Save on Baja Spa Parts and Pillows!

baja spa partsBaja Spas was based in Tucson, Arizona and Salisbury, North Carolina, but the company was sold and no longer manufactures hot tubs. However, there are still a few online spa supply stores that carry replacement Baja spa parts, so you can keep your hot tub running.

Baja Spas made many hot tubs since they started manufacturing back in 1972.  Like most spa manufacturers, they bought hot tub components from parts manufacturers. For instance, many of the Baja hot tubs used Hydro Quip spa control systems, while other models had Balboa controls. The equipment chosen by all spa manufacturersvaries – based on series, type of spa and year of manufacture. For instance, in their luxury lines, spa builders will often add features that upscale consumers prefer – like deluxe topside controls, stainless steel jets, 2 speed spa pumps and ozone water purification systems. Budget spas will have more basic components to keep the cost down.

Baja Spas made a series of Plug and Play hot tubs, which required no special installation. These had less equipment and fewer functions compared to their 240 volt spas. Baja Spas also had a Performance XS series, with upgraded features like 5 HP spa pumps, ozone purification systems, stainless steel heaters and circulation pumps. Baja Spas’ luxury line was called the Whitewater XS series, and these generally had 2 or more spa pumps, additional jets, ozone water purification systems, air blowers, upgraded lighting and cushioned pillows.

Many components that were used in Baja Spas are still being produced by the parts manufacturers.  It helps if you know your spa name and the year it was manufactured. This can often be found on your spa warranty/manuals or inside your spa on a manufacturer’s label.

Even if you can’t find your spa serial number and manufacture’s info, you can still find details for some of your spa components. For instance,if you need replacement spa pumps, blowers or other equipment, then look for the label on the equipment you have now. The label will give you the specs you need to order the right replacement part.  Jets often have a part number stamped into the plastic. Even if you can no longer find the same brand, you can find suitable replacement spa pumps, jets and ozone generators that will fit your Baja Spa.

Other parts were proprietary for Baja Spas. These include their pillows, their topside controls with the Baja Spas overlay, etc.  These items have become particularly difficult to find.  There are only a few spa parts suppliers that still have stock on these parts.

baja spa pillowsOur advice- Hot Tub Outpost seems to have the best supply of Baja Spa parts and pillows. They also have part matching technicians, so you can send photos of the parts you are looking to replace, along with details, and they can send you links so you order the right ones. Simply send your requirements to info@HotTubOutpost.com or search the internet for other dealers that still offer great deals on Baja Spa parts.

Is an Ozonator Worth Adding to Your Spa?

If you are looking at buying a spa, you will also be considering the options and features that come with the various models. One of the most popular additions is an ozone purification system. Why have ozonators become so popular?

ozonator mcdOzonators are electromechanical devices that produce ozone gas and dissolve the ozone into the spa water. Most high end spas come with an ozonator built-in, but about 90% of spas currently produced are ozone ready.This means that an ozone generator can be
added quite simply with an ozonator kit.

The ozone generator connects to your spa’s plumbing system by an air line and ozone is released into the spa water where it dissolves.The ozonator can be programmed through your spa’s control panel so it operates during the spa pump circuit.Ideally, your ozonator will run twice a day
for two to four hours.

The reason for adding an ozone generator to a hot tub is to reduce the amount of chemicals you
need to keep your spa water clean. Ozone is both safe and effective, plus it is pH neutral. An ozone generator breaks up oxygen molecules to create ozone. Just like you will find oxygen boosters in household cleaning products, the ozone in your spa water works to oxidize
organic contaminants.

Ozone is very powerful and kills all known organic contaminants and chloramines. This means it destroys bacteria, viruses, yeast, odors and algae.In addition to providing antimicrobial oxidization for additional sanitation, ozone helps oxidize urine, saliva, perfumes, body lotions and sunscreen. You still need to use an EPA registered sanitizer, like chlorine or bromine, in conjunction with your ozone generating system, but you will find you need to
use up to 25% fewer chemicals.

Most spa owners also notice that their skin feels softer and smoother in spas equipped
with ozonators.

