also Chemical FAQs:
What temp should I keep my hot tub? Being / not being
Answer: Being used) Plus or minus
98.6 feels hot / cold within
a few minutes. 104 is a pretty good fever temp. Not
being used) 88 degrees F.
How much do you pay an electrician to install a hot
A Good question. If the dealership does not have an
alliance package deal -call and co-ordinate the deal.
Do GFI s GFCI s wear out?
Yes, they sure do! Over time,
a GFI will become more sensitive to minor variations
in current that are caused by certain types of appliances.
It is fairly common to have to replace both the faulty
component (heater, pump etc.) and the GFI. Replacing
the GFI will help solve this problem, though it may
recur eventually as the new GFI ages.
Is plumbing required to install
my hot tub?
No. Modern hot tubs are self-contained
and you fill them with a garden hose.
Do I need a an electrician to
install my hot tub?
Yes. A licensed electrician will
be needed to wire your house for the hot tub's main
power supply, and do so according to electrical codes.
Are hot tubs expensive to operate?
electric will cost you .75 to
$1.50 per day hooked up to 240 volt power supply.
Baking soda -the hot tub cure-all??
Baking soda is an antacid but
do not use it to increase to pH! It's mildly abrasive.
It's used in 'whiting' toothpaste and softscrub for
this reason. Baking Soda will prematurely wear out your
pump seals. As you
can see in the pic, pump seals are basically to parts
that rub together forming a water tight 'seal'. One
side is phenol graphite, the other is ceramic. The graphite
side is like pencil lead and wears down with use. Rub
a pencil on sandpaper and see if it does not wear out
faster than on plain paper.
As with everything else,
you get what you pay for.
What kind of filtration
is best? Weir gate filtration is superior to pressurized
canister filtration. Wier filtration gets the floating
stuff like body oils and scum and remove them from the
main body of water for easy cleaning. Pressure filter
make no provisions for floating oils etc. In both types
of filtration systems, larger stuff like the stuff that
sticks to your feet as you get in your hot tub should
be removed using a hot tub vacuum as needed. Pressure
canisters can crack at the canister itself and at the
lid. The locking rings can break not allowing pressurization.
The air bleeder can break off not allowing pressurization.
Lastly, the O-ring for the lid and bleeder needs replacement
often than you may think. Having to bleed the air out
of the filter at refills is a hassle. Ask for weir gate,
run away from pressure filters!!
How important is horsepower to
the hot tub?
Hydrotherapy simply comes from hot moving water. That
water only needs to move over your body enough to keep
the warm sensation going. Your core temperature is 98.6
degrees, your skin temperature will be less, thus cooling
the hot water. Hydro massage is the jet action against
muscle. Jet placement and type will dictate your experience.
I have switched 5 horse power motors with 7 HP ones
and could NOT tell the difference. Which explains why
jets are only rated for 18-25 psi. Manufacturers use
water diverters to activate one seat or the other or
a split combination of the two.
How much does it cost to refurbish a huge hot tub?
New cabinetry is really the variable. I usually charge
$1500 -$2000 to make a custom cabinet out of cedar.
The spa pack or electronics is the next variable, from
a simple one pump and heater to 3 pumps, blower and
a Auxiliary outlet for something such as fiber optics,
stereo, tv etc. You can really get your hot tub hot
How much should I spend on a
Spend as much as you can afford.
Hot tubs do allow for some negotiation in the price.
Most dealerships will sweeten the deal with chemicals
and or accessories.
Is it difficult to maintain a
Do most hot tubs come with a
I would not buy a hot tub without
at least a 3 year warranty. Preferably a five year warranty.
Very rarely do manufactures cover the jet inserts or
pump seals, pillows and covers( or motors damaged by
leaking pump seals). They are considered a fair wear
out item, or due to poor water chemistry respectively.
I have an ozonator on my hot tub. Do I need to use a
sanitizer with it?
Yes. Even though ozone is an effective oxidizer and
will even destroy microorganisms directly exposed to
the ozone, the ozone is relatively short lived in your
hot tub water. As such the ozone is not present in the
water for a sufficient length of time to assure adequate
sanitation of the entire tub and the surfaces and plumbing.
The use of an ozonator will reduce your consumption
of chlorine or bromine as it makes it easier to maintain
proper levels of these in the water it does not eliminate
their usefulness. (You will need to add OZ Tabs once
a month or so to help keep the water smelling fresh)
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I just refilled my spa / hot tub and now it's not heating?
1) Can you tell if the pump that normally comes on to
heat the hot tub is running, just not coming out of
the jet(s)? If so, you have air trapped in the lines
"air lock". Try removing the filter, and alternating
the pump from low speed to low speed a couple times.
If that does not take care of it e-mail me for specifics
on how to prime your pump.
2) If the pump does not come on, but everything else
seems to work check the fuse for the pump. if that's
good, then you will need to schedule a service call
with a dealership or service company 3) Is the heater
'on' indicator light lit, but it does not seem to be
heating? Again, you should call a dealership or service
company for an appointment.
How long should it take to heat my spa / hot tub?
A hot tub connected via a 110 Volt GFI cord will heat
up approx. 3-4 degrees per hour. 56 degrees fill temp
to 101 operating temp = 45 deg. / 4 = 11.25 hours. A
240 Volt will up by 8-10 degrees per hour operating
temp in about 4.5 hours. All depending on if the manufacturer
used 4.0 kW or 5.5 kW elements. 240 Volts also is more
efficient and will add .75 to a dollar per day to your
bill. 110 Volts will cost you 50 to 75 percent more.
How do you decrease chlorine in a hot tub?
Time, adding water or visiting you local aquarium store.
Chlorine will dissipate over time, but with something
as large as a hot tub, you may want to drain and refill.
I know that you can get a 'de-chlore' product at aquarium
store. They may have larger bottles for things such