When it comes to the costs associated with maintaining a hot tub, various factors come into play.
The maintenance cost depends on things like installing your hot tub, operating the unit and the cost of any repairs that might need to be made down the line. After purchasing your hot tub, the next thing to consider is the cost of installing it. Will you be having your hot tub delivered via crane or truck? Will your hot tub be buried in the ground with a deck around it for support, or will you have a concrete slab put in? There are many different options to take, and they are dependent on the size and weight of your tub and your desired budget and overall preferences.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering the costs of maintaining your hot tub.
The Cost of Installation:
Although this isn’t necessarily an ongoing cost, the choices made during installation could influence any ongoing costs.
When it comes to larger or heavier hot tubs, a crane delivery might be necessary. The cost of a crane is typically anywhere from 400 to 2000 dollars. This is once again influenced by many external factors like the location of your home, the size of your hot tub, and so on.
If you choose to have a concrete slab put in as the base of your hot tub, this will typically cost between 3,000 to 8,000 dollars. This depends on your region and the size needed.
On the other hand, if you choose to have your hot tub buried with a deck surrounding it, then that could cost anywhere from 3,000 to 15,000 dollars.
The electrical work needed during the time of installation is another factor to keep in mind. The cost of this electrical work is usually around 1,500 to 3,000 dollars depending on where you live.
The Ongoing Cost Of Electricity:
It likely goes without saying that your electricity bill will rise, just as it would with any new addition to your home. This electricity not only works to power your hot tubs pumps and jets to ensure everything is functioning as it should, but it also continuously heats your tub’s water.
How frequently you use your hot tub determines the cost to operate. The more use your hot tub receives, the more energy it will essentially require. Therefore, there is quite a range of daily expenses associated with running your hot tub, which is anywhere from 1 dollar a day to 50 dollars a month.
There are many things that can be done in order to keep your electricity costs on the lower end. For instance, purchasing a high-quality, well-insulated cover that fits perfectly on your hot tub is one way to accomplish this. Another is to make sure your hot tub is not running for extended periods without use. Additionally, it is also equally important to ensure you keep the cover on whenever it is not in use. This will ensure that the hot water is kept in, and the cold air is kept out. This will also ensure less money is spent on wasted chemicals, which we will be speaking more about now.
Cost of Chemicals:
Although the cost of chemicals and cleaning procedures can vary greatly, there are certain practices that we can do as hot tub owners to help keep this number down. Chemicals typically cost anywhere from 20 to 50 dollars a month. However, by regularly keeping your cover on and checking your pH levels, you can keep the cost of chemicals on the lower end.
Keeping your hot tub clean will ultimately help with the longevity of the chemicals, the water, and even the mechanisms needed to run everything. If you regularly clean every part of your hot tub and keep an eye on the water content levels, you will likely avoid the build-up of dirt and debris within the pump, jets and filtration system. Proactively working towards ensuring cleanliness will essentially save you in the long run, both in terms of time and money.
Cost of Damages or Repairs:
The cost of repairing your hot tub depends on the specific parts, your location, and your warranty. Although there is no fixed cost for repairing different parts of your hot tub, a warranty will provide you with the certainty you need moving forward. For instance, 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. Therefore, even if issues arise within those time frames, you can be confident knowing that the costs will be covered.
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