The average lifespan of a hot tub can be anywhere from five to twenty years and there are a number of factors that can determine how long it will last. The overall quality of the unit, the amount of maintenance and care that you put into it as well as weather conditions are just a few examples. Below, we will discuss some steps that you can take to help ensure that your hot tub will last for as long as possible.
Select a Quality Model
The best way to ensure that your hot tub will have a long lifespan is to purchase from a reputable manufacturer. Hot tub prices can vary substantially and a high price tag doesn’t always mean it is as well made as it should be. On the flip side, cheap models will almost always have a shorter lifespan. Although it may be enticing to save money upfront, in the end, you will be paying much more and have to replace your unit sooner. Do your research before buying and select an energy-efficient hot tub that has a solid reputation for quality.
Properly maintaining the water inside your hot tub is a key factor for how well your hot tub will function long term. Water that does not have the proper chemical balance can cause calcium deposits to build up in the piping system and wear down parts. Water that is too acidic can corrode metal parts and damage the shell.
Always use a water testing kit to ensure proper acidity levels to increase your hot tubs lifespan. Another important water tip is to make sure that the water is always maintained at the proper level, as low water levels can cause damage to the pump. Also make sure the filter is regularly cleaned and replaced every six months.
Following the maintenance schedule that your hot tub dealer recommends will help to keep the hot tub’s parts working optimally and ensure a longer lifespan of your unit. Routine maintenance of the hot tub’s components is essential, especially for the water pump and water heater. Always read your owner’s manual for additional maintenance and care tips and routinely inspect the hot tub for any damage or irregularities so that they can be fixed before they turn into serious problems.
The cabinet of a hot tub protects the various components inside. Frequently cleaning and inspecting the cabinet will let you notice any cracks or weather damage that may affect functional parts. Especially after a bad storm or heavy rain and wind, take the time to perform an extra inspection. Also, check inside the cabinet in the spring to see if any unwanted mice have made a home and to fix those holes so they don’t appear the following year.
As with most machinery, hot tubs benefit from regular use. When not used for long time periods, the pump motor cannot run as well as it should or even worse, seize up. Leaving a hot tub empty and not properly draining it can cause damage to the plumbing and shell. If your hot tub is empty, never turn on the system without water in it as it can also damage the plumbing.