Adjust chemicals weekly: This seems like an obvious tip, but you'd be surprised at how many people don't even test their spa water for weeks on end ! The number one repair problem people have is "no heat" caused by their heater coil being corroded. If you don't keep a good eye on your water chemistry (especially pH & Alkalinity), you run the risk of prematurely rotting away your heater coil. Make sure all chemical levels are within the proper ranges.
Change water bi-monthly: Chemical by products build up quickly in a spa and make it difficult to obtain proper chemical balance.
HOW OFTEN: Depends on bather load. Based upon the bather load of your spa (2 bathers per day) you will need to completely drain your spa every 2 months. If you do not use your spa often then you may be able to change the water quarterly. Refill with fresh water, Shock, circulate for 4 hours then retest all chemicals
Making sure that your spa has fresh water periodically will also guard against the possibility of your heater coil corroding prematurely. It also helps retard "acrylic blisters" (lumps in the acrylic spa shell).
Clean filter frequently: Clogged or dirty filters will not only strain your pump, but can also cause inadequate heat problems. Clean weekly if possible.
Know your equipment: You don't have to be an expert spa repairman, but it does help to re-read the instruction manual you got with your spa and familiarize yourself with the basic components of your system. You should be able to at least identify the heater, pump, air blower, GFCI, timer, control box, filter, thermostat and high limit reset. Feel free to give us a call if you have questions.
ADJUST: Every spa is different. You may have to adjust the amount of chemicals and schedules presented here. ALWAYS seek the advice of a pool professional if you have questions or are having problems.
Some Common Sense Things To Know and Remember
Read all labels carefully before using -- Keep all chemicals out of the reach of children -- Handle all chemicals with care -- Don't ever mix chemicals together -- Always add chemical to water, Never add water to chemicals -- Always store chemicals in cool dry place -- Do Not reuse any empty chemical containers -- Use a reliable test kit and replace reagents every year -- Add chemicals in early morning or late evening when the sun is low -- Use a clean dry scoop for granular chemicals and spread over a wide are of water's surface, Sprinkle close to the water so as wind will not blow them in your face -- When dispensing liquids hold the container close to the surface to minimize splash -- Wash hands with soap and water after using chemicals -- Do Not prepare chemicals in your house or any other closed building.