Margaritaville Hot Tubs

How-to Video Guide for the Hot Tub Novice: Step 3 - Master Your Control Panel Functions

Welcome back hot tubbers!

We hope you’re enjoying your backyard paradise with a margarita in hand! Now that you’ve read the How-To Guide for Setting up your Water and the guide for Installing your Cover lock & lifter, you’re pretty much done setting up your hot tub, and now it’s time to get in and enjoy the hydrotherapy!

When you think of hot tubs, the first thing that comes to mind might be relaxation, family time, or hydrotherapy, but it’s probably not energy efficiency or technology, right? Think again! Margaritaville Hot Tubs are designed with the latest hot tub technology and the some of the most energy efficient features in the hot tub industry. Not only are our hot tubs full-foam insulated, they also feature several energy efficiency modes to help you save money and run your hot tub to your desired preference! Your digital control panel allows you to control numerous features at the touch of your fingers. From the comfort of your hot tub seat you can control the hydrotherapy jets, air pressure for maximum massage benefits, mood lighting, energy modes and filtering cycles – all based on your daily schedule and hot tub use.

If you’re looking for a quick overview on how your Margaritaville control panel works then watch the first video below! Don’t worry, if you’re looking to dive deep into control panel knowledge, we’ve got you covered! Take a look at the second video listed below for an in-depth lesson on how to program all of the hot tub features available to you.

On the other hand, if you’re someone that prefers reading then dive into the details below on how to control all of your hot tub settings and energy efficiency modes.

Overview Video 

In-Depth Video


Your control panel features 5 Buttons: plus & minus buttons, jet button, light button and the mode button. Here is how all of them function…


To adjust the temperature of your hot tub, use the plus and minus buttons. By pressing either button one time, it will increase or decrease the temperature by one degree.


Press the jet button to activate or de-active your jets. By pressing it one time, the low speed mode will turn on. Pressing it two times will active the high speed jets. To turn it off, press the jet button a third time.


To turn on the LED lights inside your hot tub, press the light button once. To shut it off, just press it one more time.

You also have the ability to change the color of your lights. Every time you press the light button on and off quickly, the light color will change. When you have chosen your desired light color, press it one last time.


The mode button is used to change your filtering cycles and set your desired energy efficiency mode.

Filtering Cycles

It is important to keep your hot tub’s water clean, and you can do that by setting filtering cycles. To do so, hold the mode button until F1 appears. Right after, the number 10 will appear, which is the amount of time your hot tub will run during the first filtering cycle. You can adjust this time by using the plus and minus buttons.

To program a second filtering cycle, press the mode button again, and F2 will appear. You can adjust the amount of time you’d like the second filtering cycle to run as well.

After you schedule your filtering cycles and their running times, simply leave it alone until the water temperature appears on the digital control panel screen once again.


Margaritaville Hot Tubs come with different modes: Standard, Economy, Sleep and Night Time modes.

To navigate through these modes, hold the mode button until F1 appears, and once more until F2 appears. Press it one more time for the programming modes.

ST will appear on your screen. Now you are ready to use your plus and minus buttons to choose the programming mode desired:

Standard mode: In the Standard mode, your hot tub will monitor itself throughout the day and maintain your set temperature automatically.

Economy or Sleep modes: During these two modes, your hot tub will only heat during one of its filtering cycles, saving you money. The Economy mode is best used when you travel and won’t be using your hot tub for a few weeks.

Night Time mode: Is designed to keep your jet pump quiet throughout the night. It will filter in the morning and it will monitor itself throughout the day, as well as reheat when needed.

When you are ready, press the mode button until you see your water temperature again.

All of this information can be found in your Owner’s Manual.