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you should have 220v coming out of the control box to power your heating element
with only 180v however, I suspect there is internal damage in the control box
when the old element failed it is possible and probable it sent the electricity backwards and may has caused other damage
hot springs has a cautionary section directly related to the heater and any additional electrical not by design will cause irreversible damage
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Something is causing you to only get 180v and not 220v, as well as making the breakers trip. They are tripping due to something causing a direct short.
It may become necessary for you to contact a qualified local service provider, who has the proper testing equipment and can perform much more detailed onsite troubleshooting, after which they can discuss the best cost worthy solutions with you.
with the element disconnected you are still receiving a direct short from somewhere
Unfortunately, I am unable to help much more over the internet. If you can't locate anything obvious, you may need to contact a qualified local service provided to better troubleshoot and determine the cause.
once you can solve the short causing the breakers to trip, you should have 220v going into and out of the control box. If a different voltage, then there is still a problem and the heater won't work properly.
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Sorry I can't be of more help to you, I think your best option is contacting a qualified company to further troubleshoot the problem.
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Service Notice: All Hot Spring spa models are equipped with a power indicator which, in addition to showing the spa has power to it, has a diagnostic function as well. It will begin blinking if the heater high-limit thermostat has tripped. If the power indicator light is blinking, follow the instructions in the Troubleshooting section to identify and correct the cause. The power indicator will stop blinking once the problem has been corrected.
If you can locate the high-limit thermostat, it may have a reset feature and that may give you your 220v and correct the breakers tripping.