My hot tub is frozen up! Now what?
|December 19, 2011||Posted by h20articles under Hot Tub Maintenance, Hot Tub Service & Repair, Uncategorized|
Depending on where you live and what your daily temperatures are through the winter this may be a concern for you. It sounds awfully scary and potentially very expensive but here are some tips that will help out a lot……
1. Prevention – The best thing for a frozen hot tub is for it not be frozen! You might not use your hot tub everyday but you should be checking on it everyday. Make sure the temperature is holding, the circulation pump is running (if you have one) and never turn the power off. If you know you will not using your hot tub for an extended period of time (maybe your heading south for the winter? I’m jealous!) have it winterized by a professional. This will ensure no headaches when you return.
2. Thawing in out – Uh Oh, even with the above mentioned tips it still frozen on you….No need to panic! Power off the hot tub and drain it. Grab yourself a space heater and place it under neath the hot tub, inside the cabinet (not inside the tub where you sit) and plug it in. Be sure NOT to leave the heater unattended for long periods of time, it should be checked on every few hours. Depending on how frozen the hot tub is the heater may be need to be there for a few hours to a few days.
3. Refilling of tub – If at all possible it’s best to fill your tub with warm to hot water (can you run a hose from the tap?) This will ensure any left over ice is thawed out and the water finds its way though all the pipes easily. Once its full keep a close on it, especially inside the cabinet for any signs of water. If you notice any leaks call your service provider. They will be able to find leaks, either in the plumbing or the pumps and repair it for you.
It’s not the end of the world (or the hot tub) if it does freeze, it’s really just more of a pain in butt.
Remember to check on it daily and you shouldn’t have a problem.