You’ve had a long hard day and you’re ready for a nice relaxing soak in your hot tub. But, when you get home, you discover it’s not working as it should. We understand that kind of disappointment. That’s why we’re always here to help hot tub owners keep their spas in top condition.
But how do you know if you need an expert’s touch or if you can fix your spa yourself? Let’s look at the top five indicators that your hot tub needs professional maintenance.
1. The Water is Discolored
If your normally sparkling clean hot tub water has turned a funky shade of green, or worse, black, you likely have a contamination problem. Green water is an indicator that algae has taken over while black water is a sure sign that you have a build up of contaminants. It could be that your water’s pH levels are off and that a routine chemical application of balancing, bromine and shock chemicals along with algaecide will solve the problem.
If the water doesn’t clear, it means your hot tub has a corrosion problem. This is an issue best dealt with by a professional.
2. The Water Smells
You know you have a problem if you can smell your hot tub before you can see it. If the water in your spa smells foul, it could be caused by contamination or poor water circulation. A clogged filter, drain or pump are also possibilities. No matter what the cause, it’s important to call your local spa dealer for an assessment. A technician is best able to handle this type of problem and get you back to soaking in your tub in no time.
3. Your Spa is Leaking
water level seems to be ebbing without explanation, your hot tub may have a
leak. Finding a crack or hole in your hot tub is no small feat, however. Water
often splashes around your spa, and that can make finding the problem
difficult, especially if there is a hairline crack or a leak on the inside.
This is not a problem you should let slide, even if the leak is a slow one.
Over time, it will get worse and the cost of fixing it will likely be much
If you think your spa is leaking, set up a repair appointment as soon as possible.
4. The Temperature is Inconsistent
Hot tubs are supposed to be, well…. hot. If yours is warm at best, or isn’t heating at all, it’s time to call in the professionals. A heating problem is almost always caused by a malfunctioning control panel or heater. This is not a job for someone without hot tub knowledge. A big repair is always best left up to the experts.
5. The Jets Aren’t Working
If your spa jets have let you down, they likely need a helping hand. Whether they lack power or have stopped working altogether, it could be due to your water level. Before calling for a repair, check to be sure your water is high enough. If it’s a bit low, the drain on the bottom of your spa may not be secured properly, allowing water to escape. If this isn’t the problem, check to see if any of the jets are clogged. If there’s a minor clog, you may be able to fix that on your own. A more serious clog will likely require professional repair. Your technician could even find that the spa’s pump, its valves or its control panel were contributing to the problem.
Does your hot tub need professional care? Aqua Paradise can help. Our technicians offer professional hot tub repair as well as regular hot tub maintenance. Visit any of our four California showrooms — located in Mission Viejo, San Diego North, San Diego South and Carlsbad — to check out the hot tubs and hot tub covers we have in stock. Our experts are always on hand to help you find what you’re looking for.