Backyard Blast by TheCoverGuy.com Making the most of your Backyard Heaven! 2017-01-23T00:40:56Z https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/feed/atom/ WordPress https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-CoverGuy-profile-1-150x150.jpg The Cover Guy http://thecoverguy.com <![CDATA[Classic Hot tub Drinks]]> https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/?p=4200/ 2017-01-23T00:40:56Z 2017-01-23T00:40:56Z To aid in your quest for the perfect winter relaxation, The Cover Guy would like to offer you the following Classic Hot Drinks for the Hot Tub recipes for a selection of perfect beverages.

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Classic Hot tub Drinks

Few things feel better than soaking in a gloriously warm hot tub on a cold winter evening after the Football Game. One thing that does feel better is soaking in that same hot tub on that same cold winter evening with a delicious, hot, relaxing beverage. To aid in your quest for the perfect winter relaxation, The Cover Guy would like to offer you the following Classic Hot tub Drinks recipes for a selection of perfect beverages.

Hot Chocolate

Classic Hot tub DrinksSure, you could use the instant powder in a can, but this is so much better. You’ve been working hard. Or playing hard. Either way you deserve this.

Ingredients (3-4 servings)

  • 3 C milk
  • 1C heavy cream
  • .25C cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • .5C sugar
  • 6oz chopped milk chocolate
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt

Heat everything except the chocolate and vanilla in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir or whisk gently until everything dissolves, but don’t let the mixture boil.

Once everything is dissolved, add the milk chocolate, half at a time, and stir until it also is dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and mix in the vanilla. You can add your favorite toppings to take it to the next level like whipped cream or chocolate shavings. Now follow the cleared path in the snow to your hot tub and enjoy!

Grown-up Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate in a hot tub is wonderful, but that hot chocolate can be made even better by the addition of your favorite liqueur. Peppermint schnapps, Bailey’s, or a healthy shot of whiskey are popular choices. Less common but very tasty are Drambuie (a scotch whisky liqueur) and Grand Marnier or Triple Sec (orange liqueurs).

hot toddy for the hot tubHot Toddy

Hot Toddy is the catch-all name for a variety of Classic Hot tub Drinks that usually feature whiskey, lemon, and honey. They can be made with almost any type of whiskey and can be doctored up with almost anything else you like, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Legend has it that a toddy is great for colds and sniffles, too. Below is one of our favorites.

Ingredients

  • 1C hot black tea
  • 2Tbsp honey
  • 1-1.5oz bourbon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 thin slice of lemon

Simply mix, and drink.

Hot Buttered Rum

This is a great choice of beverage, if only for the fact that you can make up a good sized batch of the base for it ahead of time, and keep it on hand to whip up a drink quickly when you want one, or when company comes over unexpectedly. You’ll notice from the ingredients list that this is very much like ‘pumpkin spice’. But for rum.

The Cover Guy Hot Buttered RumCocktail base

Ingredients

  • Butter 1lb.
  • 1lb. brown sugar
  • 1lb white sugar
  • 1Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground cloves
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1qt vanilla ice cream (soft enough to mix)

Thoroughly mix all the ingredients except the ice cream. Then mix in the ice cream. Put in a sealable container and keep it in the freezer until you want to use it.

To make the cocktail, simply mix a tall shot of your favorite rum with a good tablespoon of the base, fill the rest of the way with boiling water, stir and drink. Repeat as necessary.

Whether soaking solo or hosting a hot tub get-together, the right drink can turn a good evening into a great evening. Cheers, and happy hot tubbing with these Classic Hot tub Drinks.

**The Cover Guy would like to remind everyone to drink responsibly and to imbibe in moderation, especially in and around hot relaxing water.**

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The Cover Guy http://thecoverguy.com <![CDATA[Hot Tub Chemistry Isn’t Rocket Science]]> https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/?p=4184/ 2017-01-20T17:34:24Z 2017-01-20T14:09:09Z Hot Tub Chemistry really doesn’t have to be difficult. Just a handful of things, it’s easy to keep your hot tub looking and smelling perfect.

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Hot Tub Chemistry

hot tub chemistryHot tubs are supposed to help you relax and leave you feeling like you haven’t a care in the world. So why does thinking about water maintenance give you high school chemistry class flashbacks? Hot Tub Chemistry really doesn’t have to be difficult to keep the water in your hot tub clean, though. By being aware of just a handful of things, it’s easy to keep your hot tub looking (and smelling) more like the coast near Bali and less like the diving pool at the Rio Olympics.

Testing and Adjusting

There are really only 4 things you need to worry about when it comes to keeping your hot tub clean:

  1. Alkalinity – between 80 – 120
  2. PH levels – between 7.2 and 7.8
  3. Sanitizer levels – Chlorine 1.5 – 3.0 and Bromine 3.0 – 5.0
  4. How much organic material is in the water

All four of these things are connected. Organic material in the water feeds bacteria (smell) and algae (cloudy, green water). Sanitizer slows down the growth of the gooey stuff. PH levels affect how well the sanitizer works, and alkalinity determines how stable the PH levels are.

To keep these elements under control, you’ll need 5 things: testing strips, alkalinity adjuster, PH adjuster, sanitizer and shock chemicals.

The Cover Guy carries a variety of testing strips, including multi-function ones that let you check everything with one dip.

