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Old 06-21-14, 02:34 PM
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Recently bought a home that a hot tube came with. I know nothing about hot tubs in general. The hot tub seems to be a bit older, the cover is torched. I hooked the hot tub up the GFI breakers and instantly the one set of wires tripped the breaker. A friend thinks the breaker itself is bad.

I don't have the slightest idea, any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 06-21-14, 02:58 PM
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The cover is torched and the wiring isn't connected.
What is going on there ? Was the wiring disconnected for a reason.
You are going to need a meter to make some measurements but it sounds like you may need the spa serviced/activated by a service company.
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You should not turn on the tub unless there is water in it.
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I work on a lot of 'came with the house' hot tubs. Here are some tips:

(Assumes this is a factory-built portable hot tub)

1. Get estimates from electricians.

If the GFCI breaker trips, you either mis-wired the breaker or there is a problem at the tub. Either way, it sounds like you should contact some local electricians who will do free estimates.

They'll tell you how much it will cost to properly wire the tub. If the cost to wire it properly is more than you want to spend, it isn't worth fixing in the first place.

You don't want to spend $500 to fix a hot tub then find you need to spend another $2,000 to upgrade all the wiring and the main electrical panel in order to safely use the newly repaired hot tub.

Electrical safety should be the first consideration before any repair decision.

2. Check for broken or missing drain covers. If the tub is not compliant with the Pool & Spa Safety Act (federal law) it may be necessary to jack the tub up, cut out and re-plumb all the suction fittings with newer versions that meet current anti-entrapment standards.

3. Fill the tub to see if it even holds water. Don't worry about dirt or debris at this point. There is no point in cleaning a tub that still has a 50/50 chance of going to the dump. If it leaks, check the equipment for obvious wet spots. Just about anything in the equipment can be fixed.

A leak back in the cabinet can be a very labor-intensive repair. If the leak is caused by deteriorated plumbing or rodent damage odds are there will be more leaks sooner than later.

***If you don't have a cover, the filled tub is a drowning hazard. Take the same precautions you would for an open swimming pool.***

4. Examine the frame and cabinet. If the bottom of the frame shows wet rot or signs of staining from standing water or signs of termite damage the frame will eventually collapse. This usually causes the shell to warp and the acrylic to crack.

5. Hire a local hot tub repair company to come out and evaluate the tub to see if it's worth fixing. If this is a factory-built tub, look for a company that specializes in portable hot tubs.

You'll get more bang for your buck if you have the tub filled and (at least temporarily) connected to power before the service call. Ask the technician to test and inspect every component and give you an overall evaluation of the entire hot tub. Ask for estimates on everything that needs to be fixed.

The money you spend on an evaluation may save you from making some very expensive mistakes.

6. Shop new tubs and compare to the cost of repair. If you have to spend more than $2,000 to make any hot tub work you should seriously consider replacing it unless installation makes that prohibitive.

7. Consider how much you'll actually use the tub especially if you've never owned one before. The number one reason people who have owned hot tubs don't own a second hot tub is lack of use.

Once you get it up and running, expect $30 to $100 on your electric bill every month depending on where you live and how much you use the tub.

***If you decide to get rid of the hot tub be sure to hire professional movers who can prove they have both liability insurance and worker's compensation insurance. ***

I tell my customers: DO NOT list it for free on Craigslist. As the property owner, you'll be liable for anything that goes wrong when Joe Six Pack and his beer buddies show up to move a 900 lb hot tub.
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