Spa Service: Common Issues Only Pros Can Fix
In order to keep your spa tub running properly, routine maintenance is a must. However, cleaning it, testing it, adding chemicals, etc, won't make your spa pool to stay perfect forever. You will need to go through some spa pool breakdown repairs at some point over its life span.
When it comes to fixing spa-related problems, hiring professionals is best option. If you're a skilled DIYer, you may want to give it a try. But there will be times when hiring a professional spa service would be inevitable. Here is a list of some common spa tub issues and the best way to address them.
The Spa Tub Won't Heat
Sometimes a heating problem is a matter of replacing a heater element. But sometimes the cause can be another component. In order for your spa to heat, the pump has to be running. When the pump presents a problem, the spa won't heat. To test the components, a multi-meter is necessary. In this case hiring a spa service may be the most effective way to diagnose the cause of the problem.
The Jets Aren't Working
So your spa tub is running, but there's nothing coming through the jets. This is a common problem must spa tub owners experience. In some cases, simply twisting the face of the jet is what is necessary to obtain water flow again.
Spa tubs generally come with adjustable jets that can be turned down to minimize water flow, or close completely. If you have recently refilled the spa, the problem may be an air lock. This problem can be addressed by loosening the fittings on the pump to allow the air in the pipe to escape.
The Spa Tub is Displaying an Error Code
Modern spa tubs usually come with electronic control features with digital readouts. When something is wrong or malfunctioning, these Spa tubs will show an error code. Here are the most common error codes and what they mean.
- Flo or FLC – Pressure switch malfunction or improper flow. Improper water flow can be a problem of low voltage going to the pump. If proper voltage is getting to the pump and it is not running, replacing the pump may be necessary. But there are other possible causes for this problem. Your best option here is seeking professional help to find the cause of the problem and fix it.
- OH – Over heat – this means the spa temperature is above 42°C. You should not use your spa when the OH message is displayed. In this case, the temp sensor will need to be replaced.
- Dry – Inadequate water flow in the heater. If the spa tub is under-filled, add water to the normal fill line. But there is a number of other possible causes to this problem as well, so professional assistance may be required if filling the spa does not fix the problem.
The Pump is Making Loud Noises
If the pump is louder than it often is, this means the bearings in the motor are going out and the motor may not last much longer. Old age and a leaking shaft seal are the main causes of this problem. Considering the fact that the cost of parts and labor from motor shops can be very close to the cost of getting a brand new pump with a warranty, it may be a better idea to replace the pump instead of having it repaired.