Hot Tubs – Electrical Wiring and Installation
Hot Tub Parts and Components
The hot tubs of today include a whole host of hot tub parts and flltration systems, plus electrical components that all have to work in harmony to function correctly, all while maintaining the safety of the end users.
- Hot tub filtration systems are required to help cleanse and purify the water
- Hot tub jets are fed by pressurized water systems
- Water is returned to the pump through a suction-based system
- Ozonation in some hot tub systems require separate plumbing
- Water heating can be created by natural gas, electricity, and even solar energy
- Hot tub air jets use forced air to create massaging jets
Hot Tub Electrical Requirements
Hot tubs have certain electrical requirements depending on the features and accessories included with the unit. While a 110-v hot tub can usually run off your existing electrical panel, a 220-v hot tub requires a separate ground fault protection (GFCI) breaker. Some of today’s hot tubs may even have additional add-ons that could require separate (or even larger) circuit breakers and subsequent wiring uprades. See also, our page on electrical panel upgrades, if required.
Whether you are installing your hot tub indoors or outdoors, many hot tub units come with a GFCI spa pack. Essentially this is a sub panel specifically designed for use with home spas. While the GFCI packs themselves contain the essentials needed for wiring your hot tub, you should be aware that powering these panels means that the existing circuitry of your electrical panel and power supply to your home must be sufficient enough to handle the task, without creating electrical safety issues.
If you have any questions or concerns about your hot tub electrical requirements, please call our Abbotsford electricians at 604-308-6195.
Choosing Your Hot Tub
Indoor Hot Tub Installation - Please be aware that an indoor hot tub Installation (inside your home) may also require a room with specific ventilation and humidity controls, which will increase the overall cost of having the hot tub installed. These upgrades will also boost the operating expenditure for the hot tub.
Outdoor Hot Tub Installation – Overall, installing a hot tub outdoors is safer and more cost effective.
Once you have decided on the make and model of the hot tub you want to purchase:
- Gather together all the specific power requirement information
- Note the place where you have decided to install the hot tub
- Contact a certified electrician to have your hot tub installed professionally
Have our hot tub electricians make an initial visit to your home to determine if your existing electrical panel is suitable for powering the GFCI spa pack, and whether or not additional wiring upgrades (or panel upgrades) may have to be made to meet today’s electrical standards, as well as the hot tub’s electrical needs.
Ask Premium Electric About Hot Tub Installation
Premium Electric would be happy to answer your hot tub questions and address any concerns you may have about your hot tub installation, hot tub parts, or upgrading your wiring and electrical panel requirements.
Our hot tub electricians service the entire Fraser Valley area including Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, and Aldergrove. We can also provide you with a hot tub quote that specifically addresses the type of hot tub you have purchased and the status of your current electrical panel and wiring.
For more information, send us an email or call our Abbotsford or Chilliwack electricians anytime at 604-308-6195.