Winter Tips For Your Hot Tub
What To Do If Your Hot Tub Stops Working or If You Lose Power
*A hot tub can be left without power up to 3 days without risk of freezing, IF you follow these tips:
1. Keep hot tub cover closed and locked in place.
2. Leave tub filled and running (do NOT drain or disconnect power).
3. Ensure the winter blanket is installed in equipment compartment, this will keep your equipment compartment warm, prevent freezing, and adds an extra layer of insulation.
4. If you have power but the hot tub stops working: Place an electric space heater in the equipment compartment and be sure the heater is not in direct contact with any plumbing or equipment.
5. CONTACT OUR SERVICE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY: 802-417-3097
Surviving Power Outages – DO NOT DRAIN YOUR TUB!
Hot Springs Hot Tubs are not only fully foamed, but also totally insulated. Should you lose power, simply leave your hot tub covered until power resumes.
We recommend maintaining the temperature at a minimum of 100 degrees during the winter months. Should a power outage occur, temperature loss is minimal and will reheat when power resumes.
All hot tubs dating back to 1997 will automatically reset the temperature to 100-102 degrees. There is no need to reprogram.
Draining a hot tub during a power outage WILL result in freeze damage. The only way to remove all the residual water from the equipment and internal lines is with a shop vac or blower (which requires electricity). Our experience is the entire hot tub body of water will maintain the heat more effectively than small amounts of water in the plumbing (freezes quicker!)
Only drain and refill your hot tub if the temperature is staying above 32 degrees for 24 hrs.
Also, NEVER refill your hot tub with hot water, always use cold or tempered water.
Winter Hot Tubbing Extras
Cover Hinge Seal:
Losing heat through the cover’s hinge? Pick up a hinge seal and install it in the seam of your cover (the most vulnerable part of your cover)
Come pick up some Mouse Busters! Just sprinkle some in your equipment compartment and the smell deters unwanted critters.
9 responses to “Winter Tips For Your Hot Tub”
What is a cover hinge seal? Is that used for tubs that are not used in the winter?
Hi Candace! A hinge seal is an extra piece of foam and vinyl that is velcroed into the fold/hinge on the inside of the cover. Some covers may have it already and it helps with heat loss coming out through the fold. Let me know if you have any more questions!
Our new cover has a hinge seal. Would you recommend adding the pool insulation that floats (cut to match shape of tub) below the cover to further reduce electricity usage, particularly if the tub is not being used extensively?
We don’t recommend the floating covers, what you are referencing is a solar cover designed for a swimming pool, that you would cut to size for the hot tub. The hot water deteriorates these covers rather quickly. Let us know if you have any other questions.
It’s interesting to know that you should never refill your hot tub with hot water and it is recommended to use cold or tempered water. My husband and I installed a hot tub recently, and we are looking for advice about how to take care of it during the winter. I will let him know about your recommendations to help him keep our hot tub in good shape during the winter.
Thanks for sharing all the tips and tricks.
It’s our pleasure!
Trying to determine what size portable dual fuel generator to purchase that would be able to run the heat and circulation pump on the hot tub should we loose power for more than 24 hours in the winter in Mid Michigan. I am planing to have the generator hard wired to the house with an interlock switch so I can run the tub for a bit then switch to the well pump, then switch to the house furnace then switch to the fridges and freezers so that not everything is running at the same time but the generator is capable of running the machines with the biggest draw if needed.
I have a Viking Royale ETS tub. Your insight is greatly appreciated.