If you have a hot tub in your home or are planning to purchase a pre-built home with a hot tub installed, you likely have an appreciation for the health and lifestyle benefits that owning a hot tub can bring. Many people find hot tub ownership favorable because they have the leisure of relaxing with guests even in cold or inclement weather.
Hot tubs require routine maintenance, and this can extend their lifespan. However, at some point you may need to consider repairing or replacing your hot tub for cosmetic defects from wear and tear, operational issues due to age or neglect, or personal preference if new technologies or accessories are introduced in the coming years. The following points represent circumstances that are indicators you need hot tub repairs.
One thing that individuals appreciate about spending time in hot tubs is the ability to control the temperature. A unit that is in need of repairs may not hold consistent temperatures. Users may notice a decline in the hot tub's performance, and eventually, it will likely stop heating at all. This is an inconvenience that can be avoided by getting your hot tub serviced and promptly getting the unit inspected if its performance changes.
Most hot tub owners add chemicals to their hot tubs to keep bacteria levels low. But bacteria can still form and cause clogs. The clogs may interfere with filtration if they are not cleared. Proper cleaning also needs to be performed. Certain components of the hot tub system are prone to clogging if not cleaned regularly. Your hot tub may experience a mechanical failure if you continue to try to use it with clogs present. Plus certain bacteria cause smell that can make individuals sick.
Common discolorations in hot tubs may appear as black or greenish spots or sludge. They are often caused by mold, mildew, or algae. All these thrive in moisture-rich conditions, which makes hot tubs an ideal breeding ground. Their presence is unsightly, and if they are allowed to sit for long periods of time between uses, permanent stains could result.
If you ignore the signs that you may need repairs to your hot tub, you run the risk of damaging key components. Repairing hot tubs with extensive damage could mean that replacing the unit is better when considering the repair costs vs. a replacement. A pool contractor is a good resource to use to determine the overall condition of your hot tub. They can determine if you are nearing the time to consider replacing the unit.