What Are the Costs of Maintaining Hot Tubs?

Are you a first-time hot tub buyer who’s unsure of what to expect long term? What exactly does it take to maintain a hot tub? When it comes to the cost of maintaining your hot tub, there are different factors to consider. The maintenance cost is influenced by the installation of your hot tub, operating it and any ongoing costs for fixes or repairs. 

After you have purchased the hot tub you want, the next step to think about is how you’re going to install it. Are you planning on having the hot tub delivered by a truck or crane? Is your hot tub going to be buried into the ground with decking around it, or would you prefer to have a concrete slab installed instead? All of these decisions depend on the size and weight of your hot tub, your budget and your overall preferences and desires.

Cost of Installing Your Hot Tub:

Although it’s not an ongoing expense, the installation can affect the cost of other things. If you are looking at bigger or heavier hot tubs, a crane may be required. The price of a crane is usually between 400 and 2000 dollars, depending on its size and your location.

Building your hot tub with a deck around it will cost anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 dollars. Alternatively, if you decide on a concrete slab for the base of your tub, it will likely cost between 3,000 to 8,000 dollars. But, of course, this will also depend on various factors.

The electrical work required during the installation phase is another aspect to consider. The price for this electrical work typically ranges between 1,500 to 3,000 dollars, depending on the area you live. The electrical cost is also something that will be ongoing, which we’ll cover now.

Electrical Costs:

Your power bill will likely increase just as it does with any new addition to your house. This is because the electricity used not only powers your hot tub’s jets and pumps but is also constantly heating the water in your tub.

The more often you use your hot tub, the more your price will be affected. With that said, there’s quite a range in the expenses related to running your hot tub. It will likely cost anywhere from 1 to 2 dollars a day. 

There are various ways to take action to help reduce your electric bill. For instance, getting a well-insulated, high-end cover that is a perfect fit for your hot tub is one way. Another is to ensure your hot tub is running for prolonged periods without anyone using it. It is also essential to remember to keep the cover on whenever you’re not using it. This way, hot water stays in for as long as possible. This will also mean less cost is spent on chemicals, which is something we’ll discuss next.

The Cost of Chemicals

While the price of chemicals can vary, there are certain things you can do as a hot tub owner to lower the cost. Chemicals can be anything from 20 to 50 dollars per month. However, just as it helps with your electrical bill, keeping your cover on can also help with the chemicals. Another thing you can do is monitor your pH levels regularly to ensure the health of your water. When you replace your water, you can also help with the cost of these things by doing a deep clean of your jets, filter, pump, etc. This will ultimately help to increase the length of time between water changes. Making an effort to ensure cleanliness will save you money in the long run.

Cost of Repairs or Damages:

Another cost to consider is any repairs your hot tub might need in the future. However, this is also dependent on the warranty you receive upon purchase. While there isn’t a fixed cost to repair different parts in your hot tub, this warranty will ensure you have the security you need going forward. For example, Hydropool offers a 10/5/3 warranty. This means that ten years of Structure, five years of Shell Surface and three years of Plumbing and Mechanical Components are covered. So, even if problems occur, you can feel good knowing you’re covered.

There are many aspects of maintaining and owning a hot tub, and the ongoing costs are part of that. To learn more about finding the right hot tub for you, download our buyer’s guide.

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