Hot tub use in the Winter Months

winter hot tub

Enjoying your hot tub through the winter months will bring many family memories, please remember that there are some additional considerations for taking care of your hot tub during the “freeze months” in order to properly care for your investment.

The Aqua-Tech service department is available for emergency freeze protection service Monday to Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm. Call 204-233-8822 for how to access a technician. The automated recording will give you the instructions.

Outside of these hours here are some tips that you can follow to have the greatest success with your tub in the winter months. From experience we know that things happen outside of our or your control that can cause a hot tub to go into distress. We encourage you to do the following:

9 Winter Spa Operation Must-Do’s

– Open your hot tub cover every morning. Check that the heat light icon is on or the spa is at your set temperature and there is proper water movement in the spa and that the circulation pump is set to run 24hrs.

-Check that your waterfall is flowing.

-Test all jet pumps and that the aromatherapy pump are operational.

-Have all snow removed from all around the spa so that access screws for skirting are accessible.

-Have all snow removed from in around outdoor GFCI box enclosures. Protect these boxes from snow and moisture intrusion.

-Have all snow removed from the top of the heatshield/ hot tub cover.

-Have a space heater with an extension cord that can be placed in the equipment bay in case of the spa losing power or operation. ( This is critical to protecting the pumps from freezing )

-Have a submersible pump with an extension cord that can be placed in the spa water to keep the water circulating in case of the spa losing power or operation.

-Check your micro filter and re-useable filter every week for soil buildup. (change filter regularly, this is the #1 cause of hot tub freeze damage each year)

PRO TIPS

-Drain your spa in late October and re-fill with clean fresh water.
-Disconnect your ozone and ClearRay from November 1st to April 24th. Although Ozone and ClearRay are great features for your spa if they malfunction between November and April they could cause your GFCI to trip and shut down the operation of your spa. Contact our water lab (watertesting@aqua-tech.ca) for special water care tips during winter months.
-Replace your micro filter bi-weekly.
-Rinse your re-useable filter weekly.
-Have a clean and dry micro and re-useable filter on standby always.
-Have rodent traps or rodent deterrents placed in and around the equipment bay area of the spa to prevent rodent intrusion during the winter months.
-After every use of the spa use a towel to wipe dry the top lip of the spa before closing the heatshield until your next use.
-If you are planning for the spa to not be looked at daily, winterize the spa for peace of mind and put back into operation when you will be able to monitor it properly and the weather permits.

hot tub in storm

hot tub in storm

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