Hot Tub Spa Plumbing Repair Tips

plumbing parts onlineHot tub sprung a leak?

PVC parts and glue may be needed to fix the leak. Common hot tub PVC plastic parts include elbows, tees, reducers, hose or pipe and unions.

Manifolds direct the water from a larger hose or pipe to several smaller hoses that usually connect to jets.  Most hot tub manufacturers use a manifold plumbing system in order to assure even pressure at every jet. Basically the water manifold is a water splitter and the air manifold is an air splitter.

spa plumbing parts onlineA spa that is left empty in the freezing winter may have a cracked manifold or two.  Those can usually be found easily because water comes gushing out of them as soon as the hot tub is refilled after the season.  This is why it is important to properly winterize the spa or just leaving it full over the winter, even if the temperature is turned down. Leaving the hot tub filled also allows the freeze protect systems in the controls to work.

When glueing parts together, it is first important to dry-fit them to assure they will all fit in the right place. Then apply glue in a circular motion around and around both joints to be connected. This also builds up heat and allows the two parts to bond better.  Use a fast drying PVC glue ideal for hot tub use.

Some hot tub techs like using a primer first to assure a better bond. This is a good practise, but many times just gluing 2 brand new, dry joints is also adequate when using a good PVC glue. Never hurts to prime and it does pre-treat the connection for a sure fit.

Ohot tub spa partsnce the PVC glue has cured (usually best to leave it for 24 hours or so even if dry in 5-10 minutes as is the case with the fast drying WeldOn type of glue), then refill the spa and check the connection as well as for any other leaks.

As long as the spa is not of the fully foamed type, getting at and repairing leaks is a straightforward process most of the time.

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QCA Spas Troubleshooting FAQ

plug and play spasHow do I know if I am getting power to my Plug and Play spa?

There is a test button and above it a reset button on the GFCI power cord. When the GFCI is fully functional, the red light on the GFCI cord will be on indicating power to the spa.

I am getting power, but spa not working.

If the system fuse blows (0.3 amps) then the topside control panel will not light up, so the fuse needs to be replaced.

My Aux button does not work.

All plug and play spas have an Aux button on the panel that is inoperative. It is a generic panel that includes an additional function not used on plug and play models. This is similar to blanks that are in automobiles that do not offer certain features or functions.

What should I do if my spa pump is humming?

If the pump does not pump any water, see if there is an error message on the panel.  If the control panel shows an error message DR or DY, that means the heater is dry, so you may need to manually prime the pump or heater tube.  This process involves slightly opening a union to allow water to start coming out, thereby eliminating any trapped air bubbles. This usually may occur on a brand new fill.  Pumps are self-priming, but sometimes an air pocket can cause priming issues and the resulting dry heater error. This is a safety mechanism to avoid the heater tube from becoming too hot.   Always call for assistance if there are any issues that are unclear.

Most of the issues may crop up on brand new installations or refills as procedures are not understood until becoming more familiar with the spa.  Generally, once the spa is full of water and the power has been hooked up safely and correctly, there is little to do but turn it on and enjoy!

plug and play hot tub spaProper water chemistry will go a long way to avoiding any mechanical problems or eroding seals and also provide for a safe and fun water environment for the whole family.

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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.

Buy Spa Filters Online For Ultimate Convenience

Spending a few minutes in your very own hot tub can do wonders for your body and your stress levels. Studies have shown that hydrotherapy sessions provided by spas can truly have a significant positive impact on your physical and mental health. In order to maximize the enjoyment you get from your spa, it is essential to keep all of its components in good working order. There will be times where certain components may have to be repaired or replaced based on the age and usage of your spa. One of the more important components is your hot tub’s filter, which should be replaced every year or so. When it’s time for replacement, buy spa filters online for the ultimate in convenience.

The filter system of your spa is one of the most important features of your tub, as it is greatly responsible for keeping the water clean and clear of all dirt, grime, debris and bacteria that may enter the spa water. Without a properly functioning filter, your spa runs the risk of being contaminated with harmful substances that render the spa water unsafe for occupancy.

When it’s time to buy spa filters online, consider your options. There are essentially 3 types of filters you can purchase:

1) Diatomaceous earth filter – These are also known as “green” filters since they are environmentally friendly, are non-polluting and are able to capture even the tiniest microorganisms found in the earth. These filters have a very fine mesh which allows it to capture these super tiny particles.

2) Sand filter – This is a rather common filter which extracts impurities from the spa water by using sand to collect this dirt and debris. These filters use a backwashing mechanism to eliminate the dirt from the water.

3) Cartridge filter – This is probably the most common filter which runs at low pressure, and allows for more water flow and turnover of water.

Most spas come with cartridge filters and there are many shapes and sizes. Buying cartridges from the spa manufacturer can be very pricey. The same basic filters are available from filter manufacturers and you can usually find the right one to fit any well-known brand of spa. Whichever filter you choose, consider shopping online with a credible online source like HotTubOutpost.com, who have been in business for years and have a fabulous track record at supplying customers with top quality products at factory direct prices. Visit their online showroom today and select the appropriate filter for your spa.