Good morning friends,
A couple of months ago, my spa/hot tub stopped working. I know – poor Ryan, his spa stopped working. This blog post is not about the fact that I own a spa, but that anyone that owns one need to know that after about 5 years the main pump will fail. I found that out at 5 years and 4 months…
The breaker for my spa keep tripping, and all I was getting was a loud buzzing from the spa when I did try to turn it on.
Since I’m in the business of electronics repairs, I was able to dignose the issue myself. It was a bad main pump, which is just essentially a large motor with a pump assembly mounted on the front of it. I ordered a replacement.
Once I received it, I made sure the breaker was turned off and drained the hot tub to get to the disassembly. It was pretty straight forward…one “water in” and one “water out” pipe connection and and electrical connector that had a pre-installed molex plug that fit perfectly into the heater box connection. Not rocket science.
I got the old motor and pump out, installed the replacement unit, reconnected everything and ~voila~ it turned right back on! No leaks and it’s running perfectly again.
Moral of the story; I’m a DIY repair guy. It’s how I started my business Mission Repair almost a decade ago. Is it time for me to open up a spa repair business? I do know that I saved about $400 doing this repair on my hot tub myself. That’s $200/hour. Frankly, if I can make $200/hour anywhere I’m going to do it!
Ok, the spa repair business will probably not materialize anytime in the near future, but for all of you spa owners out there don’t be afraid to tackle a job on your own. It might just be worth doing yourself!
Take care, Ryan
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