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Everything you need to know once you've bought your spa, where to put it at home & how to prepare for the delivery

pre-delivery guide

Sapphire Spas thanks you for supporting Australian made products and wishes you the best in your spa experience.

Please take the time to read these instructions thoroughly as they will provide you with information to ensure the safe and timely delivery and installation of your new spa pool or swim spa.

The information to follow should be used as a guideline on how to prepare for delivery and set up of your spa. We have specifically detailed requirements for site selection, delivery access, ground preparation and electrical requirements.

Please carefully review the Owner’s Manual that you will receive with your new spa and register your spa’s warranty within 10 days of delivery to guarantee ongoing assistance and support. This manual should be found in your spa when delivered.

Sapphire Spas reserves the right to change features, specifications and design without notification and without incurring any obligation.

IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ANY ASPECT OF THE SITE PREPARATION PLEASE CONSULT YOUR SAPPHIRE SPAS RETAILER FOR CLARIFICATION

Sapphire SPA POOLS - removing the cabinet doors / electrical cabling conduit access

We’ve gathered together some useful information for you & your tradies to get to know your way around your new spa prior to installation

We highly recommend that all access panels on all sides of your spa pool are accessible once installed onsite

Undo screws with allen key to remove side door panels

Lift bottom of door, slide downwards & remove carefully / Lean vertically in a secure position to avoid damage

Filtration pump (left) hydrojet boost pump (right)

Power supply to control box / Clearzone unit shown in background

 

Barrel union on filtration pump

 

Bleed valve on hydrojet boost pump

Spa blower

Ask your local retailer for a technical line drawing of your chosen spa for product & componentry placement

Sapphire SWIM SPAS - removing the cabinet doors / plumbing location / electrical cabling conduit access

We’ve gathered together some useful information for you & your tradies to get to know your way around your new spa prior to installation

We highly recommend that all access panels on all sides of your swim spa are accessible once installed onsite

 

SV4 control box, shut off valve, gate valve, blower & pump (post 2019 black pumps) placements : usually positioned under seated areas of spa for more space

 

SV3 control box, clearzone unit & blue smartflo pumps / HEAT PUMP ready plumbing & gate valves (left under cabinet)

 

Blue smartflo pumps showing shut off valves

 

Ask your local retailer for a technical line drawing of your chosen spa for product & componentry placement

Sapphire M6DUALZONE SWIM SPA - removing the cabinet doors / plumbing location / electrical cabling conduit access

We’ve gathered together some useful information for you & your tradies to get to know your way around your new spa prior to installation

We highly recommend that all access panels on all sides of your swim spa are accessible once installed onsite

 

Spanet control box, shut off valves, gate valves, blower & pump (post 2019 black pumps) placements : usually positioned under seated areas of spa for more space. Pink highlighted areas show electrical access points.

 

SV3 control box, clearzone unit & blue smartflo pumps / HEAT PUMP ready plumbing & gate valves (left under cabinet)

 

Blue smartflo pumps showing shut off valves

 

Ask your local retailer for a technical line drawing of your chosen spa for product & componentry placement

Prior to installation of your spa, your electrician will need to arrange adequate power supply for your spa. You can find details of the power requirements in the 'product specifications' table on the website page for your chosen spa model (search for your spa model using the 'ranges' tab in the top menu bar. Please note, we will always quote only the minimum power requirement.

example: 32amp power is required for the premium model below

Provide this document to your electrician when they're connecting your spa to the power supply.

Spanet SV Series Control WIRING DIAGRAM (1.1 MB)

It is important that home owners comply with state and council regulations which are in place to improve safety outcomes. Additional information can be obtained from your local council or visiting spasa.com.au.

safety considerations

- your spa cannot be positioned within three (3) metres of overhead power lines or existing power outlets.

- a qualified electrician must be consulted to complete all electrical requirements necessary for your new spa pool.

- temporary and permanent fencing may be required to comply with council regulations.

- Sapphire Spas will not be held responsible for any issues arising from these safety or compliance requirements.

electrical requirements

- the electrical connection to your Sapphire portable spa pool is your responsibility.

- you must ensure that all regulations and codes are adhered to. The connection must be completed by a qualified electrician who must supply an Electrical Safety Certificate.

- a copy of the Electrical Safety Certificate may be requested by your dealer or the manufacturer if requesting a warranty claim.

- it is recommended that a separate circuit be dedicated to your spa pool with sizing and amperage dependant on the type of spa pool and the equipment used.

- all other regulations must be adhered to and Sapphire Spas will not be held responsible for any actions taken by yourself or any technicians that may void warranties or violate local authorities’ regulations and laws.

DAMAGE TO YOUR SPA DUE TO INCORRECT ELECTRICAL REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE COVERED BY YOUR SAPPHIRE SPAS WARRANTY

Once you have selected a site for your new spa, ensuring there is 600mm clearance around spa, you’ll need to prepare a solid, level and supportive base which will remain stable for the life of your spa.

A typical spa in use poses a considerable weight for any foundation to support. Even our smaller spas can weigh up to 2000kg when filled with water and occupants, some of our larger models can reach 3000kg and our swim spa up to 7000kg.

Refer to your brochure for dimensions and approximate filled weights of Sapphire Spas models.

