HOT TUBS ARE DESIGNED FOR ALL SEASON USE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHUT DOWN YOUR HOT TUB FOR THE WINTER, CALL YOUR DEALER. FOR A MINIMAL CHARGE THEY WILL WINTERIZE THE EQUIPMENT AND PLUMBING TO INHIBIT DAMAGE TO THE INTERNAL PARTS OF YOUR HOT TUB.
Do not drain hot tub during below freezing conditions. If draining is required during below freezing outside weather conditions, contact dealer for proper procedures.
In many areas of the country, the temperature drops below 32°F/0°C.
We recommend that you always have your hot tub full of water and running at normal spa temperatures (80°F/27°C to 100°F/38°C). This will help reduce the risk of freezing in your hot tub and your hot tub’s equipment.
1. Shut power off to the system and make sure that it cannot be accidentally turned back on.
2. Open all filter covers.
3. Remove the filter baskets and filters.
4. Drain your hot tub completely.
5. Remove drain plugs from the front of the pumps.
6. Disconnect the unions from both sides of the pump.
7. Use a wet/dry vacuum to blow any remaining water out of the jets and equipment area.
8. Replace drain plugs from the front of the pumps.
9. Reconnect the unions from both sides of the pump.
10. Using a long funnel, begin pouring non-toxic swimming pool or recreational vehicle water system antifreeze into the filter canister fittings, bleeder valve fittings and jet fittings of your system. Continue adding antifreeze until it comes out of the drain fittings or from the opening you are pouring it into. You must complete this task for every jet fitting in the system as well as the pumps and the bottom drain.
11. Cover your hot tub with a good hot tub cover and an all-weather tarp or spa bag to ensure that neither rain or snow enter the hot tub.
12. When draining the spa, dispose of the anti freeze in accordance with local laws.
EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: To eliminate freezing in the event of equipment failure, use a small heater with temperature control via extension cord and place it in the equipment area, keeping it away from plumbing lines. This will help for a short period of time until proper service can be arranged. You can also add hot water to the hot tub (when full only) while using the heater to help keep the smaller plumbing lines from freezing.
Winter is the best time to use a hot tub unless you will be away for a long period of time.
Mike from All Season Spas in Ohio shows you how to winterize a Sundance® Optima spa.
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