Ongoing maintenance is the best way to prevent yourself from having to spend a significant amount of money on hot tub repair. However, even hot tubs that are well taken care of can still require some care beyond just standard preventative maintenance from time to time.
So how do you know if you need to make some repairs to your hot tub? Here are just a few of the most common signs you need to call a hot tub repair technician to come out and take a look at your hot tub:
- Strange smells:
There’s always going to be a smell of chlorine or chemicals associated with the use of a hot tub—that’s inescapable. But if you smell unusual odors, especially if they’re particularly strong, this could indicate you have a contaminant in the water, such as pesticides or nitrogen, which could render the tub unusable. There’s also a possibility that you have clogged pumps, drains or filters—if debris gets caught in these areas, the water will not properly circulate, meaning it won’t get cleaned like it would during standard operation.
- Strange colored tints to the water:
If your water comes out with a green or black tint, this is usually a sign that you have algae growing somewhere in the system or that there is some type of chemical imbalance or erosion issue happening inside the system. If the problem is merely a chemical imbalance, you can simply add some chemicals to get the pH back to the correct levels. You could also use an algaecide if the algae problem isn’t too significant. However, if you frequently have these types of problems and aren’t able to correct them, this is a sign you need professional assistance.
It might be hard to tell if your spa is leaking or if you’re just having a lot of water splash over the side. But if the leaks seem to be coming from the bottom or side of the spa, this could be an indication that you need a professional to run a thorough inspection of the spa to find the source of the leak. In addition, just because a leak is tiny doesn’t mean it’s not an issue you should pay attention to and address right away. If you let the leak sit, it could get bigger and more serious with time.
- Water not staying hot:
The entire reason you have a hot tub is for the hot water, so obviously if the water isn’t getting or staying hot, this indicates there’s something wrong with the hot tub. Usually this is a problem with the control panel or the heater, meaning you need to have a professional come take a look.
- Jet issues:
There are multiple problems that can result in spa jets not working. First check and make sure the jets aren’t filled with debris, and that the water level is high enough for the jets to work. If this isn’t the problem, get professional assistance.
For more information about hot tub repair, contact the team at A-1 Pools & Spas today.