Hot Tub Parts

What you need to know about hot tub equipment

The right hot tub equipment can add years to the life of your spa. Regular care and preventive maintenance are the best ways to keep your hot tub running smoothly and prevent major problems.

Retailers offer a wide variety of equipment and accessories for hot tubs; some are vital to the proper functioning of the spa's mechanical systems, while others are intended to preserve the unit's appearance.

Essential Hot Tub Equipment

There are a few must-haves that every spa owner should invest in:

  • Hot tub filters. By trapping debris and removing impurities from the water, hot tub filters help keep the aquatic environment safe for all who use your spa.
  • Hot tub pumps. Water is driven through the system by hot tub pumps, but because they handle such a heavy workload, they tend to wear down relatively quickly. Keep your system functioning optimally by replacing your pump at the first sign of wear.
  • Hot tub covers. If your spa is located outdoors, you've got to protect it from the elements when it's not in use. This will extend the life of its exterior finish and prevent debris from falling into the basin. Hot tub lids can usually be attached to rollers for easier placement and removal. Some people prefer to build entire hot tub enclosures to more fully protect their spas.
  • Water chemistry indicators. You need to keep a close eye on the pH and alkalinity levels in your water, so you'll need specialized testers you can use to measure them. You'll also need balancing hot tub chemicals to correct any imbalances.

Sourcing Accessories for Your Hot Tub

To ensure compatibility with your spa, you should purchase hot tub equipment from the retailer who sold you your unit or, if possible, through the manufacturer. Many spa companies make accessories specifically designed for use with their hot tubs.

Check your owner's manual for specifications if you're ever in need of replacement hot tub filters, hot tub pumps or jet propellers. These pieces of equipment can be quite expensive, so it's best to be sure before you buy to prevent any problems with returning or exchanging the item.

You can also visit hot tub supply stores, either online or in person, to find all the accessories, products and equipment you need to keep your spa shipshape.

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