How Much Does it Cost to Winterize a Hot Tub

By Mike

February 27, 2021

When the cold nights come your way, relaxing in the warmth of your hot tub with friends and family will create a perfect night out under the stars. Hot tubs are a great addition to any yard and are an ideal spot to relax after a long day. Whether it is a cold night or in the depths of winter, hot tubs provide a perfect escape. One thing you must always be aware of when having a hot tub is proper maintenance and care.   It is often wondered just how much it costs to winterize a hot tub. 

Winterizing a hot tub can prove to be a costly endeavor, no matter if you decide to DIY it or call in a professional. Although it may be a costly expense, it is crucial to keep your hot tub running top-notch for years to come. 

This article will explain just how much it will cost to winterize a hot tub, as well as the tools and steps it takes to winterize your hot tub. 

How Much Does it Cost to Winterize a Hot Tub

The winterization cost of the average hot tub is around $400 if you do it yourself. This includes all supplies! DIYing the hot tub winterization process will be much cheaper than if you hire a professional, which can cost $200 dollars for the winterization process alone, as well as a hot tub cover and other supplies.

If you are deciding to take care of all of the winterizing steps yourself, it can cost you at least $400 dollars and can vary depending on what supplies you may already have. We will dive into what supplies you will need to effectively winterize your hot tub below so you can be successful in your DIY efforts. 

If you are not wanting to mess with winterizing your hot tub yourself, you can always simply hire a professional. Many professionals will charge you around $200 dollars for them to winterize your hot tub, but that price will not include a hot tub cover, which can be pricey. A common hot tub cover is upwards of $500 dollars and a hefty price in addition to the already $200 dollars. 

Should You Winterize a Hot Tub

There are varying opinions on whether or not you truly need to winterize your hot tub or if you can get by with simply letting it run all summer. It truly comes down to personal preference and deciding what is more beneficial to you and your family. 

Most months, it only costs less than 5 dollars to run your hot tub. So running it throughout winter will not be an absurd hit to your finances. Even if you live in a colder climate, it is okay not to winterize your hot tub, only if you are planning on running it throughout the season. 

If you don’t decide to winterize or run your hot tub, you can run into a multitude of issues. Think about the ice that will cover your hot tub in the depths of winter. That ice will cover your pipes and hose to your hot tub and freeze. Once it thaws, it will expand, causing pipes to crack and creating multiple issues with your hot tub infrastructure. 


Without proper care and maintenance, you will be hit with hot tub repair fees that could break 1,000 dollars easily, making you wonder if you should replace your hot tub or get rid of it for good. 

What Do You Need to Winterize a Hot Tub

There are many homeowners that take winterizing a hot tub into their own hands without doing the necessary or proper research. The issue with that is without taking the proper steps and ensuring your hot tub is properly winterized, you could face a variety of issues in the future. 

Always making sure to research how to winterize your hot tub is crucial to ensure the use of your hot tub in the future. If you don’t do so properly, you will likely have to dish you plenty of money for maintenance to get your hot tub back in working order. 

To winterize your hot tub by yourself, you will need the following: 

  • Hot Tub Cover
  • Wet/Shop Vac
  • Antifreeze
  • Towels


If you already have a lot of the supplies such as a shop vac and towels, your cost will greatly decrease. A hot tub cover is one of the pricier items on the list but will be used time and time again. 

How to Winterize a Hot Tub

Before deciding to DIY winterizing your hot tub, it is crucial to know the steps involved to make sure you know how much effort it will take on your part. It is no easy task to winterize a hot tub, but it absolutely can be done. By allotting the right amount of time and using the correct tools, you can have a hot tub that is winterized and keep your hot tub in pristine condition. 

Here are the steps it takes to winterize a hot tub effectively:

  1. Make sure all power is turned off to your hot tub
  2. Remove panel
  3. Drain all water
  4. Use a Shop-Vac to get rid of excess water
  5. Add Anti-freeze into the pump
  6. Let dry
  7. Add hot tub cover

Ta-Da, just like that you will have your hot tub winterized and ready to brave the freezing temperatures of winter. 

Conclusion

Whether you decide to winterize your hot tub yourself, hire a professional, or keep it running throughout the season you should know the maintenance steps to take to do so wisely. 

Winterizing a hot tub is crucial to keep your hot tub in tip-top shape to use and enjoy for years to come. Monthly maintenance and winterizing are steps you need to add to your yearly maintenance schedule. 

When it comes down to it, winterizing your hot tub by yourself is a significantly cheaper choice if you have the tools you need already. The tools you need that would make this job easier is a shop vac as well as a quality hot tub cover. If this is your first year of having a hot tub and you don’t have the necessary tools available, hiring a professional may be a better option for your money. 

By completely draining your pool of water and adding antifreeze, you or a professional will set up your hot tub to combat the freezing temperatures that winter brings. If you decide to not run your hot tub and not winterize it, ice can land on your pipes, and when it thaws, it will expand, likely causing your pipes to break or crack. 

A hot tub is a wonderful addition to any home that doesn’t add a ton of costs to your electric bill when it is maintained properly. Ensuring your care for your hot tub will give you plenty of use per year without any issues. 

About the author

Hi I'm Mike! I'm the owner, writer, and sometimes editor of Foundedproject.com. Being a new homeowner can be a little daunting, which is why I created this blog. I write about problems that a new home owner might run into. 

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