Hot tub? No, hot money pit

Discussion in 'Owner on Owner Chit Chat' started by Karen Fletcher, Apr 10, 2012.

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    Karen Fletcher Active Member

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    We have a built in cement hot tub. 6 years, really haven't used it much. So now, the timer doesn't work, one of the jets doesn't work, and the heater won't heat the water. We call this pool guy and he gives us this estimate of 1k for everything but the heater itself (2k) or the electronic panel on the heater (650.00). He can't know if just replacing the electronic panel on the heater is enough, in other words, he can't know if we need a new heater (2k) until he fixes the electronic panel on the heater.

    So if he gets the jets working, a new timer, a remote control, new filter, and replacing some small air tube, and a new heater will be over 3k. Does that sound expensive? Does this stuff really cost that much?
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    Kim Turner Master of my own domain

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    Yes, price a new one. lol

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    Tom Bloomer Well-Known Member

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    Fire the pool guy and get an electrician. Heck, even I know how to use a volt meter to check if a heating element is working. :rolleyes:
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    Karen Fletcher Active Member

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    Yea, I thought that sounded kind of stupid.
    Another thing is his new propane heater, if needed, cost 2k inc. installation. An electric one cost 600.00. I think we'll go to electric. For one the propane company is a PIA because we don't use enough of it. So they charge us tank rental and a charge for not using it enough. AND the hot tub is 5-600 gallons and the propane tank is 125 gallons. Go figure. That tank is massive. I need another estimate, LOL
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    dana fenn It's complicated . . . .

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    How many gallons of propane are you using in that 125, Karen? in a years time?
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    david a hall Moderator

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    An electric element should cost 60 dollars not 600. I think you are being done :) I think that I might retrain as a hot tub guy. I will get in there and lounge while Tom does the screw driver stuff :)
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    Karen Fletcher Active Member

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    You guys are too funny. Dana, for 3 years we have not used that sucker at all. Before that for 3 years I used it maybe 15 times. The propane just sits there. I hope the propane company will come back and take it.

    David, this is Florida. There's alot of pool service.
    I called the company with the electric heater. It's $1200 installed. We may have to call an electrician to change the service from 20 amps to 50 amps. It would make sense to go electric. If I had the 50 amp service, I could install it myself. Plug it in, connect the water in and out pipes and there ya go!

    I'll bet the electrician could do it.

    Oh yea, the pool guy said he has to replace the panel on the propane heater-that's $600.00. If that's not the problem it's another $2k.
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    Karen Fletcher Active Member

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    Okay, cancelled the $$pool guy. Electrician coming tomorrow. And I will ask him if he can connect the electric heater. If he can for less, I can get the darn heater on Amazon for $500.00
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    Western Hill Forge Active Member

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    Just a thought, Karen, but wouldn't you get more information on one of the hot tub forums. I don't think I would query them for info on hoof care.;)

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    Karen Fletcher Active Member

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    Well I thought sharing a bit of frustration on a CHIT CHAT category was okay. Remind me to take you and Eric off my pool party list! ROTFL.gif
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    Eric Russell Active Member

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    I mostly try to forget my hot tub experiences.
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    Karen Fletcher Active Member

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    I don't like pools, beaches or anything , in fact I don't like being in water at all. This hot tub is just for looks. This is Florida. I had to have something
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    Karen Fletcher Active Member

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    200x200px-ZC-b417672c_3891_rapture.jpg

    I was going to use it that day, but I got caught up in the Rapture.
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    chris bunting Well-Known Member

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    Western Hill Forge Active Member

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    It's OK with me. Just not the best place to get good answers.:)

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    Karen Fletcher Active Member

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    Thanks, Rick. I did take your advice and go to several hot tub websites, but those forums are into how to replace parts inside things, not much on how to replace a gas one with an electric one. So far, I know how to buy an electric heater, install it, run the water in and out. But don't know how to prime it. Also, how to empty the propane tank. I hope the propane company will buy back the propane. If not, there's Craig's list.

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