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Hot tub troubleshooting, testing & inspection

Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection

Hot Tub Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection

A hot tub repair estimate only tells you how much it should cost to fix a particular problem. It doesn't tell you if your money will be well spent.

Get a complete hot tub evaluation before you decide to spend money on a hot tub repair. Don't get burned fixing one problem after another after another until you've spent enough money to have bought a whole new hot tub.

  • Troubleshoot reported problem(s)
  • Identify available replacement parts
  • Provided detailed written estimates
  • Inspect & test for electrical safety
  • Inspect for drowning prevention
  • Test & inspect all components
  • Inspect plumbing and gaskets
  • Inspect frame & cabinet
  • Rate overall condition
  • Provide detailed report
Hot tub troubleshooting, testing & inspection

Find out first if it's worth fixing before you spend money on a hot tub repair

Find out first if your hot tub is worth fixing before you spend time, effort or money on hot tub repairs. The lifespan of a portable hot tub can be dramatically shotened by factors such as:

  • Obsolete equipment from out-of-business manufacturers
  • Multiple repairs that add up to thousands of dollars
  • Plumbing surge fatigue and chemical damage
  • Rust, rot & mold caused by prolonged leaks
  • Rodents chewing on pipes or wires
  • Federal Pool & Spa Safety Act

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*Restrictions and limitations apply.

Hot tub flow switch repair

Typical hot tub flow switch

Replace Hot Tub Sensor or Switch

Modern portable hot tubs use various sensors and switches to monitor and regulate temperature and control heater operation. When a sensor or switch detects a problem it usually triggers an error code. Details vary by make and model but some error codes only disable your heater while other error codes disable your entire hot tub.

Some error codes can be cleared by turning hot tub power off and back on but a persistent error code that keeps coming back usually requires a service call to troublshoot and determine the cause.

Possible causes of flow-related error codes:

  • Defective sensor or switch
  • Plugged or dirty filters
  • Defective circuit board
  • Blown pump fuse
  • Air locked pump
  • Low water level
  • Defective pump
Replace hot tub sensor or switch

Flow-related error message

  • $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing, Inspection
  • $50.00 to $100 parts
  • $40.00 to $80.00 labor

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*Informal estimates are for information purposes only and do not constitute a binding contract. Actual cost may vary. Certain limitations apply. Schedule a $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection visit for guaranteed estimates.

Hot tub heater repair

Heavily corroded hot tub heater trips GFCI breaker

Replace Hot Tub Heat Element or Heater Assembly

Most of the time, a defective hot tub heater will usually short out to ground and trip your GFCI breaker. The breaker may trip as soon as you try to turn it on or it may only trip whenever the heater turns on. Either way, the power turns off, the entire tub shuts down and you know for sure you need something fixed.

Some of the time, the breaker stays on, the rest of the tub works fine and the control panel indicates the heater should be working. If you have no heat, no error codes and the breaker doesn't trip, the only way to determine if the heater is defective is to put a clamp-on Ammeter directly on the heater to see if electricity is running through it.

Possible causes of no heat:

  • Open heat element
  • Defective circuit board
  • Defective circulation or jet pump
  • Defective flow or pressure swtich
  • Lack of water flow through heater

Possible causes of tripping breaker

  • Shorted heat element
  • Defective circuit board
  • Defective circuit breaker
  • Shorted circulation or jet pump
  • Short in wiring between tub and breaker
Replace hot tub heat element

Hot tub heat element removal & replacement

  • $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing, Inspection
  • $60.00 to $300.00 Parts
  • $80.00 to $120.00 Labor

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*Informal estimates are for information purposes only and do not constitute a binding contract. Actual cost may vary. Certain limitations apply. Schedule a $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection visit for guaranteed estimates.

Hassle-Free Hot Tub Covers

Free on-site measurements for guaranteed fit

Replace Hot Tub Cover

If your hot tub cover is dry rotted and falling apart or waterlogged and heavy it will increase heat loss, reduce heating efficiency and increase heating cost.

Here in California we pay some of the highest electricity rates in the country so a new hot tub cover can reduce heating costs enough to pay for itself in just one season.

