How to Fix a Hot Tub

Whether you've just purchased a home with a hot tub, or you've installed a brand new hot tub yourself, there's nothing worse than getting ready to try it out only to discover that it doesn't work.

No Power to the Hot Tub?

Before you call a professional, see if you can save some money by doing a little troubleshooting. You may be able to fix the hot tub on your own.

Check the power and circuit breaker. Flip the breaker's off one at a time, if your breaker panel is not labled accordingly. If the hot tub does not power up, it may be a fuse.

Check the fuse if the GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) does not stay set. If the fuse is blown, replace it. If the fuse continues to blow, it may be an indicator of an internal wiring problem.

Examine the heater element if the GFCI keeps tripping. Look for corrosion, burns and pinholes. A heater element that's damaged will short out due to water intrusion, causing the GFCI to trip. Should this be the problem, the heater element will need to be replaced.

Things You Will Need

  • Hot Tub

About the Author

Ris Lexington, a New York-based editor, has more than a decade of experience in newspaper, magazine and book publishing. Before becoming a professional writer online in 2007, she served as the editor of a Canadian health and wellness magazine. She holds a bachelor's degree in English.