• Is My Balboa Spa Heater Discontinued?

    Posted by Mark Temte

    Over the course of time, Balboa has had a tendency to like to discontinue products at an exceedingly accelerated rate. There are a significant number of Balboa heaters that have been discontinued and Balboa has not provided a replacement part number for any of them. If you are trying to replace one of the spa heaters on this list, and are having trouble locating it, you now know why. You may have come to this page through our Heater Locator, which lists all of the spa control systems made by Balboa Water Group over the last 25 years.

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  • What Is The Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Safety Act?

    Posted by Mark Temte

    The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was introduced into legislation by U.S. Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida after Virginia Graeme Baker, a 7 year old drown in a hot tub after being trapped underwater by a powerful suction of a hot tub drain. Graeme, as she was known, was a member of her community swim team and a proficient swimmer from the age of three. She was the granddaughter of Secretary of State James Baker III. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 as Title XIV and enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush on December 19, 2007. Its primary design was to decrease the amount of infant drownings caused by hot tubs and pool drains. This law became effective on December 19, 2008.

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  • Pool & Spa Drain Safety Recall Information

    Posted by Mark Temte

    Water safety is such an important consideration when considering a pool or spa.  There have been many questions in recent news about whether pool drains are safe.  There have been product safety recalls, which have left more questions than answers.  Below is a FAQ on product drain safety recalls that was put together in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Staff along with the Association of Pool and Spa Safety staff.  If you have questions about your pool or spa, please feel free to give us a call.  We suggest the following when it comes to your pool or spa:

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    1. Hot Tub Water Chemistry Guide

      Posted by Mark Temte

      We have developed several steps to help keep your water clear and healthy. ALWAYS make sure your filtration pump is working and wait 30 minutes before adding different chemicals to your hot tub. If you have any questions in regards to keeping your hot tub safe and healthy, please feel free to contact one of our Customer Service Specialists for more information. You can reach us here daily via chat or e-mail or you can call us toll-free at 800-918-9143.

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    2. Understanding Your Hot Tub Circuit Board

      Posted by Mark Temte

      This is a  simple guide to understanding how to properly identify your spa control system circuit board, at least enough to properly identify either the circuit board part number or in the event that the sticker has become unattached to the circuit board, you can still identify it by the primary chipset part number.  If your circuit board has the sticker still attached to the board, you should be able to easily identify the Balboa part number on it.  It will be the first set of numbers,

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