How Long Do Hot Tubs Last? (Considerations, solutions and more)
August 14, 2023
Estimated read time - 8 minutes
Do you sometimes catch yourself wondering what the lifespan of your current hot tub is or could be? Are thinking about buying one and wondering how long you'll be able to use it for?
In this article we’ll take a look at how long does a hot tub last as well as other questions around hot tub longevity.
Here at Jacuzzi®, we regularly get asked about how long a hot tub really lasts, so we understand it’s important to for you to know that your hot tub will be enjoyable for a long time.
We hope that by reading this article. you will gain the answers you need on hot tub longevity.
What is the average lifespan of a hot tub?
The lifespan of a hot tub can vary significantly, typically ranging from 5 to 20 years.
During this time, you can enjoy many soaks and create your own personal oasis away from the outside world. However, several factors contribute to this wide lifetime range that we'll take a closer look at.
Quality of materials and construction
The use of high-quality materials and solid construction techniques from reputable brands can contribute to a longer lifespan. Cheaper or subpar materials may lead to early deterioration.
Maintenance and care
Regular hot tub maintenance and professional services (once or twice a year) are essential for preserving the longevity.
Neglecting maintenance tasks, such as cleaning, water chemistry balancing, and filter replacements, can lead to the accumulation of damage and wear over time.
The frequency and intensity of hot tub usage can impact its lifespan. Overuse or prolonged exposure to high temperatures may place additional strain on components and cause premature wear and tear.
Exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as freezing temperatures or excessive heat and sunlight, can damage the hot tub's structure and equipment.
Water chemistry and sanitation
Proper water chemistry maintenance is crucial for preserving the hot tub's components.
Imbalanced pH levels, inadequate sanitation or excessive use of certain chemicals can lead to corrosion, limescale, bacterial growth, brittle components are all likely to require repairs or more.
Installation and usage location
The installation process and the location of the hot tub can have an impact on its longevity. Improper installation, such as uneven surfaces or inadequate support, can cause structural issues.
What can I do to prolong the lifespan of my hot tub?
A hot tub is an investment in your mental wellbeing, so making sure it meets all your needs for a long time is key.
If you are wondering what you can do to help extend the life of your hot tub, we've listed some valuable recommendations.
Regular cleaning and maintenance
We strongly recommend that you clean your hot tub regularly to prevent the buildup of dirt, debris, and bacteria.
It's also important to
-Follow your specific manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning products and methods
-Check and clean the filters regularly to ensure proper water circulation.
Proper water chemistry
It is important to maintain proper water chemistry by regularly testing and balancing the pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels.
Don't use chemicals that aren't recommended by your supplier and use a manual. (This helps prevent damage to the hot tub components and ensures a safe and enjoyable soaking experience)
Prevent damage caused by exposure to harsh weather
If your hot tub is outdoors in cold weather conditions, make sure you do not leave it empty without properly winterising the pipework.
During periods of high weather temperatures, consider using your hot tub less frequently, reduce water temperature, open vents, use a UV resistant cover and let the cover off to allow heat to escape.
Avoid overuse and overheating
While it's tempting to spend hours soaking, excessive use and overheating can strain the hot tub's components.
Follow the recommended usage guidelines, avoid exceeding the maximum temperature limits, and give the equipment time to rest between uses.
Conduct routine inspections yourself to check for any signs of leaks, cracks, or worn-out parts. Addressing these issues early can prevent further damage and costly repairs.
Schedule regular professional servicing, ideally once a year, to thoroughly inspect and maintain the mechanical and electrical components. A qualified technician can detect any potential problems and ensure your hot tub remains in great working condition.
How Long Does a Jacuzzi® Hot Tub Last?
Prioritising the use of high-quality parts and components in every aspect of design is fundamental to maintaining this standard and creating a long-lasting hot tub.
Our commitment to exacting standards ensures that our hot tubs typically have a lifespan of 10-20 years in your garden, though many of our customers have them for longer.
We have many high quality design elements to ensure this longevity. This includes the advanced shell structure technology, multilayered insulation, unique Jacuzzi® components, bearing-less jets and UV resistant covers and cabinetry.
Every detail has been designed to offer an excellent hot tub that performs the same in year 10 as it does in year 1.
Therefore, the focus on quality and durability guarantees that your Jacuzzi® Hot Tub will continue to provide many years of enjoyment.
How often will I need to replace parts on my hot tub?
The need to replace hot tub parts can vary and that's because there are several factors to consider.
These points include the:
-Quality of the hot tub and its components
-Frequency of use
-Maintenance and care provided
-Any unforeseen issues or malfunctions
Generally, it is recommended to inspect and service your hot tub regularly to identify any worn or faulty parts that may need replacement.
By doing so, you can ensure the optimal functioning and longevity of your hot tub.
If you find yourself needing to replace parts or need to buy or stock up on Jacuzzi® products, head to our Jacuzzi® Shop which sells genuine Jacuzzi® chemicals and approved filters.
How Long Should a Hot Tub Cover Last?
A hot tub cover should on average last anywhere between 3-5 years. This will vary depending on the materials used and the way that it's manufactured.
If your hot tub cover is made using marine grade fabric, is well stitched, and is vapour lock sealed; such as the Jacuzzi® Prolast™ insulated covers, this will help prevent UV damage, tearing and water ingress- all things that will help extend the life of your cover.
To delve into the world of hot tub covers and everything you may want to know about them, we recommend you read this article.
If my Hot Tub is Indoors, Will it Last Longer?
Whether you’re placing your hot tub indoors or outdoors, it shouldn’t have that great an impact on your hot tub’s lifespan if your hot tub is well designed and built, as its exterior will be tempered to deal with the elements all year round.
An indoor spa will, of course, be less affected by the elements, so if your hot tub is on the cheaper side, this is something to take into consideration. There are ways to mitigate the sun’s impact on your hot tub cover and cabinetry, for example; building a gazebo or shelter around it.
Read this article for the ultimate outdoor vs indoor hot tub comparison.
When should I think about replacing my hot tub?
Knowing when to replace your hot tub can depend on several factors. Here are a few factors that will signal that it may be time for a hot tub replacement:
If your hot tub is nearing or has exceeded its expected lifespan, it may be a good idea to consider replacing it.
Older hot tubs tend to require more frequent repairs and can become less energy efficient.
If you find yourself constantly having to repair your hot tub or experiencing recurring issues, it may be a sign that it's time for a new one.
Continuous repair costs can quickly add up, making a replacement a more cost-effective option in the long run.
If your hot tub lacks modern features and technology that you desire, such as energy-efficient components, advanced filtration systems, or integrated smartphone controls, it might be worth considering an upgrade.
Excessive wear and damage
If your hot tub shows significant signs of wear, such as cracks, leaks, or deteriorating insulation, it may be more cost-effective to replace it rather than continually attempting repairs.
If your lifestyle or needs have significantly evolved since you purchased your hot tub, it might be time to consider a replacement. For example, if you require a larger size or if accessibility features are necessary.
In conclusion, by investing in a well-built hot tub, performing regular maintenance, and scheduling annual servicing, you can maximize the lifespan of your hot tub. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy the benefits of your hot tub for many years to come.
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