When you have your own hot tub, you don't want to pay to have a professional make repairs if it's something simple. In fact, symptoms that seem to indicate a big problem often have a quick, easy repair that can save you hundreds of dollars if you do it yourself. If your spa isn't behaving like it should, here is a quick guide that will help you identify the problem, and help you narrow down the possible spa parts and filters you might need.

It Works, But Has Limited Or No Heat.

If your hot tub will run, but it doesn't seem to heat properly, you'll want to check four separate parts. The problem could be a faulty switch, such as the spa parts that control the flow, pressure, or side panel. Or, it could be a heater relay, contactor, or element. If you can't find anything, be sure to check the thermostat and the filters to ensure they are working properly.

The High-Limit Acts Strangely Or It Has Poor Water Flow

These can be frustrating problems that have either a quick fix, or one that's a little more technical. If the high-limit flips on and off, or goes off suddenly at the end of the heating phase, check the filters first to ensure they are clean and working properly. From there, you can check spa parts such as the pump, the high-limit switch, and the element to see if anything is worn or damaged.

For a hot tub that doesn't seem to get enough water movement, you have two choices. The easiest repair (and the least expensive) is to check and change the filters, since they will limit the amount of water that passes through as they collect debris. If you change them and the water still doesn't flow properly, you are best to check the pump itself.

The Hot Tub Leaks

Leaks can be an expensive and a real pain if they are left alone to get worse. Thankfully, in many instances, they are another easy fix that owners can look after themselves. Sections of your hot tubs that are prone to leaking include the seal around the pump, valves, the jets, plumbing, the heater manifold, and the spa shell itself.

In this instance, the type of repair you use will depend on where the leak is. If it is in the plumbing or in the shell, you can get a special paste that you add to the water after removing the filter. In other instances, you may have to replace the seal itself, or order an entirely new part. If you aren't sure, you are best to get a professional's advice.

Quality hot tubs don't generally need spa parts and repairs, but when they do break down, it can be frustrating. With help from this short, trouble-shooting guide, you can easily narrow down the problem and decide if you can just change the filters yourself, or if the problem is more serious and better handled by a professional.