Remember, weight of occupants must also be considered in addition to these figures.

Do not put your spa on any soft surface such as grass, sand, pebble or dirt as this may place undue stress on your spa, causing it to distort and/or crack.

Damage caused by an inadequate foundation will void the warranty on your spa. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure correct installation of the spa.

Whether choosing a concrete slab or timber decking to support your spa pool, Sapphire Spas strongly recommend the use of a licensed contractor.

concrete slab

A reinforced concrete slab of at least 100mm (4”) thick is a suitable foundation for your spa; this must be increased to a minimum of 150mm thick when installing swim spas. You must ensure this base is an even, level surface free from cracks, doming or hollows. It’s preferable for the slab to extend at least 200mm outside the spa dimensions for stability.

timber decking

Sapphire Spas recommend that you consult a structural engineer to ensure that your decking is capable of safely and adequately supporting the full weight of your spa when in use. Should you wish to surround your spa with decking, we suggest that you install it on a concrete slab (as above) then build the deck to surround your spa.

SAPPHIRE SPAS WILL TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE INSTALLATION

OF YOUR SPA

Prior to the arrival of your new SpaPool or SwimSpa, please ensure clear access is available from the delivery vehicle (crane, truck, ute etc) to the selected location for your spa.

Consult your dealer for details of space required to manoeuvre and park. The driver will make every effort to get as close to the site as possible to unload your spa. You will need to be on hand for the delivery and ensure you provide enough manpower to manoeuvre the spa onto site. Consult your dealer in relation to assistance such as trolleys.

Check the dimensions of your spa as per your brochure. Your spa may be tilted onto its side to fit through a smaller pathway, but you need to then allow for the increased height of the spa and any trolley being used.

Always use a reputable crane or delivery company who can provide proof of insurance on request.

more difficult sites

Please consult your Sapphire Spas dealer to discuss further measures should you not meet the recommended requirements. A crane is sometimes necessary but is not included in a standard delivery price.

Please consider these possible restrictions which may apply to your selected delivery route:

- the width of all doorways, gates and pathways

- the height of low trees, roof eaves, guttering or telephone lines

- tight bends to be negotiated, ex. 90 degree turn (take measurements)

- obstruction from protruding fixed objects, ex. meter boxes, a/c units, hot water services etc

- you may have to cut or tie back shrubs or trees, move dog kennels, bbq’s, planter boxes or wood piles

- severe slopes along the route which may cause trouble

A. check height of low trees, roof eaves, guttering, phone lines

B. move dog kennels, bbq's, planter boxes, kids play equipment

C. check corner clearances

D. check width of doorways, gates & pathways

E. advise of steep slopes & number of steps

F. check meter boxes, a/c units, hot water services, water/ gas meters

When ordering your spa with a heat&cool pump, you will need to select the best position for the pipework to exit the spa cabinet. We recommend choosing either position A / B / C / D (refer diagram) for the heat&cool pump pipework to exit your spa to keep the heat&cool pump as close as possible to the main control box for best efficiency.

Keep the heat&cool pump as close as possible to the spa, but further than minimum 300mm.

NOTE: Your Spanet heat&cool pump will come with a 5m data cable. If DISTANCE FROM MAIN CONTROL BOX to heat pump is > 5.0 metres, a 10m data cable will need to be purchased and installed.

 

 

 

The SV series of heat&cool pumps must be located outside in a clear area where noise and air flow will not be disruptive. The heat&cool pump must be located externally to the spa pool cabinet to allow sufficient air flow for optimum efficiency.

The heat&cool pump MUST be installed according to the air space requirements shown below and the instruction manual supplied with your spa (refer inset image).

FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL IMMEDIATELY VOID ANY WARRANTY

 

Select a suitable location in accordance with below notes and consult the local swimming pool safety regulations to check the requirements for proximity to other equipment.

1. the heat&cool pump must be situated away from vegetation and obstacles as per diagram.

2. the heat&cool pump must be installed outside, external to the spa cabinet.

3. the heat&cool pump should be mounted on anti vibration mounts on a dead flat / level base. The base should be a large concrete slab. The base must have sufficient height to prevent entry of water into the bottom of the heat pump. The base must be large and heavy enough to properly secure the heat pump.

4. height must be adjusted to fit the condensation drain pipe work under the heat&cool pump.

5. do not install the heat&cool pump in a confined space to prevent recycling of air.

6. the fan should not blow towards windows, walls or spaces likely to be inhabited by people or animals.

7. do not install where it is likely to be subjected to polluted air, dust or debris etc.

8. the heat&cool pump must operate with a clean air supply.

9. avoid direct fan output against the dominant wind directions.

10. protect the heat&cool pump from possible snow fall.

11. locate heat&cool pump in a place inaccessible by children.

 

The heat&cool pump will be supplied with a data and power cable already fitted.

They simply need to be connected to the Spanet SV spa control by referring to the SV Series Heat Pump Manual supplied with your spa.

Spanet SV Series HEAT PUMP Manual (1.2 MB)

Once connected, the SV controller will automatically detect the heat pump and enable its operation. Operation and use of the heat&cool pump is covered in a dedicated section of the Manual provided.

A separate power source for the heat pump is not required.

 

We thank you for taking time to read our pre-delivery guide

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