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Question DetailsAsked on 11/2/2016

How much will it cost to fix whirlpool tub pump

I have a whirlpool tub in master bath whose pump is not working. Can anyone let me know how much will it cost to fix or even replace the pump?

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Depends a lot on brand, accessibility (i.e. is it right behind a front access panel or hidden away where you have to reach around things, or worse yet - the access panel in the whirlpool tub was blocked by construction so it has to be accessed through a wall or underlying ceiling - can get real nasty just to get at it at times, and in worse case means a few hundred $ repairing and repainting access hole in ceiling or wall as well as the actual repair charge. I remember one job where I had to tape two mirrors in under the tub to see around the corner to remove and replace a pump because the tub was installed backwards by the isntaller rather than reconfigure the drain piping to fit, so the access panel and all the guts of the tub were on the back side of the tub, and could not be accessed from that side other than by going through a structural brick wall, so took about 4 hours working under and around the tub bowl with mirrors and makeshift tool extensions to effect the repair.

If it is just a loose wiring issue, plugged hose or nozzles, or such - probably around $150-250 labor charge - maybe less if a real simple wiring issue but with this sort of device the pump being plugged up or burned out is pretty commonly the problem - meaning replacement of the pump unless it is a clog that can be easily removed AND the motor was self-protected so it blew an internal overheat breaker before the motor was damaged.

A new pump runs $100-300 - commonly in the $200 range retail depending on make and model and on whether OEM parts are used, meaning a Whirlpool/Jacuzzi specialty company (Pool and Spa Service is the Angies List Search the List category for that, I think) or Plumber would probably charge $150-600 for the parts. Remove old one and install new one could be anything from nothing additional over the $150-250 given above in a straight-forward accessible case, to as much as $200-500 additional labor in a nasty situation. And remember this will almost certainly take two trips - one to diagnose, second one to install new pump when it comes in.

One issue you will have is finding a contractor to do the work - usually spa/hot tub / whirlpool companies who both sell and installthose items routinely do this sort of work. Some plumbers will, but many refuse to touch them because of the hassle and access issues, so may take a number of calls to find a tech to come check it out.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


It is costing me $1,030 to replace the motor of my whirlpool tub. It was $95 for the first visit. The motor wouldn't work and the access panel in the closet was too small to access it, so I had to have someone else come in and cut a hole through the wall in the adjoining room So they could get to it. Then It was another $95 to have the service repair man to come and get the old motors plus another $65 to see if their could repair shop could fix it. They could not. So he charged me another $775 to order the motor, and he wasnt charging me another $95 for the third trip.

Answered 3 years ago by Mccrafty

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