Softubs are portable, weather-resistant hot tubs manufactured by Softub Canada. They have a soft, plush exterior, which explains how they came to earn their name. These tubs plug into a household outlet and can be set up in a short amount of time. However, like any hot tub, Softubs might experience technical difficulties that you will have to repair like leakage or an obstruction in the jets. It's easy to repair the most common Softub problems.
If You Have Any Leaks...
Contact your Softub dealer to have them send you a vinyl repair kit if you notice any leaks in the liner of your tub. To fix a hole in the liner you will need to drain the tub to access the tear in the liner. Once the liner is dry, apply the adhesive to the application wand and then apply the adhesive to the patch. Secure the patch and allow it to dry, as per the directions. Each kit comes with different colored liners to match your Softub liner.
If Your Air Jets Aren't Running Properly...
Before you panic, turn on the Softub and run the air jets. Check each jet to make sure they are all functioning. If not, there might be a solid obstruction inside the jet. To remove the jet, simply insert a finger into the center hole of the jet and snap it out. Don't worry, your finger will remain intact. Use a gentle soap and water solution to clean out the jet. Replace the jet, making sure it fits tightly back into place.
Turn on the Softub and run the air jets. If all of the jets stop working at once, you could have an obstruction in the plumbing. Take the filter out and check to see if there is any debris in the filter. To remove the filter, pull out the cartridge by hand. Before you get annoyed at the fact that you have to get your hands dirty, just think about all of the relaxing times you'll spend in your Softub. Take off the outer filter sock and rinse the sock and inner pleats of the filter with water from a hose -- this will dislodge any solid debris.
Access The Air Control Valve
Turn the air control valve on and off several times. If you cannot seem to shut off the air jets, you will need to toggle the air control valve to resolve the problem and shut the air valve.
Press the "Jets" button on the control panel to turn on the jets. If they do not activate and the control panel's "Heating" light is on, unplug the unit for a few hours and then try pressing the "Jets" button again. If the jets still fail to start there could be a low voltage problem or a mechanical problem and the Softub will need to be returned to the manufacturer.
Elyse James began writing professionally in 2006 after deciding to pursue a career in journalism. She has written for "The Algonquin Times" as a general assignment reporter and published blogs and articles on Webcitybeat. James holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Ottawa.