How do you ensure that your used hot tub remains a good deal? Truth is, there’s really no way to ascertain whether or not a used hot tub is in excellent condition until you run its motor pump when you get home. By that time, it is already too late. Some people get lucky with a good-as-new tub, and some end up buying a giant porcelain wreck.
There’s an inherent risk of damaging the unit whenever you move it from its original location to your home. Consider the physical stress of the move on the hot tub’s frame, tub shell, and internal plumbing. More so, an inconspicuous structural defect may get worse during the transfer. The larger the tub, the higher the chance of damaging it during the move.
So, perform these checks before buying a used hot tub:
- Check the accuracy of the thermostat. Use a thermometer to do this. The tub must have the capacity to elevate the water temperature to the normal operating temperature of around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This standard check tells you if there is a problem with the water heater.
- Check the internal parts of the hot tub. Open its doors and scrutinize the insides for any signs of leaks or water damage. A hot tub in good condition must have perfectly dry internal parts. If the seal on the pump has a leak, then you may need to have it replaced.
- Check the sound of the pump. A running pump must produce an even and low humming sound. The blower must sound like the drone of a vacuum cleaner. You should not hear any knocking, pinging, and scraping sounds.
If the only thing that fits your budget is a used hot tub, then there’s no need to worry. Just be vigilant and be thorough when performing the above safety checks. And always attempt to negotiate with the seller after your inspection if you find any cause for concern.