Now is a great time to get your hot tub ready for those cold winter months

Your hot tub is an outstanding investment and addition to your home and proper maintenance will ensure you will enjoy it for many years. This maintenance includes making the necessary adjustments to keep your spa operating through the cold winter months or, alternatively, you can shut it down during the cold months if you don’t plan on using it. We’ll discuss both options below.

Closing Down for Winter
Hot tub owners often report that they most enjoy using their spas during the winter. However, if your area is bracing for severe inclement weather or you’re leaving town for an extended period of time, you may wish to shut down your spa entirely.

  1. Turn the power off.
    You’ll be emptying your spa of water and performing additional maintenance on it, so shut off the heater and turn off the spa at the control box.
  2. Empty the Spa
    Drain your hot tub of all water. Empty the air blowers, if your spa is equipped with these.
  3. 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. Also clean the filter basket as well.
  4. Loosen Fittings
    If your pump housing has drain plugs, open them. Use a shop vac to remove any additional water left inside these fittings.
  5. 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 a shop vac.
  6. Clean the Shell
    Your hot tub is empty, so give the entire basin a good scrubbing with a spa cleanser. We carry all the cleaning chemicals you need at Spas of Parker
  7. 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.

  1. 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. Make sure to replace your filters if they are over a year old.
  2. Refill Your Spa
    Fill your hot tub with water.
  3. Activate Freeze Protection
    If you live in a very cold climate, run your hot tub in F3 “Standard” mode. A sensor will monitor the climate and periodically run the pump when the temperature drops below a certain level, preventing anything from freezing.
  4. 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.

There’s nothing quite like watching a beautiful evening snow falling from the comfort of your hot tub. Why not keep it operating in the winter and enjoy it?  If you maintain it property it is not that expensive to heat the water in the winter months.

Now that you know how to maintain your spa through the winter or how to properly shut it down, you’ll be able to properly manage its care. Make sure to check your tub when we have those extreme cold snaps below zero.  A frozen hot tub can be very expensive to repair.

At Spas of Parker, we stock all the chemicals, filters and accessories you need to maintain your tub.  We have many years of experience with hot tubs and can answer all your questions.  Stop by and visit our showroom today.

Now Is A Great Time To Change The Water In Your Hot Tub.

Fall Is a great time to change the water in your hot tub to prepare for using it this winter.

spasofparker-filtercleanerGenerally, you want to completely drain and refill your hot tub every 3 to 6 months, depending on how often you use your hot tub. However, the look of your hot tub water may indicate changing it sooner.  If you do not change your hot tub water at this interval, your chemicals will not perform properly, your alkalinity will run high, and in general its not an overly healthy body of water to sit in. It is also a good idea to change the hot tub water after a large group has used the hot tub.   A rule of thumb is water is less expensive and less corrosive than chemicals so if your water is off it is always better to start with a fresh hot tub of water. Using high amounts of chemicals can be hard on your hot tub equipment and hot tub cover. Follow these simple instructions to return your hot tub to sparkling form.

1.  Follow the specific instructions in your hot tub owners manual.  If you don’t have a manual, call or stop by the store and Wally will help you.  Not all tubs are the same.  If you don’t have the owners manual, search online by the manufacturer and model number.

2.  Turn off the power to the tub at the main circuit breaker.  You don’t want your hot tub to run without water in it.

3.  Locate the drain plug.  The plug is at the bottom of the tub.  Connect a garden hose to it and drain the tub.  You can also siphen out the water using a garden hose.  A submersible pump will drain the tub much faster.

4.  Remove and clean the filter using a filter cleaner and garden hose or sprayer.  If you have cleaned the filter with chemicals 2 or 3 times, it is probably time to invest in a new filter. Spas of Parker has a large inventory of filters.  It is a good idea to buy a spare and alternate filters with quarterly water changes.

5.  Clean the inside of the hot tub using a tub specific non foaming cleaner.  We stock variety of hot tub cleaners.  You also will need a non-abrasive cloth or soft brush to apply the cleaner. Make sure to thoroughly clean the inside of the filter housing.  Don’t forget to clean the hot tub cover

6.  Rinse out the hot tub thoroughly to remove any cleaner residue

7.  Close the bottom drain valve and fill the tub with fresh water.  Turn the power back on and run the tub at full power for 5 minutes to clear any air from the plumbing pipes

8.  Use a water test strip and adjust the various chemical levels of the water.

At Spas of Parker, we stock a full line of the best chemicals and filters for your hot tub. During the month of October we are offering a 10% discount on all in stock filters and chemicals.  We have many years of experience and can answer any maintenance questions you have.

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NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO CHANGE THE WATER IN YOUR HOT TUB

Generally, you want to completely drain and refill your hot tub every 60 to 90 days, depending on how often you use your hot tub. However, the look and smell of your hot tub water may indicate changing it sooner.  If you do not change your hot tub water at this interval, your chemicals will not perform properly, your alkalinity will run high, and in general its not an overly healthy body of water to sit in.  It is also a good idea to change the hot tub water after a large group has used the hot tub.   A rule of thumb is water is less expensive and less corrosive than chemicals so if your water is off it is always better to start with a fresh hot tub of water. Using high amounts of chemicals can be hard on your hot tub equipment and hot tub cover. Follow these simple instructions to return your hot tub to sparkling form.

1.  Follow the specific instructions in your hot tub owners manual.  Not all tubs are the same.  If you don’t have the owners manual, search online by the manufacturer and model number.

2.  Turn off the power to the tub at the main circuit breaker.  You don’t want your hot tub to run without water in it.

3.  Locate the drain plug.  The plug is at the bottom of the tub.  Connect a garden hose to it and drain the tub.  You can also siphen out the water using a garden hose.  A submersible pump will drain the tub much faster.

4.  Remove and clean the filter using a filter cleaner and tooth brush.  If you have cleaned the filter with chemicals 2 or 3 times, it is probably time to invest in a new filter. Spas of Parker has a large inventory of filters.  It is a good idea to buy a spare and alternate filters with quarterly water changes.

5.  Clean the inside of the hot tub using a tub specific non foaming cleaner.  We stock a variety of hot tub cleaners.  You also will need a non-abrasive cloth or soft brush to apply the cleaner. Make sure to thoroughly clean the inside of the filter housing.  Don’t forget to clean the hot tub cover

6.  Rinse out the hot tub thoroughly to remove any cleaner residue

7.  Close the bottom drain valve and fill the tub with fresh water.  Turn the power back on and run the tub at full power for 5 minutes to clear any air from the plumbing pipes

8.  Use a water test strip and adjust the various chemical levels of the water.

 

At Spas of Parker, we stock a full line of the best chemicals and filters for your hot tub. We have may years of experience and can answer any maintenance questions you have.

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