Hot Tub Control Panel – the heart of your tub!

Hot Tub Control Panel

Hot Tub Control Panel – what is that all about? As a hot tub design consultant, I understand the importance of a well-functioning hot tub control panel. At, my online store provides a wide range of hot tub parts, including reliable control panels that enhance the convenience and enjoyment of your spa experience. In this article, I will delve into the significance of hot tub control panels and explore their various features and functions.


Understanding Hot Tub Control Panels:


When it comes to managing the functions of your hot tub, the control panel serves as the central interface. It allows you to adjust the temperature, control the jets, set timers, customize lighting options, and much more. The control panel is essentially the command center for your spa, providing you with effortless control over its features and settings.


Without the hot tub control panel, also known as a Spa Pack, you just have a bathtub of water. It is the hot tub control panel that brings your hot tub to life.


The Hot Tub Control panel also manages your filter cycles and your purge cycles too which help keep your hot tub water in the best possible condition.


When I design hot tubs for customers 99.9% of these will include a hot tub control panel. I can count on one hand the number of tubs that I have designed without one. It really is important.


Types of Hot Tub Control Panels:


Hot tub control panels come in different types to cater to various preferences and technological advancements. Depending on the age of your hot tub is going to dictate what you have inside.


You can choose from digital control panels with user-friendly interfaces, touchscreens for intuitive navigation, or basic button-based panels for simplicity. Each type offers unique features and benefits, so you can select the one that suits your needs and preferences best.


If you have a really old hot tub, you might even have an analogue control panel – but you would have to be going back into the 1980s for this, I think! 40-year-old hot tub that is still working – you will be doing very well if this is the case.


Components and Features of a Control Panel:


A hot tub control panel consists of several components and features designed to enhance your spa experience. You’ll find temperature displays and adjustment options to ensure your water is set to the perfect warmth. Time settings allow you to schedule when your hot tub operates, and filter cycles help maintain water cleanliness. Additionally, diagnostic screens and error code notifications assist in identifying and troubleshooting any issues that may arise.

In my opinion, there are three key parts to a hot tub control panel. The heater, the pack, the topside control.


Most hot tub control panels come with a built-in electric heater. It is only in the last year or so that people are actively looking to move away from electric heating on hot tubs as it has become expensive.


The pack itself is the brains of the operation. This is where everything is plugged in. By everything I mean the pumps, the blower, the heater, the Ozone, the UV, even the sound system.


Basically, if you break it down, it is just a series of relays that you are going to control and turn on and off the equipment that you need to run.


Lastly, is the topside control – this is the buttons, or if you have a brand-new tub, then it might be a touchscreen. This is the control interface that you are going to use to control your tub.



Proper Use and Maintenance of Control Panels:


To ensure your control panel’s longevity and optimal functionality, it’s important to use and maintain it properly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operation, avoiding excessive force or moisture exposure. Regularly clean the control panel, checking for loose connections or worn-out buttons or screens. By following these maintenance practices, you can maximize the lifespan of your control panel.


Top tip here – if you damage your topside control with water, either by rainfall or by the water in the actual tub, the manufacturer will not warrant the controls. They will state “water damage” as this is not covered in their warranty. Just something to keep in the back of your mind as I have had a couple of customers that have tried to put through keypads under warranty only to be told that water damage was the cause, and it is not covered.


Troubleshooting Common Control Panel Issues:


Sometimes, control panel issues may arise, causing inconvenience. If you encounter problems such as unresponsive buttons, display errors, or malfunctioning features, there are steps you can take to troubleshoot the issues.


Start by resetting the panel or checking electrical connections. For more complex issues, get in touch and I will see how I can help.


My Checklist for Troubleshooting


  1. Make sure you have power
  2. Make sure the pumps can run and water is flowing
  3. Check the fuses
  4. Make sure there is no water in the unit


These are the common errors that are thrown up with Hot Tub Control Panels.


Can I upgrade a Hot Tub Control Panel?


Absolutely! Upgrading a hot tub control panel is a great way to enhance the functionality and convenience of your spa. At, we understand the importance of keeping your hot tub up-to-date with the latest technology. Here’s what you need to know about upgrading your hot tub control panel:

  1. Compatibility:

    Before upgrading your control panel, it’s essential to ensure compatibility with your specific hot tub model. Different hot tubs may have varying requirements in terms of size, connections, and features. Check the specifications of the control panel you’re interested in to ensure it is compatible with your hot tub. If you are not sure – get it touch, I can help!

  2. Enhanced Features:

    Upgrading your control panel allows you to access advanced features and capabilities that may not be available in your current panel. For example, you might opt for a control panel with a touchscreen interface, providing a more intuitive and user-friendly experience. Some upgraded panels offer wireless connectivity, allowing you to control your hot tub remotely through smartphone apps.

  3. Customization Options:

    Upgraded control panels often come with expanded customization options. You can have more control over temperature settings, jet intensity, lighting effects, and even music integration. These added features enable you to personalize your hot tub experience and create the perfect ambiance for relaxation.

  4. Improved User Interface:

    Newer control panels often come with improved user interfaces, making it easier to navigate through various settings and options. Clearer displays, intuitive icons, and user-friendly menus enhance the overall user experience, making it simpler to operate your hot tub and access the desired features.

  5. Energy Efficiency:

    Upgrading your control panel can also lead to energy savings. Many modern control panels offer energy-efficient programming options, allowing you to set timers and schedules for heating and filtration cycles. This helps optimize energy consumption and reduce operating costs while ensuring your hot tub is ready for use when you need it.





A reliable and user-friendly control panel is crucial for a seamless hot tub experience. At, I understand the significance of a well-functioning control panel, which is why we offer a wide selection of high-quality control panels and hot tub parts.


By prioritizing regular maintenance and prompt repair or replacement of control panels, you can enhance the functionality and convenience of your hot tub, ensuring years of enjoyment.


Happy Hot Tubbin’



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