Once you’ve dipped your strip:

  • Compare the color of the strip with the color swatches on the packaging
  • Check alkalinity first, then PH, then sanitizer levels
  • If any of those things is not where it should be, add the appropriate chemical to adjust it
  • If more than one thing needs adjusting, adjust them one at a time.
    • Add the first chemical and wait several hours, or overnight
    • Test again and add the next chemical if still necessary
    • Repeat if needed

That’s pretty much all there is to it. The only other wrinkles are choosing what type of sanitizer to use, and knowing how often to shock the hot tub.

Sanitizers

hot tub cover lifter buying guideThe two most common types of sanitizers are bromine and chlorine. They both do the same thing – inhibit the growth of bacteria and algae – in much the same way. The biggest difference is in application. Bromine is a bit more expensive, and a bit more complicated to administer, but the treatments last longer and require less chemical in the water than chlorine. Chlorine, on the other hand, is easier to use and a bit less expensive, but requires more chemical in the water. Some people find they are sensitive to one or the other and experience skin or eye irritation, so don’t be afraid to try switching to the other if the water bothers you shortly after a treatment. Remember to remove your hot tub cover for at least an hour after shocking your tub.

Shocking

hot tub water chemistryNo matter what sanitizer you use or how carefully you check and adjust, biological matter will build up in the hot tub with use. A shock treatment takes care of this problem by oxidizing the organics in the water before they can feed the bacteria. It also helps get rid of sanitizer residue that remains after the sanitizer has done its job.

Generally it is recommended that you shock your hot tub once a week – more often if it’s seeing heavy use. If your levels are all good, but the water is a bit cloudy or doesn’t quite smell right, it’s time for a shock. You should also shock the tub if you haven’t used it for an extended period of time.

So there you go easy Hot Tub Chemistry: dip, check, adjust, and shock. Do that regularly and it will be clear soaking and happy tubbing.

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Holly Chavez https://www.thecoverguy.com <![CDATA[Vita Spas Error Codes & Information]]> https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/?p=3613 2017-01-20T17:41:06Z 2017-01-18T17:47:42Z Vita Spas Vita Spas designed the industry’s first hot tub that was built to be appliance grade. They also utilize a steel frame as one of the essential building blocks for each of their products....

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Vita Spas

Vita Spas designed the industry’s first hot tub that was built to be appliance grade. They also utilize a steel frame as one of the essential building blocks for each of their products. Their focus on hydrotherapy includes the same level of therapeutic relief that consumers would receive by visiting a massage therapist.

Vita spa for The Cover Guy CoversThis company’s products offer consumers the choice between multiple different jets and configurations in order to give them the desired results, ranging from relaxation to a therapeutic massage. The massage techniques that are emulated by the specific jets that a consumer chooses include reflexology, sports massage, classic massage, effleurage massage and shiatsu massage.

Vita Spa Replacement Covers by The Cover Guy

The Cover Guy provides all Vita Spa replacement covers so you are guaranteed a perfect fit every time.

Spa Models:

· Series 700

·  500 Series

· Series 300

· Series 100

· XSR Swim Spa

· XSP Swim Spa

· XSD Swim Spa

· XS1 Swim Spa

· XB4 Swim Spa

· XL4 Swim Spa

These are the error codes and display messages that a ThermoSpas Hot Tub may display, along with what they mean and any actions required:

Vita Spas Error Messages

Message Meaning Action Required
OHH Stands for “Overheat”- and the tub shuts down. One of the sensors detected temperatures of 118°F (47.8°C) at the location of the heater. Spa heater shuts down automatically until temp falls below 108°F (42°C).Could indicate a pump operating at low speed for an extended time, constant filtering due to a programming error or a faulty pump. DO NOT GET INTO THE WATER! Take off the heat shield cover to allow the water to cool down. Make sure that the slice valves are open and reprogram the spa to make sure there are no overlapping time cycles. Open all jets. Contact the dealer or service organization if the problem continues.
OHS Overheating condition where a water temperature sensor has detected water temperatures of 110°F (43.3°C). Spa functioning is then disabled until temps fall below 108°F (42.2°C).Could indicate a pump operating at low speed for an extended time, constant filtering due to a programming error or a faulty pump. DO NOT GET INTO THE WATER! Take off the heat shield cover to allow the water to cool down. Make sure that the slice valves are open and reprogram the spa to make sure there are no overlapping time cycles. Open all jets. Contact the dealer or service organization if the problem continues.

ICE

Sensor detects possible freeze conditions. Heater powers on to ensure water temperatures stay above 45°F (7.2°C).
HFL Heater flow problem possibly caused by low water or plugged up filters. The heater shuts down while other functions of spa continue to operate normally. You can add water, remove and clean filter if it’s dirty and open all jets to resume normal operation. If the problem persists, contact the dealer or service organization.

LF

Means low flow problems are persistent. This error code will display the fifth time that the “HFL” message occurs within 24 hours.With this error, the heater will shut down, but other functions of the hot tub will continue to operate normally. Issue is possibly caused by low water or a plugged filter. You can add water, remove and clean filter if it’s dirty and open all jets to resume normal operation. If the problem persists, contact the dealer or service organization.
drY Sensors detect lack of water to the heater. Heater will shut down, but other function of the spa will continue to operate normally.Issue is possibly caused by closed slice valve or blocked suction return/skimmer/filter. Remove the blockage, add water or open any closed jets and valves. If the problem persists, contact the dealer or service organization.
dr Sensors detect lack of water to the heater. Heater will shut down, but other function of the spa will continue to operate normally.Issue is possibly caused by closed slice valve or blocked suction return/skimmer/filter.Issue is possibly caused by closed slice valve or blocked suction return/skimmer/filter. Remove the blockage, add water or open any closed jets and valves.
SnT Malfunctioning Heater Sensor A. Contact dealer to get identical replacement Sensor A.
SnH Malfunctioning Heater Sensor B. Contact dealer to get identical replacement Sensor B.
SnS Heater Sensors are not in balance. Contact dealer or service organization for repair.
Pr -OR- RUN/ Priming modePMPS/PURG/AIR/– Priming Mode Spa is functioning normally for Priming Mode.
SLP Sleep Mode Spa is functioning normally in Sleep Mode.
ECN Economy Mode Spa is functioning normally in Economy Mode.
Spa water temperature Current water temperature is not known or measured.
WATER TOO HOT Temperature for spa water DO NOT GET INTO THE WATER! Water temperatures are too hot and spa operations are disabled.

