According to the manual, this thing has a titanium heater. Any way I can confirm this?Another consideration is the heater. Spas with salt should use a titanium element, which is simple to install in some spas, but not a Watkins (Hot Springs, Caldera, Tiger River, etc) with an IQ system.
Yep, the newer ones are, but I was under the impression that yours is almost 20 years old, and I have no clue what the old ones are made of. Did I confuse you with another thread? It happens sometimes.Replacement heater also shows titanium:
Yeah. I thought the price was a bit excessive.Yep, the newer ones are, but I was under the impression that yours is almost 20 years old, and I have no clue what the old ones are made of. Did I confuse you with another thread? It happens sometimes.
Given the fact that a Balboa titanium replacement element is about $60 last I checked, a $415 watkins assembly is pricey.
Jerks and their proprietary parts! I would have to assume the heater is as old as the tub... 2008-2012-ishYou cannot use a balboa heater on a low flow system. It will overheat inside the heater and cause OH errors, and spa shutdown, as a result. I've tried. And you cannot put watkins sensors into a balboa heater housing, or use balboa (or any other) sensors with an IQ pack. You are stuck with that heater, I'm sorry to say. Just one of the joys of proprietary parts that come with high end spas. But on the flip side, how old is that heater? Typical lifespan of a balboa heater is 3-5 years.
I add about 4 oz of 10% chlorine to my tub every day.Oopsie... TA is at 110, and pH is 8, and calcium is about 20.
Dosed MA to bring pH down to 7 while aerating... added a few ounces of calcium and almost 2 ounces of 12.5% CL.
More work to do tomorrow!
Good news is water temp went from 55 to 98 in under 24 hours. Sure helps to have even the ratty old in-two-pieces cover on the tub.
I did 2 MA doses and aerations to get the TA down but it was too late to do any more work on it. I'll pick it back up later today.I add about 4 oz of 10% chlorine to my tub every day.
My TA is 50 and PH about 7.6
And not understanding the wiping down of your filters, mold release oils?? All the ones I ever got were dry and ready to put in.
+1. Have a brand new filter waiting for my build. I cracked it open to verify I had all the parts and the plastic parts of the filters felt like somebody sprayed them with sunblock. I literally laughed and thought ‘ Meh, 35k gallons won’t care’ as i put it back together.I'm sure in a pool where the filter goes into a tank and there are tens of thousands of gallons of water, it would be unnoticeable