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.

Pool Supplies Online

pool parts and accessoriesSwimming pool season is here again and pool supplies can make summer
fun even more enjoyable.

From pool floats and accessories to chemicals and patio related items
and furnishings, the Hot Tub Outpost now has a nice selection of pool
and patio gear and supplies.

Pool pumps, filters and automatic pool cleaners are what keeps the
swimming fun active by keeping the pool working and clean.

Hot Tub Outpost has a swimming pool section with pool pumps, filters
and pool toys too.

Start the summer with a splash by getting all the equipment checked
and working properly. Water balancing in the spring is essential to
getting a good start on the season with respect to water quality.

pool suppliesYou can order pool chemicals online too and save the trip to the
store. Get great deals, free shipping and pay not tax in certain
states when ordering online.

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arriving for the season.

Spa Pumps Online

spa pump parts onlineOrdering a replacement hot tub pump online is easy if you know a few things about the existing pump.

First, you will get free shipping on most pumps (they can be expensive to ship because they are heavy).

To order a pump, check the label on the existing pump.

Is the pump 1 or 2 speed?

Is it 48 frame or 56 frame?

What is the voltage?  120v or 230v?

What are the connection sizes 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″?

Will the wet end orientation line up with your existing plumbing?  Most wet ends on through-bolt type pumps can be rotated in 90 degree increments in case you need to line it up once you receive the replacement pump.

hot tub spa pumpsIf you know the brand and model, you can replace it with same or newest model. But there are many compatible pumps with existing brands as long as the specifications are right.

Check the amperage ratings for low and high speed on the pump label. If the amp draw is similar on the replacement pump and the other specs match, then it may be a good match.

Hot tub pumps are made by several different manufacturers including Waterway, Aqua-Flo/Gecko, Pentair and others.  Note that some outfits may send you a cheap motor with a brand name wet end, so be sure to shop at reputable online retailers such as Hot Tub Outpost.  When you see a Waterway pump, you know you will be getting the correct replacement model and not some puzzled together pump parts.    If you really need to save money, HTO also offers off-brand name pumps, but then you will be able to read about it in the description.

Besides main 1 and 2 speed pumps, you can also get circulation pumps online. These are the 24 hour circ pumps that keep the water flowing 24/7.  They are made by Laing, Gecko and others.

Replacement Spa PumpsNeed just the wet end or impeller, you can buy spa pump parts online too.  If you don’t see the pump you need, ask!  There are thousands of them and the big outfits can get you most any part.

Save time and money getting replacement spa parts online and get free shipping too!  Pay no tax on online purchases too depending on what state you are in.

Spend less time running around and more time enjoying your hot tub.

Tips for Maintaining and Replacing Hot Tub Pumps

Spa Parts CanadaThe pump is the heart of your hot tub, keeping the water flowing through the jets for massage; through the plumbing for flow and heating; and through the filter for sanitation.  One of the most important things you can do to protect your spa pump, and the rest of your equipment, is to keep your spa water clean and balanced.  Clean your filter regularly; test the water to maintain pH balance, and do not allow the spa to freeze or overheat.  Water balance is important since excess alkalinity can corrode your equipment.  Not to mention, it is safer for your family to bathe in clean, balanced water.

There are several types of spa pumps, including circulation pumps, submersible pumps and blowers.  However, we will only deal with the main spa pumps in this post.  Your spa may have 1, 2 or even 3 pumps, depending on its size and the amount of jets. Some pumps are 1 speed, others are 2 speed.

Hot Tub Pump Parts CanadaIf you need to replace a spa pump, you will have to look at the label on the old one.  Note the model and manufacturer – although many brands are compatible.  The brand or make of spa doesn’t really matter, since most spa manufacturers buy their components from pump manufactures.   You can generally save a lot of money buying the replacement part online from a reputable store.  You can then replace the pump yourself – if you are very handy – or hire someone to do it.

You will need to note all of the following:

  • Horsepower (Generally 3, 4 or 5 HP pumps)
  • Frame Size (Either 48 or 56)
  • Voltage (Either 110 or 220)
  • Speeds (1 or 2 speed)
  • Wet End – on the left or right side?

