How to Operate a Whirlpool Bathtub

Soaking in a luxurious whirlpool bath is the perfect way to end a long, tiring day. Whirlpool baths are said to relieve stress, as well as relax tired, sore and achy muscles. Having a whirlpool bathtub in the privacy of your own home is more convenient than using a hot tub at a gym or fitness center. Learning how to operate a whirlpool bathtub is relatively simple, leaving you more time to soak in the glorious experience.

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Step 1

Set the water temperature for your bath. Depending on the make and model of your whirlpool, the temperature control may consist of a simple knob or an intricate electronic control panel. For best results, set the temperature between 100 and 102 degrees F. Purchase a thermometer from a local pool supply store to monitor the temperature in your whirlpool bath if desired.

Step 2

Fill the tub with water set to your temperature preference. Run the water at least two inches higher than your tub's highest jet or water level sensor.

Step 3

Climb into the whirlpool bathtub carefully. Hold onto something sturdy while getting into the tub to avoid slipping. Sit down in the bathtub and make yourself comfortable.

Step 4

Press the "On/Off" control on the side of the tub to turn on the pump and start the whirlpool jets. Wait for up to a minute while the pump primes. Once the pump is primed, the jets will activate.

Step 5

Press the "On/Off" button at the end of your bath to turn off the whirlpool jets. Drain and rinse the whirlpool tub at the end of each bath.

Megan Mattingly-Arthur

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.