Coast Spas FAQs
Q. Hot tub or spa?
A. The terms ‘spa’ and ‘hot tub’ have been used synonymously in the business since the early years of the industry. Originally they meant two different things; ‘spa’ was used to describe a therapeutic bath built out of acrylic or some other thermoplastic, while ‘hot tub’ meant a circular bath, or tub, usually wood. Wooden hot tubs were popular as recently as the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, but were soon eclipsed by the rapid advances of portable acrylic spas. Still, the term ‘hot tub’ stuck.
Q. What are the health benefits?
A. At Coast Spas, we believe the number one health benefit of owning a spa is improvement in your quality of life. Owners experience a new and unique opportunity to get together with family and friends in a fun and sociable environment while reducing the stresses inherent in today’s busy lifestyles. Abundant documented evidence further shows that the regular use of a hot tub can help reduce and control the symptoms associated with arthritis, sleep disorders and Type 2 Diabetes.
Q. Is plumbing required to install my hot tub?
A. No. All spas are self-contained units and are simply filled with a garden hose. Some pool contractors install spas in-ground, but these are usually plumbed directly into a swimming pool equipment area.
Q. Are spas expensive to operate?
A. Depending on your usage, an average spa costs less than $1 per day to run, even in the coldest climates. Chances are that’s less than you’re paying for cable TV. Ways to significantly reduce even that modest expense include an insulated locking cover with UL rating, fully foamed cabinets and computer controls with ‘smart winter mode’ features (needless to say, we have all of these)! Additionally, because of their variable force design, our pumps draw as little as one amp during the filtration cycle for reduced energy consumption.
Q. What type of hot tub should I look for?
A. That will depend on the size of your family, your available yard space, your required depth of seating, the options and features you seek and your budget. With two full model lines (Coast and Northwind), there are dozens of potential configurations. With many exclusive features and an unsurpassed warranty, we make a hot tub for every lifestyle and budget.
Q. What kind of filtration is best?
A. Filters in a skimmer, as the name says, only skim the top of the water, leaving the heavier debris to sink to the bottom unfiltered. Coast’s Cyclonic Filtration SystemTM incorporates angled blades to drive water into a filter canister in a cyclonic action, moving more water through the filter with less restriction and allowing the motor to work more efficiently and run cooler. Our Cyclonic Filtration System further uses the powerful main pumps as low-speed circulation pumps to reduce the number of components and wear-and-tear, helping to make our system one of the most energy efficient in the spa industry. Coast/Northwind filters range from 50 square feet up to an industry-leading 175 square feet. Significantly improving water quality is our Corona Discharge Ozone System, which extracts ozone from the air and injects it into the water.
Q. How important is horsepower?
A. Very important, in our opinion. We think high-output spas are the best because you can refuse their flow and required. But don’t get confused by numbers; the real test is flow rating – determined by the amount of water pumped each minute. Turn every jet on and feel for yourself. Without a large powerful motor, you may be required to purchase multiple pumps or reduce the number of jets in your spa. Ask to see a manufacturer’s flow chart rating. A simple visual test is viewing the size of the pipes leading into and out of the pump. The larger the pipe size, the higher the flow. Check the amperage rating, too, which is clearly printed on the pump. Higher amperage = higher power.
Q. How many jets should I have?
A. The number of jets is important, as is their size and placement. All Coast Spas have ergonomically placed jetting systems to help give you the maximum therapeutic benefit. Our jets are designed to target different muscle groups with different amount of water action. Talk to your spa professional about your individual needs to make sure you get the number, power, quality and action in your jets that will work best for you and your family.
Q. How much should I spend on a spa?
A. The price of a hot tub is determined by workmanship, materials, size and features. Other options, like lighting packages, stereos, TV and DVD players, will increase the overall price. Generally speaking, it is much easier and more cost effective to make sure you get all the options and features you want at the time of purchase.
Q. Do I need a contractor, plumber or electrician to install my spa?
A. Coast Spas recommends a licensed electrician to power up your spa. Our tubs are completely self-contained – just fill with a garden hose. You also need a strong, level foundation to provide a level water surface and years of trouble-free enjoyment.
