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What to do When your Hot Tub Pump Makes Strange Noises

Hot Tubs


August 1, 2016

Almost everyone we know loves hot tubs. The soothing warmth, the quiet relaxing time with the family, and the fantastic hot tub parties are just a few of the reasons Calgarians love their spas. But nothing can wreck an evening plan of hot tubbing faster than the motor causing problems. Hot tubs are complicated, and we’re going to say it right now — if your spa is making weird noises, you’re probably going to need to call us for some professional help. Regardless, here are some of the most common complications that hot tub owners may eventually have to deal with.

No Noise.

Perhaps, when you start up your hot tub, the jets come on and seem to be working fine, but your hot tub is strangely quiet. While a nearly silent hot tub might seem like a dream come true, this quiet is usually accompanied by cold water — which nobody wants. There are a couple different issues that may lead to no noise and no heat, such as a fuse or stuck board replay, so troubleshooting this issue may be easier with one of our expert hot tub technicians on hand.


This is one of the most common calls we get here at RnR Hot Tubs. The motor hums, but nothing happens, and the hot tub won’t turn on. As per usual with hot tubs, this issue can stem from multiple causes. The capacitor on your motor could be shot, the break may need replacing, the input voltage may be off, the mechanical seal may be leaking, causing the motor to seize from the leak, or the shaft of the motor may be locked in some way. Any of these problems can easily be identified and fixed by one of our friendly professionals.

Loud Noise.

Whether your hot tub is screaming like a banshee, going off like a fire alarm, or grinding metal on metal, this is bad news. This is your worst case scenario, and we strongly advise not turning the hot tub back on until a technician is beside you and ready to help. When a hot tub is making loud, screeching noises, it usually points to a chemistry issue and rusty bearings and motor end bells

As we said at the beginning of this blog, chances are you’ll need professional help when your pump starts making odd noises. While we encourage all our clients to learn to change their own filter, balance the pH, and do basic maintenance, when it comes to more tricky complications, it’s always a good idea to talk to the experts.

Is your spa acting up or making weird noises? Need help or have a question about your hot tub? The professionals at RnR Hot Tubs and Spas are here to help! Call us at (403) 203-0860 or visit our location today.

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