Help Me Get My Hot Tub Running


Nov 15, 2018
Orlando, Fl
I've never owned a hot tub, and the one at my rental house was full of pool gear. Can I run some tests without filling it with water? I'd hate to fill it just to find out the pump or heater are broken, but don't want to damage anything by running it dry either!


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Jul 7, 2014
Bedford, TX

You can't test much without water.. You don't want to run the pumps at all when dry, and flow or pressure sensors will not let anything work unless closed.

If this were my tub, the first thing I would do is find the manual.. Then I would fill it with water and see what does not work.

The cost to fill a hot tub can't be much.


Jim R.
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Jun 22, 2009
SouthWest Alabama
I can't read the name between Hot & Nite, but that's a TecMark 2-button topside control. The good news is that you can still buy those. Now if we can figure out who the spa mfg. is.


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Feb 24, 2015
Santa Cruz, CA
If you can figure out what model/mfg your spa control pack is that would help out a ton.

I was able to find the original manufacturer of my spa pack and get the correct PDF manual for it - contacting the Hot Tub Manufacturer was no help really...they wanted to send out their tech to help with anything. They did say my questions were good questions though :rolleyes:

Having the manual answered many of my questions/problems and allowed me to get my tub going and running correctly to this point.


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Jun 4, 2007
Putnam County, NY
In order to find out what you really have, you need to pull the service panel and check out the guts, IE: the spa pack. There should be a manufacture label/tag on the tub itself, as well as make & serial number on the spa pack circuitry and pump. That's step one!

The shell damage might be able to be repaired. It's just fiberglass, like a boats gel-coat, but it looks like the previous owner tried to paint sealer over the top instead of fixing it properly.