"My Hot Tub is not on. What do I do?"
If the temperature is going below 32 degrees at
night, you MUST be proactive or the results can be very
expensive to repair. On some model spas you can have frozen
pumps, heater, and water manifolds. The damage can easily
cost $1000's to repair. So what to do?
How do I protect my Hot Tub from Freezing
If you know you will not have
your hot tub repaired
quickly BUT its still not freezing, you will need to either drain
it (see here) or protect it
from freezIng. In most
climates, simply putting a small space
heater, heat lamp or
even a shop light (using old style
bulbs that generate heat) in the equipment area
can provide enough heat from the bulb to
keep things unfrozen. Just make sure the
heater actually doesn't touch any equipment.
is the plumbing. For hot tubs with a
lot of foam, this can be a blessing and
curse. Make sure whatever method you use nothing hot is
touching any equipment or wet area or foam. Do not place any
electrical object in water. If you drain the hot tub you can
also put the light/heater in the water area of the hot tub
to warm from there into the pipes.
Do not depend on
draining the spa to keep you safe unless
I have repaired hot tubs that the owner
"thought" the water was drained well but
wasn't and bottom fittings and pipes
were burst. This can be a major job. By
assuring the hot tub/water is kept warm
by either heat source in the equipment area or in a dry hot
tub will be money well
Another effective way to
protect your hot tub from freezing if the hot tub shuts down
is "pipe heater tape". This is a common pipe tape found at
most hardware stores for home water pipes. They are design to wrap around water pipes
in cold climates. Once you wrap them
around the pipes you plug the tape in.
It has a sensor and ONLY comes one when
the pipe gets cold.
of the pipes with one or two heater
tapes, especially around the pump and
heater. Then plug the heater in an
outlet that isn't connected to the hot
tub. That way if the hot tub caused the breaker
to trip, the heater tape is ready to
save the day. Of course you would want
to make sure any wiring exposed to the
elements were protected.
plumbing area warm!!! Unless the spa has been properly
Draining the spa when it's broken down.
First, if you have ICE on the top of the spa remember this:
nature does an amazing thing. The bottom of the spa gets
COLD and just before the water freezes in floats to the top.
That's why lakes freeze and fish live. So frozen tops means
you are in critical point.
Experience has shown again, try to add heat. You can do any
methods mentioned above. What you DO NOT do is keep opening
the side panel (lets heat out) or the top cover (lets heat
out). You CAN have ice on top of your spa and the piping is
fine. So get something to warm the piping and water.
We have also found that its typically better to leave the
water IN the spa then drained unless its properly drained
which you normally would have done months before. A spa full
of water is more stable in temperature and as in warms up
everything is warm. Drained pump/pipes are free to free
easily. But again, placing heat into the equipment area
Why did it break down?
How to winterize spa
before winter comes?
How to protect my spa so
IF the spa/power fails it won't freeze fast.