2015 Vita Spas Owners Manual | 2010 – 2013 Vita Spa Owners Manual

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The Cover Guy http://thecoverguy.com <![CDATA[Automatic Pool Cleaner Tips and Fixes]]> https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/?p=4165/ 2017-01-18T14:53:35Z 2017-01-18T14:53:35Z Automatic Pool Cleaner Tips and Fixes Swimming pools are so relaxing and with the use of an automatic pool cleaner like the Kreepy Krauly you can maximize the fun and relaxation with less maintenance. As...

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Automatic Pool Cleaner Tips and Fixes

Swimming pools are so relaxing and with the use of an automatic pool cleaner like the Kreepy Krauly you can maximize the fun and relaxation with less maintenance. As a matter of fact the most popular addition to a swimming pool is the automatic pool cleaner. The only side effect to this burden helper is that even a Kreepy Krauly may have an issue or two that needs addressing. This guide will help you with Automatic Pool Cleaner Tips and Fixes. The common solutions to any problems you may have with your automatic pool cleaner.

The most common problems surrounding automatic pool cleaners is mostly due Automatic pool cleanerto the suction and the pressure. Somewhere along the line of the Kreepy Krauly there is a problem with the suction which is the engine or power that drives the Kreepy and most automatic pool cleaners. The automatic cleaners need a lot of pull to drive them around your swimming pool. Often that usually means they need all the suction that you can muster from your system. Also, it has to be a completely closed system. That means no leaks or interruptions between the pump and the head of the cleaner.

Pool Cleaners need Suction

So the first thing to look for when your auto cleaner is not working, is anything that is preventing the best possible suction for your cleaner. Here are some things to look for when your cleaner is not moving:

  1. Have you turned off the suction from your main drain putting all the suction from the line your Kreepy Krauly is attached to?
  2. Is there any debris in the skimmer, line, auto cleaner hose, or in the cleaner itself?
  3. Has the filter been backwashed and cleaned giving you the best possible pressure?
  4. Can you see any air bubbles coming back through the returns indicating a leak in the hose? Tighten the links in the hose.
  5. Does your equipment provide enough pull and pressure for the auto cleaner to work? You may need a new pump.

Automatic Pool Cleaners need a Clear Path

Automatic Pool Cleaner Tips and FixesObstructions are another issue that can cause a poor performance from a cleaner. If the cleaner is has an issue hitting all the areas of the pool this might be due to a couple of issues.

  1. The hose may not be long enough to reach the whole pool, consider adding sections of hose.
  2. There also may be something blocking the path of the cleaner. You may have to remove it, or change the path.
  3. The cleaner may not be balanced properly. Try adding weights, or moving the current weights may also help.
  4. The speed of the cleaner may be set to high or too low. Make sure it is set at the right speed.
  5. The main drain or returns may also be affecting the path of the cleaner. Make changes to help the Kreepy.

The most common issues are always going to be around the suction your cleaner is able to use. Make sure you keep your filter and your automatic cleaners suction lines clean of debris. Also, make sure the path is clear for your automatic cleaner. This will give you the best results in keeping your swimming pool clean.

Now sit back in your hot tub and watch your automatic cleaner in action.

 

 

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The Cover Guy http://thecoverguy.com <![CDATA[Energy Efficiency and Heat Loss: Keeping Hot Tub Energy Costs Down]]> https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/?p=4157/ 2017-01-20T17:53:18Z 2017-01-16T15:23:46Z One of the biggest bugbears of hot tub ownership has always been that pesky power bill. Takes a lot of energy to keep your hot tub hot, especially during the colder months. It is possible, however, to tame the beast. It is possible to reduce that ravenous grizzly down to teddy bear size. And it’s surprisingly easy to do.

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Hot Tub Energy Costs

One of the biggest bugbears of hot tub ownership has always been that pesky power bill. Takes a lot of energy to keep your hot tub hot, especially during the colder months. It is possible, however, to tame the beast. It is possible to reduce that ravenous grizzly down to teddy bear size. And it’s surprisingly easy to do.

Dial it Down

One of the quickest and easiest ways to lower how much energy your hot tub uses is to simply turn the temperature down a few notches. Depending on what you normally keep it set to, you are unlikely to notice a difference of a few degrees. Your hot tub heater will, though. Those few degrees mean it has to work just a little bit less. Moving from 104° to 100° can have a noticeable effect on power consumption.

Don’t feed the bear more, make the bear smaller.

Thermal Efficiency

Turning down the heat can help, and it’s pretty easy to do. But it’s even more effective to keep the heat that’s already in there… in there. This is, of course, one of the primary purposes of your hot tub cover, but there are some things you can do to make it more effective.

