Quote Originally Posted by fastgsxauto
    Thanks for the reply! Excuse my ignorance, but how do I tell if the actuator is switching or not?
    The actuators (there are typically two of them) are the electric motors that operate the valves that switch between pool and spa mode on both the suction side (at the inlet to the pump) and the return side (after the heater).

    They should both change positions when you switch between pool and spa modes.

    If this is still confusing, post a picture of your equipment pad.
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    Re: spa valve circulating water from pool

    when you switch to spa mode, 2 valves must turn, one on the suction side and one on the return side. You should be able to see the valve handles turning.

    Is sounds like you were still sucking cold water from the pool and then returning it to the spa ... So it never got very hot.

    Check the suction valve and actuator just in front of the pump.

    Post up some pictures if you are still confused.

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    Re: spa valve circulating water from pool

    I'll have to check mine too! I'm a little concerned about my setup.
    Good luck!
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