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    What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

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    When I turn the bottom one bubbles flow from the jets in the spa. The other just sounds like its draining somewhere????
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    Ortega valves are a version of a check valve. The purpose is to stop water flowing from the spa back to the pool when the pump shuts off.
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Ortega valves are a version of a check valve. The purpose is to stop water flowing from the spa back to the pool when the pump shuts off.
    thanks.

    When and or under what what circumstances would I need to turn the handle/s in my picture I posted a link to?
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

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    Those are not Ortega check valves, they look like shut off valves to shut off flow either to or from the pool/spa.
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
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    Those are not Ortega check valves, they look like shut off valves to shut off flow either to or from the pool/spa.
    Thank you. When and or under what what circumstances would I need to turn shut off flow to the pool or spa?
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    Most likely only if you ever needed to change the pump or heater or something if there aren't valves up by the equipment pad. Are those under the pool deck near the pool? Maybe somebody repaired a leaky pipe or something in the past.
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    It looks to me like it says Pool under the handle. In which case, those are three-way valves.

    Edit: could be this: Valve,3 Port Positive, Ortega - G62131 - INYOPools.com
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    Yeah, to clarify when I said they aren't ortega valves I meant they aren't ortega valves with built in check valves. They are ortega diverter valves.

    Good catch Richard!
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    When you want to use the spa turn both handles to spa, otherwise leave in that position to circulate pool. They are just an older version of the three way valve, water comes up from the center under the valves and then is diverted one way or the other depending on direction of handle

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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Most likely only if you ever needed to change the pump or heater or something if there aren't valves up by the equipment pad. Are those under the pool deck near the pool? Maybe somebody repaired a leaky pipe or something in the past.
    got it and thanks!

    Yes,they are under the cement deck and there are no other valves above ground by my equipment. I'm thinking I should install some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    It looks to me like it says Pool under the handle. In which case, those are three-way valves.

    Edit: could be this: Valve,3 Port Positive, Ortega - G62131 - INYOPools.com
    yes sir, written in sharpie under both handles.
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    Quote Originally Posted by kadavis View Post
    When you want to use the spa turn both handles to spa, otherwise leave in that position to circulate pool. They are just an older version of the three way valve, water comes up from the center under the valves and then is diverted one way or the other depending on direction of handle
    so is this correct?

    when I turn the lower valve to "spa" it activates the jets. When I turn the upper valve to "spa" it causes warm water from the heater to flow into spa? I can't test my upper valve theory because my heater hasn't work since I bought this house in 2008...
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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    One valve controls the suction to the pump from either the pool or spa and the other controls the return from the filter and heater to the pool or spa

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    Re: What are the purpose of these Ortega valves?

    Quote Originally Posted by kadavis View Post
    One valve controls the suction to the pump from either the pool or spa and the other controls the return from the filter and heater to the pool or spa
    Copy. Thank you
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