Whether you’re a hot tub afficiadano or the proud owner of a brand new spa, you’ll be aware that in order to get the best from your spa, you need to keep on top of maintenance. And part of maintenance (pun intended), is regularly checking on your spa parts and making sure they’re all functioning properly.
There are nine main types of spa parts:
- Pump Parts
- Cartridge Filters
- Heater Elements
- Touchpad Controllers
When you buy a new spa you can obviously expect the spa parts to last longer than with a second-hand spa, however, you will get even more mileage out of your spa parts if you ensure you regularly check them. Spa parts can break or wear out over time and need to be replaced to keep your spa functioning well and safely. Aqua Pulse Spas has a wide range of spa parts for sale, and while we can’t display the entire range online (as it is too big!), this page provides a short list of some of our most common products to help you navigate what’s what.
Aqua Pulse Spas also has a custom service helpline and in store customer service representatives. If you need any assistance with spa parts maintenance, please contact us.
Another crucial part of spa maintenance, whether you’ve bought a brand new massage spa for sale or a second-hand model, is proper application of spa chemicals. Again, our team is on hand to help you purchase and use the right chemicals for their specific purposes. We’ve also put a short maintenance guide together below for you.
Maintain Good Spa Water Circulation
Circulating the water in your spa helps to keep it free of contaminants by passing it through your spa’s cartridge filters. The more you run your spa, the cleaner the water will be.
Stick to a Simple and Regular Spa Cleaning Schedule
Spas are prone to developing scum without proper maintenance and you’ll also need to keep an eye out for debris on and in the water like leaves, wind-blown rubbish, and the occasional stray spider or insect too, even with a cover. Aim to keep the waterline and seats clear for a clean spa, and to help prevent potential water issues.
A weekly clean with a sponge and some white vinegar on your spa’s shell and jets will keep things tidy. You can use it to scrub away the scum line at the water’s edge as well. Make sure you clean the inside of your spa as often as possible and don’t forget to wipe down the cover. While you’re at it, give the spa cover a quick once-over with a 10% bleach-to-water solution to keep mould at bay.
A weekly clean is an essential part of good spa maintenance. But it is also a good idea to drain your spa completely for a thorough cleaning every three to four months, and more frequently if you’re using it often, or having a lot of guests in it, or both.
Your filters are on the go whenever your spa is on, so they need to be clean and well maintained to work properly. You can clean them using three methods: rinse, spray, and soak.
- Rinse your spa filters as often as possible with warm water or your garden hose
- Spray your filters every week or so with a spa filter cleaner to provide a deeper clean. Don’t forget to rinse them afterwards
- Soak your filters in chemical cleaner every time you drain and refill your spa to extend their life and loosen any stubborn particles. Again, rinse them thoroughly afterward.
When your filters get to the point where even a chemical soak doesn’t completely clean them, it’s time to replace them. You can find information about filter cleaning kits, and kits for sale on the chemicals and kits page.
Balance Your Spa Water Chemistry
Keep a good supply of essential chemicals on hand so you’ll be ready to tweak your water chemistry as needed:
- pH increaser and pH decreaser for adjusting your pH. Aim for a pH level of 7.4 to 7.6. Values below this range will be too acidic. The water might eat away at your hardware and will likely irritate your skin and eyes. Values above the range will mean that the water will reduce your sanitiser’s effectiveness and will be prone to cloudiness.
- Alkalinity increaser to protect your pH from changing too drastically. For alkalinity, shoot for 100 parts per million (ppm) to150 ppm. If alkalinity gets too high, it can cause scaling and cloudiness.
- Sanitiser (chlorine or bromine) to kill bacteria and other contaminants. Add the sanitizer of your choice according to the directions on the package, and test again to make sure your pH and alkalinity are within optimal ranges.
- Shock (non-chlorine or di-chlor) to give your sanitiser a boost by adding oxygen and removing chloramines and bacteria. If you’re using your spa after a long period of inactivity or you’ve been using it heavily, it’s a good idea to shock your hot tub to make sure it’s completely sanitized. Make shocking a regular part of your scheduled hot tub maintenance to keep your water safe and clean.
- Test strips or a liquid test kit to make sure all your chemical levels are in the right range. Test your water every week, either with test strips or a liquid test kit, and adjust your water chemistry as necessary.
- Defoamer (optional) for quick relief from foamy hot tub water (this can be caused by sunscreen in the water, for example)
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