How to Repair a Whirlpool Bathtub

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Whirlpool bathtubs provide a great place to relax and refresh. Yet, a dysfunctional bathtub provides the opposite effect. Luckily, you can fix your Whirlpool tub in less than ten minutes by using a few regular tools. If these fixes do not work, you will have to call in a professional to take a look at your Whirlpool bathtub.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench

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  1. 1

    Make sure the power is on. Next, check for clogs in the drain. Finally, test the motor and the pump. If there are no corroded terminals or loose wiring, you can proceed. Otherwise, contact a professional.

  2. 2

    Clear the water intake if the jets are not working. If you find a broken jet, you will have to replace it. If you need to reset the "high limit" research switch go ahead and do so.

  3. 3

    Consider replacing your heating element. To do so, disconnect the tub from the power source. Remove all of the screws that hold the heating cover in place. Disconnect element leads. Set the multimeter to "RX1," and clip each probe to a terminal. Check the meter to see that it does not read low ohms. If it does not, proceed to drain the water from the tub and replace the element. Disconnect everything that is wired, and remove the used element. Put the new element into the mounting plate and reapply the remaining parts.

  4. 4

    Check if you need a new pump union gasket. You need one if water level drops too fast, jets emit water in an erratic fashion or if the jets surge unpredictably.

  5. 5

    To replace a pump union gasket, you need to consult the owner's manual for the replacement part number, size and device location. Proceed to unscrew the fitting and remove the gasket. Finally, install a new gasket and complete the task by reattaching the fitting.

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