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

Get the Coast Spa Parts You Need – For Less!

coastspas-radiancemodelhottubCoast Spas are Canadian built, but sold all over the USA. They are also sold internationally.  Coast Spas make quality hot tubs including a Plug and Play series,  a traditional spa line, a curved edges line, an infinity edge line (Cascade) and Micro Silk spas with skin benefits. Coast Spas also manufactures swim spas.

These quality hot tubs are very popular and reliable. However, like all hot tubs, they require routine maintenance and occasional repairs. Just like a home or car, hot tubs require upkeep.   Many of the components that go into the hot tubs are made by other manufacturers.  For instance, all spa manufacturers buy their filters and jets from outside suppliers.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your spa is to maintain water quality. Having water that is too acidic or alkaline can affect your plumbing and equipment.  It is important to get test strips and to test water quality three times a week – like every  Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Adjust pH so it stays between 7.2-7.6. Use a sanitizer, like bromine or chlorine, and select your water care program based on your sanitizer. You will probably need additional chemicals, like pH up and pH down, a shock treatment and a filter cleaner. Remove and rinse the filter once a week and soak it in cleaner once a month.  You can also reduce chemical usage by adding spa minerals to your hot tub water.  If you regularly test and regulate the water, you will only need to change it every 3 to 4 months.

coastspas-2-filtersEven if you maintain water quality, you will need to replace some of your Coast Spa parts over time. Filters generally last about a year.  If the fibers have turned dark grey or are starting to come apart, then you need to get a new filter. Hot tub pillows soak in the chemical water every day, and tend to wear out after a few years. Ozonators tend to last 2-3 years, but you can buy a test kit to make sure your generator is still producing ozone.  Other equipment, like spa pumps, heaters, blowers and control panels, can last for 5-10 years, depending on usage and maintenance.

Buying your Coast Spa parts online can save you time and money. Go to highly rated provider, like Hot Tub Outpost, to find all the Coast spa hot tub parts, accessories and chemicals you need.  If you are not certain which part to order, their ‘part match techs’ can find the right one for you.  Shipping is free in the continental US for orders over $95.

Hot Tub Air Blower Replacement

Hot tub air blowersGet a replacement spa blower online whether you need a 1HP, 1 1/2HP or 2HP blower.

Before replacing a blower, be sure the old blower does not have water in it, or you may have the same problem with the new blower.

Generally, there are 2 lines of defense when it comes to avoiding water getting into the spa blower.

First, there is a Hartford loop which is a 180 degree spa plumbing setup with the piping/hose going very high – ideally above the water line and mounted under the spa cabinet, attached to the rest of the plumbing.

After the loop, there is also an air check valve in the plumbing before it hooks up to the blower.  This is another safety mechanism to prevent water from getting into the blower.

If the check valve has failed, it will need to be replaced before replacing the blower.

Spa blower cords come with different connectors. The most popular types are the 4 pin AMP cord (usually white) and the mini-J&J connectors or Gecko In.Link connectors.

Another thing to watch when replacing a blower is whether it is a 120v or 230v blower.

Blowers are fairly easy to replace. They plug into the circuit board or spa pack directly.  They are usually screwed down to the spa floor, a mounting block or even an upright post with the air exhaust facing down.

The connection is often 1 1/2 inch air hose.

Replacement Hot Tub Air BlowerSome spa companies such as QCA Spas use the blower to force air into the venturi ports of the water jets. This creates a turbo effect where the air from the blower assists the water jets and creates a volcanic eruption inside the spa.

Some aromatherapy systems also use the blower air to introduce fragrance into the air injectors in the spa.

Find the right replacement hot tub blower online at Hot Tub Outpost U.S.A.

Where To Buy Hot Tub Parts

Many homeowners have the luxury of owning their very own hot tub that they can come home to every day after work to simply relax and unwind. This is not necessarily a luxury that only the wealthy can afford – there are fantastic quality spas available on the market at very affordable prices. Just about anyone can enjoy their own spa. Those who do own one know that there is some degree of care and maintenance involved in owning a hot tub. As time progresses and wear and tear becomes evident, there may come a time where certain parts of the hot tub will need to be either repaired or replaced. When you find yourself in this situation, trust the experts at HotTubOutpost.com to supply you with top quality spa parts in addition to spa chemicals and water maintenance supplies.

Some of the most common and important replacement parts for hot tubs include the following:

Jets – The jets are what propel and move the water through the shell of the spa. Without properly functioning jets, you will be sacrificing a good therapeutic hydrotherapy session. The pressure from the jets is what gives the occupants of the hot tub a soothing, relaxing massage. If the jets are not performing to their expected level, they may need replacement, which can be done quite easily. Price and quality of jets range greatly, depending on your budget and needs.

Heaters – The heater is an essential component of a hot tub. Part of the reason for submersing yourself in the water is to feel the warmth of the water provide soothing relief to tired, aching muscles and joints. Heaters come in both electric or gas fueled versions, depending on what is most convenient for you. Most tub heaters sense the water’s temperature and adjust accordingly as per the user’s controls and specifications. The best ones on the market are energy efficient so that you can save on your utility bills.

Water pumps – These are another very common component of a hot tub that may need repair or replacement at some point over the life of the spa. These pumps work in conjunction with the motor and jets to send water throughout the hot tub. The better quality pumps offer 2 speeds for efficient operation.

Other Common Parts for Hot Tubs

Aside from the jets, heaters and pumps mentioned above, there are many other spare parts on your spa that may need replacing and are available at www.hottuboutpost.com. These include:

• Filters
• Motors
• Plumbing parts
• Electric parts
• Topside control panels
• Spa valves
• Blowers
• Air and water manifolds
• Spa pillows

Buy Hot Tub Parts Online at HotTubOutpost.com

It is recommended to make sure that the parts you are buying for your spa are good quality so you don’t have to replace them too often. When you buy hot tub parts from HotTubOutpost.com, you can be sure that you are getting quality products. When your spa needs replacement, you can also get factory direct pricing and free shipping on a new QCA Spa. QCA has been manufacturing quality spas and spa parts since 1966, so they have plenty of experience and a very good track record. Visit their online showroom today and find the perfect spa or spa part for replacement on your hot tub.