Great hot tub cover The Cover GuyGet a Good Hot Tub Cover

The number one way to reduce your Hot Tub Energy Costs is to have the best hot tub cover for your environment. We can begin with the thickness of the cover itself. If it’s time to replace your deluxe cover or equivalent (5” – 3”) consider switching to the Extreme (6” – 4”) model. The extra inch of foam means even more heat not getting out of the tub after you do.

Make Sure the Spa Cover Fits

This one is a common mistake, but make sure your hot tub cover fits properly sealing in the heat and locking out the cold. If your cover is too small or too big it can cause heat and or water loss which will keep that meter turning and your bill rising.

Check the Hinge

hot tub cover seamMost of the heat that does escape from even a good hot tub cover does so through the seam or the hinge. Choosing a cover with a fully insulated seam/hinge can help a lot with Hot Tub Energy Costs. Hot tub covers come standard with two steam stoppers at each end of the hot tub cover middle seam or hinge. The two pillows are usually enough for most climates, but if you are in a colder climate the full length steam stopper is an upgrade you will want.

What’s Under the Hood?

A cover with an energy reflective underside is also a great idea. The material used on this type of underside is silvery and reflective. It bounces heat energy that escapes from the water back down into the tub. It also helps protect the cover from water and chemical damage over time.

Tiny Bubbles

Besides escaping through the hinge and being absorbed by the cover itself – if there’s no energy shield underside – evaporation is another key source of heat loss. As water from the tub evaporates into the space between the water and the cover, it takes heat with it. A very efficient way of preventing this evaporation is the use of either a bubble cover, or a floating thermal blanket.

Turn off the Air

This is a simple one but often not done. When you exit the hot tub make sure all air controls are turned to the off position. If the air valves that make the hot tub nice and bubbly are left open you can guarantee that your heater will be on a lot more. The air drawn in by the air valves is outside or cabinet air which is cold and will cool down your spa.

Stuff a Little More in

You can reduce the loss of heat in your hot tub by adding a little insulation inside the cabinet. Fill large garbage bags full of insulation and stuff it into the open areas of your hot tub cabinet. This will work just like a coat keeping the outside cool air just a little further from the sides of your spa.

Breaking the Wind

Wind break for hot tubNo, not that way.

If your hot tub is outdoors and in an exposed location, you may be losing a surprising amount of heat to the wind. Putting up a simple wind break to cut out the breeze can be an effective method of reducing hot tub heat loss.

The keys to lowering the cost of running your hot tub are all about increasing its ability to hold heat. By keeping the heat in the tub, you reduce the amount of energy necessary to maintain temperature. That can help keep your energy bill a lot more bearable, all year round.

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Holly Chavez https://www.thecoverguy.com <![CDATA[Artesian Spas Error Codes, Information, and Owners Manual]]> https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/?p=3312 2017-01-20T18:07:46Z 2017-01-13T22:15:49Z Artesian Spas Artesian Spas is co-owned by two experts in the spa industry. Between them, they have accrued more than 100 years of combined manufacturing experience with spa products. Their extensive history with spas inspired...

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Artesian Spas

Artesian Spas is co-owned by two experts in the spa industry. Between them, they have accrued more than 100 years of combined manufacturing experience with spa products. Their extensive history with spas inspired them to create special features that are not available from most other spa manufacturers. For example, there are many eco-friendly features that come standard in each hot tub, and there are also additional green upgrades available.

Artesian Spas has been making spas for consumers since 1997, and they have been an accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 2011. This manufacturer also places an emphasis on offering spas for luxury and hydrotherapy purposes, and they offer easily portable designs. Artesian Spas sells spa products in more than 65 countries, and they are based out of Las Vegas. The company also makes spas in a wide variety of price ranges, and this also enables consumers of various backgrounds and needs to take advantage of the many advantages that are associated with soaking in a hot tub.

Artesian Spa Models:

  • Platinum Elite
  • Island Spas
  • South Sea Spas
  • Garden Spas
  • TidalFit

The Cover Guy supplies Replacement Hot Tub Covers for all Artesian Spas

Artesian Spa Error Codes

These are the error codes and display messages that the 2015 Platinum Elite, Tidal Fit and Island Spa models may display, along with what they mean and the action required:                                                             

Most messages and alerts for the Artesian Spas will appear at the bottom of the normally used screens. Several alerts and messages may be displayed in sequence. Some messages can be reset from the panel. Message that can be reset will appear with a “right arrow” at the end of the message. This message can be selected by navigating to it and pressing the select button.

Artesian Spas General Message

Message Meaning Action Required
– – –°F – – –°C Means that the temperature of the water is unknown. When the pump has been running for a total of 1 minute, the temperature is displayed.
Possible freezing condition Means the equipment has detected potentially freezing condition to the unit. All of the water devices are then activated. The pumps may cycle on and off in some cases, and the heater may function during Freeze Protection. This is not an error indication but an operational message.
M029-The water is too hot Means the spa system has detected that the water temp is 110°F (43.3°C) or more, thus disabling spa functions. Once the spa water temperature is below 108°F (42.2°C), the system will auto reset. Conduct verification checks for high ambient temperatures and also extended pump operation. During the summertime (warmer months) it is suggested to also change the duration of the filter cycle in order to keep the spa unit from overheating during high ambient temperatures.

