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.

Discount Spa Chemicals Online

replacement spa chemicalsWhy run around from store to store wasting gas and time when you can comfortably order replacement hot tub chemicals online?

With online shopping, you get access to an immediate and huge selection of hot tub chemicals, fragrances, filters and other maintenance accessory products.

Get free shipping when you buy enough chemicals to put you over the free shipping threshold.  The prices are great too because online merchants can offer you lower prices than high-overhead retail stores.

The retailer is a great place to go to buy your hot tub if you want to try out the individual spas by sitting in them, but no reason to drive all the way to some retailer for a bottle of test strips. Chances are they don’t have every filter in stock either.  The warehouses of online merchants are much larger than the floor space in some retail store, so you have a wider selection of in-stock, ready to ship hot tub chemicals and accessories.

Don’t forget to buy all you need at the same time so you get free shipping.

Hot Tub spa chemicalsGet bromine tablets, granular chlorine, shock treatment, pH plus and minus, test strips and even fragrances or foam down. Make a list and then order up!

Your shipment will be on its way fast and you can spend more time enjoying your spa and the people around you.

Here’s to crystal clear water and beautiful hot tub evenings. Get your replacement spa chemicals at the Hot Tub Outpost.

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.

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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.

Save Energy by Replacing Your Spa Cover

Floating Soft Top Foam CoverSpa covers are essentially used to protect the hot tub, as well as insulate it while it is not being used. You might think it’s just an insignificant component or accessory to your tub, but what you may not realize is that a spa cover is actually one of the most important parts to your hot tub.

The cover provides insulation to your tub, and lowers the amount of evaporation that occurs. This ultimately saves you money in energy bills and water costs over the long run. In addition, covers provide protection to your spa, keeping debris and critters out when it is not in use.  It also serves as a safety tool, particularly if you have young children around that could accidentally fall into the tub’s water.

As important as this component of your hot tub is, it’s important to take good care of it. For starters, you may want to consider investing in cover lifters, which make it very easy to remove the cover from the hot tub. These covers are quite heavy, so the odds of it being dragged on the ground when being taken off without lifters are quite high. By dragging it on the ground, you risk damaging the vinyl, which will therefore degrade the cover.  A cover lifter also keeps it safely off the ground when it is not in use.

Dream Star Hot Tub CoverAfter years of usage, your cover will need to be replaced. No matter how well you take care of it, after a certain amount of time, and wear and tear, it will need replacement. For instance, the chemicals that are regularly added to the water will eventually erode the foam core of the cover. When this happens, mould and bacteria are allowed to fester in the cover, which poses a health hazard.  The sun and elements also wreak havoc on the outside of the cover.

Other options aside from standard covers are available. For instance, thicker covers are available that offer a little more strength if you need it. These are ideal for those who live in climates that experience a great deal of snowfall, as they hold more weight and provide better insulation.

There are also floating covers that add an extra thermal barrier to keep the heat inside the water.

replacement spa coversIf you’re looking for the highest quality in replacement spa covers at great prices, check out the inventory at the Hot Tub Outpost. Buy the best quality spa covers to fit any make and model of spa. You get a great price, as well as FREE shipping to anywhere in the continental USA.

Visit www.HotTubOutpost.com today to buy replacement spa covers! They also carry a full range of spare hot tub parts, filters, chemicals, infrared saunas – and even new hot tubs for when your spa needs replacement.

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.

Therasauna Infrared Sauna Features

Therasauna infrared sauna featuresTherasauna is a high end infrared sauna manufacturer which has been manufacturing these cabins in the U.S.A. for over twenty years.

When you buy Therasauna, you buy a complete package that addresses alot of different issues with features that go beyond the type of emitter (ceramic), the type of wood used in the construction of the sauna (aspen), the micron output (in the beneficial 9.4 micron range), where it is made (USA), and the standards under which it is approved (CSA, CE), but it is a whole package deal that encompasses even more.

The patented Touchview control is the cornerstone to the patented system which itself has been around for over sixteen years.  The controls allow the cabin to heat to produce 9.4 micron infrared output for the duration of your sauna session. The micron output is controlled by controlling the amount of electricity going to the solid ceramic emitters.

Therasauna classic lineAdditionally, the sauna can be personalized with the MPS – micron power select – control by allowing for individual adjustment of heater sections in the sauna.  If the emitter on the bottom is too warm for the ankles, simply go to zone 3 and tone it down to reduce the intensity of the heat for individual control.

You can personalize the sauna to your liking. Nobody else in the industry can offer this degree of customization.

There is also relaxing mood music or bird chirping included in the control system along with a 7 day reprogrammable timer, so you can have the unit come on at say 7am so it is available and ready to use when you are.  There is a “his and hers” feature, so there can be 2 sets of on times programmed.

The type of wood used in the main line is aspen wood which is non-toxic in contrast to cedar that can gas-off certain toxins such as found on a cedar hope chest or drawer that gives off a natural toxin or terpin which is an insecticide and ideally not what you should be sitting in.

