Will My Hot Tub Freeze in the Winter?
You may be wondering if a hot tub will freeze in the winter and what steps you need to take to keep your hot tub safe during the colder months. Although some owners may choose to close their hot tub for the season, with the right preparation you can keep your hot tub running and enjoy it year round. Read below to find out exactly what you need to know to ensure that the harsh winter weather does not damage your hot tub and to avoid costly repairs.
Whether to Keep It Running
The first decision that you will need to make is whether or not you will keep your hot tub running all winter long. For many people, winter is actually their favourite hot tub season as it is a wonderful way to warm up on a cold day – even with snow falling around you. One thing to keep in mind is that it does take a bit more energy to keep a hot tub heated when it is colder outside, however, with a quality well-insulated model, the cost increase will be minimal.
If you do decide to close or “winterize” your hot tub for the season, there are some essential steps that you need to take. First, the hot tub must be completely drained before the weather gets too cold, which can cause freezing damage. Make sure to also drain the air blowers and remove the filters from the hot tub. It is also recommended to fill the hot tub’s plumbing with anti-freeze, this nearly guarantees that any remaining water inside will not freeze.
Zorra also offers a winterizing service if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself.
Winter Usage Steps
If you have decided to keep your hot tub running all winter long, these are the steps that you need to follow.
Check Water Levels – Frequently check the water levels in your hot tub – even if you have not used it for several weeks. A low water level can cause the heater and pump to shut down, which can cause the water to freeze and result in damage to your tub.
Replace the Water – Before the weather becomes too cold, completely drain the water in your hot tub and perform a thorough cleaning before replacing the water. If you wait too long and the weather becomes too cold, it can be difficult to drain your hot tub and you can risk the pipes freezing.
Keep Covered – Investing in a good, quality cover is a must for using your hot tub in the winter. The majority of temperature loss occurs at the water surface and a good cover will help to trap and retain heat, keeping your utility bill manageable.