Should I Drain My Hot Tub for the Winter?

hot tub on a deck with water hoseRoyal Spa hot tubs do not need to be drained for the winter. Drain the hot tub only if it’s very cold and you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time (weeks or more).

Winter is a great time for a hot soak in your spa. There’s no reason you can’t use it all year around. We designed our hot tubs to handle Indiana’s worst weather.

You can leave your hot tub running 24-7 during the winter. It will not freeze. By leaving it on the hot tub is ready for you to use any time. If we do happen to have 2 or 3 weeks of really bad weather, the spa will virtually take care of it’s itself. Just look in on it once a week or so.

If you know you absolutely will not want to use the spa all winter, you could drain it. You don’t have to, but you can. Read this article about winterizing your hot tub, if either of these situations applies. If you’re a “snowbird” and will be gone for three to six months at a time, we would recommend draining the hot tub.

What if the power goes out?

Should the power go out to your hot tub for some reason, as a general rule, you’ve got at least 7 days before you run the risk of something important freezing and breaking. Usually, 10 to 14 days. It will not freeze overnight. Leave the cover securely fastened in the event of a power outage and keep the cabinet door shut. Additionally, you could put a light bulb or space heater in the cabinet around the mechanicals to buy a few more days.

Hot tubs don’t generally shut down. When they do it typically takes no more than flipping a breaker switch to bring it back on. The worst thing is not being home when it happens or not figuring it out within the first 5 to 7 days. Most of the time it’s something very simple. On a rare occasion, if something on the spa has failed, that’s a little bit more involved and you’ll want to get a service call scheduled quickly.

Draining or winterizing your hot tub is a significant process. You don’t want to do it, if you don’t have to. If you have questions about your specific situation, feel free to call or you can reach us through Facebook. And if you don’t have a Royal Spa, good luck!


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