So if you’re like me, you’re the type of person that is willing to attempt your own repairs at home, whether it be the car, wash machine, faucet, or hot tub. Part of it is curiosity, the other part is cost. I would rather attempt a repair myself than pay a company to do it, and if I make things worse, then it’s time to call the professionals.
I regularly get phone calls from people who have a hot tub that isn’t working properly and want to perform repairs themselves. Some are looking for advice, others have already self diagnosed the issue and are looking to purchase a part. I enjoy talking to people about their hot tubs, and helping in whatever way I can, however too many times I get the call back that the part they replaced didn’t help the situation. In a lot of ways, I knew that was going to be the case. Just because a hot tub isn’t heating, or is tripping the breaker, doesn’t always mean that it has a faulty heater, or bad circuit breaker. There’s usually more to the story, and a proper and thorough evaluation is necessary to determine the cause of failure. And this is where calling the professional right out of the gate can cost less time and money than attempting repairs yourself. In most cases, once a part is installed, it’s yours and there are no returns. Not only can it be frustrating, but expensive.
My advice is always: If you’re not comfortable with electricity or familiar with how to use a multi-meter, you should not be attempting to troubleshoot an electrical issue with your hot tub, or any appliance for that matter. It’s dangerous, and you can cause serious (and costly) damage to yourself and your hot tub.
In the end, as I grow older and find myself having less time and more expendable money, I’ve learned to call the professionals immediately because they have all the right tools and training, and I don’t… at least when it comes to certain things. Hot tubs I know, cars, not so much.