How do I maintain my spa jets?

Directional spa jets typically have a single or double nozzle which are either set or adjustable to point in different directions. Directional jets are designated by the diameter of the face and brand of the jet.

Massage jets come in a number of styles but most create a massage effect by spinning or swirling. Some have bearings for the spinning elements and others do not. These jets require the most attention and specifically those that have bearings. Fortunately for owners of Vortex Spas, your spas have bearing free massage jets  that require far less maintenance.adjustable to point in different directions. Directional jets are designated by the diameter of the face and brand of the jet.

Air jets inject air from the blower into the spa. These are typically directional small jets which require very little maintenance.

We recommend regularly removing the spa jet faces (internals) to prevent calcium or debris from building up. This is especially important for rotating spa jets.

In most case the spa jet face can be removed without damaging the jet seal and so they can be removed under water if desired.

Most jet issues happen to massage jets and it usually occurs when the jets stop rotating. On jets with bearings the internal part of the jet and bearings can even come out into the spa.

This is usually caused by poor chemical use including water being out of balance or old water being used. Poor water balance or improper chemical use can eat away at the plastic jet surface and cause it to degrade and ultimately fail.

Spa jet failure can be avoided by draining and refilling your spa with new water every 3-4 months, and by making sure your keep your water in balance using quality spa chemicals designed for spas.

Old, poorly balanced spa water or the use of budget spa chemicals can create a calcium build up on the internal surface of the spa jets.

Calcium build-up can be removed by soaking the jets in a diluted vinegar solution. Once you have removed the jets from the solutions rinse the jets out to make sure any debris has been removed. Make sure to spin or move the jet around rapidly while rinsing to dislodge anything that is in the bearings or internal surfaces.

If your jet is stuck and you have carried out the above you will need to replace the jet.

Spa jet prices range from AU $12.00 up to over a AU $100.00 each and can be purchased here.

When purchasing jets you will want to measure the diameter of the jet face and if you cannot recognise the jet you require on-line you will want to email in an image of the front and back of the jet so that it can be matched.

How to remove your spa jets:

Spa jets have two main components, the jet body and the jet face. The jet body sits in behind the acrylic and makes the seal. The jet face inserts into the jet body. Each spa jet face has a particular jet body that it fits into.

There are a few different ways spa jets are remove from the jet bodies.

Screw - the jet barrel is simply screwed into place and unscrewed for removal / replacement.

Catch - a few different styles - most push in, but require the use of a screwdriver or other implement to release the catch. The jet face is then pulled from the jet body. Most have one catch, however there are a few that have two catches requiring a lot of patience or a second person to assist. The catch which needs to be disengaged is usually located in a visible position on the inside of the outer part of the jet face, others are more difficult to locate down inside the jet.

Twist Lock - many modern jet faces use this method - these jet faces are inserted by pushing and twisting into position. To remove, twist the jet face anti-clockwise to its limit and then one last effort to twist past this point - a click can be felt or heard and the jet face can be extracted by pulling it out.

Press Fit - A spring loaded ridge holds the jet face in place. To extract it, lever the jet face outwards until it pops out.

Caution: Some jet faces form the spa jet wall seal and removing it will break the seal to the spa shell.

If you are not sure, email us digital images of the jet in question before attempting to remove it.

Most importantly: Keep Calm and Spa On!

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