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How long does it take to get a hot tub ready? And why it might be taking longer than usual.

Updated: Apr 23



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As winter is starting to recede and the warmer weather is coming our way, many of us are starting to think about giving our hot tubs a little spring clean after a winter of usage, or even refilling them after a winter without usage. Either way, we'll all be looking at how long it takes to get a hot tub ready.

In this blog we'll discuss both aspects, part one, reopening after a winter hiatus, and part 2, spring cleaning preparation.


Getting your hot tub ready after a winter hiatus


Inspecting and Cleaning

Before reopening a hot tub after a winter without use, it's essential to inspect the tub and its components for any signs of damage or wear. Clear away any debris or dirt that may have been collected during the winter months. This inspection and cleaning process may take an hour or two, depending on the condition of the tub.


System Start-Up and Water Treatment

After the inspection, it's time to start up the hot tub's systems, including the pump, heater, and filtration. This process may take a couple of hours to ensure that everything is functioning properly. Once the systems are operational, it's important to treat the water with appropriate chemicals, test and adjust pH levels, and sanitise the tub. This may take a few hours or more, depending on the water conditions and chemical balancing required.


Water Heating and Stabilisation

Once the water treatment is complete, the hot tub will need time to heat up to the desired temperature. This process may take anywhere from 8 to 24 hours, depending on factors such as tub size, heater efficiency, and ambient temperature. It's important to allow the water to stabilise and ensure that the chemical levels remain within the recommended ranges.


Getting your hot tub ready for spring cleaning


Draining and Cleaning

When cleaning your hot tub, it's essential to drain and thoroughly clean the tub, including filters and other components. Depending on the size of your hot tub, this process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. It's crucial to ensure that all surfaces are properly cleaned and sanitised before proceeding.


Refilling and Water Heating

After cleaning, refilling your hot tub with water is the next step. This process can take a couple of hours or more, depending on the water flow rate. As mentioned before, once the tub is filled, heating the water to the desired temperature may take anywhere from 8 to 24 hours.


Chemical Balancing

Achieving the proper chemical balance in your hot tub is crucial for safe and enjoyable soaking. After the water is heated, it's necessary to test and adjust the pH levels, alkalinity, and sanitiser levels. Balancing the chemicals may take a few hours or even a couple of days to ensure stability and cleanliness.


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Why is your hot tub taking longer than usual to heat up?

After winter there is always the potential for something to go wrong with your hot tub, with either the extreme outdoor temperatures or the extended period of no use. Therefore, if you notice that your hot tub is taking longer than usual to heat up, there are a few things you can investigate:


  • Hot Tub Heater Malfunction

  • Power Issues

  • Filtration System Problems

  • Flow Issues

  • Insufficient Insulation

  • Mechanical or Technical Problems that may need to be investigated by a professional


Overall getting your hot tub ready after winter can take some time, but after you've completed the steps outlined above, you'll soon be able to enjoy some time in your newly revitalised hot tub!

Looking at getting a hot tub or upgrading your current one? Get in touch with The Luxury Garden and Spa Company today!


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