Owning a hot tub can be an incredibly relaxing and rewarding experience. However, like any major purchase, proper maintenance is required to keep it clean, energy-efficient, and functioning safely. This is especially true for more advanced hot tub models like the Lay-Z Spa HydroJet series.
In this maintenance guide, we'll provide a comprehensive overview of how to care for Lay-Z Spa HydroJet hot tubs manufactured from 2018 to 2020. This includes the Palm Springs, Hawaii, and Maldives HydroJet Pro models. We'll cover maintenance best practices and troubleshooting so you can get the most out of your investment.
Daily Hot Tub Maintenance
Here are some simple maintenance tasks that should be performed daily:
- Check and clean filter cartridges - This ensures maximum water filtration. The cartridges may need to be replaced weekly.
- Add properly measured doses of chlorine or bromine - This maintains proper sanitizer levels for health and safety.
- Test water chemistry with test strips - Confirm pH, alkalinity, and sanitizer levels are in the ideal range.
- Remove debris with a skimmer - Leaves, dirt, and other debris should be promptly removed.
- Add hot tub clarifier as needed - This helps the filtration system remove cloudy contaminants.
Spending 5-10 minutes a day on these tasks will maintain clean, clear, sanitized water ready for relaxation and hydrotherapy.
Weekly Hot Tub Maintenance
In addition to daily maintenance, several tasks should be done on a weekly basis:
- Change the filter cartridges - For optimal filtration, replace cartridges weekly.
- Shock the water with sanitizer - Adding extra sanitizer helps oxidize contaminants.
- Clean inside surfaces - Wipe down the hot tub walls and floor with a non-abrasive cleaner.
- Clean and condition cover - Use a vinyl cleaner and conditioner to protect the cover.
- Check water level - Refill if needed to keep levels optimized.
We also recommend using insulated hot tub covers, which will greatly reduce heating costs, as well as a hot tub vacuum designed to easily remove dirt from all surfaces and nooks.
Monthly Hot Tub Maintenance
In addition to weekly tasks, several maintenance procedures should be done each month:
- Deep clean filters - For cartridge filters, soak them in a filter cleaner to dissolve dirt and oils.
- Clean and treat cover - Use a heavy duty vinyl cleaner monthly, and re-apply preservation agent.
- Change or top up water - Water should be drained and refilled every 2-3 months.
- Clean water line - Special cleaners dissolve and remove oily buildup at the water line.
- Wipe down shell - Use a non-abrasive tub and tile cleaner on the hot tub shell.
- Inspect equipment - Check pumps, jets, valves, etc. for any issues.
It's also a good idea to schedule a professional mechanic for a tune-up every 6 months. This allows a trained technician to thoroughly inspect all components and catch any potential problems early.
In addition to regular maintenance, there are some preventative measures you can take to protect your investment:
- Use a pre-filter or floating skimmer to catch contaminants before they enter the hot tub plumbing system.
- Install an in-line secondary filter system for your pumps to reduce load and wear.
- Only use approved cleaners and chemicals - Never mix chemicals together.
- Keep alkalinity and pH properly balanced - This prevents corrosion and component damage.
- Frequently apply a metal protectant to chrome fixtures to prevent corrosion.
- Keep an absorbent spill mat under the hot tub to prevent ground moisture damage.
- Install surge suppressors and use a voltage monitor to protect equipment from power fluctuations.
It's also crucial to have proper insulation. A well-insulated hot tub will have lower heating costs, more stable water temperatures, and reduced equipment wear and tear.
High-quality insulating hot tub covers with thick insulation and a vapor barrier are ideal. Some even have a heat-reflective bottom for added efficiency. Waterproof and puncture-resistant leather covers will also prevent moisture damage and muffling noise.
For underneath insulation, closed-cell insulated foam mats add a protective barrier against cold from the ground. They also cushion the hot tub floor for comfort.
Troubleshooting Common Lay-Z Spa HydroJet Problems
Even with regular maintenance, issues can still arise. Here are some common problems and solutions for Lay-Z Spa HydroJet hot tubs:
Cloudy or hazy water is typically caused by microscopic particles too small for the filter to catch. Shocking the tub with sanitizer and using flocculant water clarifiers makes these particles clump together so they can be filtered out. If cloudiness persists, clean or replace filter cartridges.