 

Artesian Spas Heater-Related Messages

Message Meaning Action Required
M016-The water flow is low Means there may not be sufficient enough water flow through the heater to carry heat away from the unit’s heating element. After 1 minute, the heater start up begins again. See box for “Flow Related Checks” down below.
m017-The water flow has failed* Means there may not be sufficient enough water flow through the heater to carry heat away from the unit’s heating element, and the system has disabled the heater. See box for “Flow Related Checks” down below. Once the issue is taken care of, press any button to reset and to begin the startup mode of the heater.
M028-The heater may be dry* Means there is a possibility of dry heater or an insufficient amount of water in the heater in order to start it. The spa system will shut down for 15 minutes. Press any of the buttons in order to reset heater start-up. See box for “Flow Related Checks” down below.
M027 The heater is dry* Indicates that there isn’t a sufficient amount of water in the heater in order to start it. The system shuts the spa down. Once the issue is resolved, clear the message in order to restart the heater startup. Also see the box for “Flow Related Checks” down below.
Flow-Related Checks Check to see dirty filters, low water levels, suction flow restrictions, too many closed jets, pump primed and trapped air.

 

Artesian Spas Sensor-Related/Miscellaneous Messages

Message Meaning Action Required
M030-The heater is too hot Means one of the temp sensors for the water has detected a temp of 118°F (47.8°C) inside the heater.  The system also shuts the spa down. Once water temp is below 108°F (42.2°C), you must clear the message.
Flow-Related Checks Check to see dirty filters, low water levels, also suction flow restrictions, or too many closed jets. See if the pump is primed and if there is also trapped air.
Artesian Spas Sensor Related Messages
M015-Sensors out of Sync Indicates temp sensors  are probably out of sync. Contact your dealer to service unit.
M026-Sensors ARE out of sync System has determined temp sensors are out of sync. Contact your dealer to service unit.
M031-Sensor A Fault, M032-Sensor B Fault The sensor circuit or temperature sensor has failed. Contact your dealer to service unit.

Artesian Spas Miscellaneous Messages

Communications error Control panel isn’t receiving communication from the system. Contact your dealer to service unit.
Test software installed The spa unit’s control system is functioning with test software. Contact your dealer to service unit.
°F or °C is replaced by °T The spa unit’s control system is operating in Test Mode. Contact your dealer to service unit.

 

Artesian Spas System-Related Messages

Message Meaning Action Required
M022-Program memory failure Contact your dealer to service unit.
M021-Settings have been reset   Contact your dealer to service unit. if this particular message comes up more than once when the unit is powering up.
M020-The clock has failed   Contact your dealer to service unit.
Configuration error (Spa isn’t starting up)   Contact your dealer to service unit.
GFCI test has failed (The spa unit system was unable to test the GFCI) Can indicate installation is unsafe. (North America Only) Contact your dealer to service unit.
M034-A pump may be stuck on Means a condition where the water may have overheated. SHUT DOWN THE POWER TO THE SPA. DO NOT GO IN THE WATER. Contact your dealer to service unit.
M035-Hot fault Spa pump most likely is Stuck ON when the the spa was last powered. SHUT DOWN THE POWER TO THE SPA. DO NOT GO IN THE WATER. Contact service organization or your dealer.

 

Artesian SpasReminder Messages

Message Meaning Action Required
Check the pH May appear on maintenance schedule – for instance, every 7 days. Check pH levels with test kit. Adjust pH with applicable chemicals needed.
Check the sanitizer May appear on maintenance schedule – for instance, every 7 days. Check sanitizer levels and chemistry of the water with test kit and adjust with applicable chemicals needed.
Clean filter May appear on maintenance schedule – for instance, every 30 days. Clean inside filter media per manufacturer’s instructions.
Test the GFCI May appear on maintenance schedule – for instance, every 30 days. The GFCI or RCD is a critical safety device, and this also must be tested as part of a preventive maintenance schedule to verify reliability. Users should be trained to safely test the RCD or GFCI associated with the installation of hot tub.
Change the water May appear on maintenance schedule – for instance, every 90 days. Alerts you to change water in the spa unit regularly in order to maintain sanitary conditions and also the right chemical balance.
Clean the cover May appear on maintenance schedule – for instance, every 180 days. For maximum life, the vinyl hot tub covers also need to be cleaned and conditioned.
Change the filter May appear on maintenance schedule – for instance, every 365 days. Alerts you to replace filters occasionally in order to promote sanitary conditions and proper spa functions.

Not all messages may be displayed

These are the Artesian Spas error codes and display messages:

