Hot Tub Maintenance Tips for New Owners

Hot Tub Maintenance Tips for New Owners

Owning a hot tub can provide endless relaxation and enjoyment, but it's important to keep it well-maintained to ensure it operates efficiently and remains a safe and clean environment. As a new hot tub owner, you might be wondering where to start with maintenance. This guide will provide you with essential tips to keep your hot tub in top condition.

1. Regular Water Testing

Frequency: Test your hot tub water at least 2-3 times a week.

What to Test For:

  • pH Levels: Ideal range is 7.2 to 7.8.
  • Alkalinity: Should be between 80-120 ppm.
  • Sanitizer Levels: Chlorine should be 1-3 ppm; bromine should be 3-5 ppm.

Tools: Use test strips or a digital water tester for accurate results.

2. Balancing Water Chemistry

Adjusting pH:

  • pH Increase: Use a pH increaser if the levels are too low.
  • pH Decrease: Use a pH decreaser if the levels are too high.

Maintaining Alkalinity: Use an alkalinity increaser or decreaser to keep the levels within the ideal range.

Sanitizers: Regularly add chlorine or bromine to maintain the correct sanitizer levels. Shock the water weekly to break down organic contaminants.

3. Cleaning Filters

Frequency: Clean the filters every 2-4 weeks, and replace them every 1-2 years.


  1. Turn off the hot tub.
  2. Remove the filter and rinse it with a garden hose to remove debris.
  3. Soak the filter in a filter cleaning solution for 12-24 hours.
  4. Rinse thoroughly before reinstalling.

Tip: Keep a spare filter to use while cleaning the other one.

4. Draining and Refilling

Frequency: Drain and refill your hot tub every 3-4 months.


  1. Turn off the power.
  2. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and let the water drain completely.
  3. Clean the shell with a non-abrasive cleaner.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and refill with fresh water.
  5. Rebalance the water chemistry.

5. Cover Maintenance

Cleaning: Clean the cover monthly with a mild soap solution and rinse with water.

Protection: Use a cover conditioner to protect it from UV rays and prolong its lifespan.

Usage: Always cover the hot tub when not in use to retain heat and keep debris out.

6. Jet Maintenance

Cleaning: Remove and clean the jets every 1-2 months.


  1. Turn off the hot tub.
  2. Remove the jets according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Soak them in a vinegar solution to remove buildup.
  4. Rinse thoroughly and reinstall.

7. Checking Water Levels

Frequency: Check the water level weekly and top off as needed.

Importance: Keeping the water level above the skimmer ensures the pump and heater work efficiently and prevents damage.

8. Inspecting for Leaks

Regular Inspections: Check the equipment area and plumbing connections for any signs of leaks.

Signs of Leaks: Look for wet spots around the hot tub or decreased water levels.

Action: If you find a leak, contact a professional for repair.

9. Winterizing Your Hot Tub

If Not in Use:

  1. Drain the hot tub completely.
  2. Remove and store the filters.
  3. Blow out the pipes using a shop vac.
  4. Cover the hot tub securely to prevent debris and moisture from entering.

If in Use: Maintain the water temperature and regularly check the water chemistry to prevent freezing.

10. Regular Professional Maintenance

Annual Check-Up: Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance service once a year to ensure all components are working correctly and to address any potential issues.

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