What should you do if drop in your spa for a soak and find the water doesn't seem to be moving. The pump on your hot tub is the component that works the most.
Without a pump your spa is a big bathtub. Water is pulled from the tub, through the filter, then back out the jets. Pumps are fairly self-sufficient; regularly change the filter, and an occasional water change - that is about it. There are things that can go wrong, however.
1. Can't Take The Pressure
If you notice high or low filter pressure, there are many possible causes. The jets, the skimmer basket or even the impeller could be clogged by dirt and debris. Shut off your spa, give it a good cleaning with hot tub cleaner and start the pump again.
2. Water Leaks
Another common problem most hot tub owners run into are water leaks. Often, these leaks are caused by damaged o-rings in the pump housing, a leaky shaft seal, or just plumbing fittings that aren't properly tightened.
3. The Motor Turns On and Off
This is a symptom of a more serious problem. More often than not your hot tub pump has an electrical problem or it may be overheating.
- The motor is going bad
- The wiring has a problem
In either of these two cases, you'll need to replace &/or repair the spa pump. You will need knowledge of electricity and the proper tools. In most cases, wiring must be repaired or replaced or you may even need a brand new motor Unless you are a avid DIY-er, give us a call and we can diagnose and fix the problem quickly and within your budget.
4. Motor is Running but Nothing is Happening
If you can hear the motor running but the water isn't circulating properly, you could have a damaged motor or even an impeller. In other more minor cases you could simply have a clog in your system. Shut down your hot tub and check for clogs and then inspect the impeller for damage. If all of these check out, you may need to shop for a replacement motor. You may just need to replace the hot tub pump altogether.
5. Pump Will Not Prime
After draining and cleaning your tub, and it doesn't prime, there are some simple things to do. Make sure to bleed all of the air out of the system before starting it. If the pump looses its prime, check the filter for debris.