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Hot Tub Filter Care

The Dirty Truth: Many hot tub service calls are due to poorly maintained hot tub filters.

The spa filter plays a crucial role in the upkeep of your hot tub, which is why we recommend that you change your spa filter once per year.

Hot tub filters help keep the spa water clean, and thus protect your health. It also protects several expensive spa parts. Dirty hot tub filters can even void our warranty, so it is well worth checking and cleaning your spa's filter once or twice per month, and changing the filter once per year.

When To Change Your Filter

Filters can be expensive, so before you decide to change your spa filter, we recommend you inspect the one you currently have to truly decide whether its time to replace it. Here are a few tips to help you discern whether or not your filter needs to be changed:

It is recommended that you replace your spa filter on a yearly basis. Depending on your use of the spa, the upkeep of the spa water, and how often you clean your filter, a spa filter may be able to last a little over a year.

If you have a filter that is nearing two years old, or is older than two years, you should throw it away no matter how it may look. The fibers on the filter pleats wear down with time and will fail to pick up dirt and debris. Buying a new filter year after year may seem expensive, but doing this helps eliminate the possibility of having to replace a very expensive pump.

If you can’t get your filter reasonably clean it is time to replace it, no matter how old it is.

If the filter core is damaged, replace the filter.

It is important to take very good care of your hot tub, and paying attention to changing the filter is a pivotal part of maintaining the hot tub. It’s always best to keep a spare filter on hand, while cleaning a dirty one. Don't fall victim to unnecessary spa repairs!


How To Clean A Filter

Cleaning a hot tub filter is necessary to keep your hot tub clean and safe to soak in. Cleaning can also be an easy process if you follow our general guide to filter care. Here are our tips:

Quick Filter Cleaning (Every 1-2 Weeks)

A quick filter cleaning is the easiest way to extend the life of your filter. Taking your filter out and rinsing it off with a hose every 1-2 weeks is enough to keep the filter in decent condition. To take this easy cleaning to the next level, use Instant Cartridge Cleaner. An Instant Cartridge Cleaner will spray right on the filter, soak for 10-15 minutes, then get rinsed off with a hose. Let the filter dry out most of the way and then replace it back to the spa. This method will help the filter last a little longer than just using water, because the cleaner penetrates the filter deeper and releases a lot of the organics we can't see.

Deep Filter Cleaning (Every 2-3 Months)

A deep filter cleaning takes a little more time but should still be done every 2-3 months to ensure your filter works the best possible. To deep clean your filter you need a large bucket that will completely be able to submerge the filter and a bottle of filter cleaner of your choice. We recommend using the filter cleaner within the same brand of chemicals you are currently using. If you are using Leisure Time then use Leisure Time Filter Cleaner, and if you use Baqua Spa use Baqua Filter Cleaner.

Fill the bucket with the proper ratio of filter cleaner to water that the bottle recommends. Place your filter in the bucket for a deep clean overnight. Take the filter out in the morning and rinse it down with a hose. Place the filter in a clean place to dry before replacing it back to the hot tub.

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