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How Long Will Your Backyard Hot Tub Last?



Enjoy your hot tub to the max by knowing how long it will last. Discover how to increase the longevity of your hot tub.
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Is a hot tub a worthy investment? That’s the question most savvy shoppers pose before opening their wallets for this big-ticket item. The truth is, there is no quick answer. The answer depends upon what type of hot tub you purchase and how long it lasts.

The longevity of a hot tub hinges on two things: the quality of the spa and how well you take care of it. A low-quality spa may last for five years but not much more. A good quality product, however, can easily run for 20 years or more if it receives regular maintenance.

So, if you want your spa to have a long life, buying a quality unit and keeping it in good working order are essential.
What Is a Good-Quality Spa?

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The old saying, “You get what you pay for,” is true when it comes to hot tubs. A high-quality hot tub isn’t cheap. If you find a deal online that seems too good to be true, it probably is. A quality hot tub simply can’t be purchased for $1,000.

Buying from a big box store isn’t any better than shopping online. Most of these hot tubs are cheaply made, have a limited warranty, and are dropped off at the end of your driveway, leaving you to handle the installation on your own.

Hot tub dealerships are a safer bet. However, always check online reviews or look for third-party certifications before purchasing from a hot tub dealership. A certified dealership must meet a stringent set of criteria. A third-party auditor assesses the dealership’s customer satisfaction and service.

Purchases from such dealerships will likely come with installation, customer support, and a guaranteed warranty, typically 10 years on the shell and three to five years of coverage for the cabinet, plumbing, and controls.

If there are no certified dealerships near you, choose a dealership that sells highly rated brand-name spas. These brands come with solid manufacturer warranties. The manufacturer will pay to fix or replace it if anything goes wrong with your unit inside the warranty window.
How to Lengthen the Life of Your Hot Tub
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To get the most bang for your buck, you need to commit and stick to a regular maintenance schedule for your spa. You will need a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly routine to keep your hot tub in tip-top shape.


Your weekly routine starts with testing the water’s chemical balance. This will tell you the alkalinity, pH, and sanitizer levels and how much of each you should add to the water.

Once the water is balanced, ensure there is enough water in the spa to run correctly. If the water is below the headrest area, you must add more. Next, give your hot tub cover a good wipe inside and out, then rinse the spa’s filter. Last on the list is hot tub shock. Adding a dose of shock weekly will help your water stay clean and clear.

Once you get the hang of it, your weekly routine won’t take more than 15 minutes.


If you are a moderate-to-heavy hot tub user, doing a monthly deep clean on the filter is a good idea. If you have a spare filter, pop that one into place while the dirty filter is receiving attention.

The dirty filter should be soaked overnight in a special cleaning chemical before being rinsed and allowed to air dry. These monthly soaks will keep your filter working at its best.

You can get away with doing this only once a quarter if you’re a light hot tub user.


Drain your hot tub every three or four months, and clean the shell thoroughly to keep your water clear and easy to balance. Draining your tub with the change of the season is an easy way to remember this essential step.

It is also an excellent time to remove your hot tub cover and clean it front and back.


Give your hot tub an intensive cleaning inside and out every spring or fall. That means draining the water, cleaning the shell and the exterior, cleaning the cover and checking it for damage, replacing the filter, and then refilling and balancing your water.

This is also the time to schedule a service inspection with your local hot tub expert. A professional will inspect your spa’s parts for wear and tear and can fix or repair issues before they become a problem.

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A hot tub can be a wise investment in your home and physical and mental health, but only if you choose the right one. By researching and choosing a good-quality unit, you can enjoy the benefits a spa offers for many years.

How long have you had your hot tub? Do you have any more tips to keep it lasting longer? Share them in the comments below!

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