Buying a Balboa Spa Pak for Your Hot Tub

Balboa spa packThe spa pack in your hot tub is basically the guts of its entire mechanical and electrical working systems. You can typically expect a spa pack to last about 8 to 10 years. Considering the fact that the average spa shell lasts at least 30 to 40 years, spa owners will most likely have to replace their spa paks at least once or twice – if not more – during the life of the hot tub.

You don’t necessarily have to buy the exact same spa pak that you had when you first bought your hot tub. In fact, there are other options available when it comes time for replacement, rather than get a highly marked up pack and service from your spa dealer.  The main manufacturer of spa packs in the world is Balboa. The majority of hot tub manufacturers don’t make their own spa paks, but buy them from a manufacturer that specializes in these products. You just need to order the one that fits based on the pumps and features in your hot tub.

Make Sure to Use the Latest Technology

Your best bet when it comes to replacing your spa pak is to take advantage of the latest, most innovative technology. Manufacturers of these components are constantly trying to improve the design of these paks in order to make their functionality as efficient and effective as possible. That’s why it’s wise to buy Balboa spa pak for your hot tub, as this brand is considered to be among the best in the world of hot tubs.

By the time your spa pak fails, you probably won’t be able to find the exact same model or brand at the time of replacement. It’s most likely been replaced by a newer design, which in essence puts the hot tub owner at an advantage.

Major Components of Spa Paks

Typically, you’ll see the following as part of a spa pack:

  • Controller
  • Heater
  • Pump
  • Blower

hot tub Balboa spa packTo buy a Balboa spa pack, look no further than The Hot Tub Outpost! They have  a large online selection of spa packs in all major brands including Balboa, Waterway and CTI, to name a few.

Save time and money buying all of your hot tub parts and accessories online with Hot Tub Outpost.  Their website also offers handy guides for water maintenance and getting the most out of your hot tub. You can find a full set of spa replacement parts including filters, covers, chemicals, steps and more.  Choose from a wider selectionand  never pay retail again!  Visit www.HotTubOutpost.com for all your hot tub needs.

Hot Tub Plumbing Repair Parts

hot tub plumbingWhether you are plumbing up a horse’s trough or fixing a hot tub, you’ll need the right PVC plumbing parts and glue to do the repair.

PVC fittings for spa repair include elbows, tees, connectors, reducers and maybe some pipe or hose.

Plumbing parts on a hot tub also include suction fittings, unions, manifolds, jets and valve parts.

Finding the leak is the first step to ordering the right parts to fix it. In spas with removable cabinet panels, it may be pretty quick to identify where the water is coming from. In spas that are fully foamed, this task can be more daunting.

So you found the leak and ordered all the parts you need from the Hot Tub Outpost.

You may need to cut out the old plumbing parts with a hacksaw or cutting tool, then smooth the edges and try to put the new pieces together without glue to make sure everything fits first. Clean and prime the connections, then apply the PVC cement to both sections, give a quarter twist and hold for about 30 seconds until dry. If you glued it well, your horse should be able to drink from the trough again, or you can go back to enjoying your hot tub.

Hot Tub Plumbing Part Types:

Elbows can be regular slip connection elbows where the pipe or hose fits inside the elbow, or if it is a “street” elbow, one of the connections will be where the hose or pipe goes over the connector.

Reducer bushings allow for the reduction of say 2 inch connections to 1 1/2″. There are reducer bushings all the way down to 1/2″.

Manifolds come in various port configurations starting with a 2 port manifold.  Common manifold types are 4-port, 8-port and 16 ports. 4s can be grouped to create a larger manifold as well. You may need plugs for any of the ports that do not need to go anywhere or for which there is not associated jet hose.

Manifold plumbing allows for even distribution of water through several lines, commonly used to route water from the main pump hose line to the individual jets.

hot tub plumbing partsThere are water manifolds to route the water and air manifolds for systems that use an air blower.

Valves help route the water or air and service valves may also be installed to help shut the water flow off around the pump or main spa pack/heater to allow for servicing of those components without the need to drain the spa.

Unions are usually glued on one side and allow for a component such as the pump or heater to be connected to the plumbing without hard-gluing it. This allows that part to be removed and replaced without needing to glue in plumbing, but sometimes the unions themselves need to be replaced and that involves glue.

PVC Glue: the best type is fast drying PVC glue such as by Weld-On.

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Hot Tub Safety Features

parts and supplies safetySafety is an important consideration when operating a hot tub, but did you know some hot tubs include more safety features than others?

Sure, there are some safety features that are required by law. The Virginia Graham Baker law affects the suctions that are to make to spec to avoid any hair entrapment. This means having at least 2 suctions for each pump so that if one plugs up, there is not a potentially dangerous hair entrapment issue.

Other safety features such as walk-in safety steps are optional and up to the individual manufacturer.

At Hot Tub Outpost, we offer QCA Spas at discount prices online with free shipping and no tax (except in the great state of Texas). These spas have numerous additional safety features including automatic freeze protection and automatic overheat protection, barrier-free seating, walk-in steps on many models and lockable safety covers.

Check out the larger 3-step steps with hand rails for additional security when getting into and out of the spa.

All of these spas are ETL and CE approved/rated and also exceed the California Energy Commission standards for hot tub energy usage.

Using proper, brand name components such as Balboa, Waterway, Aquaflo and Lasco assures a safer hot tub construction. Safer components = Safer spa.

When it comes to water chemistry, having a built-in chemical feeder also helps provide proper sanitization.  A built-in ozonator can further improve water quality.

parts and supplies safety featuresPeace of mind when operating the spa and when bathing in it is what you get when you purchase a spa from a manufacturer that values safety such as QCA Spas.

There are other spa manufacturers that also value safety and go above and beyond, so if you need any hot tub parts or accessories or to repair or replace any hot tub safety feature, you can get your parts and supplies online at www.HotTubOutpost.com.

Enjoy your hot tub!