Recent content by FrankfromPG

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    Balboa Panel Electrical Problem - how bad is this?

    Let's say the board is truly fried. Theoretically, even though the original board was a VS501Z, could I swap in a complete, new VS500Z board or a VS501SZ or 501SZ Generic? Would it have to be the exact replacement for the original board?
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    Balboa Panel Electrical Problem - how bad is this?

    On the back of the board, I touched the multimeter tips from white to white, red to red and black to black, getting the same reading each time. Then, I turned the board over and put one tip inside the hole and the other tip on the screw for each of the terminals. Same reading each time. As a...
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    Balboa Panel Electrical Problem - how bad is this?

    Before I go any further down this rabbit hole, a friend suggested I check the continuity across each terminal to make sure that I'm not going through all this trouble when the problem is further up the line. I got out the multimeter and check across each of the posts on the back of the board...
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    Balboa Panel Electrical Problem - how bad is this?

    I've got the board out of the unit and I've already got the replacement, but I can't seem to desolder the connection. I've used three different irons (all the way up to a Weller gun), flux, wicking tape, solder sucker, but can't get the solder to melt. The board heats up a lot, and that caused...
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    Balboa Panel Electrical Problem - how bad is this?

    Thanks for the help, folks! I'm much relieved and have already bought the part online. Now, one more thing...What was the probably or possible cause, so that I can try to avoid a repeat (if possible). Thanks again.
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    Balboa Panel Electrical Problem - how bad is this?

    My spa is an older Frankentub that has been refurbished bit by bit over the years. I've got a Balboa VS 501 spa pak in my hot tub - about 3 years old now, and installed by an electrician (well, an apprentice...). I've had NO electrical issues at all, until now. We shut down the spa over the...
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    Can a Heat Pump be sheltered? Air Circ question.

    Thanks for the lesson, guys. I guess I was hoping that I could build a hood or something to channel the cold air up and out of the space. I don't think I understood just how much air was circulated through...
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    Can a Heat Pump be sheltered? Air Circ question.

    AJW22, that information might actually work IN my favour. In early May, the air temperature can often be cooler outside of the shed than inside the sheltered shed - ambient temp of 10-15C (50-60F) unless the sun is shining directly onto the heat pump unit... I might actually be better off with...
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    Can a Heat Pump be sheltered? Air Circ question.

    Hello all, long-time lurker posting for the first time here. Short version: Can I put a heat pump inside a shed without any problems? Long version: I live in northern British Columbia and am planning on replacing my old and ailing gas heater/leaky solar panel combination with a heat pump. It...
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    Supply Side leak or clogged line? Not able to Prime Hayward Pump

    Did what you suggested, mike1162, to o positive result. Couldn't get water to flow from skimmer to pump, so snaked the line again and tried water from other end. It DID flow and flow well, up into the skimmer basket. Going to replace the o-ring on the pump/impeller unit, but also going to resign...
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    Supply Side leak or clogged line? Not able to Prime Hayward Pump

    Hi All, I would like confirmation or correction if possible, before I dig up the yard to trace back the underground supply side lines for a leak. We can't get the pump to reprime after shutting it off and I can't tell if the problem is a leak in the line, a clog in the line from an errant toy...