Air Control Education
Spa Directional Valve:
Directional valve consists of several
major parts other than the housing. Typically
you only replace these parts and leave the
Top part is the
handle; pull to remove. Next is the base. Simply
unscrew like a jar lid. (turn off power before
This will expose
spacers, o-rings, and directional valve. NOTE
these and their order because if you lose, the
valve may leak when reassembled.
Lastly is the
valve. Simply pull up and out. If debris is
holding the valve in place, you might have to
use some muscle. But it simply pulls out. Also
not direction when removing.
Where did the
stuff come from that makes turning the valve
hard or impossible? Usually its a sign that your
"socks" or suction covers are missing. These
suction fittings in the footwell of the spa need
"covers" that screen out small grit and sand. If
you have lost yours, you can find them on this
Air Control Button:
In most cases you only replace the top visible
hardware and the center core. You keep old
housing in place. To replace the housing
requires more parts
Turn power off.
Place your hand flat on the existing button.
Twist to left and the base and button will
release. Note o-ring. Now you will see the white
center core. Pull up and out. If you look inside
you will see on the bottom of the housing a
check valve. Usually replacement of this is
optional but it too pulls out. Do same with new
button and reverse.
This can be a bit challenging. You have to
remove the side panel next to waterfall. You
likely will see foam. You have to remove the
foam to expose the underside of the waterfall
area. When you do, you will see 2 bolts and the
hose that clamps onto the waterfall. If you
have, you will also see the cord to the
waterfall light assembly.
hose from the barb. With limited space it can be
a challenge but its doable. Once done, remove
bolts and remove waterfall.