4 Reasons Your Bathtub's Jets Don't Work

22 January 2016
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There is nothing more relaxing than a whirlpool jet roiling the water around while you enjoy your soak in the jacuzzi tub. A bath is just not the same once the jets stop working. You must act quickly to determine what is wrong with the unit so you can enjoy its comforting effects. You may be lucky and find a quick fix or you may discover it is beyond your understanding. At that time, you may need to resort to a plumber for repairs. First, try some of these tips to fix it yourself.


Some Jacuzzis have a built-in timer to control the jet's operating times. Your timer may be set to an interval that needs adjustments if it does not come on when you try to take your bath. You may need to adjust the timer to intervals that will better suit your needs. This should resolve the issue. However, if it is not working at all, the timer may need to be replaced to make the jets work again.

Circuit Breaker

If the unit does not come on at all, you may have tripped the breaker. You should check the breaker box, and reset the breaker. If it still does not work, you should check to see if the tub has a manual reset button. Also, the unit may have a separate breaker for the Jacuzzi. If these do not help, you may need to call a professional to solve the issue.


You may have problems with the existing pump. You should get someone to measure the voltage at the pump to see if it is making a power connection. If you do have voltage at that point, it may need to be replaced. If there is no voltage to the pump, the problem may be with the switch or open circuits. Disassemble the pump to see if there are any obstructions. A closed gate valve or clogged filter could also cause the pump to quit working.


The ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a device that turns an electrical circuit off and on if the current travels in an unexpected path, such as water splashing on the device. The GFCI prevents the risk of electrical shocks. For best results, your tub should have one close by in case water tries to enter the electrical board. If it trips, try to reset it. If it turns off again, you most likely have a pump motor that is malfunctioning.

Much of the work concerned with a Jacuzzi is electrical based. If you are not qualified as an electrician or plumber, it may be time to call in the professionals. You can use these tips as a starting point, but it may be more involved than you understand. It is better to be safe than sorry. To learn more, speak with a business like Trenchless Pipe Technologies.