Tips to Keep Your Emerald Spa Running Longer

emerald-spas-199chottubThe Emerald Spa Corporation produces great hot tub brands including Great Lakes, Polynesian and, of course, Emerald Spas. They have been making spas in Michigan for over 30 years. Their popular series include the superior Manor Luxury series, the mid-range Estate Deluxe series and the affordable Chateau Classic Series. Their spas range from 4 to 8 person, and 30 to 70 jets.

Like most spa builders, many of the hot tub components are purchased from other manufacturers. For instance, jets, filters and pillows are generally from manufacturers that specialize in those parts.  Some parts, like filters, will need to be changed often – usually every year. An ozone generator generally lasts up to 3 years.  A spa pump may last anywhere from 5-10 years. How long your spa components last will depend on several factors, including usage, age, water chemistry, extreme weather conditions, etc.

There are a few tips you can follow to keep your Emerald Spa running longer. Water chemistry is very important to protect your family and your spa equipment. Test water regularly and maintain pH levels between 7.2 and 7.6.  You need a sanitizer, like bromine or chlorine, to kill bacteria. However, there is another product, called Ahh Some, that will help remove dangerous bacteria and biofilms from the pluming. Using Ahh Some every 4-6 months will help keep your water safer and softer, and prevent calcium carbonate buildup on the flow through heater elements. Using mineral sticks can also help reduce chemical usage by up to 50%.

emerald-spas-whirlpoolspa-6personspaEmerald spa pillows can deteriorate over time as they soak in the chemical water day after day. Luckily, they are easy to replace – even if you are not particularly handy.  Hot tub covers also deteriorate over time, being exposed to weather conditions on the outside half, and chemical fumes on the inside. Always leave the spa cover off for at least 15 minutes after adding chemicals to the water. When the spa is not in use, keep the cover on and locked in place.

Filter maintenance is crucial for proper water balance and water flow through your plumbing system.  Take the filter out once a week and rinse it with a hose.  Once a month, let it soak overnight in a cleaning solution.  Keep a spare filter on hand to replace the dirty one. Throw filters out when the fabric becomes frayed or they remain dark grey in color.

Change your spa water every 3 months or so, provided you are keeping it balanced.  Thoroughly clean the spa and wipe inside the larger jets.  Pillows and spa covers can be cleaned with a soft cloth and cover cleaner.   Check inside the spa cabinet for leaks or signs of calcification each time you drain the spa.  Pay attention to any messages – like flo or heat, that appear on your control panel.

emeraldspas-chateau-125-coverYour spa has many plumbing components, including hoses, manifolds, elbows, suctions and jets. There are many types of jets – Eurojets, turbo, roto, dual roto, directional, etc. Depending on your spa model, you may have multiple spa pumps, a heater, an air blower, and ozone generator or a circulation pump. All spas will also have a circuit board and topside controls.  In other words, there are a lot of components that are required to turn a spa shell into a heated hydrotherapy hot tub. Fortunately, you can buy replacement Emerald Spa parts online. Companies like Hot Tub Outpost are authorized dealers that can find you all of the hot tub repair parts and accessories that you need.  They ship anywhere in the USA as well as Canada and Europe. Save time and money on your replacement Emerald hot tub parts with easy, secure online ordering: http://www.hottuboutpost.com/emerald-spa-parts

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.