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The Essential Guide to hot tub and swim spa filter maintenance | Master Spas Facebook Live

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Facebook Live — January 31, 2024

Filters play a vital role in keeping your hot tub or swim spa water clean and clear. The design of the filters help to remove the things you don't want in your water, such as dirt, debris, and body oils.

As a spa owner, it's important to prioritize maintaining your filters. In this Facebook Live video, swim spa specialists Ben Gilliam and Mari Cuticelli answer questions about how to clean swim spa and hot tub filters.

Can I clean my filters without turning off my hot tub or swim spa?

Before embarking on filter maintenance, safety should be your top priority. Always turn off the power at the breaker before attempting to remove the filters. This not only makes the process easier but also safeguards you and your spa. Operating the pump without filters can lead to debris getting stuck in the plumbing, affecting the spa's functionality. Additionally, avoid putting your hand in the filter area while water is being drawn in.

How do I remove the filters from my spa?

  1. Slide the filter housing up and off: Begin by carefully removing the filter housing to access the filters.
  2. Remove the plastic skimmer: The plastic skimmer, often located on top of the filter housing, needs to be taken off before proceeding further.
  3. Unscrew the filters: Once the skimmer is removed, unscrew the filters from their designated positions. Take care not to force them, as this could damage the filter housing or the filters themselves.

How often should I clean my filters?

The frequency of filter maintenance depends on usage. Master Spas recommends rinsing filters weekly and soaking them in a filter cleaner once a month. Regular cleaning prevents the buildup of debris and ensures optimal filter performance.

If your spa has an EcoPur Charge cartridge, be aware that it should not be soaked during the cleaning process. While other filters can be soaked, the EcoPur Charge should only be rinsed.

Do I need to use a filter cleaner?

Using a filter cleaner on a regular basis can break down any body oils and grease that accumulate in the filter. More than that, it helps to extend the life of your filters. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions for using the product.