We've had one on a concrete slab in the back yard for about 7 years now. We
haven't used it for several months because there's a problem with the motor and
it doesn't run at high power.
I couldn't tell you about average operatring costs other than to say they
aren't much. I drain it, scrub it, and refill it every couple months and check
the bromine and ph every couple days. We have enjoyed it but it has not been
We had to replace the cover about 3-4 years ago and that is just one of the
periodic expenses of having it outside; it cost about $200+ for a new cover.
More annoying have been a couple rather chronic leaks. Each time the repairman
comes it's close to $100. I would suggest that, when you buy, spend a bit
extra $$ for a higher end model; they seem to be a bit better made and a little
less prone to problems over their lifespan.
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