Getting Rid of an Old Hot Tub

Disposing of your old hot tub doesn't have to be overwhelming. Unlike moving unwanted furniture to the curb, removing a hot tub requires a bit more planning. This guide will walk you through everything I've learned after removing 100s of hot tubs over the years. Whether you opt for a professional service, or a DIY approach, you'll find what you need to know in this resource guide.

What You'll Learn
  • Potential Challenges: Understand common obstacles you might encounter and how to overcome them.
    • Space restrictions
    • Safety concerns

  • Removal Options: Discover the various methods to efficiently remove your hot tub.
    • Professional services
    • DIY methods
  • DIY Guide: Get a step-by-step guide for those ready to handle the dismantling and removal themselves.
    • Step 1: Preparation
    • Step 2: Dismantling
    • Step 3: Disposal

Let's jump in, because...

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loading a hot tub onto a cart

Here's the most common challenges you'll face when removing a hot tub from your backyard;


Depending on its placement, removing a hot tub could mean having to take apart and rebuild parts of your backyard oasis. This includes potentially removing fences or figuring out if a crane is necessary to lift the tub over your home.


Hot tubs are bulky and heavy. Without the right equipment or manpower, moving one can feel like an impossible feat.

DIY Experience 

You might need a certain level of handyman skills to dismantle the hot tub safely. It requires know-how to disconnect electrical wiring without risking safety and to take apart the tub without damaging your property.


This is not a job for your average screwdriver. You’ll need a range of tools, potentially including saws, wrenches, and more, depending on how you plan to dismantle and remove the hot tub.


After successfully dismantling your spa, you're left with another puzzle—how to dispose of it responsibly. Many parts of a hot tub are not suitable for curbside pickup, and finding eco-friendly disposal options can be challenging.


Whether opting for professional removal services or going the DIY route, costs can stack up quickly. Hiring professionals comes with a clear price tag, but even DIY efforts can grow expensive once you factor in rental equipment, disposal fees, and any unexpected issues that require professional intervention.

Enough problems, here's what you came here for; 

Disposal Options

Trade in or selling hot tub

Sell It

Consider listing your hot tub on local social platforms like Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor or even Craigslist. If you’re not having any luck selling it, you can always post it as “free” if the interested party picks it up. You can also try reaching out to local spa scrappers or refurbishers in your area as they may come by and pick it up for free.

Trade It In

Many hot tub dealers offer trade-in options towards the purchase of a new model, providing a convenient way to upgrade. Many dealers provide estimates for trade-ins on their website, and may even remove your old broken down spa.

Hire Junk Removal Company

Hire a professional junk removal service, like AZ Junk Removal, to get rid of your hot tub without the backbreaking hassle of DIY. Often times, junk removal companies recycle or salvage usable parts.

DIY Removal

Rent the necessary equipment from Home Depot or Lowes to remove your hot tub. These hardware stores provide hourly truck rental services, so you can complete the removal yourself if you don't own a truck or trailer.

If you're still with me, I take it you want to know how to dismantle your hot tub and dispose of it on your own. The manual that came with your hot tub typically covers everything except for how to get rid of it. Below, I breakdown my method for disassembling hot tubs and removing them from our customers' backyards. By following the steps below you'll be equipped to efficiently handle the removal of your unwanted hot tub.

Word of Warning: this procedure involves the use of power tools. It is recommended only for people who are skilled and experienced working with saws.

DIY Removal Tutorial

For starters, you'll need a couple of tools. But don’t worry, I'll talk you through the whole process we use.

Tools You'll Need

Sawzall is going to be your best friend when it comes to getting through the large fiberglass frame. Equip your Sawzall with a few 12-inch Diablo Carbide blades to cut through hoses, wood, fiberglass, and foam. Rent or purchase a Sawzall that plugs in to make sure you're not running out of power throughout this project. For safety equipment pick up some eye protection, work gloves, a recommended 3M N95 dust mask. Be sure to have a long-sleeved shirt to shield your skin from annoying fiberglass particulates that love to embed themselves in your arms. The unsung hero here will be a pry bar. If you don't own a pry bar you can usually rent one.

Dismantling the Hot Tub

Before dismantling a hot tub, ensure that all electrical connections powering the device are disconnected (assuming this hasn't been done already).

Next, remove the external paneling to reveal the hot tub's underlying structure. This decorative exterior is typically secured with nails or screws, so you'll need a claw hammer to carefully remove them.

Before cutting, drain any remaining water from the hot tub using a siphon hose.

Begin the disassembly by slicing the hot tub into four equal sections starting from the top edges. You'll find pumps and hoses underneath the edges, which should be cut through as part of the dismantling process.

cutting up a hot tub

To evenly split the tub into sections from the inside, you must stand inside of it to complete the cuts. The Sawzall blade is perfectly capable of slicing through wood, plastic, and fiberglass with much trouble. However, you will need to watch out for the nozzles protruding from the hot tub's interior sides. These metal parts are immune to your Sawzall blades.

