Save on Baja Spa Parts and Pillows!

baja spa partsBaja Spas was based in Tucson, Arizona and Salisbury, North Carolina, but the company was sold and no longer manufactures hot tubs. However, there are still a few online spa supply stores that carry replacement Baja spa parts, so you can keep your hot tub running.

Baja Spas made many hot tubs since they started manufacturing back in 1972.  Like most spa manufacturers, they bought hot tub components from parts manufacturers. For instance, many of the Baja hot tubs used Hydro Quip spa control systems, while other models had Balboa controls. The equipment chosen by all spa manufacturersvaries – based on series, type of spa and year of manufacture. For instance, in their luxury lines, spa builders will often add features that upscale consumers prefer – like deluxe topside controls, stainless steel jets, 2 speed spa pumps and ozone water purification systems. Budget spas will have more basic components to keep the cost down.

Baja Spas made a series of Plug and Play hot tubs, which required no special installation. These had less equipment and fewer functions compared to their 240 volt spas. Baja Spas also had a Performance XS series, with upgraded features like 5 HP spa pumps, ozone purification systems, stainless steel heaters and circulation pumps. Baja Spas’ luxury line was called the Whitewater XS series, and these generally had 2 or more spa pumps, additional jets, ozone water purification systems, air blowers, upgraded lighting and cushioned pillows.

Many components that were used in Baja Spas are still being produced by the parts manufacturers.  It helps if you know your spa name and the year it was manufactured. This can often be found on your spa warranty/manuals or inside your spa on a manufacturer’s label.

Even if you can’t find your spa serial number and manufacture’s info, you can still find details for some of your spa components. For instance,if you need replacement spa pumps, blowers or other equipment, then look for the label on the equipment you have now. The label will give you the specs you need to order the right replacement part.  Jets often have a part number stamped into the plastic. Even if you can no longer find the same brand, you can find suitable replacement spa pumps, jets and ozone generators that will fit your Baja Spa.

Other parts were proprietary for Baja Spas. These include their pillows, their topside controls with the Baja Spas overlay, etc.  These items have become particularly difficult to find.  There are only a few spa parts suppliers that still have stock on these parts.

baja spa pillowsOur advice- Hot Tub Outpost seems to have the best supply of Baja Spa parts and pillows. They also have part matching technicians, so you can send photos of the parts you are looking to replace, along with details, and they can send you links so you order the right ones. Simply send your requirements to info@HotTubOutpost.com or search the internet for other dealers that still offer great deals on Baja Spa parts.

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.

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.

Hot Tub Water Test Kits and Test Strips

Spa Breeze ChemicalsTesting spa water is simple with either a water test kit for chlorine based spas or test strips for chlorine or bromine based spas.

A water test kit is preferred by some as it is said to be more accurate, but the test strips to an equally fine job of alerting the spa owner to a chemical imbalance in the hot tub.

A water test kit comes with a dual chamber plastic vile with level readouts. On one side, a test for chlorine is done by adding 5 drops of OTO to the water sample. On the other side, the test for water pH is done by adding 5 drops of phenol red to a sample of hot tub water filled to the fill line.

The caps are put on and the viles are shaken up to get the correct readout.  Then adjust the water’s sanitizer and pH levels.

Water test strips usually come in viles of 50 strips per container and they come in all sorts of different configurations.  A popular test strip is the one that has 4 tests – chlorine, bromine, pH and alkalinity.  Of course it won’t test for both chlorine and bromine because you should be using either bromine or chlorine as the sanitizer, never mixing the two.  But this allows hot tub owners of both bromine and chlorine based spas to purchase the same test strip without worrying about it in case they eventually want to switch sanitizer after a water change, or to just not worry about being sure they purchased the correct test strip.

The pH levels on the test strip will indicate over/under and allow for adjustment to within the 7.2-7.6 range.  Some suggest it is ok to go as far as 7.8 pH and still be ok.

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Keep test strips in a dry place to be sure they do not get moist which can affect readings from the test strip. Follow directions on the container they come in and take the reading right away after dipping the test strip in the water as the colors can change over time after the test is taken.

See the Monday-Wednesday-Friday Program featuring Spa Breeze Chemicals at Hot Tub Outpost USA and save on hot tub water test strips.

Water test kits are also available online from the Hot Tub Outpost.

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.

Need a replacement wet end, you can get those too at Hot Tub Outpost USA.

Does Your Hot Tub Need a New Heater?

replacement spa heaters onlineLooking for a place to unwind and release the tension that has been building up in your muscles and joints? Your very own hot tub is the perfect retreat is to come home to. Sitting in a the warm, bubbling waters of your tub can be all that’s needed to get rid of all the tightness in your body that’s brought about by mental or physical stress.

But what happens when you step into the tub only to realize that it’s not even warm?  Over time, some of the components in your hot tub will need repairs or replacement.  A spa heater is a key element as soaking in the hot water is what provides a lot of stress release and helps relax the muscles.  So you will need to troubleshoot if your spa is not heating.

Here are some reasons why your hot tub water isn’t hot:

The Element Needs to be Replaced

Sometimes the problem can be as simple as needing a new element for the spa heater. If this is the case, you’re lucky, because replacing an element is easy and very affordable.

The Filter Cartridge Needs to be Cleaned or Replaced

Another relatively simple problem to fix is the filter cartridge. This component needs to be cleaned on a weekly basis and replaced every year or so, depending on usage and maintenance.  A spa filter can quickly build up with dirt and debris, and become clogged to the point that it limits optimal flow of water to and from the spa pump. Some equipment may stop working when there is a flow problem.

The Pump Isn’t Working Properly

There may be times when other components, like the pump, are faulty, causing the hot tub water to remain cold. Your pump needs to be running in order for the spa water to heat up.

replacement spa heatersYour Heater Needs to be Replaced

When you’ve tested all other components and none of them seem to be the culprit, it’s time to check the heater. However, diagnosing what the problem is can be a challenging process which should be dealt with by a professional, as you’re dealing a component that uses electricity and water – a dangerous combination.

The good news is that you can quickly and easily buy spa heaters online that are both affordable and of high quality. And at The Hot Tub Outpost, you get great prices and free shipping with orders over $95 – so heaters ship free!

Find a wide range of replacement spa heaters online, along with hot tub pumps, replacement filters, filter cleaner, chemicals, hot tub covers, spa accessories and more. Visit www.HotTubOutpost.com for all your hot tub needs.  When your spa can no longer be fixed and needs to be replaced, they also sell discount hot tubs at great prices.

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.

Get all your hot tub plumbing parts at www.HotTubOutpost.com.

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!