2015 South Seas and Garden Spa models may display, along with what they mean and the action required:

Message Meaning Action Required
– – Means that the temperature of the water is unknown. When the pump has been running for a total of 2 minutes, the temperature is displayed.
HH Stands for “Overheat”- and the tub shuts down. One of the sensors detected  temperatures of 118°F (47.8°C) at the location of the heater. DO NOT GET INTO THE WATER. Take off the spa cover to allow the water to cool down. Once the water has cooled down, you can also reset by pushing any button. Shut the power down to the hot tub and contact the dealer or service company if the hot tub won’t reset.
OH Stands for “Overheat”- and the tub shuts down. One of the sensors detected  that the water in the hot tub is 110°F (43.3°C). DO NOT GET INTO THE WATER. Take off the spa cover to allow the water to cool down. The hot tub should automatically reset for a temp of 107°F (41.7°C). Shut the power down to the hot tub and contact the dealer or service company if the hot tub won’t reset.
IC Stands for “Ice”- The system has detected a potential condition for freeze. No action is needed. The blower and pumps activate automatically in spite of the status of the hot tub unit.
SA Means the hot tub unit has been shut down. The sensor plugged into sensor “A” jack is malfunctioning. Contact the dealer or service company if you continue to see this problem. Keep in mind this error may display itself temporarily also in situations of overheating. It should disappear when the heater cools off.
Sn Means that the sensors are not in balance. May just be a temporary condition if it is alternating with temperature. If it is flashing by itself, it means that the hot tub unit has also been shut down. Contact the dealer or service company for the hot tub unit to be serviced if the problem continues.
HFL or HL Means that a significant difference has been detected between the temperature sensors. This code could signify the unit has a flow problem. Check the level of the water in hot tub unit and refill levels if needed. Make sure the pump has also been primed if you see that the water levels are adequate.  If the problem continues, contact the dealer or service company.
LF Means low flow problems are persistent. This error code will display the fifth time that the “HFL” message occurs within 24 hours. With this error, the heater will shut down, but other functions of the hot tub will continue to function normally. Take same action steps needed for the “HFL” message. The Heating capacity of the hot tub unit also won’t automatically reset, but you can press any of the buttons to reset manually.
dr Means that there may not be enough water, poor flow or that air bubbles have been found in heater. Spa will shut down for 15 minutes. Check the hot tub’s water levels, and refill as needed. If checks indicate the water level is adequate, ensure the pumps are also primed. You can also press any of the buttons to reset manually, or the message automatically will reset itself before 15 minutes is up. If the problem continues, contact the dealer or service company.
dY Means that a condition of inadequate water has been detected in the heater. Spa will shut down. Take same actions steps used for dr. Spa unit won’t automatically reset, but you can press any of the buttons to reset manually.

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We most often think of a hot tub as a piece of recreational equipment. The truth is, though, that a healthy hot tubbing can be an important part of an active, healthy lifestyle. And probably not in the way you think.

The truth is, your hot tub isn’t just great for an after workout soak. It can also be an important part of the workout itself.

Exercise is generally divided into three categories: strength training, cardio, and mobility/flexibility. Guess what? Your hot tub can be used to practice any or all of them.

Healthy Hot Tubbing – Strength Training

Strength training is all about performing a motion under increased load. Traditional exercises to increase strength include push-ups, sit-ups, and weight lifting. Not only can these exercises be replicated in the hot tub, they can be performed more safely and effectively in the water.

With the use of resistance dumbbells – special weights that use water resistance to make you work harder – push-ups and upper-body weight lifting become possible. To perform a water dumbbell push-up simply:

  • Sit with your back firmly against the side of the hot tub, with water above your shoulders
  • Hold the water bells firmly in front of you, at shoulder height
  • Push the bells out from your chest in a “push-up motion”
  • The speed of your push will affect the resistance, and therefore the difficulty of the exercise

The advantage to doing pushups this way is that it produces less stress on your elbows and wrists than traditional push-ups. Note that the water bells are available in a variety of resistance levels (we carry 40%, 60%, and 80% models). They can also be used under water for traditional dumbbell biceps curls and any other way you would use a regular had weight outside of the hot tub.

Healthy Hot Tubbing – Cardio

healthy hot tubbing - strength trainingThere are a number of specialty exercise spas and hot tubs on the market that incorporate exercise equipment. You don’t have to buy a hot tub with a built-in exercise bike, though, to get a cardio workout. Any workout can be a cardio workout if it raises your heart rate and makes you breathe harder.

One way to get a lower body cardio work out in a hot tub is by performing sitting leg raises, or scissor kicks.

  • Sit on the hot tub bench with your legs extended out in front
  • Make sure to brace yourself firmly with both hands on the bench or the side of the tub behind you
  • As quickly as you can kick your feet up and down in a scissor motion
  • It is like a flutter kick when swimming, but with a fuller range of motion, and without bending the knee
  • If the resistance is too much for your knees, you can switch to bicycle kicks
  • You can also add more of a strength training element by adding ankle weights

Healthy Hot TubbingHealthy Hot Tubbing – Mobility and Flexibility

It is not only possible to practice yoga in a hot tub, there’s a whole new kind of yoga called, unsurprisingly, “hot tub yoga”. Similar to traditional yoga, it involves stretching and holding poses to improve circulation, flexibility and mobility. For some specific information on the poses, check out this hot tub yoga info graphic for more Healthy Hot Tubbing.

Healthy Hot Tubbing – Killing two Birds with One Stone

healthy hot tubbing - cleaning the hot tub coverAll hot tubs need maintenance and setting aside some time to put some good old elbow grease into your hot tub is a way of killing two birds with one stone. Set aside time to give the hot tub a real good scrubbing. First, drain the hot tub and then with a shammy or wet cloth wipe down all the surfaces of the hot tub including both sides of the hot tub cover. This will be a nice workout and your hot tub will benefit from the cleaning as well. So a win win for you and your hot tub.

Healthy Hot Tubbing – Caution

Hot tubs relax muscles and increase circulation, which can help before, during and after exercise. With any fitness plan, it is important to consult with your physician before you begin. With hot tub exercising it’s even more important – especially if you have a heart or circulatory condition. Check with your doctor first, and listen to your body. Don’t over do it.

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The Cover Guy http://thecoverguy.com <![CDATA[Hot Tub Cover Thickness – What is the best for my Hot Tub?]]> https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/?p=4125/ 2017-01-09T16:17:36Z 2017-01-09T12:18:51Z Hot Tub Cover Thickness - What is the best for my Hot Tub? Our best selling Deluxe spa cover is best for almost any climate you’ll find in North America

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Hot Tub Cover Thickness

Hot Tub Cover ThicknessHot Tub Cover Thickness – What is the best for my Hot Tub? So it’s been a few years since you bought your hot tub and, while the tub is still going strong, the cover that came with it is starting to show some wear and tear. It’s possible the poor thing has even gone to the dogs – figuratively or literally.
We all know that the hot tub covers you get with a new tub are seldom the highest quality or the sturdiest design. Even for those who purchased higher quality hot tub covers when you got your tub, unless you took a few precautions and maintained your cover properly there’s a good chance you’ll be looking to replace it after two or three years.

