How to Clean and Replace a Sundance® Hot Tub Filter

Maintaining the cleanliness and functionality of your Sundance® hot tub filter is essential for ensuring a pristine and enjoyable hot tub experience. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the steps to clean and replace your Sundance® hot tub filter.

Why Clean Your Hot Tub Filter?

  • Performance: A clean filter ensures optimal water flow and efficient operation of your hot tub's pump and heater.
  • Water Quality: Regular cleaning prevents debris and contaminants from accumulating, keeping the water clear and safe.
  • Longevity: Proper maintenance extends the life of your hot tub components, reducing the need for costly repairs and replacements.

How to Clean Your Sundance® Hot Tub Filter

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  • Hot tub filter cleaner
  • Garden hose
  • Bucket
  • Soft brush (optional)
  • Protective gloves (optional)

Step 2: Turn Off the Hot Tub

For safety, ensure the power to your hot tub is turned off before you begin cleaning the filter.

Step 3: Remove the Filter

  • Locate the Filter Compartment: The filter compartment is usually found in the skimmer or a dedicated filter housing.
  • Remove the Filter: Follow the instructions in your hot tub manual to remove the filter. Typically, this involves unscrewing or unclipping the filter.

Step 4: Rinse the Filter

  • Initial Rinse: Use a garden hose to rinse the filter thoroughly, removing loose debris and contaminants.
  • Inspect for Damage: Check the filter for any signs of wear or damage. If the filter is damaged, it should be replaced.

Step 5: Soak the Filter

  • Prepare the Cleaning Solution: Fill a bucket with water and add the recommended amount of hot tub filter cleaner. Follow the instructions on the cleaner's label for the correct dilution ratio.
  • Soak the Filter: Place the filter in the bucket and let it soak for the recommended time, usually between 1 and 8 hours. Soaking helps break down oils, minerals, and other contaminants that may be trapped in the filter.

Step 6: Scrub the Filter (if necessary)

For stubborn debris, use a soft brush to gently scrub the filter pleats. Be careful not to damage the filter material.

Step 7: Rinse Thoroughly

After soaking, rinse the filter thoroughly with a garden hose to remove all traces of the cleaning solution and any remaining debris.

Step 8: Dry the Filter

Allow the filter to air dry completely before reinstalling it in the hot tub. This helps ensure any residual moisture is evaporated, preventing mold and mildew growth.

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How to Replace Your Sundance® Hot Tub Filter

Step 1: Turn Off the Hot Tub

Ensure the power to your hot tub is turned off before replacing the filter.

Step 2: Remove the Old Filter

Follow the same steps as described above to remove the old filter from the hot tub.

Step 3: Inspect the Filter Housing

Before installing the new filter, inspect the filter housing for any debris or damage. Clean the housing if necessary.

Step 4: Install the New Filter

  • Position the Filter: Place the new filter into the filter housing or skimmer, ensuring it is seated correctly.
  • Secure the Filter: Reattach any screws or clips to secure the filter in place. Make sure the filter is firmly positioned to prevent leaks and ensure proper water flow.

Step 5: Turn On the Hot Tub

Restore power to your hot tub and run the pump for a few minutes to ensure the new filter is functioning correctly. Check for any leaks and make sure the water is flowing smoothly.

Tips for Maintaining Your Hot Tub Filter

  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your filter every 2-4 weeks to maintain optimal performance and water quality.
  • Deep Cleaning: Soak the filter in a filter cleaner solution every 3-4 months for a thorough clean.
  • Filter Replacement: Replace your hot tub filter every 1-2 years, depending on usage and maintenance practices.
  • Monitor Water Chemistry: Maintain balanced water chemistry to reduce the buildup of contaminants and prolong the life of your filter.


Cleaning and replacing your Sundance® hot tub filter is a straightforward process that can significantly enhance the performance and longevity of your hot tub. By following these steps and incorporating regular maintenance into your routine, you can ensure a clean, enjoyable, and hassle-free hot tub experience. Regular care not only keeps your hot tub running smoothly but also protects your investment, allowing you to enjoy the relaxing benefits of your Sundance® hot tub for years to come.