Hot Tubs and Spas – Installation and Wiring Tips
22 Apr 2021 Licensed Electrician
Hot tubs and spas are incredible features that can create a relaxing space in any home. When adding either of these features to a home, there are several crucial installation and wiring considerations to keep in mind. As leading providers of quality residential electrical services, the team at Expert Electric has compiled some information on key installation and wiring tips for hot tubs and spas. Following these tips will ensure that your hot tub or spa is installed safely in a great location while complying with any relevant bylaws or restrictions.
Installation and Wiring Tips for Hot Tubs and Spas
There are many factors to consider when installing a hot tub or spa in your home. To ensure a smooth, safe, and efficient installation, consider the following tips:
1. Obtain all Necessary Permits
Before purchasing a spa or hot tub, we strongly recommend obtaining all relevant permits for their installation. Most cities have specific bylaws and standards that require authorization for exterior electrical circuits. Certain standards may also dictate where your hot tub can be placed in relation to your home, so it is important to know this information before purchasing a tub or starting construction.
2. Choose the Proper Location
After obtaining all relevant permits and ensuring compliance with applicable bylaws, you will need to choose where your hot tub or spa will be installed. When choosing a location, ensure that you have a firm level surface, solid foundation material, and an appropriate walkway. Bear in mind that some bases and foundation materials such as gravel can void certain hot tub manufacturer warranties. For an indoor spa, ensure that the room you are choosing is suitable for high moisture and temperature conditions. This room will also need to be properly ventilated to prevent moisture accumulation and mold.
3. Understand the Electrical and Wiring Requirements
Most spas and hot tubs require a 240-volt plug, meaning that they do not plug into a standard outlet. To accommodate this power requirement, an additional circuit breaker will need to be installed into your main electrical panel. This can be a complex and potentially hazardous job that can result in electrical surges or fires if not performed correctly. To ensure that the job is completed safely and correctly, consider hiring a professional electrician from Expert Electric.
To learn more about installation requirements and tips for hot tubs and indoor spas, reach out to the team at Expert Electric. They can be reached by phone at 604-681-8338 or through their online contact form and will be happy to assist you.