We havd an aluminum/glass sunroom where we have a 80" spa. It is very
decrepit and needs constant attention and repair.
So, we want to buy a new 84x84" spa, tear out the old spa, and replace
it with the new spa. Some disassembly of the sunroom is required, and
several muscular men are also needed to do heavy lifting. Also,
service upgrade from a 110v line to a 220V line will be needed, which
I can do by myself.
So, how much would it cost to:
1. Tear out the old spa
2. Bring in the new one (some sunroom disassembly would be required)
3. Install the spa
4. Dispose of the old one (if I cannot sell it)
I used to do some projects myself, but this time I want to use hired
One of the benefits of buying a discount spa. You get to handle the
installation yourself. Now you need to find someone to do the work,
and even if the local spa dealer will do part of it they certainly
won't do it without cost.
Check the spa dealers to see what a comparable spa, installed, would
The down side to buying spas at Home Depot and Sams is that they usually
don't have any spare parts. They sell chemicals and thermometers, but
rarely any replacement hardware. This is where a name brand spa is better.
We just bought two spas during the last year. We bought Catalina spas. We
bought them from a used dealer of spas. One was $2500, and one was $2800.
Delivery was $100 each. I had a friend wire them in, and had to go buy the
Yes, you can get deals. Yes, you can do a lot of the work yourself. Yes,
you can save money. Yes, you can buy an oddball or obsolete spa that will
be a recurring pain in the neck. One of the large spinner nozzles went out
in one of the spas. I took the old nozzle, went to the spa store, got the
right nozzle, came home, and installed it in 30 seconds. I once had an
obsolete Sundance, and had major problems getting spare parts or service for
it. You might consider this when settling on the brand name of spa you
Most spa parts are bought from other vendors. I don't know of any spa
manufacturer that makes their own components. The Spa manufaturer
molds the shell, builds the frame and cabinet. Then they install jets,
plumbing, heaters, controls and pumps they buy elsewhere. There are
plenty of places to buy just about any spa part you can imagine. You
can save a ton of money on parts by shopping around a little. Look on
various components of your tub, and often you can determine who made
what. My spa uses a Balboa spa pack and controls, and AOS/Magnatek
motors. Many websites have selections of hundreds of jets, with
pictures from which you can match up any jet I've ever seen. I just
replaced a 2-speed, 2 hp motor and wet end with an EXACT replacement
from a web vendor for 25% of the price the spa manufacturer wanted for
the exact same item. I think $200 is a much better price than $800,
All that said, the molding of the shell and the design and contruction
of the frame and cabinet are critical. A mistake or shortcut in either
can turn a hot tub into a dump run with one loud "crack". That's the
main reason I'd shy away from cheapo hot tubs.
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