But what do you need to look for in replacement hot tub covers, and how can you make sure the next one lasts longer?

Pick the Right Hot Tub Cover

By “pick the right hot tub cover” we mean the right thickness and foam density cover for the type of climate and environment your hot tub will be in. There are several options here, and it’s important to make the right choices.

All Covers

While there are a few hot tub cover requirements that will change depending on where the hot tub is located, there are also a few that remain the same, and we’ll deal with those first.

High density foam

Hot tub covers are meant to perform two main functions; safety and heat retention. Good hot tub covers not only prevents debris and unwary people from falling into the tub unexpectedly, they also help the tub to retain as much of its heat as possible between uses. A hot tub loses most of its heat through the top, and an inefficient cover can result in an enormous amount of wasted energy (and wasted money) spent heating it back up or maintaining a consistent temperature.

This is what makes the density of the foam used in a cover such an important element. The denser the foam the more insulating it will be, and the less heat it will allow to escape from your hot tub. Common foam densities available for hot tub covers and spa covers is: 1 pound (good), 1.5 pound (better), and 2 pound (best) density foams.

Safety

The second main function of hot tub covers is safety, and there are a few things to look for that can make a huge difference in this regard. The first thing to look at is the child safety locks. Even if you don’t have kids. It doesn’t matter how unlikely it is that there will ever be children around your hot tub, it’s the kind of situation where the potential consequences are so severe that no one should take the chance. Make sure the cover comes with new hardware for both the cover and the tub. Two locks are good but four locks are even better and will also help with the wind lifting your spa cover.

The next thing to consider is the quality of the materials used in the construction of the cover. The best design and workmanship in the world can only do so much with poor quality materials.

Hot Tub Covers for Different Climates

The biggest variable in covers designed for different climates is the thickness of the cover. All covers designed for outdoor use are tapered so that rain, snow, and debris will slide off and not place undue strain on the materials. Good covers are also as waterproof as possible so they don’t get waterlogged and compromise their heat retention capabilities.

standard hot tub coversIndoor Tubs and Outdoor Tubs in Temperate Climates. For an indoor tub or for an outdoor tub in a milder climate. The Cover Guy Standard cover, which tapers from 4” at its thickest down to 2″ at its thinnest is adequate hot tub cover thickness. Thick enough to provide heat retention given the warmer temperatures outside the tub. And perfect to keep debris out of the tub.

deluxe hot tub coverMost Other Climates in North America. Our best selling hot tub cover thickness is the Deluxe cover which tapers 5” to 3” is great for any climate you’ll find in North America. It is great for the hottest and the coldest areas. The Deluxe can withstand all lot of snow resting on it if it needs to. And can better handle the weight of a person should that be necessary, too. Regardless of climate, if you have children or animals around the house regularly, you should get a cover at least this thick just to be safe.

Anywhere with Lots and Lots of Snow

extreme hot tub coversIf your area occasionally receives mind-boggling amounts of snow (anything over 50″ annually), or extremely cold cold-snaps in the winter, you will probably want to invest in something a little sturdier, like our Extreme cover, which hot tub cover thickness tapers from 6” to 4”, and can generally stand up to anything Mother Nature cares to throw at it.

Making It Last

Probably the best thing you can do to make hot tub covers last as long as possible, aside from buying the best quality cover you can. Is to invest in a hot tub cover lifter. A cover lifter is a frame that attaches to your spa cover and makes it much easier to lift it off and put it back on. This not only makes your hot tub easier to use. It also reduces the strain placed on the cover when you move it. A Lifter is the single biggest difference you can make to the spa cover’s longevity. Next make sure to keep your cover clean from debris, snow and ice as much as possible. Make sure to clean the cover regularly and condition it with the proper agents made for this purpose.

By choosing your replacement hot tub cover carefully. By looking after it. And using a good quality cover lifter. You can expect to be using it, and to be saving both energy and money, for many years.

*Footnotes

The Extreme Hot Tub Cover is ideal for areas’s like:

MT. WASHINGTON, NH, BLUE CANYON, CA, MARQUETTE, MI, SYRACUSE, NY, SAULT STE. MARIE, MI, SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, TIMMINS, ON, CARIBOU, ME, MOUNT SHASTA, CA, LANDER, WY, FLAGSTAFF, AZ, SEXTON SUMMIT, OR, MUSKEGON, MI, ROCHESTER, NY, BUFFALO, NY, ERIE, PA, MUSKOKA, ON, KINGSTON, ON, PETERBOROUGH, ON, BINGHAMTON, NY, ALPENA, MI, DULUTH, MN, BURLINGTON, VT, MONTREAL, QC, SAGUENAY, QC, BECKLEY, WV, MONCTON, NB, WORCESTER, MA, HALIFAX, NS, INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN, QUEBEC CITY, QC, CONCORD, NH, SHERBROOKE, QC, ALBANY, NY, OTTAWA, ON, KALISPELL, MT, BLUE HILL, MA, TROIS-RIVIERES, QC, GREAT FALLS, MT, SUDBURY, ON, YOUNGSTOWN, OH, DENVER, CO, SALT LAKE CITY, UT, CHEYENNE, WY, BILLINGS, MT, HARTFORD, CT, GREEN BAY, WI, MINNEAPOLIS-ST.PAUL, MN, WINNIPEG, MB, SAINT JOHN, NB

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The Cover Guy Oversized Custom Hot Tub Covers and Swim Spa Covers

The Cover Guy builds Oversized Custom Hot Tub Covers for all hot tubs and Swim Spas. TCG has been building hot tub covers and spa covers for over 30 years and has a great knowledgeable staff. TCG will help you design the perfect hot tub cover for your hot tub or swim spa. Recently one of our hot tub cover specialists Amanda had the occasion to work with one of her customers on a oversized custom swim spa and hot tub cover.