Often, you will also need some connectors or other pump parts when you are replacing your pump. Know your specs before you order your hot tub pump parts, or call an expert tech at a reliable online store like Canada’s the Hot Tub Superstore at (800)-519-7695.   The Hot Tub Superstore carries quality replacement spa parts for all makes and models of spas and ship free for orders over $200.  That means that your pump ships free within Canada – along with any pump parts, accessories, filters, fragrances or other items you may order at the same time.

hot tub pump partsYou can save big buying online over your retail dealer with delivery right to your door.  Plus, if the Hot Tub Superstore doesn’t stock a part – they will find it for you!

So keep your water in good order to protect your spa pump, but know that you can save big ordering a replacement pump, and any other repair parts,  from Canada’s  the Hot Tub Superstore.  View their selection and low prices at: www.thehottubsuperstore.com.

Hot Tub Air Blower Replacement

Hot tub air blowersGet a replacement spa blower online whether you need a 1HP, 1 1/2HP or 2HP blower.

Before replacing a blower, be sure the old blower does not have water in it, or you may have the same problem with the new blower.

Generally, there are 2 lines of defense when it comes to avoiding water getting into the spa blower.

First, there is a Hartford loop which is a 180 degree spa plumbing setup with the piping/hose going very high – ideally above the water line and mounted under the spa cabinet, attached to the rest of the plumbing.

After the loop, there is also an air check valve in the plumbing before it hooks up to the blower.  This is another safety mechanism to prevent water from getting into the blower.

If the check valve has failed, it will need to be replaced before replacing the blower.

Spa blower cords come with different connectors. The most popular types are the 4 pin AMP cord (usually white) and the mini-J&J connectors or Gecko In.Link connectors.

Another thing to watch when replacing a blower is whether it is a 120v or 230v blower.

Blowers are fairly easy to replace. They plug into the circuit board or spa pack directly.  They are usually screwed down to the spa floor, a mounting block or even an upright post with the air exhaust facing down.

The connection is often 1 1/2 inch air hose.

Replacement Hot Tub Air BlowerSome spa companies such as QCA Spas use the blower to force air into the venturi ports of the water jets. This creates a turbo effect where the air from the blower assists the water jets and creates a volcanic eruption inside the spa.

Some aromatherapy systems also use the blower air to introduce fragrance into the air injectors in the spa.

Find the right replacement hot tub blower online at Hot Tub Outpost U.S.A.

American Made Hot Tubs, Infrared Saunas and Spa Parts

American brands infrared saunaSome may call it national pride and Donald Trump may even tax companies who try to do business in Mexico or China rather than the States, but here at Hot Tub Outpost, we try to offer a wide selection of American made hot tubs, infrared sauna and spa parts.

When it comes to infrared saunas, the main line of Therasauna is the only infrared sauna manufacturer we are aware of that is 100% made in the U.S.A.  These quality saunas are built in Iowa and use U.S. made heaters and components.  Most infrared saunas on the market are made in China or Korea.  Get an American built quality infrared sauna with a patented control system that maintains infrared output constantly. Not a cheap thermostat that shuts off when the cabin reaches temperature, forgoing any benefit of infrared technology.

Choose from the Hot Tub Outpost brand spas or QCA Spas made in the good ole’ U.S.A. by American workers (all legals).

When it comes to spa parts, we offer American brands like Balboa and Waterway.  Therm Products is a great quality heater manufacturer and hot tub ozonators are made by Del Ozone and other American brands. Oh beautiful for spacious skies and hot tub parts and supplies made in America!

Some companies (especially in the infrared sauna space) try to put American names on their products, but end up importing part or all of them from China.

Even the wood which can contain toxins, is a sore spot when it comes to infrared cabins. The Therasauna main line of saunas uses Aspen wood from North America (that is not allergenic like some of the other woods such as cedar or even hemlock).

Martha Stewart isn’t the only one wanting to make products in the U.S.A.  Americans have suffered a poor economy and job losses.  Even though jobs are coming back, the real unemployment number is alot worse with many Americans removing themselves from the workforce and trying to go it alone.

Sometimes American built may cost a little more, but quality has its price and there are American workers and materials behind each and every U.S. made product.

Therasauna infrared saunaWant a little math lesson?   Let’s say 300,000,000 Americans reallocate only 1 dollar a day by spending 1 dollar less on foreign-made goods and 1 dollar more on American-made goods. That comes to $30 per month, per person. After one year, that adds up to $109,500,000,000. What could the real, productive American economy do with an extra $109.5 billion? How about 2,737,500 new jobs paying $40,000 per year?

So buy American at companies that value home-grown technology – from Hot Tub Outpost.

