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Cabinets

Portable hot tubs have cabinetry that holds the spa. Today cabinetry is made out of wood or synthetic material. Whether you choose a spa with wood or synthetic cabinetry, there are some important elements to consider.

Wooden Cabinets:

In the spa industry you will find that the wood cabinetry is either made out of pine, cedar, or redwood. Since all wood cabinetry will require maintenance, it is important to choose either redwood or cedar because these two types have been proven to longer withstand various weather conditions. Pine deteriorates quickly, but is cheap, so there are manufacturers using this material. To maintain the longevity of the life of your cabinets and to cut down on maintenance, stick to cedar or redwood if you choose a spa with wood cabinetry.

The outside look of the spa cabinetry is important. You want to choose high quality wood so that your spa looks elegant, which adds to its aesthetic appeal. This is another reason why redwood and cedar are the way to go. They will be of better quality and they will help the spa maintain its structural integrity through typical wear and tear.

Generally, wood spa cabinets will be treated with a stain or weather protector. If it is not, you want to make sure that the company will be able to stain it before you get the spa home. This stain will protect the wood from weathering and UV damage.

You will typically find wood cabinetry in the following colors:

grey wood panel               mohogony wood panel                natural wood panel

              Gray                                        Mahogany                                     Natural

Synthetic Cabinetry:

This material has become very popular with recent advances in technology. Since it requires little to no maintenance, consumers are typically more apt to purchase a spa with this cabinetry. Other than an occasional wipe down with mild soap, you will be spending synthetic wood more time relaxing in the spa and less time maintaining it.

The only elements to consider with synthetic cabinetry is appearance and durability. You want the cabinetry to have rich color so it takes on the look of natural wood. Nobody wants to buy a beautiful spa with a cheap looking cabinet. Be careful though, because there are a ton of those throughout the industry. Choose a synthetic cabinet that looks like real wood.

The durability of the cabinet depends on whether or not it is UV-resistant and if it is constructed with polymers. This will prevent the cabinets from fading, cracking, peeling and blistering when exposed to environmental elements.

Removable Walls:

One element of a spa that contributes to its ease of maintenance, is having removable wall panels. You really want to purchase a spa that has panels that can be removed. It gives the owner and service people the ability to easily access the spa in case it needs repair. If the panels cannot be removed, it is almost virtually impossible to repair the spa; therefore, the repair process becomes extremely expensive and time consuming. A leak will more likely be found if the spa has removable panels.

Not only do removable walls help with the servicing of the spa, but it also is a way to prove the strength of the spa. When the walls are removed, the spa must posses the strength to hold between 200-550 gallons of water depending on the size of the tub.

 

Warrantyhot tub repair

When purchasing a spa it is critical to consider the warranty that the manufacturer provides. Often times this element is over-looked or forgotten about. It is very important that the major investment that you are about to make is well protected. Make sure that the manufacturer has a warranty that backs up their product. If the company only offers a short warranty, then the spa is most likely poorly constructed.

Spa warranties typically include the same components and categories.

  • Shell Warranty: Usually protects against structural failure to the point in which the spa would be losing water.
  • Exterior Shell Surface Warranty: Usually protects against the spa surface from blistering, delamination, or other surface defects.
  • Plumbing Warranty: Usually protects against leaks in plumbing lines and associated components.
  • Equipment Warranty: Usually protects against failure of electrical components. (i.e. Ozonator, pumps, controls, circuit boards, etc.)

It is important to read through the entire warranty, including the fine print, because this is generally where the exclusions are listed. These exclusions most likely will include pump seals, pump bearings, stereo systems, head rests, filters, removable jet parts, and other various components.

To make sure you are getting a warranty that provides sufficient protection, not only should it cover the components listed above, but it should protect the spa for many years to come.

Key numbers to look for:

  • At least 5 years protection on plumbing.
  • At least 3 years protection on spa cover.
  • At least 25-35 years protection on structure.

Watch out for "lifetime warranties". Many states have laws stating what a "lifetime" actually is, which is usually 7-9 years.

 

Filtration

In order to maintain your spa's water clarity, it is important to keep up on the filtration. Cleaning the filter cartridge, replacing tfilter cartridgehe cartridge and occasionally draining your spa are all necessary in order to keep your spa a sanitary environment. The time spent on maintaining your filter depends on the construction of your spa. Typically if the spa contains a pressure side filtration system, the filter should be checked and possibly cleaned every 3 weeks. On the other hand, a suction side filtration system requires the filter to be checked and/or cleaned every week to ensure that the filter isn't being starved of water due to build-up. If you are looking to buy a spa that requires very little maintenance, then a pressure side filtration system would be the way to go. Not only does it require less maintenance, but it also provides you with total water clarity, which you will not receive from a suction side filtration system spa.

 

Control Panel

control panelThe control panel is a necessary component for every hot tub. It controls pumps, filtration cycles and temperature. Every company now puts control panels on their hot tubs. It is worth to consider purchasing a spa that has a self-diagnostic control panel. These will allow you to know if there is an internal or external problem with your spa, and get it fixed immediately. Knowing the exact problem as soon as it occurs cuts down on the servicing costs because the serviceperson will not have to diagnose the problem. A self-diagnostic control panel is definitely to your benefit in the long run.

 

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