The solid bench which is a curved park bench on one side or a flat bench on the other side can be turned to the side you prefer. The bench is solid and may weigh more than some cheap infrared sauna cabin walls on its own. The aspen wood main line Therasauna is made right here in the U.S.A.

Therasauna infrared saunasTherasauna accessories include a light therapy system, stereo music system (AM/FM/CD) and aromatherapy as well as additional backrests and footrests, magazine rack and cup holder.

New for this year is the affordable Therasauna classic line that is made from lower priced hemlock instead of aspen wood, a simpler yet effective control system and other reduced features allowing for a low price point, entry level Therasauna model for anyone.

For a relaxing lifestyle, buy a Therasauna.

Buy Far Infrared Sauna Online at Hot Tub Outpost

best infrared saunasThere are a wide variety of infrared sauna models on the market; from those that hail from across the seven seas including Korea, China, Taiwan and Vietnam to those made right here in the United States.

At Hot Tub Outpost we also offer infrared sauna blankets, domes, suits and capsules – almost any way to gain the benefit of infrared in one form or another.

With over 30 years of experience wholesaling and retailing infrared saunas and products, the folks at the Hot Tub Outpost have the experience to offer the best products at the best prices to fit your budget.  Our selection is unrivalled and we offer free shipping on dozens of infrared sauna models to anywhere in the continental U.S.A.

Therasauna Classic 1 Person Infrared SaunaInfrared saunas are easy to setup and fit indoors almost anywhere.  They just plug right into a power outlet. Some saunas may require a dedicated 20 amp power outlet while others will plug into any 15 amp socket around the house.  (Be sure that washing machine or other power hog is not running on the same circuit though!)

Saunas are delivered in sections including a back wall, front wall with glass door, side walls, floor, ceiling panel and bench.  They either buckle together or bolt together with included hardware. Usually all that is needed for assembly is a screwdriver or included allen key.  Easy to follow assembly instructions are included.

Those in the 45-60 year old range especially enjoy some of the health benefits that go along with owning an infrared sauna. The infrared sauna will get rid of impurities and toxins from the body through deep sweating induced by the calming infrared heaters. With the warmth of the sun, yet a comfortable ambient temperature compared to the much higher temperatures found in traditional saunas, the many benefits of infrared can be enjoyed in any home.

Therasauna is the high end infrared sauna that offers the patented control system for constant, stable infrared output. A new more affordable Therasauna Classic line also offers the same benefits of constant infrared output but in a budget minded model made of hemlock instead of aspen wood and with a simpler, yet still effective control system.

We also offer the Far East infrared saunas at low, low prices as entry level models priced around a thousand dollars depending on the model size and number of infrared heaters.

Far East infrared saunasInfrared saunas can be accessorized with light therapy, aromatherapy and extra backrests or footrests as well as towels and cupholders.  There are even AM/FM/CD/MP3 players available.

See the current lineup of the best infrared saunas at Hot Tub Outpost.

What is an Infrared Sauna

Therasauna infrared saunasFar infrared comes from the sun and is the healthiest and most beneficial ray that comes from the sun.  If you look at the light spectrum, we are not producing gamma rays, x-rays or uv-rays. The studies and reports will say that the vital rays your body has use for is from 4-14 microns or some studies will say 5-15 microns. If you look at the light spectrum, this is a small range, but is the most beneficial.

The 9.4 micron output will penetrate the deepest in the human body (1 1/2 -2 inches deep) and resonate and break up the water molecules. Another reason that 9.4 microns is the most beneficial is that the human body produces this all the time. So this is the level that resonates best with the body.

They can see you with night vision glasses because the body produces 9.4 micron output which is in the infrared spectrum. If your body produces at 9.4, you will receive it best at 9.4.

Better Life infrared sauna

The far infrared sauna cabin can be setup almost anywhere in the home and plugs into a 120 volt power outlet.  The resulting sweat output happens at a relatively lower ambient temperature than traditional hot rock saunas and without any steam. This is a dry sauna but the toxins released from the body through the sweat output is up to 5 times greater than from sitting in a much hotter traditional sauna.

Several benefits of infrared saunas include detoxification and sweating out impurities, relaxation, increasing blood flow and whole host of other health benefits. See our video on the health benefits of infrared saunas and Therasauna.

In the last few years, the amount of EMF (electromagnetic field) from any electronics and electrical wiring is a concern. EMF can be measured with a gauss meter. If you put a gauss meter near a Therasauna, the EMF are very, very low.  This in contrast to some infrared saunas on the market that use plastic type heaters (solo carbon) with wires running in the sheets of plastic – basically a wall of electricity – of course these give off very high EMF readings.

Health Benefits infrared saunaTherasauna has very low EMF, especially compared to other infrared saunas on the market. There will always be some residual EMF, but nothing like the higher readings from solo carbon type heaters as well as other infrared sauna setups.

Get free shipping on Therasauna and the new Therasauna Classic infrared saunas from Hot Tub Outpost USA.