Q. Is it difficult to maintain a spa?
A. No, but as with any major investment, like your car, some time and attention are required. Proper water chemistry and regular filter cleanings/changing are important, as is an annual check-up. Spend time with your dealer when you buy to make sure you understand the basic requirements. He or she will be happy to help – and it’s usually pretty easy to recruit family members!
Q. Do most spas come with a warranty?
A. There is no “standard” warranty in the spa industry, so have a close look at what each manufacturer offers. Coast Spas has one of the most thorough and extensive warranties in our industry.
Q: Where can I put my TubLicious?
A: As long as you have a level, solid base you are ready to go. TubLicious is the “anywhere hot tub” inside a house or on a deck, on a boat or a boat dock… anywhere!
Q: How do I fill and drain my TubLicious?
A: To Fill: Place your garden hose inside the skimmer opening, fill your spa until the water level reaches 1/3 the way up the square skimmer opening. No permanent water connection is required.
To Drain: Locate hose bib drain connection, attach your garden hose and open hose bib valve to gravity drain your spa. The hose bib connection is currently located behind the door in the equipment area. It is a standard garden hose connection with a knob to turn in order to drain the spa. We recommend you change the water every 2-3 months.
Q: How do I take my cover on and off?
A: Ensure that all strap buckles have been released and simply slide the cover gently over the edge of your TubLicious. The cover is light enough to be handled by one person, therefore to put the cover back on, slip it over the edge and align straps to re-attach strap buckles.
Q: How do I take my filter in and out?
1. Using the tab located on the top of the floating weir, flip the weir to outside position.
2. Using the tab located on the back of the basket, pull up and pivot the basket 90 degrees and pull basket through opening.
3. Remove square vacuum flange.
4. Reach in and pull basket through opening.
5. Clean/replace filter and reverse steps 1 through 4.
Q: How do I get in and out of my TubLicious?
A: Using the top lip top and the waterfall grab bar to steady yourself, simply swing your leg over the side to enter or exit the spa.
Q: How do I adjust the waterfall?
A: Using the valve knob located above the skimmer, turn counter clockwise to start or increase flow to the waterfall. Similarly, turn clockwise to turn off or decrease flow.
Q: How do I work my light and control?
A: With your digital topside panel, you control heat, pump speed and light functions by pushing the corresponding icon buttons. Refer to your TubLicious owner’s manual for details.
Q: Is there a warranty?
A: Yes – your TubLicious comes standard with a 2 year equipment, acrylic and shell warranty – please see your owners information and warranty card for details.
Q:Do I have to get an electrician to install my TubLicious?
A: No electrician is required; Simply locate a dedicated 15A standard wall receptacle and plug in the GFCI cord that comes attached to your TubLicious. Push the reset button on the GFCI plug… you will see a red light; that means that the hot tub is ready to run.
Q: Do I have to use chemicals in my TubLicious?
A: Yes. All spas must be treated with an approved sanitizer. Your TubLicious comes standard with an easy to use chlorine chemical starter kit. After start up you will need to locate a hot tub or swimming pool supplier to purchase further chemicals.
Q: How often do I have to empty and clean my TubLicious?
A:This has to do mainly with how much you use your TubLicious but generally empty, clean and fill every 2 to 3 months is recommended.
Q: Can I put TubLicious in my house?
A: Yes, the TubLicious is versatile and designed to fit through most doors so it can be located almost anywhere! Make sure if you decide you want your TubLicious inside your house, that the room is protected against any water splash and has an adequate dehumidification system.
Q: How do I turn the power on?
A: To turn on your TubLicious, simply plug the cord into a dedicated wall receptacle and push the “RESET” button located on the built-in GFCI.
Q: How does the MP3 player work?
A: The built-in speakers in your TubLicious are completely powered by your own MP3 or iPod player. Plug your player into the auxiliary jack and start your music. An optional booster is available to increase volume capacity. Increased sound levels vary depending on the quality of your MP3 or iPod