By Lawrence Kimber, Owner of JKL Electrical
If you’re in the market for a new or preowned hot tub or you want to relocate your existing hot tub to a new location, there are a few things you should think about before you start filling up the tub with water! First of all, wiring up a hot tub or spa is not a DYI project you want to tackle on your own. Figuring out how to wire a spa takes time and, if you’ve never done it before, it can be very unsafe. For safety’s sake, it’s best to leave it for an electrician. Water and electricity just don’t mix!
Guarantee your safety. Licensed electricians know what it takes to hook up a hot tub and spa correctly. They can guarantee that building and electrical codes measure up to safety standards and detect any faulty wires or parts needed so it will run efficiently.
My breaker keeps tripping! If your breaker keeps tripping, it doesn’t mean that you need to replace your tub. While there are many reasons the breaker can trip, the heater element is the usual culprit. Maybe the heater has become corroded or developed imperfections or a short within the element itself. I’ve seen some cases, where there hasn’t anything wrong with the hot tub at all. Instead, it was the breaker itself that needed replacing.
What kind of power source and outlet do I need? With a new tub installation, there are things to consider, such as a separate electrical panel as the power source and the type and size of cable connections. The outlet being used to plug in your hot tub should also be an outdoor-rated GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter). If the outlet detects any leaks in current, it will automatically shut off the power to protect your from electrical shocks.
Leave the details of your tub installation to a professional electrician to ensure a clean and safe environment for whatever type of tub you buy.
If you need a good reliable electrician, give Lawrence a call at 250-661-3305.