We have a hot tub that we bought about 9 years ago. It is a sunbelt with gecko components. We let it sit empty last year and I was dead set on giving it away but alas the wife wants to keep it. When I last drained it it wasn't heating. I filled it a few days ago and turned on the breaker and it tripped almost immediately. I tried this twice. I assume it is the heating element as the studs coming out of the top are extremely corroded. The control board is clean with no signs of anything burning up.
Now for my question. If it were you with a 9 year old spa would you buy just the individual components needed to get it running or a whole new pack (circuit board, heater and controls)? It looks like I could get a new pack for about $500. Or I could get a $30 element and start tracing/replacing from there.
What would you do and if you went with a new pack what brand would you look at?