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.

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.

Contact the folks at Hot Tub Outpost with any questions or to order replacement parts, filters, chemicals, covers or accessories.

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.

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.

Buying A Used Hot Tub

Used hot tub spasThinking about buying a used hot tub?  Found a hot tub in your new home or getting one second hand?  There are things to consider before jumping into that used hot tub for the first time.

It is a good idea to know about how old the spa is.  This can be determined from information on the spa pack or electronics box, or possibly listed in the owner’s manual if transferred with the spa.  Another method to determine a hot tub’s age is by serial number.  These are often date coded so that the month and year of manufacture can be determined.  The actual spa manufacturer also may be able to look up the serial number in their production database to help determine a spa’s age.

Typically a hot tub cover may need to be replaced after about 7 years.  Pumps that are older than 3 years or so and are broken may be better off being exchanged rather than repaired.  If the water quality was not maintained by the previous owner, then pump seals and other o-rings and gaskets in the system may wear, causing leaks.

At minimum, by filling and adding 2 capfuls of chlorine to attempt to kill bacteria in the lines are the best in super chlorinating the spa.  The new product is also available at www.HotTubOutpost.com for cleaning the pipes and inside lines of a hot tub and is highly recommended in addition to chlorine to give the pipes and hoses a new beginning.

Replace the cartridge filter with a brand new one for your model.  Determine if the cover is still good or needs to be replaced as well.

Used hot tubs can save money, but can also cost money to get them up to speed.  If the electronics and pumps work, and the spa does not leak, it is a good start, but the spa will need to be cleaned inside and out and brought up to proper operating standards. Note that if water chemistry was not properly maintained, another thing that may go wrong is that the spa heats slowly or not at all. This could be the result of a calcified heater element with calcium buildup on the element inside the flow through heater. This makes it harder for the heater to do its job and ends up costing the owner more in electricity.  The solution is to replace the heater.

buy used hot tubsThere are 2 types of heaters. Those with the sensors on the outside of the tube and those with sensors on the inside of the tube (like recent model Balboa heaters). The ones with sensors on the inside usually are not hooked up to a pressure switch, whereas older models have a separate pressure switch that makes sure the heater can only work when safe.

Get all your hot tub spare parts from www.HotTubOutpost.com.

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.