Tips for the Spa Owner

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You probably already know the relaxation and health benefits that come with having your personal spa, because you already own one, but you might not know what to do when your spa's well-being declines.

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Maintaining the components of your spa is crucial to preserving its life for years to come, and knowing how to fix broken parts of your spa will end up saving you money and get you back in hot water sooner.

Below, you'll find several helpful tips for preparing to replace the pump on your spa.

Identifying a Pump Problem-

The first step to fixing any problem is knowing that there is one. One of the warning signs that you something is wrong with your pump include a failure of the motor to turn over. This could indicate a frozen shaft and/or bearings, and this condition can be recognized by a humming noise. Another source of humming could also come from a jammed impeller or a bad starting capacitor. A higher pitched whining noise is probably indicative of bearings that have become too worn, while the most obvious indicator of bad pump seals is water puddling beneath the pump.

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Deciding on the Best Course of Action


While it is often possible to repair individual problems within a pump, it is also usually extremely difficult. If you don't have a lot of experience fixing machinery with tiny moving parts, then the best course of action for you would be to simply order an altogether new pump. If your problem is with the motor only, and not the impeller, then replacing just the motor is also simple. However, if any particular inner component of your spa is malfunctioning and your spa is over 8 years old, then Spa Guts recommends simply replacing the entire spa pack, because it's the most hassle free and economical choice in the end.

Removing the Pump

Taking the pump from its place in the spa will help you to determine the type of replacement you'll need, and prepare the spa to receive the new pump. First, make sure all power is cut to the spa. Then, remove whatever type of access panel to the pump. Identify and close the necessary valves to prevent a flood. If your spa does not have valves to the pump, then you'll need to drain the spa. You'll then need to disconnect the copper bonding wire and disconnect whatever screws, etc., that are holding the pump in place. Remove power cable from pump.

Determine the Right Size Pump

To determine the right size of pump you'll need, look to the old pump and your spa's needs. Spa pumps should have 1 horsepower for every 4 to 6 jets in the spa. You'll also need to find the correct voltage appropriate for your spa and spa pump, as well as whether you'll require a side or center discharge style pump. You'll also need to measure the physical dimensions of the old pump to determine the dimensions of the new pump.

With these tips in mind, you can keep your spa in line.

And spend your spare time in it, rather than worrying about it.

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