Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Hot tubs in general are complicated machines due to a large number of moving parts. While what they do for you is great, when they stop working there can be a painful troubleshooting process. If your Lay-Z-Spa pump noise is getting annoying, there are a few potential causes.
A key sign something is wrong with your Laz-Y-Spa pump is a grinding or buzzing noise that isn’t usually there.
There are a lot of small things that could cause this, so it’ll be a little bit of work to troubleshoot. Let’s break the potential issues down, shall we?
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First things first - no matter how technically proficient you are, electrical repairs are dangerous. Add in a tub full of water, and you’ve got prime electrocution circumstances. If you’re not entirely positive about your ability to make the following repairs, please hire a professional. They exist for a reason and there’s no shame in hiring them. If, however, you’re dead-set on doing it yourself, ensure all power is off before beginning. Now, let’s get started.
This is generally a good sign that something is wrong with your hot tub, especially if it hasn’t happened before. A tripped breaker is generally caused by either a) faulty heating elements, b) bad fuses, or c) faulty water pumps.
To figure out the cause, follow the ensuing steps, looking for what trips the breaker when on:
Whichever of these steps that causes the breaker to flip again is the faulty part. (I.E. If the pump is disconnected and the breaker doesn’t flip, that’s your problem).
If you hear something similar to this , that’s a sign of a seized pump or bad bearings. Other indicators of a pump issue (other than the previous steps) include:
Now, before fully replacing the pump it’s worth checking that it’s not clogged with debris. Simply flush the water from your machine and run pipe cleaner (designed for hot tubs, not DrainO) through them.
Now, you can hire someone to repair this or to rebuild your pump. But that’s expensive - generally more so than simply buying a new spa. If you think your pump is going out, try to order a replacement before it’s died entirely.
If the sound your hot tub makes is just too loud for your tastes, then there are things you can do to quiet it. Here are some great and relatively affordable ways to quiet down your noisy Lay-Z-Spa pump.
Hot tub insulation mats are great! They do two things that are wildly beneficial in one fell swoop - they maintain heat and reduce noise. This is because they’re made from thick rubber, which reduces the vibrations and overall noise that escapes the tub. This is particularly useful when your hot tub is resting on a wooden deck or non-concrete material.
Insulation mats also do exactly what their name implies - they insulate the hot tub. This prevents as much heat loss, and in turn, saves you money on electricity. In addition, they’ll protect your hot tub from minor scratches or other damage that could cause major issues.
While you can theoretically jerry-rig makeshift insulation, there are insulation mats widely available for most hot tubs and Lay-Z-Spas. They will generally cost below £150 and can be ordered third-party or directly from the manufacturer.
A simple solution that requires a bit of elbow grease is building a fence or planting bushes around your Lay-Z-Spa. The added material surrounding it will absorb noise, provide a bit of privacy, and block the wind. I’m personally a fan of this solution, as it’s got a lot of added benefits that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
The makers of Lay-Z-Spas actually designed a noise reduction system specifically to fix Lay-Z-Spa pump noise. It’s a stand-alone unit created to reduce as much noise as possible that’s coming from your pump. While many newer models already have this installed, you can buy them for older editions, too.
Sometimes the area that you place your pump can be the cause of excess noise. Check the following to see if you can move it around to reduce noise and damage:
Lay-Z-Spas are awesome contraptions that can, at times, become too loud. If you’re certain there’s nothing faulty and it’s just annoyingly loud, there are a few things you can do (listed above) to cut noise. If, however, there is a problem, the above steps should help you find the source. For more information on hot tub troubleshooting visit our recent article here . Or, if you’re curious about getting an inflatable hot tub, check here for our list of the best choices in 2021 .
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