Hot Tub Repair Cost

The cost of repairing a hot tub is between $700 - $2,000

In this guide

Hot tub leaks
Blower unit defects
Chemical imbalance
Heater defects
Labor
Enhancements
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to repair a hot tub?

A hot tub is a small pool (usually for less than 10 people) filled with heated water. It is also known as a spa, whirlpool tub, or by a popular brand name, Jacuzzi. People use hot tubs for relaxation, pleasure, and sometimes massage therapy where hot tubs are fitted with powerful jets.

Hot tub repairs

For proper working, spas need to be checked and fixed for several possible defects, most of which include:

Hot tub leaks

These mostly occur due to defects on the frame and cabinet, and can be repaired by an experienced carpenter. Leaks may also come from broken filter shells or loose connections. The cost of hiring a carpenter for this kind of specialized work costs $70 per hour, with the repair taking roughly 3-5 hours.

Hot tub pump 1 defects

Failures in the pumping 1 system may present as a humming or whining noise while the water leaks around the pump 1, indicating a seal failure. To hire an expert to fix the pump 1 for these defects costs the average homeowners around $800, and make up over 40% of hot tub repair costs for the majority of the American homeowners.

Blower unit defects

Blowers often fail to work properly. Mostly, the problem is the pump 1 or pump motor, and a pump expert is the best professional to hire for this kind of repair. These experts are mostly electricians who are experienced with spas, and their services cost around $65-$85 per hour.

Chemical imbalance

A chemical imbalance (mostly water hardness) affects the functioning of your jets by causing calcification, which leads to low water pressure in the jets. This defect is eliminated by adding a water softener 2 to the bath tub to remove the hardness at a cost of around $25-$45 per month.

Heater defects

Heating problems are most like caused by power supply issues to your hot tub. In most cases there is a fault with your fuses, wiring, heating element, or even the thermostat 3. The circuit board of the breaker could have problems, too, and such problems require a specialized electrician to diagnose and fix it for around $65-$85 per hour.

ProblemSymptomsSolutions

Leakages

Leaking of water

Bubbles

Repair of broken parts

Tightening or replacement of all leaking valves

($135-$375)

Pump 1 and motor


Noise

Failure to start

Motor repairs

Motor replaicement

($280-$1,360)

Pump 1 repair

Pump 1 replacement

($300-$500)

Blower unit defects

Blower motor not functioning

 Air blower motor replacement

($80-$200)

Tightening seals

($50-$210)

Chemical Imbalance

Calcification

Clogging of jets

Correct water chemical balance

($25-$45)

Heating defects

Poor temperature regulation

Not heat at all

Repair or replacement of appliances

($50-$150)


Labor

Charges by professionals to repair your hot tub do not typically include a diagnostic fee. The majority of spa professionals charge around $100-$150 to examine your tub and identify the problems for you; however, you may get the diagnosis service free of charge if you engage the same expert for the actual repair or replacement work. Most work in hot tub repair involves carpenters who charge around $70 per hour, and electricians who charge $65-$85 per hour.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Cover helper

Hot tubs can sometimes include a cover helper at a cost of around $70-$150. Most cover helper designs use either a lever system or pulleys, which occasionally develop mechanical problems, meaning additional costs for repairing the cover may arise once in awhile. To repair the levers, a homeowner would require the services of a mechanic, which costs around $80-$100 per hour.

Lighting

Lighting makes a hot tub look more elegant and can cost around $20-$100. Lighting, wiring, and connections require some repairs from time to time by an electrician at a rate of $65-$85 per hour, while minor problems can be attended to by the owner to save on costs.

Additional considerations and costs

Maintenance

Regular maintenance can reduce the need for repairs, while routine checkups, typically every three months, can help prevent failure of components such as motors and seals. You will pay professionals on average $100-$150 per maintenance session.

Portable hot tubs

Repairs to portable hot tubs cost much less than in-ground tubs; about 70% to 90% of the cost for an in-ground tub repair. This is partly because the owner can carry them to the repair shop for fixing without the expert having to visit the home.

Wood fired tubs

The heating system of wood fired tubs rarely needs repairs, unlike electric-powered hot tubs. Major repairs only occur on the body and the pump 1, resulting in lower repair costs, typically around 80% of a normal hot tub repair costs.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to fix a hot tub?

The cost to fix a hot tub varies from $700 to $2,000 on average depending on the size and type of the repair.

  • How much does it cost to replace a pump in a hot tub?

Fixing or replacing the pump in a hot tub costs around $800 on average.

  • How do I find a leak in my hot tub?

Leaks can be hard to find, and often take some searching. Look for bubbles in the still surface of the water to find a leak in the lining. To find a leak in the hoses, tubes, or pump, trace any moisture or water stains back toward the source, remove the panels from around the tub, and run the tub while pointing a light at the suspected area to find the leak.

  • How much does it cost to put in a hot tub?

A new hot tub costs between $3,500 and $8,000 to install, depending on type, size, and location.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Pump: A device used to move air, liquid, or gas by mechanical means
2 Water softener: A device that reduces the amount of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals in water using ion exchange
3 Thermostat: A device that senses and regulates temperature by turning heating and cooling devices on and off

Cost to repair a hot tub varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Alpharetta, GA
+9%
Ann Arbor, MI
+13%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Billings, MT
-12%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Dayton, OH
-7%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Edmond, OK
-8%
Euless, TX
+5%
Frisco, TX
+23%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Gulfport, MS
-3%
Hayward, CA
+31%
Houston, TX
+24%
Jesup, IA
-40%
Jonesboro, AR
-15%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
La Puente, CA
+9%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Murfreesboro, TN
-7%
Murrieta, CA
-6%
New York, NY
+77%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Palm Coast, FL
-32%
Pawtucket, RI
+12%
Perris, CA
-6%
Renton, WA
+9%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
Santa Ana, CA
+20%
Savannah, GA
-12%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Southfield, MI
+29%
Valdosta, GA
-18%
Valencia, CA
+9%
Waldorf, MD
0%
Worcester, MA
+11%
Yuma, AZ
-39%

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