Thermistor, High-Limit, Hot Spring and Tiger River

Item #: 78969
$28.62

Replaces 38416

Newly designed and includes o-ring. This high-limit thermistor sensor is a safety device designed to communicate with the system to shut down the heater if the water temperature exiting your heater exceeds 118 degrees F. It simply screws into the No Fault Heater Housing (hand tight only) and then plugs into the outside of the spa’s control box. If your existing thermistor plugs directly onto the main circuit board (motherboard) inside the IQ2020 control box, then use item 79005. Always replace thermistors in pairs (ie; 79005 & 79006 OR 78970 & 78969).
Note: If you have an older style heater, these thermistors might be too long. Please see item 34-01395-K

This part can be found on many Hot Spring, Hot Spring pre 89, Tiger River, Limelight models from 1994 to 2018

View compatibility table & diagrams

Description

Replaces 38416

Newly designed and includes o-ring. This high-limit thermistor sensor is a safety device designed to communicate with the system to shut down the heater if the water temperature exiting your heater exceeds 118 degrees F. It simply screws into the No Fault Heater Housing (hand tight only) and then plugs into the outside of the spa’s control box. If your existing thermistor plugs directly onto the main circuit board (motherboard) inside the IQ2020 control box, then use item 79005. Always replace thermistors in pairs (ie; 79005 & 79006 OR 78970 & 78969).

Note: If you have an older style heater, these thermistors might be too long. Please see item 34-01395-K

*If your heater looks like one of these discontinued heaters below, use 34-01395-K:
Used 1997-2003 Used 1997-2003
Hot Spring only
(No-Fault 6000)
Both Hot Spring
& Tiger River
(No-Fault 4000 & 6000)

ALWAYS REPLACE THE THERMISTORS IN PAIRS. If a new thermistor differs in temperature sensing more than five degrees from the old thermistor, the system will go into a “fault mode” and prevent the heater, jet pump(s) and light from operating.So again, when replacing a control thermostat thermistor always replace the high limit thermistor as well and vice versa.

How do I know if I need new thermistor sensors? A symptom of this part failing is a flashing red “Power” light on the Hot Spring & Tiger River control panel or on the control box of the 1995-1996 Tiger Rivers.  It screws into the port (hand tight only) marked “outlet” on the PDR replacement heater. Typically, when one thermistor needs replacing, the other is close to failing as well and should be replaced at that same time. Thermistors have a reliable lifespan 6-8 years or so.

Thermistor Test Procedure
1. Set the meter to 20K on the OHM scale.
2. Record the temperature of the spa water.
3. Unplug the thermistor from the control box.
4. Meter across the two Thermistor leads.
5. Refer to the Temperature versus Resistance chart below to find the correct resistance value for the temperature measured. If the temperature and resistance does not match that of the chart, this test has failed and the thermistor must be replaced. Remember if the spa has been inactive, the spa water temperature may be different than the water temperature in the heater housing.

Click this chart to show the OHM range of the thermistor

Note: A high-limit fault will kill power to the heater, jet pump(s), and light but the circ pump will remain operational (except on a 1995 Tiger River where the circ pump will also be shut down).

View compatibility table & diagrams

Ref. Diagram
# 7 No Fault 5500 Cartridge Heater 1995-1996 (Hot Spring 1995 - 1996) View Diagram
Thermistors (PUG, ORCA, and EAGLE Compatible) (Hot Spring 1995 - 2000) View Diagram
# 9 Heater (95-96) 70914 & 70915 (Hot Spring 1995 - 1996) View Diagram
# 6 No Fault Heater 1997-2002 (Hot Spring 1997 - 2000) View Diagram
# 8 PDR Heater (Hot Spring 1997 - 2000) View Diagram
# 4 Control Panel Retrofit (Tiger River 1995 - 1996) View Diagram
brand model years
Hot Spring Classic (F) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Classic 230v. (FH) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Grandee (G) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Grandee (GQ) 1996
Hot Spring Prodigy (H) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Sovereign (I) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Sovereign 230v. (IH) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Sovereign 230v. (IHQ) 1996
Hot Spring Sovereign (IQ) 1996
Hot Spring Jetsetter (J) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Jetsetter (JQ) 1996
Hot Spring Highlife (K) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Summit (R) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Landmark (S) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Siberian (L) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Bengal (M) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Manora 230v. (MH) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Tondi Round (P) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Tondi Round 230v. (PH) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Classic (F) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Hot Spring Classic 230v. (FH) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Classic (FQ) 1998, 1999, 2000
Hot Spring Grandee (G) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Grandee (GQ) 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Prodigy (H) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Prodigy (HQ) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Sovereign (I) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Sovereign 230v. (IHQ) 1996
Hot Spring Highlife Limited Edition (ILE) 2003
Hot Spring Sovereign (IQ) 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Jetsetter (J) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Jetsetter (JQ) 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Highlife (K) 1994, 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Summit (R) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Landmark (S) 2001, 2002, 2003
Hot Spring Landmark (SQ) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Vanguard (V) 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Vanguard (VQ) 2001, 2002
Tiger River Caspian (CPN) 2003
Tiger River Siberian (L) 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Tiger River Siberian (LA) 1997
Tiger River Khyber (LH) 1995
Tiger River Siberian (LQ) 1999
Tiger River Bengal (M) 2001, 2002, 2003
Tiger River Bengal (MA) 1997
Tiger River Manora 230v. (MH) 1996
Tiger River Bengal (MQ) 1999
Tiger River Sumatran (N) 2001, 2002, 2003
Tiger River Sumatran (NA) 1997
Tiger River Sumatran (NQ) 1999
Tiger River Tondi Round (P) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Tondi Round 230v. (PH) 1996
Hot Spring Classic (F) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Classic 230v. (FH) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Grandee (G) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Prodigy (H) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Sovereign (I) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Jetsetter (J) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Highlife (K) 1995, 1996
Hot Spring Landmark (S) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Siberian (L) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Bengal (M) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Manora 230v. (MH) 1996
Tiger River Tondi Round (P) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Tondi Round 230v. (PH) 1996
Hot Spring Classic (F) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Hot Spring Classic (FQ) 1998, 1999, 2000
Hot Spring Grandee (G) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Grandee (GQ) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Prodigy (H) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Prodigy (HQ) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Jetsetter (J) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Jetsetter (JQ) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Landmark (S) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Landmark (SQ) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Vanguard (V) 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Vanguard (VQ) 2001, 2002
Hot Spring Classic (F) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Hot Spring Grandee (G) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Hot Spring Prodigy (H) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Hot Spring Highlife Limited Edition (ILE) 2003
Hot Spring Jetsetter (J) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Hot Spring Landmark (S) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Tiger River Caspian (CPN) 2003
Tiger River Siberian (L) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Tiger River Bengal (M) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Tiger River Sumatran (N) 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Limelight Gleam (GLM) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Limelight Glow (GLW) 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Tiger River Siberian (L) 1997
Tiger River Bengal (M) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Manora 230v. (MH) 1996
Tiger River Tondi Round (P) 1995, 1996
Tiger River Tondi Round 230v. (PH) 1996

This chart shows the OHM range of the thermistor

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