Tips for easily fitting a new whirlpool bath
Installing a whirlpool bath really is easy. There is very little difference between fitting a whirlpool bath and a normal bath. Read on for our tips and hints.
- 1. Do whirlpool baths need electricity?The main thing to be noted about fitting a whirlpool bath is that it is no more difficult than fitting a regular bath tub. The plumbing is exactly the same the only real difference is that a whirlpool bath requires a standard 13 amp supply running to it, observing the current IE regulations. This single supply is sufficient for many of the options you may wish to specify to your new whirlpool bath such as chromotherapy lighting or bluetooth bath sound . If you are specifying a thermotherapy heater (1.5 kw), it is recommended that this runs off a separate 13 amp feed. So in simple terms it is just a case of running an electrical supply to where the bath with be situated, this easily connects to the electrical component(s) (connection with a 13 Amp plug is not permitted for whirlpool and spa pumps) then fit the bath as you would a normal bath.
- 2. Whirlpool bath electrical requirements1) All of the electrical connections required, must be handled by an approved and qualified electrician. These should all be done so, in strict compliance with the current IEE regulations.
2) The maximum load is marked on the pump motor plate and requires a ring main- Nominally maximum 13 Amp fused spur as an electrical supply.
3) The pump must be connected via a permanent connection to the electrical supply. It is strictly forbidden to make the connection with a plug. This is not permitted for both whirlpool pumps and spa blowers.
4) The electric supply must be fitted with a circuit breaker, which separates the pump on all poles from the supply with a separation distance of at least 3mm. The circuit breaker can be either: an automatic cut out, a switch, an isolator or a ground fault indicator.
5) It is recommended to supply the pump only by means of a ground fault indicator with a release currant of 30 mA.
- 3. Bath installation tips1) Before the installation remove the packing and make sure the bath is not damaged. During the installation protect the bath in an appropriate method (e.g. with a cardboard, blanket, bubble foil) After the finished installation Luna Spas guaranty applies only to hidden material defects.
2) Before the installation of the bath install the supply of hot and cold water and the drain.
3) Build in the bath into the space with finished wall tilling or plaster, which overlaps by 10 cm under the bath’s edge. You can provide the rim of the bath with a sound damping tape.
4) The floor under the bath, has to be a firm, inelastic surface and on a plain.
5) Install the bath with the leg set provided.
6) Mount the water overflow and drain set.
7) Fill in the bath with water as high as to the water overflow, check the tightness of the drain set, control the bath’s position and make tight the joints on the bath’s perimeter (max. 5 mm) with sanitary silicone filler or sealing tape.
8) The sides of the bath, which do not adjoin to the wall, can be lined and tilled or you can use a bath panel . Remember to leave a removable panel for maintenance and inspection. It is possible to tile the whole circumference of the bath or only some parts.
- 4. How to commision a whirlpool bath?Commissioning a whirlpool bath is easy and is recommended. All our baths are fully tested before shipping but as they have to go through the transport network it is recommended that they are checked again before tiling in or fitting the panel. This is simple to do and involves filling the bath to an inch over the highest jet and letting the system run for 10 minutes. Turn the system off and let stand, ideally over night. Then go round each jet and pipe join and check for any drips of water.
- 5. Should an access panel be fitted?In short - Yes. Although all our whirlpool baths are built to an extremely high standard and fully tested before shipping, it is recommended when installing that an access panel is fitted. This is usually a removable panel or similar to allow access to components. If the bath is being installed against a wall sometimes access from the adjoining room is the best solution.
Please note all our baths are built to order and we can tailor make to your preference, if you require the pumps on the right hand side for example please let us know and we can do this for you. To find out more about this please read 'Tailor made whirlpool baths'.
- 6. Maintaining a whirlpool bathMaintaining a Luna Spas whirlpool bath is simple as discussed on the following page . By following these simple steps discussed in the article there really is no effort or time wasted in caring for your whirlpool bath, ensuring trouble free ownership for many, many years to come.
- 7. Tips for removing any small scratches after installationShould you find small scratches after installation it is sufficient to polish them out use a polishing agent (such a brasso). If the installer makes a deep gash into the acrylic to remove you must grind the damaged place with water resistant abrasive paper of grain size 600 and then with fine abrasive paper of grain size 1000. Finally you will use the polishing agent for chrome and the bath will be as good as new.
- 8. The Luna Spas warrantyFor piece of mind it worth noting that all Luna Spas whirlpool systems have been manufactured to the highest standards and providing the above is adhered to will give many years of trouble free use and enjoyment. We are pleased therefore to offer a 5 year parts warranty on the complete whirlpool systems we build and supply to you.