Spa Maintenance Tips: Troubleshooting Common Hot Tub Problems

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Maintaining a hot tub generally doesn’t take much work, but it’s important to be aware of common problems that can arise. By troubleshooting and addressing these issues, you can ensure that your spa is running smoothly and is ready for a relaxing soak whenever you need it.  

Here are some tips and troubleshooting advice for common questions we get asked about hot tub maintenance.  

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How Do I Know If My Hot Tub Filter Is Clogged? 

A clogged hot tub filter can reduce water flow and cause problems with the circulation and filtration of your hot tub. If your hot tub’s water flow seems weak or if the water is not as clean as it should be, your filter may be clogged.  

To check the filter, remove it from the hot tub and rinse it off with a hose. If the water flows freely through the filter, it is not clogged. If the water flow is restricted, the filter may be clogged and should be cleaned or replaced. 

How Do You Fix A Hot Tub That Won’t Heat Up? 

If your hot tub is not heating up, several issues could be at play. First, check the thermostat settings to make sure that the temperature is set correctly. Next, check the hot tub’s heating element to see if it is functioning properly. If the element is not working, it may need to be replaced. You should also ensure that the hot tub’s circulation system works properly, as a circulation issue can prevent the water from heating up. 

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Why Isn’t My Hot Tub Turning On? 

If your hot tub is not turning on, there could be a problem with the hot tub’s electrical supply or the hot tub’s control panel. First, check the hot tub’s breaker and ensure it is not tripped. Next, check the hot tub’s control panel to see if it is functioning properly. If the control panel is not working, you may need to contact the manufacturer or supplier.  

Why Is My Hot Tub Water Cloudy? 

Is your hot tub water looking a little murky? Don’t worry; this problem is common and can be caused by a few different things, such as an improper pH balance, high levels of contaminants, or a dirty filter.  

Start by testing the pH of the water and adding chemicals as needed to bring it into the proper range. Next, check your hot tub’s filter and give it a good cleaning or replace it if needed. Finally, consider using a water clarifier to help remove minerals and improve the clarity of your hot tub water. 

Why Is My Hot Tub Foaming? 

Foaming in a hot tub can be caused by hair and body products, and detergent from bathing suits. 

To fix foaming in a hot tub, add spa foam out in small increments until foam/bubbles have disappeared. It’s also a good idea to rinse your hair and body before getting into the spa since chemicals from shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotions, and detergents can contribute to foaming and residue. 

How Do I Fix Low Water Flow In My Hot Tub? 

Low water flow in a hot tub can be caused by a clogged filter, a circulation issue, or a problem with the pump. To fix low water flow, check the hot tub’s filter and clean or replace it if necessary. Next, check the hot tub’s circulation system to ensure it functions properly. And lastly, check the hot tub’s pump and make sure that it, too, is fully functioning. 

How Do You Prevent Itchy Skin In Hot Tubs? 

Skin irritation from hot tubs is unfortunate, yet all too common. Factors that may cause itchy skin include sanitizer levels that are too high or low, irritants in the water, or improper pH balance.  

To prevent itchy skin, you must properly maintain the water chemistry of your hot tub. This includes testing the pH balance regularly and adding chemicals as needed to keep it within a safe and healthy range. You should also drain and clean the hot tub regularly to remove buildup and keep the water clear. 

Why Is My Hot Tub Control Panel Not Working? 

If your hot tub’s control panel is not working, there could be a problem with the control panel itself, the hot tub’s wiring, or the hot tub’s circuit breaker. To troubleshoot this issue, start by checking that the breaker is not tripped. Next, check the hot tub’s wiring to see if it is properly connected.  

If the problem persists, it’s best to consult with a professional electrician or hot tub technician to fix the control panel.  

Why Aren’t My Hot Tub Jets Working? 

When hot tub jets aren’t firing, there could be a problem with the hot tub’s pump or with the jets themselves. To fix this issue, start by checking the hot tub’s pump to make sure that it is functioning properly. Next, check the jets to see if they are blocked or clogged. If the jets are clogged, you can try cleaning them with a jet cleaner or replacing them if necessary. 

Why Is My Hot Tub Making Strange Noises? 

Have you been hearing strange noises coming from your hot tub? One common culprit is air in the lines. Luckily, this issue is easy to fix—simply release the air from the lines by opening the air bleed valve.  

Another possibility is a problem with the hot tub’s pump. If you suspect that the pump is the cause of the noise, it may be time to have it repaired or replaced.  

As you can see, hot tub maintenance may require some troubleshooting from time to time. If you ever need help with your hot tub maintenance, be sure to speak with the team at Leisure Industries. Our experts are happy to provide professional advice and assistance so you can enjoy your spa to the fullest.

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