Your hot tub won’t last forever. While your spa is sturdy, it includes mechanical parts that wear out over time. Because your hot tub is an investment, fixing any small repairs makes better sense than replacing the entire spa. We Pros suggest you check out these common problems and their solutions before you buy a completely new hot tub.


Water can pool on top of worn hot tub spa covers


Broken Heater


When the water turns cold even though the heater’s turned on, you might have a broken heater. It isn’t designed to last forever, but it can be replaced. Check the element first. It’s an easy repair you can do yourself if you’re semi-handy.

If the element is okay, consider upgrading to a digital heater. Unlike the analog model, a digital heater has no moving parts that break easily, and it includes upgrades like accurate temperature controls, an adjustable temperature control and an LED display. You can also program digital heaters to cycle frequently when you’re home and slow down when you’re on vacation.


Damaged Cover


When you notice that your energy bills are going up, the water’s dirty or you can barely lift the cover off your spa, replacing the hot tub cover might solve the problem. Over time, the cover can become waterlogged. You also might see tears or chemical damage to the vinyl. Heavy snow can also damage spa covers. Whenever it begins to show signs of wear, use a patch kit if possible or replace it. That’s a lot cheaper than replacing the entire hot tub.


Worn Jets


If the jets slow down or stop working, they may need to be cleaned or replaced. Depending on the type of jets your hot tub model uses, they’re easy to replace. You’ll want to check the owner’s manual to make sure your jet type is replaceable before messing with it, though. If you try to remove non-replaceable jets, you could damage the hot tub’s shell. When in doubt, call a hot tub repair specialist.


Over time, your hot tub will wear out. Don’t buy a new model until you troubleshoot the problems. You might just need a simple repair that gets you back to relaxing as quickly as possible.


Happy Tubbing!
Ethel Elliott


Ethel Elliott
Written by Ethel Elliott. +Ethel writes about all things backyard with a focus on replacement hot tub spa covers. You can also chat with Ethel on Twitter! Follow this author on Twitter