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Hot Tub 101
Hot Tub Maintenance

How long does a typical hot tub last?

Hot tubs have long been a source of recreation and relaxation for many people. Buying one can be a real pleasure, but you may wonder how long this investment will last you. Will it be something that you need to replace a few years down the road? Can you afford to spend X amount of dollars when that times come? Being aware of a hot tub’s life span will assist in your decision to purchase one. How long a hot tub lasts is ultimately up to the owner, however, as a unit that is properly maintained and cared for will outlast one that is not by many years. Here are some helpful tips and advice for keeping your hot tub working for a very long time.

How long… does a typical hot tub last for?

  • Life span of 5-20 years
  • Plastic components go first if not maintained regularly
  • Water pump, heater, and cover replacement
  • The cabinet and the shell

Nothing lasts forever, even though we would like to think so in some cases. A typical hot tub can last anywhere from 5-20 years. This range is highly dependent on how well the owner takes care of the machine; however, there is no magic time as to when a hot tub will fail, but there are many components that can quit working quickly if not maintained on a continual basis. The plastic parts are often considered the normal wear and tear ones. This is to be expected, as they will frequently come into contact with the chemicals one uses to clean the water. Chlorine and other agents will slowly dissolve these pieces over time, but you can do your part by cleaning and wiping them down every once in awhile. The rule of thumb is to clean everything when you drain and refill the tub.

The major components will work for some time, but like anything, they will require servicing at some point or another. Replacing the water pump, the heater, and the hot tub cover is considered routine maintenance. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for doing this, and you will protect other parts from being ruined. If you fail to replace a unit that is faulty, you will run the risk of causing more internal damage, which will greatly reduce the lifespan of the hot tub itself. When the time comes to replace your hot tub cover, The Cover Guy will be here waiting. We have a great selection of durable covers that fit all hot tubs. Lastly, the cabinet and shell of the hot tub will eventually experience issues. Cracks and other issues can be patched, and with some mechanical skill your machine may look new for years to come. With the proper care and maintenance, you could very well hit the 20 year mark. Of course there are other factors to take into consideration, such as climate, but for the most part this age range is typical.