When people think about buying a hot tub, one of the things they consider is how long the hot tub will last. Not every hot tub is the same, and there are several factors that can affect the lifespan of a hot tub. We can help you discuss how to take care of your hot tub, and how to recognize when it needs to be replaced.
What Is The Lifespan Of A Hot Tub?
It may surprise you to know that a hot tub can last between 5 and 20 years. This sounds like a wide range, but the lifespan depends on a few factors. The type of hot tub and the quality of it have a major influence on the lifespan of a unit.
Other factors also affect the lifespan, such as how well taken care of, and maintained the hot tub is. You can extend the lifespan by cleaning it regularly, as well as inspecting it, and dealing with any maintenance needs in good time.
Caring For The Major Components
The heater and pump are included in the major components of a hot tub. They need regular maintenance, or they can wear down, and stop working. Your hot tub dealer and the owner’s manual for your particular model will have recommendations and guidelines for routine maintenance. They can also give advice on when certain components need to be replaced. The schedule recommended does need to be followed. If one part breaks, it can damage the other internal parts. This can mean that you face an expensive repair, or you may need to replace the hot tub with a new one.
Maintaining The Parts
It’s really important that the parts of the hot tub, are also maintained properly. Proper maintenance is key to keeping your hot tub performing optimally. Even simple tasks such as cleaning the outer parts and the stainless steel components can help extend their lifespan and keep them in working order. Any parts that are made from plastic can become eroded from the chlorine or other chemicals you may use in your hot tub. You should clean all the parts whenever you drain the hot tub. Your dealer will recommend how often you should drain and refill your hot tub.
The outer shell and cabinet of the hot tub can fade and crack, although this can happen more quickly with cheaper models. It is possible to repair yourself, but it’s best left to a professional who can make sure that it is properly repaired, and that there’s no accidental damage to the other areas of the tub.
When you’re buying a hot tub, you should consider the overall cost, as well as the expected lifespan for the quality of the model. You may spend less on the initial purchase of the hot tub, but if it’s of lower quality, you could end up spending more on repair and replacement parts. The cabinet and shell of lower quality hot tubs tend to show signs of aging quite quickly, usually within a few years.
When To Buy A New Hot Tub?
One of the biggest signs that it’s time to replace your hot tub is when the cost of maintaining it is higher than you would like to spend. A new model will have lower maintenance costs, will be more energy efficient, and cheaper to run.