What is an
Ozonator? Basically, by
using an ozonator you are injecting ozone gas (O3)
into the spa water to help sanitize it. It's a great way
to keep the need for sanitizer chemicals (bromine or
chlorine) to a minimal level. You will have to "Shock"
the spa to sanitize on a regular basis to catch up on
keeping the spa clean.
There basically are 2 types of
Ozonators used for spas: bulb and CD chip. The bulb is the
older generation but used quite extensively to date. A
long bulb coated with a special covering heats and
creates the ozone gas. The "New" generation is
using a CD chip. This chip creates an arc (like
lightning) that produces ozone gas. The two benefits are
the arc can create more gas and the chip can be replaced
in many ozonators.
Next step once the ozone gas is
made to inject the gas into the spa. Usually this is
done through a mazzai style fitting. Many spas come "Ozone Ready". This means the piping
and electrical connections are present. What you do is
install a "Mazzai" fitting which is a "T" fitting that
as water travels through it creates suction. This sucks
the gas out of the ozonator and into the spa. If you are
already using an ozonator, replacement is easy.
Once you have an ozonator properly
installed, the only part to replace is the bulb type
ozonator or the chip on replaceable chip styles. The
piping and mazzai should not need to be replaced. The
only common exception is if the spa water is not kept
clean, you might have to clean the mazzai because the
water flow can be hindered through the mazzai and stop
flow and suction. But this is rare.
How do I know
it's working? Either the bulb
type or the CD type glow. The bulb's glow many times can
not be seen during the day but looking at it during the
night you can. The CD type has a window that you
can see the glow is most cases. Also, it's common to
have a automatic shutdown of the ozonator when someone
touches the topside pad. So if you are checking on the
ozonator, the pump must be on automatically and you must
not touch the topside.
should I get?
Mostly, it's cost and ease. IF you already have a
bulb type, easiest is to replace with same. We offer both OEM and an aftermarket
ozonator made by Balboa.
It's very easy to switch to CD and have the
option of just replacing the CD chip later. The piping stays the same but you
might have to mount the new ozonator on the wood frame of the spa. Again, that's