Hot Tub Disposal – How to Get Rid of That Old Spa

By azjunk | Hot Tub

Jan 06

So it's time to haul away your old hot tub.

Well, it is said that the two happiest days of a boat owner's life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it – a hot tub owner shares a similar fate.  

The life span of a hot tub can be very long. Many of the parts, such as the shell can last a lifetime. They were built to last forever, which actually becomes a real problem if your old hot tub just killed over, despite regular maintenance and repairs. Since these parts were made to last it's hard to find an eco-friendly way to get rid of them.

Let's face it, the hardest part about hot tub disposal is the location of the spa.

Is the spa in the back yard?

Does that mean you have to take down your fence or worse get a crane just to move it?

Spas are tricky little devils, they provide hours of enjoyment, but as soon as they croak they become the biggest pain in the … neck, you’ll ever have to deal with.

Here are a few hot tub disposal options.


How to get rid of that old sad hot tub

Trade it in

If you are planning to replace your old hot tub then a great option may be to trade it in. Many dealers will work with you on pricing if you trade in your old model. The upside for the dealers is they can fix it up and turn around and sell it to someone else. The upside for you, you probably get a discount on your new tub. Many dealers have an estimate on their website. You can plug in some information and see what they might be willing to give for your old spa. Even if the spa is beyond repair the dealer may be willing to haul it off where it will live out the rest of its life behind their store in the hot tub graveyard. Google map some pictures and you’ll see what we mean.

Sell it / Give it away

You can try to sell the tub yourself, assuming it is in good condition. Try Craigslist or a Facebook Yard Sale site, or there are dozens of other ways you can let people know you are ready to sell. If you can move the hot tub yourself you can even charge more. If it isn’t in working condition, you might be able to break it down and sell the parts. If you're not having any luck selling it, you can always post it as "free" if the interested party picks it up.  There are various social media apps and groups that allow you to reach out to people in your own neighborhood; check out Nextdoor. 


If you have the know-how and the tools, you can break down the hot tub into small enough pieces that you can throw in the dumpster. Beware though, this is not as easy task and is not for the faint of heart.

Dispose of it

If it is in bad enough shape you might just have to dispose of it.

Preparing a Spa for Removal

A broken hot tub is not like a cheating boyfriend you can just kick out; it's more like a beloved college roommate who needs time to pack up first. There is an important checklist that has to get done before the spa is going anywhere.

  1. First, review the owner's manual. You will not get deductions on your man card for this. In fact, you earn secret points for being smart rather than stupid. With the manual in hand unplug and disconnect the spa from all gas and electrical lines. You’ll get double points if you flip the circuit breaker before you get started.

    Also, some of the wiring might be in hiding so keep that manual handy.

  2. Next, drain the water from the tub. If you’ve ever siphoned gas you know how to do this with just a hose, otherwise, you might need to rent a sump pump. Which is a little gadget that will suck the water out for you.
  3. Once you're sure the spa is prepped it's ready to move out.

Hire a Pro

The easiest thing to do with an old spa it to call someone to haul it away for you. AZ Junk will remove and haul off the old hot tub for you, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle. Also, unlike other junk removal services, we are eco-friendly and will recycle or repurpose everything we can. If the tub is salvageable we have contacts that can refurbish it, or if it’s not, they can tear it down and recycle the individual pieces. The best part, though, is we have hauled off thousands of spas and have years of experience removing them from difficult to access areas.

We have the skills, tools, and experience to move your spa over a wall, through a narrow gate, or even cut it into pieces if needed. We are fully insured and our million dollar policy will give you peace of mind throughout the removal process. Most importantly, we provide upfront pricing with no hidden fees.

Call AZ Junk Removal

We are Phoenix's hot tub disposal professionals. Schedule a pickup today! Ask for me Brad Thomason, owner of AZ Junk. 

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