There is nothing like sinking into a bubbling hot tub at the end of a long day. But what happens when it doesn’t turn on?
This article will go over some common reasons why your aqua glass jetted tub won’t turn on and how you may be able to fix it. In some of these solutions, you may not even need to call a plumber or an electrician, saving you both time and money.
Check the Circuit Box in Your Home
The first step before breaking out any tools is to look at the main power box in your home.
According to most electrical codes, any whirlpool or jetted tub must be on a dedicated circuit on your home access panel. In most cases, this is simply because most jetted tubs draw too much power to be included in your general bathroom circuit.
A 240-volt tub must be wired directly into your home power supply. A 120-volt tub, however, can be plugged into a dedicated GFCI receptacle (ground fault circuit interrupter).
In the case of a power outage or if your tub was improperly wired, there is a chance that the breaker on your circuit box tripped.
If this is the case, upon a quick inspection of your circuit box, you will notice one of the breakers (the one for your tub) is not in line with all the others. To fix this, you usually need to push the breaker forward and back into position with the other switches.
Once you have reset the breaker switch, go back to your tub to see if it will turn on.
If the tub is still not working, you will need to start looking at the tub’s mechanical space.
How To Locate Your Tubs Mechanical Space
Every jetted tub will have a motor hidden somewhere in the installation. The engine will run the jets. Most building codes require easy access to the mechanical space, but they can sometimes be challenging to find.
One common access will appear as a vent somewhere near the tub. If this is what you have, it may be as simple as using a screwdriver to remove the vent. This type of access is preferable as they are easy to locate and allows some airflow for the motor.
If the front of your tub has some kind of paneling, try to find a panel that can easily be removed.
Sometimes, a jetted tub may use a neighboring vanity to hide the motor. In other cases, the access may be located on the other side of a wall.
For example, if there is a closet on the other side of your bathroom wall, the access to the tub motor may be in that closet. If neither of these is the case, likely, the entrance is cleverly hidden.
How To Reset the Aqua Glass Jetted Tub
Once you have located your tub’s mechanical space, you will need to look inside. A flashlight may be helpful.
Another reason your tub is not working is that the internal fail-safes are tripped, and the tub needs to reset. This is a relatively simple operation.
There may be one or two reset buttons on your tub that you will need to push. One will be on the tub’s main control panel in the mechanical space.
If your particular tub has a heating unit, it will likely have its reset switch. Heating units are almost always given then own reset switch in the case of overheating or power supply issues.
Finally, if you have a 120-volt tub plugged into a dedicated GFCI receptible, this type of receptacle also has its own reset button. This receptacle is desired to automatically shut off if it detects any electrical fault.
If Resetting Is Not Working
If the tub still doesn’t turn on by this point, you may need to call in professional help. The issue is as the tub won’t turn on; it’s likely an electrical issue.
If after setting the tub, receptible, and breaker switch still didn’t work, an electrician will probably need to be called in to find out what the fault could be. It could be anything from faulty wiring to a fried circuit board.
If you choose to call in professional help, in the meantime, it may be a wise idea to turn off the main power supplied to the tub.
You can do this by hitting the breaker switch on the home’s main breaker box to stop management from being provided to the tub. If you have a 120-volt tub, you can simply unplug the tub as well.
While the tub’s power is off, it is safe to continue using it as a regular bathtub. You simply won’t be able to use the jets or any other features until it is repaired.
Here are some frequently asked questions about fixing an Aqua Glass jetted tub.
What if I can’t find the access panel?
Most building codes require some way to access the mechanical space. It may be very cleverly hidden if you can’t find it. Be sure to check any paneling or nearby walls for a way in.
If you absolutely can’t find access, it may be that the original installers didn’t follow the code, and you will need to make an access.
What if I can’t find the reset switch?
If you have access to the mechanical space but are unsure where the reset button is, try calling a local dealer. If you give them information on what tub you have, they should be able to walk you through where to find the switch.
What is the difference between a jetted tub and a whirlpool tub?
The only difference between these two types of tubs is what comes out of the jets. In jetted tubs, air comes out of the jets. In whirlpool tubs, water is pumped through instead (if your jets won’t turn off, read here to figure out how to fix the problem).
If your Aqua Glass jetted tub won’t turn on, there is likely an easy way to reset it to have it running once again. If the solutions offered in this article don’t help, you may need to call in the help of a professional.