Your Jacuzzi hot tub is a fantastic addition to your home and family and proper maintenance will ensure you get to enjoy it for many years to come. This maintenance includes making the necessary adjustments to keep your spa operating through the cold winter months or shutting it down for a period of time. Here are some guideline for both situations.
- Closing Down for Winter Hot tub owners often report that they most enjoy using their spas during the winter. However you may may wish to shut down your spa during the winter.
- Power Down You’ll be emptying your spa of water and performing additional maintenance on it, so shut off the heater and turn off the spa.
- Empty the Spa Drain your hot tub of all water.
- Clean Filters Remove your filters and place them in a cleaning solution. You’ll want to keep them in a dry place for as long as they’re out of the hot tub. Take this opportunity to clean the filter basket, as well.
- Loosen Fittings If your pump housing has drain plugs, open them. Drain all Pumps and Heaters - use wet vac if you have one.
- Blow Jets Water can get trapped in your jet plumbing and damage your hot tub if it freezes. Make sure this is drained, whether manually or by using a wet vac.
- Clean the Shell Your hot tub is empty, so give the entire basin a good scrubbing with a spa cleaner.
- Cover Your Tub Place your cover over your hot tub and lock it down. It will protect your spa during the winter. When spring arrives, you can refill your hot tub and begin enjoying it again.
Operating Your Spa in Winter
If you are concerned about the cost of operating your spa and its heater in the winter, you can relax; if properly maintained, keeping your hot tub operating is surprisingly cost-efficient. Here are a few simple steps you can follow to prepare your hot tub for winter.
- Drain/Clean Tub You’ll still want to give your spa a cleaning session. Drain your hot tub and give it a thorough scrubbing, including the vents and filters.
- Refill Your Spa Fill your hot tub with water
- Keep Your Spa Covered If you aren’t using your hot tub, keep the cover firmly on it. This will keep the heat in, preventing you from running the heater continuously and saving you money in the long run.
In the winter months there’s nothing quite like watching snow drift down whilst sitting in your lovely warm hot tub. We recommend to keep it operating in the winter and enjoy all the benefits of using your spa.