Tips & Advice
What causes hot tub jets to stop working?
The simplest cause for hot tub jets to stop working is when they’re twisted to the “closed” position and need to be twisted back open. If you’ve recently refilled your hot tub and the jets are not working, there could be an airlock in the plumbing lines--a more difficult issue to fix. Someone with understanding of electrical components should turn the power off and then let the air escape, or bleed, from the lines by loosening “bleed screws” on the end of the pump.
Other reasons that jets may stop working include calcium buildup from hard water, and issues with the pump power.
What is the average lifespan of a hot tub?
The average lifespan of a hot tub is affected by how well it’s taken care of, as well as the quality of the product. When maintained properly, top-tier brands are expected to last 15-20 years. If neglected, even an expensive hot tub might only last 5 years.
What causes a hot tub to overheat?
Low water flow is by far the most common cause for a hot tub to overheat, and luckily it can be easily remedied by topping up (filling up the water level using a hose). Another reason a hot tub might overheat is that the spa filter is dirty.
How to find a hot tub leak
Before you begin looking for a hot tub leak, turn the power off. After that, the first place to check is the pump--a leaky pump is common, and easy to recognize from the water pooling below. If this doesn’t show anything, examine the union fittings, which can often come loose and need to be tightened by hand. If this fails to find your leak, you will need to visually inspect all the valves and plumbing—especially the connections on the pipes.
What is the cost of maintaining a hot tub?
The cost of maintaining a hot tub should be fairly manageable: about $500 annually in chemicals and filters, plus $30-$50 monthly for electricity. If you have to replace a hot tub cover, however, that could cost anywhere from $200-$400.
What is the best way to keep a hot tub clean?
The best way to keep a hot tub clean is to test the water in the hot tub every three to four weeks and make necessary adjustments. These may include adjusting the levels of alkalinity, the pH, and making it less hard or soft. Responsible hot tub owners also clean the spa filter every one to two months and replace it every one to two years.
It’s recommended to remove the spa cover from the spa a couple times a week and give the side that normally faces the water some time to air-dry. Finally, regular quick steps to keep a hot tub clean include skimming debris from the water and topping up the water.The longer process of draining and refilling a hot tub only needs to happen every three months if all the rest of the steps are done regularly.