If you have a few years of vehicle ownership under your belt, you know the things you shouldn’t do if you want to avoid a visit to your local repair shop. If you are about to purchase or are a new hot tub owner, you may not have yet learned the things you shouldn’t do if you want to avoid hot tub repair. Here are a few things you should never do in or to your hot tub that will help you enjoy your hot tub for a long time:
- Do not ignore water chemistry. Not only will the water be unsafe for you or your family to use the hot tub, but it can endanger some of the components and lead to hot tub repair costs.
- Do not ignore the filters. If you are using your hot tub regularly, you should change out the filters every couple of months or as the manufacturer recommends. If you aren’t using the hot tub, you should still replace the filters every year or two. If your system is equipped with any other type of cartridge, be sure to understand and follow the guidelines for replacement or cleaning.
- Do not use your hot tub like a bathtub. Your hot tub is not designed for getting you clean. You should only enter it after you have showered to get off dirt, grime, and excessive oils that over time will cause problems. They also make it more challenging to keep the water balanced and safe.
- Do not leave water in if you shut off power. If you plan on shutting down your hot tub for the winter season or for another reason, drain the water. If it is winter, the water will freeze and destroy much of your hot tub and its components. Keep your hot tub running during the winter to avoid this and costly hot tub repair.
- Do not buy a cover you cannot lift. Yes, a cover is an important accessory, but choose wisely. If you get one you can’t lift or you really struggle with, you’ll find yourself avoiding using your hot tub.