The day your new hot tub gets delivered is exciting! You might feel a bit like a kid on Christmas, anxious to get it up and running immediately. Be sure to take the time to do it right, though. Doing so will help prevent future problems that can occur when you set it up the wrong way. Here are some tips to help your first time set up go smoothly. When in doubt, contact your hot tub dealer who’ll be happy to assist you.
1. Read the Owner’s Manual
It may seem tedious, but it’s important to read the manual before you get started setting up your spa. Even if you know a bit about hot tubs, every spa is different. The owner’s manual contains valuable information from the manufacturer that is specific to your new hot tub. Following the instructions carefully will help you avoid any mishaps that may damage your new hot tub.
2. Safety First
There are a few safety steps your hot tub dealer suggests you to take to prepare your spa for set up. First, cut off power to the electrical circuit breaker. Second, open your gate valves to allow the water to flow through the pump and heater. And third, make sure the drain valve is closed to avoid any leakage around the spa.
3. Clean Your Hot Tub
Cleaning the interior of your hot tub thoroughly before you fill it is an important step. Use a soft towel and a mild, non-abrasive cleaner. Opt for a mild cleaner or one that is intended specifically for hot tubs. Your hot tub dealer should be able to suggest one that works well with your particular spa.
4. Fill Your Hot Tub
Start by making sure your filter cartridge is installed. You can then begin to fill your hot tub with a garden hose placed over the filter area. Using a hose end filter can help limit the amount of unwanted contaminants, such as iron and led. Be sure to fill water up to the designated water line found in your owner’s manual. Lower levels can cause damage to the pump and heater. When you’re done, reopen the equipment door to check for any leaks. If you see any, you may want to contact your hot tub dealer for help.
5. Power Up Your Hot Tub
If all the equipment looks good and you don’t see any leaks, you can close the cabinet door and turn the circuit breaker back on. You can now begin heating your hot tub. 110 volt hot tubs can take up to 24 hours to be fully heated, while 230 volt hot tubs will be fully heated after about 5 hours. Additionally, check the jets and control system to make sure everything is running smoothly.
6. Balance and Sanitize Your Water
Be sure to test and balance your spa’s water before adding sanitizers. Keeping your water balanced helps your equipment last longer. It will also help avoid issues like cloudiness, poor smelling water or discoloration. Once your water is balanced, use an effective sanitizer to keep your water clear and protected from bacteria. Your hot tub dealer can suggest the best sanitizers for your spa, such as brominating tablets.
Your Hot Tub Dealer Can Set Up Your Hot Tub for You
Sometimes, it’s easier to leave it to the experts. When you purchase your hot tub from a certified dealer, they’ll be able to handle the set-up for you. Visit Blue Lagoon Spas & Swim Spas if you’re looking for an experienced hot tub dealer you can trust. Call us at (916) 827-1772.