An ozonator does not eliminate the need for chemicals, but it does boost the effectiveness of your sanitizers and makes spa water maintenance simpler. You can also use natural purification systems, like enzymes and Spa Frog mineral purifiers, with
an ozone generator.

One important note is that an ozonator will not last the life of your spa. You may need to buy a replacement ozone generator to switch out after approximately 2-3 years.

ozone test kitYou can buy an ozonator test kit to make sure your unit is still producing ozone. Otherwise, you will need to add more chemicals to the spa water to keep
it safe and sanitary.

All in all, the hot tub ozonator makes water maintenance a little bit easier and also provides another method of combating bacteria in addition to your chlorine or bromine sanitizer.

Buy Emerald Spa Parts Online for Less!

emerald spa replacement partsEmerald Spa Corporation, located in Michigan, is the manufacturer of several hot tub brands including Emerald Spas, Polynesian Spas and Great Lakes Spas.   They are no longer making Emerald Spas, and have sold the hot tub molds to another manufacturer.  However, you can still buy Emerald Spa parts online for less.

Most manufacturers, Emerald Spas included, buy hot tub components from other manufacturers and put them together while building your spa.  For instance, they may buy topside controls from Balboa Instruments, spa packs from Gecko, filters from Pleatco and spa pumps from Sta-Rite.   The manufacturers they buy from may change over time, so that is why a spa serial number or model and date of manufacture is important when trying to replace certain components on your hot tub.

emerald hot tub spasSince Emerald Spas made 3 different series, there are different parts and components for each.  A smaller spa will generally have a smaller heater and fewer jets than a large spa.  For instance, in the Emerald Spas high end Manor Luxury series, many components – like jets and topside controls, were upgraded.  Emerald also made the mid-range Estate Deluxe series and the budget Chateau Classic Series.

So the good news is – despite the spas not being made anymore – you can still find all the parts you need.   The trick, however, is to find the exact replacement parts that fit your spa.

Some components, like spa pumps and air blowers, have labels on the equipment that contain all of the important specs – like voltage, frame size and horsepower rating.  While you do not necessarily have to buy the same brand of pump, you will need to match the specs for the equipment.

Some parts, like jets or filters, may have a stamp within the plastic that identifies that part number.  If you are not sure of what part to order, you will want to deal with an authorized Emerald Spa parts dealer that can help ensure you order the right replacement parts.

emerald spa partsFor example, Hot Tub Outpost provides a search box at the top of each page of their website where you can enter a part number or part description.  If you still can’t find what you are looking for, you can send a photo along with detailed description and measurements to info@HotTubOutpost.com, and one of their part technicians will find the Emerald Spa part you need.  If you know your spa serial number (from warranty papers or as written inside the cabinet, then they can check via computer to see which components your spa has and send you the links to order.

Regardless of the brand of spa you have, certain components take more wear and tear and need to be replaced more often.  Filters generally need to be replaced each year and ozone generators every other year.  Pillows tend to deteriorate as they are sitting in water, but deterioration will happen much more quickly if the water pH is not in balance.  If the pH is too low, this acidity may also cause the plastic on your spa jet tabs to wear out more quickly, requiring replacement jets.

To decrease the amount of repairs or replacement parts you need to buy, proper water and equipment maintenance is necessary.  Nonetheless, some hot tub components will need replacement over time, and a good internet source is your best bet to save both time and money.

Find Artesian Spa Parts Online

artesianspafiltersThe Artesian Spas Company has been manufacturing hot tubs in Las Vegas since 1992. They make several different series of spas and sell them worldwide. Their high end line is called the Platinum Elite series. Their mid-range line is called the Island Spa series. Their economical line of hot tubs is call the South Seas Spa series.

All hot tubs are made up of a large number of components. Many of the components are purchased from part manufactures that specialize in a certain area.  For instance, most of the controls in Artesian Spas are made by either Balboa or Gecko.  Filters made be made by Pleatco, RJ or Unicel.   Pumps may come from Ultimax, etc.  So how do you find the correct Artesian Spa parts online for your model of hot tub?

