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The Essential Guide to Hot Tub Care: From New to Over a Decade Old

The Essential Guide to Hot Tub Care: From New to Over a Decade Old

When you own a hot tub, it’s not just about soaking in the warm, bubbling water under a starry sky; it’s also about understanding and caring for your little oasis. Whether your hot tub is brand new or has been a warming companion for over a decade, maintenance is key to ensuring its longevity and enjoyment. Here’s what you need to know about caring for your hot tub through the years.

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For the New Hot Tub Owners (0-3 Years)

Congratulations on your new addition! During the first few years, your hot tub requires attentive care to maintain its pristine condition.

  • Regular Cleaning: Bi-weekly, check and clean the filters, and maintain a regular schedule for drain and fills every 3-4 months. This prevents the build-up of bacteria and ensures the water remains crystal clear. If the hot tub is used in a short-term rental (STR) drain and fills may have to occur monthly. 
  • Water Chemistry: Keeping an eye on your water chemistry is crucial. Test the water weekly to balance the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels. This protects your hot tub’s components and ensures the water is safe. Use a chlorine floater to help maintain chlorine levels between regular checks.
  • Cover Care: Your hot tub cover is your first defense against debris and the elements. Clean and condition the cover monthly to prevent cracking and fading, extending its life and efficiency in insulation.

Mid-Life Maintenance (4-10 Years)

As your hot tub ages, it may require a bit more TLC. 

  • Component Check-Ups: Start paying closer attention to your hot tub’s components, such as the pump, heater, and jets. These may show signs of wear and could need repairs or replacements.
  • Insulation Inspection: Inspect the insulation periodically for signs of moisture or pests. Proper insulation is vital for energy efficiency, especially in colder climates like the Rocky Mountains.
  • Upkeep of Seals and Gaskets: Seals and gaskets may wear out with time, leading to leaks. Checking these annually can save you from unexpected repair bills and water loss.

Caring for the Golden Oldies (Over 10 Years)

If your hot tub has been bubbling away for over a decade, it’s a testament to your care. Here are issues to watch for and tips to keep it going strong.

  • Wear and Tear: Components like the heating element, pump, and control panel may become less efficient and require replacement. Keeping spare parts on hand can prevent downtime.
  • Energy Efficiency: Older hot tubs may be less energy-efficient than newer models. Consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient pump or adding additional insulation to reduce operating costs.
  • Leaks: The risk of leaks increases with age. Regularly inspect for signs of water loss and address any leaks immediately to prevent damage to the hot tub’s structure and components.

General Tips for All Ages

  • Invest in a Good Quality Water Testing Kit: Ensuring your water chemistry is balanced is easier with a reliable testing kit.
  • Schedule Regular Maintenance: Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, keeping a maintenance schedule is essential for hot tub health.
  • Educate Yourself and Your Family: Understanding how to use and care for your hot tub correctly can prevent accidents and damage.

Owning a hot tub is a wonderful experience, but it comes with responsibilities. By staying informed and proactive about maintenance, you can enjoy your little slice of paradise for many years to come. 

Happy soaking!