When it comes to the cost of keeping your hot tub in excellent condition, many different factors are involved. This includes aspects like running your hot tub from day to day and any repairs you might need down the line. Also included in the cost of your hot tub long-term is the price of chemicals or cleaning agents. There are many aspects included within the overall cost, and we will go in-depth on all of them right now.
When you purchase your hot tub, the next cost associated with owning it is its installation. Some plans need to be put in place before installation can even occur, and steps taken during this time can decide your cost of things moving forward. For example, how would you like or need your hot tub to be delivered? Do you plan to have it transported via truck or crane? Do you plan on having your hot tub set in the ground with a deck surrounding it, or do you need a concrete slab installed first? There are various choices to consider based on the size of your tub, your budget and overall preferences.
Here are a few points to consider when weighing the cost of installation.
How Much Does It Cost to Install?
While this isn’t an ongoing expense, the decisions made during installation may affect the cost of ongoing costs. For example, in the case of bigger or heavier hot tubs, a crane could be required. The price of a crane is typically between $1,000-$5,000 dollars, depending on where you live and how large the tub is.
If, for instance, you decide to install a concrete slab for the bottom of your tub, it will usually cost between $3,000-8,000 dollars. Alternatively, if you choose to install your hot tub in the ground with a deck around it, it can be anywhere from $10,000-15,000+ dollars.
Another expense to consider during the time of installation is the electrical work required. This work also sets the pace for what to expect long term when it comes to electrical costs. The cost for the electrical work during the time of installation can range anywhere from $1,500-3,000 dollars.
Your electrical costs will not only include powering your hot tub’s jets and pumps, but also constantly heating the water in your hot tub. Typically, the cost can range from one dollar per day to $50 dollars per month. This all depends on how long your hot tub is running for, how long you use it, and how hot you set your temperature.
There are numerous ways to try and reduce electric bills, such as not running your hot tub at a high temperature for extended periods without people using it. It’s important to keep the water circulating for cleanliness reasons, but also a good idea to keep unnecessary high temperatures running to a minimum. This will ultimately help you not waste electricity. Another thing you can do to help with the electrical bill is to get a well-insulated, high-end cover that fits your hot tub perfectly.
The Cost of Chemicals:
While the price of chemicals and cleaning methods may vary, there are certain procedures that you can do as an owner to help keep this cost down. Chemicals are typically priced between $20-50 dollars per month. However, by regularly keeping your cover on and checking the pH levels of your water, you can help to prolong the stability of your chemicals. Therefore, meaning you might actually need to use less in the long run. This also helps to keep your hot tub cleaner longer, which can also help the pump, jets, and so on, last longer. If you regularly clean all areas of your spa, you can help to prevent damage occurring to these functioning parts. Being proactive in ensuring that your hot tub is clean can save you money in the long run.
The Cost of Repairs or Damages:
The costs of repairs depend on the particular parts you need fixed along with your hot tub’s warranty. While there isn’t a fixed price for repairing different components in your hot tub, the warranty can ensure you have the security that you need moving forward. For example, Hydropool offers a 10/5/3 warranty. Therefore, ten years on the structure, five years on the shell surface and three years of plumbing and mechanical components are covered under your warranty. So, even if problems occur within these timeframes, you won’t have to worry about any additional costs for repairs. Under this warranty, those things would be covered for a significant amount of time after purchase!
As we can see, there are many costs involved in owning and maintaining a hot tub. However, as an owner, you really have quite a bit of control over these costs. If you’d like to learn more about selecting the right hot tub for you, please download our free hot tub buyer’s guide.