  • You must be home when the cover is delivered
  • You have to haul the new cover to the backyard
  • You have to haul the old cover out and somehow get rid of it

And then, what do you do if:

  • The new cover isn't quite the color you expected or...
  • The new cover doesn't quite fit right or...
  • The new cover doesn't fit at all!
Replace hot tub cover
  • Free on-site measurements
    • Guaranteed fit
    • See and handle color swatches
  • Free delivery & installation
    • Install child-resistant locks
    • Mount cover on existing cover lifter
  • Free removal and recycling of your old cover
    • Your old cover is de-constructed at our warehouse
    • Styrofoam cores are recycled at EDCO in Lemon Grove
    • Aluminum rails are recycled at Miller Metals in El Cajon
    • Vinyl skin is the only landfill impact!
Hot tub cover removal & recycling

Hot tub cover foam core recycling

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*Informal estimates are for information purposes only and do not constitute a binding contract. Actual cost may vary. Certain limitations apply. Schedule a $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection visit for guaranteed estimates.

Replace hot tub circulation pump

Typical hot tub circulation pump

Replace Hot Tub Circulation Pump

Some hot tub manufacturers use a small, low-flow, dedicated circulation pump for heating and filtration and one or more larger, high-flow jet pumps to operate jets and water features.

The smaller, circulation pump runs automatic, programmed heating and filtration cycles through a loop of plumbing dedicated only to hot tub heating and filtration.

Possible causes of what appears to be a defective circulation pump:

  • Defective circulation pump
  • Obstruction at pump impeller
  • Air lock in the plumbing
  • Dirty or plugged filters
  • Defective circuit board
  • Low water level
  • Blown fuse
Replace hot tub circulation pump

Hot tub circulation pump leaking internally and fails to start

  • $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing, Inspection
  • $259.00 to $389.00 Parts
  • $40.00 to $80.00 Labor

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*Informal estimates are for information purposes only and do not constitute a binding contract. Actual cost may vary. Certain limitations apply. Schedule a $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection visit for guaranteed estimates.

Replace hot tub circuit board

Typical hot tub circuit board

Replace Hot Tub Circuit Board

Sometimes, your hot tub circuit board burns and smokes and covers itself in soot to let you know it needs to be replaced.

Most of the time, problems with your hot tub circuit board are a lot like problems with the motherboard in your computer. A hot tub circuit board problem can be difficult to troubleshoot until you have eliminated every other possibility.

Intermittent, random or false error codes are often signs of a circuit board firmware problem.

What appears to be a component failure like a defective pump or defective heater can actually be a defective relay on the circuit board failing to send voltage from the circut board to the pump or heater.

Possible causes of what appears to be a defective circuit board:

  • Defective circuit board
  • Loose input power connections
  • Defective circulation or jet pump
  • Defective sensor or switch
  • Defective control panel(s)
  • Low transformer voltage
  • Low input voltage
  • Blown fuse
Replace hot tub circuit board

Hot tub circuit board rusted by small, prolonged leak

  • $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing, Inspection
  • $289.00 to $650.00 Parts
  • $50.00 to $120.00 Labor

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*Informal estimates are for information purposes only and do not constitute a binding contract. Actual cost may vary. Certain limitations apply. Schedule a $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection visit for guaranteed estimates.

Replace hot tub jet pump

Hot tub jet pump

Replace Hot Tub Jet Pump

Your hot tub has at least one powerful jet pump designed to move large volumes of water at high velocity and pressure. If your hot tub has more than 30 jets odds are you have at least two jet pumps. Some larger hot tubs and swim spas have four or more jet pumps!

Possible causes of what appears to be a defective jet pump

  • Defective jet pump
  • Broken pump impeller
  • Obstructed pump impeller
  • Blown start or run capacitor
  • Defective circuit board
  • Input voltage problem
  • Seized motor bearing
  • Electric motor failure
  • Blown fuse
Recycling hot tub pumps

Hot tub jet pumps being weighed for recycling

  • $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing, Inspection
  • $359.00 to $459.00 Parts
  • $80.00 to $120.00 Labor

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*Informal estimates are for information purposes only and do not constitute a binding contract. Actual cost may vary. Certain limitations apply. Schedule a $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection visit for guaranteed estimates.

