How to Winterize a Hot Tub?

Man winterizing a hot tub

Aspen winters can get downright frigid. When you have a hot tub, you have to consider how often you’re going to use your hot tub. If the answer is, there’s no way that you’re going to strip down to next to nothing and soak in the tub, you’ll want to learn how to winterize a hot tub.

Is Winterizing a Hot Tub Necessary?

Absolutely not. Many modern hot tubs are extremely energy efficient. They require minimal operating costs throughout the winter. Many also have a “sleep mode” that you can switch to so that energy usage is reduced.

The reality is that when you winterize, water is often left in the pipes. This can lead to mold growing over a four to six-month period. This type of mold can be difficult to get rid of – and may end up ruining the entire tub.

However, there are reasons why you may have to winterize – especially if you’re not going to be home to maintain the unit.

The Benefits of Leaving Your Hot Tub or Jacuzzi in Place for the Winter

Since you won’t have to worry about using a lot of energy, keep your jacuzzi running. The benefits are significant:

  • Warm up with a soak in 104-degree water
  • Relieve aches and pains in the water
  • Spend more time in the hot tub during the day when it’s warmer
  •  Have a place where you can socialize

There are plenty of ways to stay warm on your way to and from the hot tub. You bought the unit for the benefits, so you can choose to use it year-round.

If You Must Winterize…

If you decide that you aren’t going to use your hot tub at all, you’ll want to learn how to drain a hot tub for the winter. This way, you can be sure that everything is handled properly – and so that you can easily set it up again as soon as the weather heats up a bit.

Step 1: Disconnect the Power

Be sure that you disconnect all of the power that leads to your hot tub. This can be done by unplugging the cord from the house receptacle. If you have a 230-V model, you’ll also want to trip the GFCI breakers and detach the plumbing lines.

Step 2: Remove the Filters

You’ll want to remove all of the filters and cartridges. Be sure to clean and dry them before placing them in storage. If your filters are older, toss them so that you use new filters when you open your hot tub again in the spring.

Step 3: Drain the Water

Turn off the water source for your hot tub before you begin draining.

You can choose to use the drain, a sump pump, or a hose siphon to get the water out of the unit. Often, a pump is going to be the fastest option since the pressure drops when the water levels drop.

Be sure that you drain all of the lines so that water doesn’t freeze inside of them.
Once all water is removed, use a shop vac to ensure that there is no remaining water left inside of the tub or the water lines.

Step 4: Cover Your Unit

You don’t want snow or ice to accumulate on your hot tub. As such, use the cover that the unit came with or buy a winter tarp to drape over the unit. A large board placed on the spa can also help with the weight distribution if your unit is in a place where it is subject to snowfall.
If your power pack is removable, store it inside so that it doesn’t get damaged by the cold temperatures or the moisture of ice and snow.

Learn More About Caring for Your Hot Tub Now

Learning how to winterize a jacuzzi is one of the many things you should know about caring for your unit. Whether you are looking to shock the water of your hot tub to sanitize it or you are experiencing issues with your system, it’s critical to have a reliable repair company to turn to.
At Ajax Pool & Spa, we are the professional pool people to help you with the repairs and maintenance of your hot tub. Call us today to learn about winterizing a hot tub or any other issues you may have.