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.

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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Wet End Removal – Hot Tub Pumps

hot tub spa pumpsReplacing a pump seal requires removing the plug that covers the motor shaft.  Use a hook tool to hook the impeller to avoid it turning. When holding the impeller, turn the motor shaft screw counterclockwise and loosen the impeller.  Remove the 4 through bolts that hold the motor to the wet end. These are usually 5/16″ heads that run all the way through the motor to the wet end. Once removed, the wet end falls off revealing the impeller inside and providing access to the pump seal.

Be sure to have ordered the right pump seal kit ahead of time for replacement once pump is taken apart.  Insert the pump seal kit per directions that come with the kit and then replace the impeller and wet end, tighten through bolts and reinstall the pump.

spa pumpsThe problem with pump seals is that they are susceptible to chemical damage by out of balance water. That is why it is imperative that the pH in a hot tub is kept between the desired range of 7.2-7.6 which is slightly basic.  This keeps it out of the acid range and hence avoids eating at pump seals which in turn can cause a leak at the pump.

Regular inspection of spa pumps can provide early warning of a leaky pump seal and if the seal is replaced in a timely manner, pump replacement can be avoided.

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Hot tub pumps are made to last. They usually outlast many other spa components since they are designed to run alot longer than they actually do in a hot tub. However, there are certain things that can reduce the life of a hot tub spa pump including poor water chemistry which can damage pump seals.

Unlike 10 years ago, now discount spa parts can be found online and in many cases free shipping is also offered on these bulky spa pumps.

In the past, shipping a hot tub pump could sometimes cost more than the actual pump. Hot tub dealers and repair techs also marked up the pumps so they could exceed $500 or even $1,000. However, with the great levelling field of the internet, price tranparency has never been so clear.

If you need a hot tub pump replaced, they can be found online at many discount hot tub pump and parts online vendor sites including www.HotTubOutpost.com in the U.S. and www.TheHotTubSuperstore.com in Canada. There are also other suppliers in Asia, Europe and Australia. Even the U.S. and Canadian online stores offer 50hz equipment needed internationally.

For the U.S. and Canada, 60hz pumps are the norm. They come in 110v or 230v and there are also two different frame sizes: 48 frame and 56 frame. Usually, reading specs off of the existing pump label can help find a suitable replacement pump.

When replacing a pump, the connections should also be noted. There are 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch unions most of the time, and they can be arranged in several different configurations. If a connector is situated with one of the unions being at a 90 degree angle from where the standard pump suction or discharge is, the pump wet end can usually be rotated by 90 degrees and remounted to accommodate different plumbing layouts.

When in doubt, email or call your online vendor and a replacement pump will soon be on its way.

Getting a replacement pump does not have to cost the farm anymore, with many models in the $300 range, and free shipping too. With money being tighter these days, it does not make sense to waste $700 on a hot tub pump that you can get for half price. It just takes a little bit of legwork and knowing an online vendor you can trust. Then spend the extra savings on a great dinner out!

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