Everything You Need to Know About Hot Tub Servicing

Posted by Nick Clamp in Maintaining a Hot Tub Guides on 8th November 2022

Look after a hot tub from a top brand properly and you’ll get decades of good use out of it.

But does that always have to mean shelling out for an annual service?

Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about home spa services, so you can decide whether they’re right for you.

What does a hot tub service involve?

A professional spa service usually takes between two and four hours.

During that time, a technician will:

  • Drain your hot tub.
  • Remove its side panels to inspect the wiring and components.
  • Test all its components and electronics to see if they need repairing or replacing.
  • Remove and clean its filters (or replace them if needed) and clean the filter chamber.
  • Remove and clean all its jets (and vacuum behind them).
  • Check its shell, cabinet, cover, and headrests for damage, then clean them.
  • Refill your tub and balance its water chemistry.

By the end of this service, your hot tub will be spotlessly clean and working like new again. If any of its parts aren’t working properly, the technician will have repaired or replaced them. And if they spot anything they think could develop into a serious problem, they’ll nip the problem in the bud.

Is it worth servicing a hot tub?

A good hot tub service will set you back a few hundred pounds. Not finding out about a serious issue with your spa it would have uncovered could set you back thousands.

Plus, your hot tub will be working like new again after its components have been deep cleaned, tested, and replaced where needed. 

In short: getting your hot tub serviced will leave it working better for longer. We recommend every hot tub owner gets their spa serviced regularly to make sure they get the most from the money they’ve invested in installing and running it.

How often should a hot tub be serviced?

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The frequency of hot tub servicing depends on:

  • Frequency of Dips
  • Self-maintenance efforts
  • Location (indoor vs. outdoor)

A yearly check-in with a hot tub professional keeps the good times rolling smoothly and the water crystal clear, as well as ensuring that all the parts work well and the water is safe. But hey, if you’re hosting hot tub parties every other weekend, bumping up those check-ins to every six months might just save the day (and your tub) from any wear and tear.

How much is it to have a hot tub serviced?

On average, a standard hot tub service might set you back between £150 to £200. This isn’t just a splash in the pan—it covers essential upkeep like a refresh of your tub’s water, a thorough check-up of its components, and ensuring the water chemistry sings in harmony. It’s all about that crystal-clear peace of mind.

If your service tech stumbles upon a hiccup that needs extra attention, such as a stubborn heater or a pump that’s lost its pep, costs could climb. These fixes are vital though, as they ensure your hot tub’s longevity and performance. Before diving in, it’s a smart move to get a detailed estimate of the cost upfront, this way, there are no surprises.

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Do I still need to get my hot tub serviced if I look after my hot tub?

Getting your hot tub serviced is like taking your car for its MOT. You can keep your car clean and change its oil and check its tyres’ tread depth yourself. But a qualified professional will need to get under the bonnet to spot a whole host of problems that you would have never known about otherwise.

Your hot tub is the same. No matter how closely you follow our hot tub maintenance guides, there could be a leak in its pipework or the chlorine you use to sanitise your spa could have eroded away its rubber seals. Skip your annual hot tub service and you’ll never find out about these problems, which could shave years off your spa’s lifespan. 

How often does a hot tub need to be serviced?

You should get your hot tub serviced once a year. Making an annual service part of your hot tub maintenance routine will help ensure any potential problems get spotted before they’ve caused serious damage to your spa.

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The final word

Getting your hot tub serviced annually is a simple way of making sure you’ll get as many years of good use out of it as possible.

Any WhatSpa?-recommended hot tub dealer will either offer their own service or be able to recommend a trustworthy technician to handle your annual service.

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About the author

Nick Clamp

I am the Editor-in-Chief at WhatSpa? Media Group and have been actively involved in the hot tub and swim spa industry for over 20 years. I fell in love with hot tubbing in 2002 and since then have dedicated my career to helping millions of hot tub buyers to make more informed choices when navigating their buying journey.

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