Hot Tub Filter Basics

Filters are a hot tubs best friend, your hot tub would be nothing without them. Having reliable and clean filters is essential for your working hot tub. Here at HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2, we carry two different types of filters. One of them being your regular paper filter and another being a ceramic filter.

The most commonly used paper filters have hundreds of thin paper pleats that make up the body of the filter. In comparison, Tri X ceramic filters have thicker and harder ceramic pleats, giving the filter a different look when compared to the paper filter.

Paper filters will last 1 to 3 years depending on your source water, how often the hot tub gets used, and how often and well the filters are cleaned. The same goes for the Tri X ceramic filters however, the ceramic filters will last longer, about 3 to 5 years.

We recommend cleaning your filters every 30 days. Cleaning your filters with a degreaser is needed to break down the oils, skin cell buildup, and other contaminants on your filters. After you have soaked your filters in a filter cleaner/degreaser rinse your filters out very well. When you think they are rinsed out and free of soap, they probably aren’t, so rinse them another time. We say this because if you have even the slightest trace of the degreaser and soap left on your filter when you put it back in the hot tub, you could have an accidental foam party.

Remember the Tri X ceramic filter we were talking about? Those filters and those filters only can be put in the dishwasher with no heat and no soap to be rinsed off. We recommend soaking your Tri X ceramic filter(s) in your filter cleaner/degreaser, taking them out, and putting them in the dishwasher for a thorough rinse.

Do you ever wonder how you’ll know when your filter is ‘dead’ and when is it time to get a new one?

Here are a few tricks:

If your paper filter sinks to the bottom of your hot tub when you put it outside of the filter compartment and into the main body of water, then you know it’s time to get a new filter.

When your Tri X filter starts to change shape and form into an hourglass, that’s when it’s time to get a new filter.