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    Heater Issue

    I am rejuvenating a hot tub that has been sitting drained for over a year. I got everything set-up and running, but the water was heating very slowly. The hot tub is running on a 220V wiring, and the temp went from 45 to 80 degrees in 24 hours. I then drained the tub, swapped out the heating element (I had an extra one that I knew was good) and restarted it again. It appears the slow heating is happening again.

    A few things about the tub, I pulled off all of the siding to fix a few leaks so right now, it is sitting out there with the sides exposed (The cover is on). The temps have been in the 30 and 40's when I've been trying to heat it up. I know this could lend itself to slow heating, but things still seem slow even when I factor that in. What else could be the problem if the heating element isn't the cuplrit? The heater seems to be staying on the entire time so I don't think it's a trip switch either.
    21' Doughboy AGP
    1HP Pump
    Hayward Sand Filter
    Hawyard H-150 Heater
    Intex SWG

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    Re: Heater Issue

    To get an idea of what it should be doing we'd need to know the volume of the tub and the resistance of the heater (some are rated 4kW, some 5.5). I'm also assuming that it is running 24hrs on heat demand vs. only heating during a set filter cycle.

    The fiberglass shell has little insulative value, so leaving the paneling off could certainly account for most if not all of the heat loss you're seeing. Are the plumbing lines covered in foam or exposed?

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    Re: Heater Issue

    It looks like the tub wasn't properly converted to 220V. The jumper pin was switched to 50A, but the wiring was never switched over. I fixed that and the tub now seems to be heating properly. I guess with no side panels and only 1.5Kw available for heat, it just couldn't keep up.

    Moral of the story...always start with the simplest solution.
    21' Doughboy AGP
    1HP Pump
    Hayward Sand Filter
    Hawyard H-150 Heater
    Intex SWG

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    Re: Heater Issue

    Ah! That would explain it. Glad it was so straightforward.

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