Special Cold Weather Instructions
Slipping into your steamy water on a snowy, winter night is a refreshing experience. Many times, people who could never imagine being outside in winter weather, find themselves spending their winter nights doing just that, while relaxing in their hot tub with family and friends. Therefore, the best winterizing tips of all are to enjoy use of your system year-round.
All systems manufactured by Dimension One Spas are designed for rigorous winter use. They are insulated to keep operating costs down and to protect plumbing and equipment whenever the products are operational. Each product line incorporates freeze protection mode to maintain water circulation during freezing conditions whenever the system has proper electrical power and water level. Therefore, a fully operational system is your number one defense against freeze damage.
If you find it completely necessary to drain your water during the winter months, in an area where freezing conditions may exist, please adhere to all of the instructions in this section to minimize the risk of freeze damage. Failure to complete any of the steps satisfactorily will increase the chance of freeze damage, as small amounts of water trapped in pipes will expand as it freezes, and may result in damaged plumbing lines or fittings.
Dimension One Spas does not recommend that you drain your system for the winter. Freeze damage caused by winterizing your system is specifically not covered by your warranty
Items Required for Winterizing
- Phillips head screwdriver
- 16” (40.6 cm) Channel-lock pliers
- High pressure air blower
- Commercial grade wet-vacuum
- 3 gallons (11.37 liters) to 6 gallons (22.74 liters) of Non-Toxic Antifreeze
- Strong, able-bodied people capable of lifting system into upright position
- Enough time (and patience) to perform all steps
Procedure for Winterizing
1. Shut the power off to the system and make sure that it cannot be accidentally turned back on.
2. Remove filter elements from filter assembly.
3. Drain water from the system using the drain fitting and garden hose or you may use a submersible pump for faster water evacuation.
4. Open the equipment compartment and locate pumps and heater.
5. Remove all of the drain plugs from each pump.
6. Loosen unions on both sides of each pump, and the heater if applicable.
7. If your system has a Dynamic Jet Sequencer, please remove that access panel as well and loosen all unions on each of the sequencer valves. There are 6 sequencer valves, that means that you will have to loosen 12 unions.
8. Tip the system onto one side. (The system will have some water remaining, which will add to the weight). Be sure to have enough people available to safely lift the weight of your system. Do not tip system onto equipment bay side.
9. Close all jets, by turning jet faces counter clockwise.
10. Put on your protective goggles in order to protect eyes from air, water, antifreeze or debris exiting the jets or drains.
11. Insert the hose of a high-pressure air blower into the filter element fitting. Some models may have 2 filters. Begin with the left-hand filter fitting, which will help evacuate water from the circulation pump system. Then proceed to the right-hand filter fitting. When using air blower on single-filter systems or the right-hand fitting on dual filter systems, rotate each of the jet faces clockwise to open and counter-clockwise to close again. Do this to each jet face, one jet at a time. Be careful, as water will be coming out of each jet fitting as you perform this maneuver. Perform this operation, until no more water is coming from the jets.
12. 1Remove jet faces and insert the hose of a high-pressure air blower into each jet fitting. Continue this process, until no more water comes out of any jet fitting or drain fitting and you no longer hear water gurgling within the plumbing. Place all jet faces in a plastic bag and set aside until you are ready to use your system again.
13. Remove both bleeder valves from the top of the filter canister area. Place hose of a high-pressure air blower into the rear-most bleeder fitting first. Confirm that water mist is blowing from one or both of the circulation system return jets in the footwell of the system. You may also get some water mist blowing from the filter canister. Repeat this process with the front-most bleeder fitting. Confirm that water mist is blowing from the drain fittings of the jet pumps.
14. Place the hose of a commercial grade, wet-vacuum over each jet fitting, bleeder valve fitting, and drain fitting to draw out as much remaining standing water as possible.
15. Remove drain hose bib assembly from the outside bottom of the system.
16. Use the wet-vacuum to remove standing water from the pumps and any other fittings within the equipment compartment.
17. Once you are sure that all water is evacuated from the plumbing and equipment of the system, put the system back down in its normal position and repeat Step 10 and Step 11
18. Read all Directions and Safety Precautions on the Swimming Pool or Recreational Vehicle antifreeze bottle before opening and using. Ensure that it is non-toxic and safe for this use. Beware of and follow all safety precautions.
19. Using a long funnel, begin pouring non-toxic swimming pool or recreational vehicle water system antifreeze into the filter canister fittings, bleeder valve fittings and jet fittings of your system. Continue adding antifreeze until it comes out of the drain fittings or from the opening you are pouring it into. You must complete this task for every jet fitting in the system. Some of the antifreeze will seep into the system from the drain or jet fittings, which is okay, the goal is to have anti-freeze collect in the areas of the plumbing that would normally trap water. Use the funnel to also place antifreeze into the pump housing(s).
These instructions are for informational purposes only. Easy Spa Parts does not guarantee that following these instructions will resolve your specifi c spa condition, nor does Easy Spa Parts accept liability for work performed by anyone attempting the repair or part replacement. These instructions are provided solely by Easy Spa Parts. Certain parts mentioned in the instructions are manufactured by third parties, including Dimension One Spas. Dimension One Spas has not supplied or reviewed these instructions. Dimension One Spas shall have no liability to you relating in any manner to these instructions or any acts or omissions by Easy Spa Parts
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