Buying a Replacement Hot Tub Pump? Read This First!

discount hot tub pupmsYour hot tub pump is an essential component of the entire spa system.

If it starts to malfunction, it’s important to either repair the part right away, or replace it altogether. There are a few telltale signs that you hot tub’s pump is faltering, including issues with  shafts or bearings, humming noises, a jammed impeller, and a faulty staring capacitor.

You may also notice jets aren’t working right or you can’t get the second speed to work. These are all be signs that the pump is in trouble and needs to be replaced.

When it comes to replacing your spa pump, there are a few things to consider first before buying discount hot tub pumps.  The place to start is looking at the existing pump label so you can find the frame size (48 or 56 frame).

You will also need to know the plumbing size, which is usually 2 inch but can vary between 1.5 – 3 inches.  The brand is not as important as the specifications.  Other things you will need to know:

Variable or Single Speed –   1speed or 2speed

The motor inside the pump is configured either for a single or variable speeds. Almost all units are either one or two speed. Determine whether your hot tub pump is a 1 or 2 speed and if the operating voltage is 120v or 230v in order to find the right pump for your spa. Unless your hot tub is designed for upgraded pumps with added pressure for moving water faster, it’s generally not recommended to buy an upgraded pump.  Replacing same type of pump will yield the best results.

You can convert a 2 speed pump for 1 speed operation, but you can’t convert a 1-speed pump for 2-speed operation!

Horsepower

You should ideally buy a pump that has as close to the same horsepower as the unit you are replacing. Ideally, the same level of power should be bought in order to avoid any potential problems. Going up more than two horsepower when getting a new pump is not recommended, as it could result in issues like damaged components or broken pipes that won’t be able to handle the added force.

Outlet Voltage

You should take note of the voltage of the original unit when finding a replacement. Pumps are constructed in only two voltages (120v or 230v), and the plug location on the circuit board or spa pack that will be supplying the power should be either 120v or 230v depending on the specifications. Getting one with the wrong voltage can cause damage to the motor, which will burn out fast. The wrong voltage can also create a fire hazard that can not only destroy the hot tub, but cause major damage and danger to the surroundings.  So replace pump with same voltage type pump.  Note that just because the spa pack operates at say 230v does not necessarily mean the pumps are 230v. They may be 120 volt pumps in a 230 volt spa, so check the label on the old pump for the proper operating voltage of the PUMP not the spa.

discount hot tubFor unbeatable prices in discount hot tub pumps, visit www. HotTubOutpost.com today!

They have most replacement spa pumps in stock, including the most reputable brand names available, including Aqua-Flo, Executive 56, Waterway, Ultra Jet and others. They also carry spa pump parts – like wet ends, pump impellers, seals, capacitors and more. In addition to savings in prices, they also offer free shipping to anywhere in the continental US on most brand name hot tub pumps!

Visit their website today to order your replacement spa pump.  Save both time and money at www.HotTubOutpost.com.

Check out their unbelievable deals on both new and remanufactured pumps for additional savings.

Therasauna Wood Benefits

Therasauna WoodWhen you buy Therasauna, you buy a complete package of assembled quality components providing the best infrared sauna features that go beyond individual elements.

From the type of emitter (ceramic), the type of wood used in the construction of the sauna (aspen), the infrared micron output (in the beneficial 9.4 micron wavelength range), where it is made (USA), and the standards under which it is approved (CSA, CE), to the patented control system, years of development have resulted in the ultimate infrared sauna cabin.

Non-toxic aspen wood is used in the interior. The solid aspen wood bench has a curved side and a flat side, so seating can be adjusted to your preference. Even the backrest and accessory such as cupholders, magazine rack and footrests are made of aspen wood. The bench is also solid so you sit comfortably and feel the support since this bench alone weighs more than some competitors side wall.

Heavy duty TherasaunaThe Therasauna is a solid, heavy duty sauna made of aspen wood vs. cedar used in many infrared saunas.

Cedar wood can produce toxins and depending on the type of cedar can be considered everything from an irritant to a sensitizer and can even cause a runny nose, adverse effects on asthma, nervous system and even kidney problems (diureses) as quoted on the Wood Database. Note that very few woods are actually toxic in and of themselves, but many woods do have the potential to cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

Hot Tub Outpost offers online direct discounted pricing on Therasauna and the affordable Better Life infrared saunas. Easy assembly and they plug right into your power outlet. See the whole current infrared sauna lineup at www.HotTubOutpost.com.