How Long Will My Hot Tub Last?
Purchasing a hot tub is a wonderful investment and one that will bring enjoyment to your home for many years to come. That being said, not all hot tubs are created equal and their lifespan can significantly vary based on their quality in addition to how well the unit is cared for and maintained. Below, we will look at some of that factors that can determine the longevity of a hot tub as well as tips on how to keep it running optimally for as long as possible.
The most practical way to ensure that your hot tub will have a long lifespan is to choose a high-quality model in the first place. The lifespan of typical hot tubs can range between 5 and 20 years. By doing research upfront, you can ensure that you are buying a model that has an excellent reputation. Look for durable, rugged materials, positive customer reviews and a comprehensive warranty to support the unit.
One of the best ways to prolong the lifespan of your hot tub is to keep it clean. Invest in a heavy-duty cover that will keep out dirt or debris when the tub is not being used. If you do not use your hot tub on a regular basis, make sure to remove the air out of the cover every few weeks to prevent mold or algae growth. Use a hot tub vacuum to clean the floor surface and liner below the water line and a skimmer net to remove any bugs or grass from the surface water.
Keeping your filters clean will ensure that your pump stays in good working order and does not become clogged or damaged. Filters should be cleaned according to the recommendations in your hot tub’s owner’s manual, which is usually every several weeks and they need a specialized cleaner. Once cleaned, the filter must be rinsed in fresh water and allowed to dry completely before replacing. It is also recommended to completely replace your filter every few years.
Another way to lengthen the lifespan of your hot tub is to regularly inspect and maintain its various components. The main components of a hot tub are the electrical system, plumbing, and heating. Making sure that these are functioning optimally will go a long way in helping your hot tub lasts for many years. Regularly inspect for leaks, strange noises, and loose fittings.
The most used part of your hot tub is the seats. Keeping your unit covered when not in use will help prevent damage from sun exposure and environmental conditions. Routinely inspecting the water jets surrounding the seats will ensure that they have not become clogged or blocked. When you are draining your hot tub for routine cleaning, always take the time to thoroughly inspect seating areas for wear and tear.
Frequently test your water for pH balance, bromine and chlorine levels. Adjust as needed as keeping the water in your hot tub balanced not only ensures the water is clean when you are ready to take a relaxing soak but will help increase the lifespan of the filtration and plumbing systems. Regular shocking of the hot tub, which involves adding a combination of chlorinated and non-chlorinated cleaners will assist in breaking down organics that impact the water clarity or may cause odour. Finally, always make sure to keep the hot tub’s water at the recommended level as the plumbing system may become damaged if it is running without the proper amount of water.
Now that you know how you can increase the lifespan of your hot tub, learn more about the options we have available by downloading a hot tub buyer’s guide.