After making your four primary cuts, move over to the supporting wooden structures along the tub's perimeter and use the pry bar to detach the four segments from one another. Note: You may need to make more than four cuts depending on the size of your hot tub. Lastly, cut any tubes that may still be connected.

Congratulations, you've disassembled your hot tub and now it's ready to be removed from your backyard once and for all.

Disposing of the Hot Tub

Load each dismantled segment of the hot tub into a pickup truck or a trailer for to transport it to your local city dump and recycling facility.

Components like the stainless steel jets, copper from the heater elements, and any aluminum that might be part of the structural framing, can often be hauled to your local scrap metal facility. Pumps and electronic components contain valuable metals like copper and might be accepted by electronic recycling centers. If the exterior panels of your hot tub are made of recyclable plastics, these too can be taken to the recycling facility.

Wearing gloves will protect your hands from rough edges and prevent wood and fiberglass splinters.

If you have any questions or require any further assistance in dismantling or hauling away your old hot tub - shoot me an email or give me a call. Brad Thomason: AZ Junk Removal, 602-799-4181.

AZ Junk Removal, The Hot Tub Removal Pros

We specialize in eco-friendly removal of hot tubs in Phoenix, offering hassle-free service with upfront pricing and no hidden fees. My team and I have years of experience in removing spas from difficult locations and are fully insured.

Additionally, we rent dumpster bins, so if you'd like to follow the DIY process and dispose of the hot tub yourself we can schedule a drop-off. These bins are small and fit right in your driveway and can hold a full disassembled spa and a handful of other items you may need to get rid of.

Call AZ Junk Removal

We are Arizona's hot tub disposal professionals with 100s of hot tubs successfully extracted from backyards across the Valley of the Sun!

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Can a hot tub be recycled?

The tubs themselves are rarely recycled they're comprised of a blend of plastic and epoxy. But any of the other parts like the metal frames and plastic panels, can be recycled. And your pump can always be rebuilt and used again, or even sold.

Who can remove an old hot tub?

Anyone with a truck large enough to carry a hot tub should be able to remove yours. Hot tubs, while large and awkward, are surprisingly light, we carry standard size hot tubs as a single peice with two guys. We won't cut a standard size hot tub unless it's in a tight space or we need to get it out of a small gate. 

Is there a cost for removing an old hot tub?

Yes, there is usually a fee for removing an old hot tub, which can vary based on the size and weight of the hot tub and the location of the removal. We charge $395 to remove a standard hot tub from a backyard. The going rate for 2024 in Arizona to remove a hot tub is $450 on average. 

What should I do to prepare my hot tub for removal?

In order to prepare your hot tub for removal, you’re going to need to disconnect any electrical or plumbing connections, drain any remaining water. It's also helpful to clear any obstructions between where the hot tub resides and the gate. 

Can an old hot tub be donated?

Of course your hot tub can be donated, as long as it’s worth still using and in somewhat decent shape. Just ask around or list it on some websites or even in any type of local paper. Stipulate that it’s free for the taking, but they must remove and transport the tub themselves.

Can an old hot tub be repurposed?

Yes, you can repurpose and even upscale an old hot tub. It all comes down to how creative you are and what your DIY skills are like. But a few easier ideas are using one as a planter or a small pond or aquascape, or creating a turtle house, even a ball pit, or sandbox. I've seen pictures online of people converting them into ice chests but it seems a bit much. Either way, sky's the limit, start with checking out Pinterest to get the creative juices flowing.  

Is it environmentally responsible to dispose of an old hot tub?

It really is best if you can either recycle, upcycle or donate a hot tub whenever possible. But disposing of an old hot tub in an environmentally responsible manner, such as through recycling as much as possible, can help minimize its impact on the environment.

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Brad Thomason is the owner of AZ Junk Removal, a seasoned professional with decades of experience in the moving and junk removal industry. With an acute understanding of how people acquire and dispose of items, he established his company in 2001, serving the Phoenix, Arizona area with exceptional junk removal services. Throughout his career, Brad has witnessed the exponential growth of the city as new communities, businesses, and retail centers continue to develop.

Committed to offering a more personalized approach, Brad operates the company as an owner-operator, actively involved in daily operations. When you choose AZ Junk Removal to eliminate clutter, you can expect to work directly with Brad, one of his close family members, or friends. This level of customer service sets them apart from other franchised hauling companies in the Valley.

With his wealth of knowledge and commitment to providing top-notch service, going with Brad Thomason is the clear choice for all of your junk removal needs in Phoenix, Arizona.


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