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Troubleshoot Common Hot Tub Issues
Hot tubs are an important part of many people's lives. They provide relaxation and enjoyment, but can also be stressful at times when they don't operate correctly. If you have been experiencing concerning issues with your hot tub, don't worry. We're here to help. In this blog post, we will discuss some common hot tub issues along with solutions that may work for those problems.
Hot Tub Jets Not Blowing
The best part about hot tubs is the soothing, bubbling jets. When you slide into your warm oasis, you expect those jets to begin their magic. When they don't turn on, it is disappointing. Try these troubleshooting actions:
- Check the jets to make sure they are open and do not have calcium buildup. Minerals in your water can clog the jets and prevent them from functioning.
- Did your hot tub water level recently get low? If so, there may be air in the lines leading to your jets. Switching the jets on and off a few times can solve this issue by releasing the trapped air.
Hot Tub Water is Cold
We expect our hot tub to be hot- it's even in the name! So when we can't get the water to heat, it is concerning. Try these troubleshooting actions:
- Check for clogs in your system. Clean your filter and check the pressure.
- Flip your breaker off and then back on. Push the reset button on the heater.
- If you have recently filled or topped off your hot tub, you may have air trapped in the lines. Release the top to the pump to allow air to escape.
- If you still do not have heat, you may need to replace your hot tub heating element.
Hot Tub Pump is Loud
Your hot tub pump circulates the water and keeps it clean. If your pump is suddenly louder than usual, there may be a few things to troubleshoot:
- Clear clogs from the system and make sure that valves near the pump are open.
- Check for water level and top off if needed.
- Lubricate bearings that may be making a grinding or squealing noise.
- Replace the hot tub pump.
If some of the jets are functioning properly, but others have weak or no flow, here are a few things to check for:
- Inspect the jet seals and replace any that are worn.
- Check nozzles for debris that could be blocking water flow.
- Inspect for broken gate valves.
Tripped GFCI Breaker
If your region recently experienced a storm system, your GFCI may be tripped from a power surge. If that is the case, simply reset it and your hot tub will begin to work. If the breaker trips again, try these fixes:
- Unplug the hot tub components, such as the pump, heater, blower, etc and then try the breaker without anything plugged in. If it still trips, you will need to replace the breaker. If it doesn't, plug each item in one at a time to isolate the problem piece of equipment.
- Inspect the breaker box for moisture. Moisture will trip the breaker as a safety precaution.
- Check each wire for corrosion and to make sure they aren't loose.
It is inevitable that your hot tub will present a challenge from time to time. Keeping your hot tub well maintained is the best way to ensure that the issues you experience will not be major.