Danger Signals When Buying A Used Hot Tub Or Spa

Danger Signals When Buying A Used Hot Tub Or Spa

You've searched the classifieds for a​ used hot tub and found what looks like a​ great deal. or​ maybe a​ friend has offered to​ let you buy theirs, or​ maybe you have even been given a​ used tub as​ a​ freebie. is​ it​ really a​ good deal? There is​ no way to​ tell for sure until you have it​ installed and running.

The first and most important thing is​ to​ never buy and pay for any used spa or​ hot tub that you have not seen in​ operation and tested completely. Buying a​ "dry" tub is​ a​ disappointment waiting to​ happen. You might get lucky and everything will work fine, but you also stand the chance of​ having a​ budget-busting disaster on your hands.

You have to​ also keep in​ mind that simply moving a​ tub puts a​ whole new set of​ stresses on the plumbing, tub shell, and frame. an​ unnoticable crack in​ the spa sitting at​ its original location will likely be made worse by loading it​ on a​ truck and moving it. This is​ especially true if​ the tub has been repaired sometime in​ the past. So just because everything was fine when you checked it​ out, does not mean it​ will be exactly the same when you finish your move and installation.

Even with a​ free hot tub you will likely will have some hidden and possibly unexpected expenses:

* You have to​ find a​ way to​ move it. Many "portable" hot tubs will not fit in​ the back of​ a​ pickup truck.

* You have to​ hook up the electrical (and unless you are a​ licensed electrician this is​ something that should never be attempted by a​ homeowner). This might involve trenching for the electrical line and running a​ 220 volt drop, in​ addition to​ the electrical supplies.

* Once you get it​ all set up you have to​ fix anything you broke moving it, and repair damage or​ defects that were not apparent when you inspected it.

* You will also likely need to​ buy other supplies (chemicals for the water, a​ testing kit, a​ new cartridge filter, and possibly a​ hot tub cover).

* Check the cartridge filter to​ make sure it​ is​ in​ place and that the filter itself is​ not torn or​ just completely worn out.

* Does it​ come with a​ hot tub cover? if​ the cover is​ cracked, torn, discolored, waterlogged, or​ a​ spa cover is​ not included in​ the deal, then you might be looking at​ a​ significant additional expense.

When inspecting the hot tub, be sure and check the following:

* Use a​ thermometer to​ check the accuracy of​ the hot tub thermostat. if​ it​ is​ out of​ calibration that is​ not necessarily a​ problem, but is​ information you need to​ know to​ operate the tub safely. if​ it​ won't heat the water to​ normal operating temperature (usually 104 degrees) that is​ another issue entirely. There might be a​ heater problem.

* Open up any of​ the doors that give you access to​ the equipment or​ areas underneath the tub. Look for any leaks or​ signs of​ water. Check around the pump for any indication that the pump seals are leaking and will need to​ be replaced.

* Listen to​ the sound of​ the pump running. it​ should be a​ low steady hum. Any other sound should tell you that you might have a​ pump replacement in​ your near future.

* Turn on the blower and again, listen to​ the motor. it​ should sound a​ lot like a​ vacuum cleaner and if​ you hear any knocking, pinging, or​ scraping this is​ not normal and means you might be whipping out a​ credit card soon.

Any problems that you discover can be used as​ points for negotiating a​ lower purchase price. if​ you point out these issues to​ the seller, you might get a​ price concession which will make the deal more attractive for you.

With all this said, there are some great values in​ used hot tubs. Just do not fail to​ check things out carefully so you will not regret your decision. Budget for some unexpected expenses, and cross your fingers.

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