You will want to go to an official Artesian Spa parts dealer – like Hot Tub Outpost.  They offer great prices on spa parts for all of the Artesian Spa models.  If you are not sure which replacement part you need, they have part matching technicians that can work off the photos and information you send them (to info@hottuboutpost.com).   However, it is not that difficult to find the parts you are looking for by using the handy search box at the top of their website.  Here’s how to identify many of your spa parts:

  • 1. Most equipment (heaters, blowers, spa pumps) will have labels that give you all the specs you need to buy the correct replacement. This information generally includes the horsepower rating, frame size, voltage, connection size, etc.
  • 2. Filters will often have a stamp on the plastic housing. As long as the filter is the same size, it does not necessarily have to be the same brand.  You can often save money buying replacement spa filters that are less well-known.  If there is no stamp on the filter, you can use the handy filter measuring guide at: http://www.hottuboutpost.com/how-measure-spa-filters.
  • 3. Spa pillows will vary according to spa model. You will want to note the shape, size and color – then try to match it with the replacement pillows listed online.
  • 4. Jets will vary by spa as well.  First, you need to know the size of a jet and the color (stainless steel, white, grey, etc.)  There are many types of jets including turbo, typhoon, directional, rotational, air injectors, etc.
  • 5. Artesian spa control panels will vary by model and series.  It is important to match the number of buttons and placement of the LED screen.
  • 6. Spa covers will vary by color, thickness, size and corner radius. It is wise to take exact measurements before ordering: http://www.hottuboutpost.com/how-measure-spa-covers/
  • 7. Spa ozone generators generally need to be replaced every 2 years or so. If you are not sure if your ozonator is working, invest in an easy-to-use ozone testing kit.

artesianspafiltersThere are many other components and accessories that are suitable for all spas, including Artesian. These include water test kits, chemicals, aromatherapy fragrances, LED lights, cleaning tools and spa steps. It is best to order all needed items as once, since Hot Tub Outpost offers  free shipping in the continental USA for orders over $95.

Finding your Artesian Spa parts online can save you both time and money. Happy hot tubbing!

Find Replacement Parts for Your Home Depot Hot Tub!

home depot spa partsSo you got a great deal on a hot tub from Home Depot. While this mega chain has thousands of parts in stock, they do not specialize in repair parts for the hot tubs they sell. This is because there are simply too many components that go into a hot tub.

Home Depot sells several different brands of spas, and the selection varies state by state and online offerings.  Some of the lines they carry include the following:

  1. Aqualife Spas
  2. Aqua Rest Spas
  3. Aston Hot Tubs
  4. Canadian Spa Company
  5. Comfort Line Products
  6. Home and Garden Spas
  7. Lifesmart Spas
  8. QCA Spas
  9. Starlight Hot Tubs
  10. Spa in a Box

Hot tub manufacturers buy many of their components from spa parts manufactures, and these will vary from company to company and even within a brand. For instance, some budget spas will have more standard equipment than the luxury line from the same manufacturer. For jets alone, there are thousands of variations – between size, color and style.

It is a good idea to write down your spa make, model, year and serial number to keep for future reference when you require repair parts. You can also find labels on the spa equipment that will give you the specs for the replacement part you need.

There are many big spa parts suppliers, like Balboa, Gecko, Waterway, Pentair, Lucite and others. However, these companies do not sell their products to the general public.

So what do you do if you need to find replacement parts for your Home Depot hot tub? You turn to an online hot tub parts supplier that can help you find the correct part you need at a great price.

Some online dealers only carry replacement parts for a specific brand of hot tub or have a limited selection of parts.  You will want to go to an online parts superstore – like Hot Tub Outpost – that has thousands of parts for all makes and models of spas.  They can find you replacement spa parts for pretty much any make and model.  To find your Home Depot spa parts online, you can enter the part number or description into their search box, or browse through the categories.  If you still can’t find the part you are looking for, you can send a photo and description of what you need to their part matching techs. They will email you back a link to the exact part you need to order. That way, you know you are getting what you need.

home depot spa pumpOf course, the Hot Tub Outpost also has some parts and accessories that are generic across all brands of spas. These include spa chemicals, aromatherapy fragrances, cover lifters, cleaning tools, safety rails, etc.

To truly get all the items you need for your hot tub, you have to go to a hot tub supply specialist. Finding a quality one online will save you time and money over shopping at the brick and mortar stores.