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Spa and Hot Tub Frequently Asked Questions



Question:

What temp should I keep my hot tub? Being / not being used?

Answer: Plus or minus 98.6°
feels hot / cold within a few minutes. 104° is a pretty good fever temp. (Not being used) 88° F.


Question:

How much do you pay an electrician to install a hot tub?

Answer:

A Good question. If the dealership does not have an alliance package deal -call and co-ordinate the deal. More later..


Question:

Do GFI s GFCI s wear out?

Answer:
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.


Question:

Is plumbing required to install my hot tub?

Answer:

No. Modern hot tubs are self-contained and you fill them with a garden hose.


Question:

Do I need a an electrician to install my hot tub?

Answer:

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.


Question:

Are hot tubs expensive to operate?

Answer:

Electric will cost you .75¢ to $1.00 per day hooked up to 240 volt power supply. Approx. $1.25 -$1.50 / day plugged in to a 110v outlet


Question:

Baking soda -the hot tub cure-all??

Answer:

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. Pump seals are basically two 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.

Question:
How important is horsepower to the hot tub?

Answer:

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°, 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.


Question:

How much does it cost to refurbish a huge hot tub?

Answer:

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 rodded!


Question:

How much should I spend on a hot tub?

Answer:

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.


Question:

Is it difficult to maintain a hot tub?

Answer:

No.



Question:

Do most hot tubs come with a warranty?

Answer:

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.


Question:

I have an ozonator on my hot tub. Do I need to use a sanitizer with it?

Answer:

Yes. Even though ozone is an effective oxidizer and will even destroy micro-organisms 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)


Question:

Can I submit a question of my own?

Answer:

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Question:

I just refilled my spa / hot tub and now it's not heating?

Answer:

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.

 

 Question:
How long should it take to heat my spa / hot tub?

Answer:

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.

 

 Question:
How do you decrease chlorine in a hot tub?

Answer:

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 as ponds..

 Question:
Pressure filter vs non pressure filter for hot tub?

Answer:
Weir gate filtration is superior to pressurized canister filtration. Not one tier 1 manugfactuer ie; Sundance, D1, HotSprings, Jacuzzi and on and on use them! Weir gate filtration gets the floating stuff like body oils and scum and removes them from the main body of water for easy cleaning in one simple operation. Pressure filter setups add an additional plumbing line called a skimmer (more things to break or go bad) 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 / spa 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. The o-rings for the lid and bleeder needs replacement more often than you may think. Lastly, having to bleed the air out of the filter at refills is a hassle. Ask for weir gate, run away from pressure filters!!

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