The jets are one of the best parts about your hot tub. With some simple steps for maintenance and care, you can keep them working properly for a very long time. Let’s go over the different times when you should maintain your jets.
When Your Hot Tub is Newly Installed
It’s possible that dirt, dust and other debris accumulated in the plumbing lines during the shipping and installing of your hot tub. To keep this material from clogging up lines and jets, do the following:
- Open the drain bib.
- Remove the filters.
- Run water through the filtration canister and jet lines.
- When the water from the drain bib is clear you can stop the water.
When You Fill the Hot Tub
Whether it’s the first time you fill the hot tub or the hundredth, there may be air in the plumbing lines. It’s important to let this air escape so that it doesn’t damage any of the spa components.
As you fill the spa with water, ensure that all jets are rotated to the open position. This allows air to escape while the lines fill with water.
Each time you fill up your tub it will need to be treated with various chemicals. These chemicals keep the water clean and safe for human use and also protect the surface and components of the tub itself.
Follow the exact water treatment plan for your tub for the perfect balance of chemicals. If the chemicals are out of balance, you may find corrosion of, or buildup on, your jets.
While You Clean the Hot Tub
Observing recommended cleaning schedules and processes for your hot tub is one of the best ways to maintain the jets. Remove and clean the jets whenever you clean the spa. As part of the plumbing system, they will also benefit from any deep cleaning and decontamination cycles.
Cleaning and maintaining the jets themselves is relatively simple. Most jets can be turned on and off by rotating the outside, and they are interchangeable with other jets of the same size. In general, it’s best to leave all of the jets open to avoid excessive pressure build-up in the plumbing lines.
If the jets are difficult to rotate, they probably need to be cleaned. Unplug the spa and rotate the jet counter clockwise. When it reaches its built-in “stop,” pull it out gently to remove it from the jet housing.
Place dirty jets in a bucket of white vinegar and leave them overnight. The next day, rinse them with warm water. Take a bristle brush to any stubborn residue on the white part of the jet body. If that part is damaged it must be replaced. Never use a wire brush or steel wool to clean the jets.
Part of keeping your hot tub clean is cleaning and changing the filter. This practice will also support the maintenance of your jets, as less debris will be running through your spa’s system.
When the Hot Tub Is in Cold Temperatures
Outdoor hot tubs in certain climates will be exposed to low temperatures. Your jets will fare better if steps are taken to protect the entire spa.
If you won’t be using the hot tub in cold and freezing temperatures, all of the water must be removed from the pumps, heater, plumbing lines, filter housing and jets. Going beyond a simple draining is necessary to avoid damage from freezing.
To ensure all water is out of the jets, open and blow each jet until all the water is out. Begin with the highest jets and move in a clockwise direction from top to bottom. Do this entire process twice to be certain all the water is gone.
Taking care of your jets is easy and important for the safety and comfort of your hot tub. Be aware that misuse of the jets, or caring for them in ways that differ from the manufacturer’s directions, could cancel any warranty you may hold.