Hot tubs can be a great avenue of relaxation. Sometimes, nothing sounds better after a hard day of work than taking a relaxing soak. However, a seemingly relaxing activity can quickly turn if the hot tub’s water is discolored or the jets aren’t pumping properly.
Getting regular hot tub inspections can help to extend the life of your spa and prevent any costly “uh-ohs” when you pull the cover back and see permanent damage.
How Often Should I Get My Hot Tub Inspected?
In short, there isn’t an exact interval of time. There are a few questions you need to answer to determine how often you should get your hot tub inspected:
- How old is my hot tub?
- Is it a model that requires specific maintenance?
- Do I regularly use and maintain my hot tub?
- Are there any noticeable problems that require the inspection of a professional?
The most common answer you will see is to have your hot tub inspected annually. Yearly inspection is a good baseline if you regularly use your hot tub and give it the proper attention it needs.
Why Is It Important to Have Your Hot Tub Regularly Inspected?
The two biggest reasons why you should have your hot tub inspected are your safety and to keep your hot tub running at peak condition.
Keeping your hot tub maintained is first and foremost for your safety. There are a lot of components that go into running a hot tub. While manufacturers build spas to be safe, electrical shorts or faults are severe issues and should only be handled by trained professionals.
Having your hot tub regularly inspected also helps the filtration system run correctly, which is key to keeping biofilm or other microorganisms from developing in the tub’s water over time. An inspector will be able to give you advice on how to keep your hot tub clean and sanitary for everyone who uses it.
Keeping Your Hot Tub Running at Peak Level
Regular inspections and maintenance address small problems, preventing more significant problems later down the road. If you put off maintenance and checkups, you could be looking at a large repair bill to replace parts or the entire unit. Having an inspector check out your hot tub is one of the best ways to protect your investment.
What Can You Expect from a Hot Tub Inspection
Not every inspection is the same, but here are some things that most technicians will check when they are giving your hot tub a look:
- Tripped breakers
- The heating element
- The pump
- The pump’s seal
- Any structural damage
Costs of inspections with simple repairs can range from $50-$500, depending on what kind of hot tub you have and what type of maintenance it requires. While the inspection price may seem steep, the cost of more extensive repairs usually starts around $500-$5,000.
What You Can Do to Keep Your Hot Tub in Prime Condition
We always suggest regular inspections, but there are a few things you can do to limit the cost of repairs.
- Check and clean your hot tub’s filters. A lot of problems hot tub users have with their systems stem from clogged or damaged filters. Taking the time to check, clean and replace filters will go a long way to prevent unnecessary problems for the rest of the unit.
- Check your hot tub’s water. Checking your spa’s water is the easiest way to get a visual on its condition. If the water is discolored or the pH balance is out of wack, it can be unsafe for users and cause structural damage to the tub.
- Take time to clean your tub regularly. Hot tubs are prone to developing scum. Cleaning the shell and jets regularly and draining it every 3-4 months for a full interior cleaning will go a long way for your hot tub’s health.
Keeping your hot tub maintained and regularly inspected will help you to enjoy your spa without worrying about malfunctions. If you are having any problems with your hot tub’s electrical system, contact an expert at Complete Electrical Solutions today.