Replace hot tub control system

Hot tub control system

Replace Hot Tub Control System

Sometimes, all you really need to fix your hot tub is a new control panel or a new circuit board but you end up replacing the whole control system because all too often, the specific parts you need are discontinued and no longer available.

Portable hot tubs are built on an assembly line like any other household appliance and have a similar lifespan. If your refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer or hot tub is more than ten years old repair parts may not be available.

Obsolete hot tub control panel

Obsolete control panel on 2009 to 2012 hot tubs

Hot tub sales follow the housing market so when the housing market crashed about half of the portable hot tub manfacturers across the nation went out of business especially the smaller, regional brands.

Then, there are other times when the circuit board you need is still available but can only come from your hot tub manufacturer (like car parts that can only come from the dealership) so they can (and usually do) charge higher prices.

Sometimes, it's more cost effective to replace the entire control system with an after-market retrofit kit than to pay just as much or more for a single comoponent like a circuit board or control panel from a proprietary source.

  • $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing, Inspection
  • $450.00 to $950.00 Parts
  • $80.00 to $160.00 Labor

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*Informal estimates are for information purposes only and do not constitute a binding contract. Actual cost may vary. Certain limitations apply. Schedule a $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection visit for guaranteed estimates.

Hot tub leak repair

Hot tub leak detection & leak repair

Hot Tub Leak Detection & Repair

Good news: 90% of leaks in portable hot tubs are found in the easily accessible equipment area. Hot tub pumps send vibrations through all the plumbing so fittings can loosen over time leading to leaks.

Leaks in your hot tub equipment area are usually routine and ordinary and only require tightening a fitting or sometimes replacing a gasket or 0-ring.

Bad news: 10% of leaks in portable hot tubs are found in the complex plumbing, buried in spray-foam insulation deep inside the less accessible parts of the cabinet.

Hot tub assembly line

Hot tub shells are placed up-side-down on the assembly line so workers in a pit under the shell and workers above on both sides can attach all the complex plumbing that delivers water to each of the jets in a modern, portable hot tub.

After the plumbing is complete, the shell and all the pipes and fittings are usually water tested and then sprayed with foam insulation untill all the plumbing is buried under several inches of insulation. Once the frame and cabinet are installed most of the plumbing in a portable hot tub is not readily accessible.

Leaks in the cabinet are not routine or ordinary and may be caused by factory defects such as bad glue joints, old brittle plumbing, chemical damage and rodent damage.

Here in San Diego, leaks in a hot tub cabinet are often caused by rodents chewing on plumbing while they set up a nest and raise a family deep inside your nice, warm hot tub hotel.

If you live on a canyon or greenbelt, have fruit trees, or just have a community fence line running through your backyard...there is a pretty good chance you've had mice and rats sniffing around the bottom of your hot tub looking for a way in.

Hot tub leak repair

Leak detection inside the cabinet of your hot tub usually starts wtih digging out and scraping off the spray-foam insulation used by most hot tub manufacturers. Once the leak is identified a repair usually involves cutting out and replacing pipe, fittings and other components such as the filter assembly pictured above.

  • Inspect accessible equipment for leaks
  • Repair minor, routine leaks
    • Tighten fittings
    • Replace gaskets
    • Minor epoxy repair
  • Remove cabinet panels
  • Probe insulation for wet spots
  • Dig out spray-foam insulation to identify source of leak
Leak at cracked hot tub pipe

Over time, surge fatigue and chemical overdose can make the flexible pipe in your hot tub stiff and brittle. If your hot tub is leaking at cracks in brittle pipe it can be repaired but more leaks are pretty much inevitable.

  • Drain hot tub
  • Jack tub up
  • Set tub on concrete blocks
  • Refill hot tub
  • Dig out spray-foam insulation from bottom of hot tub
Jacked up hot tub
  • Drain hot tub
  • Cut out defective components
  • Re-plumb defective components
  • Refill hot tub
  • Check for leaks

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*Informal estimates are for information purposes only and do not constitute a binding contract. Actual cost may vary. Certain limitations apply. Schedule a $95.00 Troubleshooting, Testing & Inspection visit for guaranteed estimates.