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Spa Repair - How to Repair Your Own Spa or Hot Tub; Part 2- My Spa Pump Is Not Working A modern jacuzzi consist of a least one pump, and in many cases up to 5 different pumps. Most spas today have 2-3 pumps. The spa pump performs the following functions: • It circulates the water over the heater in order to heat the water • It circulates the water over the filter in order to keep the water safe and clean • It provides the hydro therapy functions • It provides mist (if a mister is installed) • It distributes ozone throughout the spa water • It distributes the spa chemicals in the water The pumps, being mechanical pieces of equipment, will be repaired more than any other piece of equipment on your spa .Spa repair is something all spa, hot tub and jacuzzi owners will have to face eventually. The majority of troubles and failures are due to the following reasons 1. Poor water chemistry 2. Failure to early detect signs that the pump is going bad. What do I mean with that? Well, inside the pump between the "dry end" of the pump, the motor, and the "wet end" of the pump, the wet end, is a small ceramic seal. That seal is in constant contact with the water in the spa. And it is therefore susceptible to the condition of the water. If the spa water pH is to low (below 7.0 pH) the acid in the water will start to eat on the seal. And if that situation continues without being detected the seal will develop a small leak. That leak will be a trickle at first and very difficult to detect. Slowly but surely you will start to see a little steady stream of water appear from the bottom (=you have trouble). If you are able to catch the leak at this stage, your spa repair will most likely consist of simply replacing the seal. It will cost you under $200. But, if this leak keeps increasing undetected, your will most likely get into a situation where water is starting to leak in to the motor. The motor will then break down. The point of this story is; If you see just a trickle of water coming out from underneath you spa. Turn off the spa, turn off the circuit breaker feeding the spa and call you Spa Repair Company. What can you as a home owner do yourself to avoid costly spa repairs? 1. Check the water chemistry in the hot tub every week. If you cannot keep that schedule, then hire Spa Service Company. It will safe you 1000's of dollars as time goes by. 2. Empty, clean and refill the spa at least two times twice per year, more frequently depending on usage 3. Hire a hot tub company that will come to your house once per year and do a preventative maintenance checkup. This will cost you around $100, but it is money spent wisely. Warning signals to pay attention to; 1. Small trickle of water coming out from under the spa. 2. The sound from the pump is "noisy" 3. The jet's areis sluggish Make a weekly habit to check on your spa. Spa repair will quickly become very costly
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