This collaboration with Amanda’s customer rendered an amazing result and is a perfect example of the kind of custom work TCG does.

Oversized Custom Hot Tub Covers Custom Swim Spa Covers by The Cover Guy
Incredible Custom Hot tub cover The Cover Guy Custom Hot Tub Covers

If you need an Oversized custom hot tub cover or Swim Spa Cover please contact Amanda.

The Cover Guy 866-652-6387 x 204 or you can email her Amanda@thecoverguy.com

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The Cover Guy http://thecoverguy.com <![CDATA[Hot Tub Cover Lifter Buying Guide]]> https://www.thecoverguy.com/backyard-blast/?p=3949 2016-08-26T15:35:04Z 2016-08-26T15:35:04Z In this Post we have put together a hot tub cover lifter buying guide for choosing the perfect hot tub cover lifter for your hot tub space. There are three things to consider when your making your purchase of a hot tub cover lifter.

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Hot Tub Cover Lifter Buying Guide!

The Backyard Blast hot tub cover lifter buying guide. Hot Tub Cover Lifters are so important for the life of your hot tub cover. You will find that your cover will last longer because it is not pulled and dragged around your hot tub space. The Best thing is you will enjoy your hot tub more with a lifter. Removing and replacing your cover will be easier and you will also use your tub more because of the lifter.

In this Post we have put together a hot tub cover lifter buying guide for choosing the perfect hot tub cover lifter for your hot tub space. There are three things to consider when your making your purchase of a hot tub cover lifter. The type of lifter you would like, the space you have around your hot tub, and your budget. All of these elements will play a role in the choice of hot tub cover lifter for your hot tub area. 

What Space do I Need for a Hot Tub Cover Lifter?

spa cover lifterThe first thing you need to look at when purchasing a hot tub cover lifter is the space you have around your hot tub. Looking from the front entry it is vital to know the dimensions on each side of your hot tub to the closest barrier whether it is a wall, fence or tree etc.

Next you will need to know the amount of space behind your hot tub from the tub to any barrier that could be present such as a wall or fence. The reason you need to know the spacing is that each cover lifter is a different size and requires that clearance to be able to work on your hot tub or spa.

The Cover Guy has a great hot tub cover lifter guide that lists exactly the dimensions needed on the side and back of the hot tub for each lifter in the market you can see the hot tub lifter guide by clicking here.

How is a Cover Lifter Attached to my Hot Tub?

stored_position_table_top stored_position_up hot tub cover lifter positionsHot tub cover lifts can be mounted on your hot tub in a number of ways. The lifts mounted on the side or back of your hot tub at the bottom are bottom mount lifters. Lifts can be mounted to the top on the sides of your hot tub known as a side mount. Some lifts are adjustable so they can be placed anywhere on your hot tub. Some lifters are placed behind your hot tub and need no space on the sides of your tub to work. And finally, there are even lifters that don’t even have to be attached to your hot tub they are under mount, or deck mount lifters. The Cover Guy hot tub cover lifter buying guide also shows what type of mount each lifter is.

What Types of Hot Tub Lifters are there?

There are 3 main types of hot tub cover lifts to choose from; Manual Pivot Hot Tub Cover Lifters, Hydraulic Hot Cover Lifters, and Shelf Hot Tub Cover Lifters. The difference between each type of lifter is clearance needed, ease of use, and cost.

hot tub cover lifterThe Manual pivot lifters come in many shapes so they can be bottom mount, side mount, or back mounted. The common thing with a manual pivot lifter is it is manual so you are still doing some heavy lifting. With a good manual pivot one person can remove the cover.

hydraulic hot tub cover lifterThe Hydraulic hot tub cover lifters are the best lifters available highlighted by the fact that they do all the work in removing a hot tub cover. The hydraulic arm of the lifter takes away your need for doing the heavy lifting. There are all types of different hydraulic lifters so you should be able to find one that suits your hot tub area and space. The Cover Guy Hydraulic hot tub cover Lifter is adjustable and can fit just about every application.

roller lifter2Lastly, the Shelf hot tub cover removal system. The Shelf is not a lifter, it’s a shelf that your cover is pushed on to while in your tub. This is a very popular easy to use storage system for your cover. The only drawback is that you need a lot of space behind your hot tub for it to work.

Hot Tub Cover Lifters

There is nothing better then relaxing in the hot tub after a long day. The soothing waters and the tranquil setting you have created for yourself takes all your cares away. The only issue you have is that this serenity comes with having to move that heavy awkward cover off first!

Hot Tub Cover Lifters are a vital addition making the spa the heavenly place it is intended to be. Hot tub cover lifters also protect your hot tub cover and your back muscles. We hope this hot tub cover lifter buying guide is helpful in your pursuit of a lifter for your tub. Keep on enjoying your hot tub with a lifter addition.

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