Reduced Jet Power
Jets can lose power when mineral deposits, soap residue, or dirt accumulates inside the jets and plumbing. Remove jet covers and clean out debris. For tough buildup, use a jet line cleaner and flush the system.
Dirty Ring Around Tub
A dirty "scum line" around the water level is caused by dirt, oils, and other contaminants. Wipe the film away with a hot tub surface cleaner, and keep water chemistry balanced to prevent recurrence. More frequent filter cleaning also helps.
Excessive leakage between hot tub shell panels indicates a problem with the adhesive. Drain the tub and thoroughly dry the shell. Reapply a high-quality silicone spa sealant in between panels along the inside seam.
A mildew-like odor is typically caused by dirty filters or improper sanitizer levels. Increase sanitizer concentration to shock level and run jets on high with the cover off for 30 minutes. Then replace filter cartridges or deep clean existing ones.
Pump Not Working
If jets and features are inactive but the pump is still humming, there is likely an air lock. Turn off and restart the pump several times to clear it. If the pump won't start, reset the GFCI and check supply connections.
Pump Turning On and Off
If the pump is frequently turning on and off without reaching the set temperature, the water level may be too low. Check for leaks and top up water level. The filters may also need cleaning or replacement.
Draining, Cleaning and Long-Term Storage
Draining your Lay-Z Spa HydroJet fully every few months keeps contaminants from accumulating. Follow these steps:
- Turn off power to pump and heating system.
- Connect a garden hose to the drain valve and route to an appropriate location.
- Remove the drain cap and attach the valve adapter.
- Open the valve and allow all water to fully drain out.
- Clean inside surfaces thoroughly with a hot tub cleaner and brush.
- Rinse out plumbing by spraying water in jets and outlets.
- Reinstall drain cap and close valve once drained.
For long-term winterization and storage, also keep the hot tub out of direct sun, wrap pipes for freeze protection, clear all lines of remaining water, and disconnect power supplies.
Maintain a Pristine, Energy Efficient Hot Tub
While hot tubs require some degree of effort to maintain, taking the time to follow these best practices will keep your Lay-Z Spa HydroJet model clean, energy-efficient, and providing a relaxing hydrotherapy experience for years to come.
Be sure to establish a weekly and monthly maintenance routine. And consider preventative measures like insulation, surge suppressors, and secondary filtration to protect your investment.
By following this comprehensive maintenance guide, you'll be soaking in hot tub bliss in no time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do on a daily basis to maintain my Lay-Z Spa?
Daily tasks include checking and cleaning filters, adding proper sanitizer doses, testing water chemistry, removing debris, and using clarifiers for cloudiness as needed.
How often should I replace the filter cartridges?
The filter cartridges should be replaced belts should be replaced on a weekly basis for optimal water filtration.
Should I use any special cleaners on my Lay-Z Spa?
That is not recommended. Only use designated hot tub cleaners, without abrasives, to avoid damaging the acrylic surfaces.
What are some preventative maintenance best practices?
Using pre-filters, secondary in-line filters, approved chemicals, metal protectants, surge suppressors and insulation are all effective preventative measures.
Is insulation really important for a hot tub?
Yes! Insulation, especially a thick hot tub cover, can significantly reduce heating costs and equipment wear. An insulating cover pays for itself within 6-12 months.
What type of insulation sollte I use?
Look for a cover rated for excellent heat retention with 4-5 inches of foam insulation. Waterproof and puncture resistant materials are also key.
Where else should I insulate?
Pump insulation covers, underneath foam mats to prevent ground cold and heat loss are also great investments.
What causes cloudy hot tub water?
Cloudiness is typically from microscopic particles too small for the filter. Using flocculants to clump particles and replacing filter cartridges can help.
How do I drain and clean my Lay-Z Spa?
Fully drain through the drain valve. Remove all residual water. Thoroughly clean every surface with a hot tub cleaner and brush. Rinse plumbing lines.
Why does my hot tub recognize when I'm stressed?
Hot tubs do not have stress detection capabilities. However, using your hot tub regularly can help lower stress levels.