hot tub questions

How to winterize a hot tub? Answers to your questions!

Sinking into your very own hot tub might be the most relaxing part of your day. But before you can get there, you might have some questions.  

Whether you are shopping for a hot tub or you already own a spa, we want to make the process just as relaxing as using one. 

From whether you should winterize your hot tub to how to turn it on, we decided to answer some of the most popular hot tub questions.

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winterize hot tub
While winter is a great time to enjoy a hot tub, some owners have questions about winterizing their hot tub. Master Spas does not recommend that owners winterize a hot tub.

How to winterize a hot tub?

Winterizing a hot tub involves draining the water from the spa and essentially closing it down for the season. All water must be removed to make sure the hot tub is operational when spring comes. Where is that water? It’s in the spa itself, in the plumbing, and in the hot tub pumps. When you winterize a hot tub, you will need a shop vac, soft cloth, surface cleaner, and the tools required to remove the cabinet. 

Master Spas does not recommend that owners winterize their hot tub. Because of the amount of plumbing, it can be tough to remove all of the water. And, simply put, it’s a risk. If too much water is left in the plumbing and it freezes, this expansion of the water as it freezes could stress and crack the plumbing, fittings, and equipment housings (“freeze damage”).

How much clearance do I need for hot tub delivery?

When you are preparing for your hot tub delivery, it’s important to know the dimensions of your new hot tub. Hot tubs can be brought in either flat or upright depending on what obstacles are in the area — trees, landscaping, gates etc. When determining the clearance, it’s best to add at least 4 inches to the outside spa dimensions. 

Have more installation questions? Download our Backyard Planning Guide and get information, inspiration, and more.

How to turn on a hot tub?

Every hot tub manufacturer will have a different control panel. To turn on a hot tub by Master Spas, press the Jets button to start the pumps.

salt water hot tub
Testing your hot tub water regularly is key to keeping the chemicals balanced.

How to raise pH in hot tub?

PH, or potential hydrogen, refers the acidity or basicity of the water. The goal is to have a neutral, stable pH to prevent hot tub damage and unhealthy conditions. If the pH is low when you test the hot tub water, you will want to raise the pH. Master Spas recommends a product called pH Up. Evenly sprinkle the product over the surface of the water and turn on the jets. Re-test the water in 15 minutes. Refer to the package directions and your owner’s manual for how much product to use.

How long does it take to heat a hot tub?

It can take a hot tub several hours to heat up, depending on the weather conditions. With the hot tub cover snugly on, the temperature will increase about 4 degrees an hour.

How much electricity does a hot tub use?

The amount of electricity a hot tub uses depends on the size, temperature settings, and how often you use it. Master Spas manufactures energy-efficient hot tubs that, on average, cost less than $30 a month to use. However, most Master Spas hot tubs cost about $20 (or less) per month to operate. 

plug and play hot tub
A 120V hot tub can be plugged into a dedicated wall electrical outlet. These hot tubs are often called plug-and-play.

How to hook up a hot tub?

Most hot tubs require a 240V/50 Amp connection. In addition, all hot tubs require a high-quality GFCI circuit breaker and should be connected by a licensed electrician.

Master Spas does manufacture 120V/15 Amp hot tubs, which are commonly known as plug-and-play spas. These hot tubs can be plugged into a dedicated wall electrical outlet.

Getaway Hot Tubs by Master Spas are affordable hot tubs that deliver the benefits of hydrotherapy in a portable package. There are five lightweight and easy-to-hot tub models, with two spas hot tubs that include plug and play technology.

Should I leave my hot tub on all the time?

Your hot tub should be plugged in all of the time. It’s important to keep the circulation pump on so that the water and chemicals are being filtered. However, you can turn down the hot tub temperature when it’s not in use. A lower operating temperature will help reduce how much your hot tub costs to operate. 

Hot tub on deck
A deck can be a great place to install a hot tub. However, be sure to have your space evaluated by a qualified contractor.

Can you put a hot tub on a deck?

Yes, so long as the deck can hold the weight of the hot tub when it is filled with water. If you are considering this option, you should consult a qualified contractor or structural engineer to be sure that the deck can hold the weight of it. 

A Master Spas hot tub dealer can evaluate your space, whether it’s in person or with pictures, as well as answer installation questions. Click here to find your local hot tub dealer.

When is the best time to buy a hot tub?

The best time to buy a hot tub? When you are ready to buy a hot tub. 

A hot tub by Master Spas is designed to be used year-round in any climate. You can purchase a hot tub at a showroom any month of the year, whether it’s in the chill of February or in the dog days of August. 

One thing to consider is whether you will need to prepare your space for a hot tub. Contractors can book up quickly in the summer. If weather or conditions permit, consider doing the necessary landscaping in the off-season. If your space is ready and weather conditions permit, it can be installed in less than a day.