Understanding Spa Pumps

If you want to enjoy using the services of your spa for the longest time possible, understanding your spa pump is important. Here's what you need to know to help you understand how your spa pump works.

Spa's Circulatory Systems

You might have heard that pumps work like a human heart. They suction water through an inlet and distribute it at a higher pressure throughout your spa circulation system, ensuring a continuous flow.

Spa pumps suction water from their intake point and push it through a filter, a sanitizing component and out through your spa jets and into your hot tub or spa. The filter removes debris, while the sanitizing component kills harmful bacteria in the water. The water in your spa is then suctioned back into the pump, and the cycle continues.

Spa Pump

Each spa has unique pump needs, be it in size, voltage, horsepower or discharge. This means that you can come across different spa pumps that meet these unique requirements. When installing a spa, you should let an experienced spa technician guide you in choosing the spa pump that meets your needs.

What Are Variable and Single-Speed Spa Pumps?

If you have been looking for a spa pump, you might have come across the terms variable and single-speed spa pumps. Remember, a pump requires power to move water through your spa's circulatory system and also through the spa jets. Circulating water does not require much energy, but ensuring it comes out through your spa jets might require higher pressure. This means that your pump needs to be able to change between low and high speed as needed. A pump that can automatically change between low and high speed is referred to as a variable-speed pump or a two-speed pump.

If your spa does not have such a pump, it means you have two single-speed pumps. The first pump pushes water through your spa's circulatory system, while the second pump pushes water through the spa jets.

What Should You Do to Ensure Your Spa Pump Does Not Get Damaged?

Your spa pump is made to last the longest time possible. However, you need to carry out maintenance regularly. This includes things like ensuring the dry side (houses electrical wiring and components) of your pump does not get wet, inspecting the pump filter and cleaning it, checking for leaks, following the manufacturer's instructions located on the pump manual and more.

For more information about spa pumps, contact a spa and pool service.