The spectra is remarkably durable. At the price
, they should be. I have had mine for 19 years and most of that time it was sitting idle - but with the storage
solution inside, and renewed every two years or so.
I'm sure the Spectra techs will help you with firing up and running your Spectra. My suggestions below are only offered as a preview.
When you are running any fresh water
or solutions, do not use normal tap water
unless you have run it though a carbon filter, or use distilled water.
You may find some leaks
in the system. Before bothering to chemically clean the system or check for fresh water output, follow directions specific to your model for starting it up but using just fresh non-chlorinated water at the intake. First make sure the low pressure pump(s) are running. Then check it all carefully for leaks
. I bought a Clark pump
seal kit and solved
some leaks in the Clark oump and I bought a new low-pressure pump
to replace one of the originals that had been corroded due to a small leak I had not noticed. Salt water
not good for electric
After you fix any leaks you can run a cleaning
cycle. Spectra has two different chemical solutions, one for cleaning
and one for storage
. Get them from most chandleries. Go online to get the directions for how to run a cleaning cycle.
If the cleaning cycle shows no major amount of discoloration in the solution, and after flushing
thoroughly with fresh water, you can finally try it with salt water
input - but only if you are in clean ocean water. If not you can mix up your own salt
water equivalent in a bucket. Direct the brine output back into the same bucket for re-cycling. Run it 10 minutes then check for taste and smell. You should get a TDS meter and use that as well. You want less than 700PPM but Spectra usually runs less than 300PPM.