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Hot Tub Installations

Get your hot tub installed by the best electricians in Calgary

Searching for a professional to install your hot tub? Well, look no further, we are hot tub installation experts. The team at Platinum Electric Services are fully qualified journeyman electricians with vast experience installing hot tubs and spas. We want you to be able to maximize the use of your hot tub, especially on those cold winter nights. You should be able to warm up and fully relax knowing that your hot tub or spa has been installed and wired properly to the latest electrical codes.

To ensure safety, our electricians will make sure that your home has what it takes to handle the hot tub you are about to install. Do you know that there are hot tubs that pull up to 60 amps of current? Now, picture this, your home has a maxed out 100 amp service. We take all the necessary precautions and pay attention to the requirements of your home before hot tub installation begins. It is important that a professional handle your hot tub wiring and installation. Electricity and water do not go well together and there is a high risk of electrocution which could lead to severe injury. We follow all electrical safety codes ensuring the job is done safely.

Before any spa or hot tub installation takes place, there are some important factors and safety codes that need to be taken into consideration, such as:

  • Where would you like your hot tub or spa to be located, inside or outside?
  • Where should the emergency disconnect (SPA buddy) be?
  • What is the Wattage of the Hot Tub you are purchasing?
  • Can your Electrical Panel handle the additional load of your new Hot Tub?


Tips On Hot Tub Electrical Requirements

Are you thinking of joining the bandwagon? An analysis of sales of hot tubs on eBay indicated that more people are purchasing hot tubs every year. With more people indoors and working from home, a moment of relaxation in a hot tub becomes a necessary want for many people. Surprisingly, insurance companies have also recorded an increase in hot tub accidents with the increased purchases. This rings an alarm! Installation of a hot tub should not be among your DIY options in fact a licensed electrician must perform the installation with a permit.

With self-installation, some issues could arise with just about every aspect of the structure, which could cause your hot tub to leak or be prone to leaks after installation, which could affect the electrical components in your hot tub. This is why if you decide to install a hot tub, you should hire an experienced electrician to ensure that it is installed correctly. Platinum Electric Services offer the best services for your hot tub installation. The team has vast knowledge and experience in all matters of electricity, including hot tub fittings, and other electrical components related to hot tubs.


What Are Hot Tub Installation Requirements?

A hot tub is certainly a luxurious addition to your home. But, unfortunately, it’s a complicated one, especially when it comes to installation. For you to get the most out of your new investment, make sure you know what kind of hot tub installation requirements are needed for your specific location and climate.


1.  Accessibility of the Hot Tub Location

When you decide to install a hot tub, you want to make sure that it’s easy and accessible to get to. It is vital to set up your hot tub installation near an area where the temperature will not be affected by the elements of nature, such as rain and snow. Remember the statistics on hot tub electrical accidents. If the location is not accessible by any means, this could present a challenge if repairs need to be made on your hot tub. Also, bathtub wiring complexity depends on the location. An out-of-the-way location may be expensive, while a reachable site is cost-effective.


2.  Hot Tub Wiring – Installing Electric Outlets

Hot tub electrical outlets are a critical part of the process of a hot tub setup. You can either have a 110v, 220v,  230v, or 240v hot tub. The low 110v also known as plug and play connection, allows you to link your hot tub to electricity via a wall outlet. While a 220v, 230v, or 240v connection is made directly from your primary home’s circuit breaker.


Comparing a Wired Hot Tub 110V Plug and Play Hot Tub

Most people think that hot tub wiring directly from the circuit breaker means more power through the jets. But actually, the power is the same whether it’s through a wired connection or a 110v voltage. The only basic hot tub electrical difference is that hot tubs wired directly heat faster than the wall outlet plugs; this is from 1 kilowatt to about 6 kilowatts.

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Why Would You Opt For a Direct-wired Hot Tub?

The heating power that comes along with a directly wired hot tub when you live in a location with freezing weather is efficient in that:

  1. The primary purpose of a hot tub is to relish the heat regardless of the weather. A directly wired hot tub is more likely to keep up with the cold weather than a plug-and-play hot tub.
  2. Ability to cool, then heat the hot tub faster.
  3. A directly – wired hot tub is more likely to heat the hot tub faster after a cooling process.

Difference Between a 110V and Directly Wired Hot Tub

The difference between a 110v play and plug hot tub and a directly wired hot tub narrows down to the usage. A plug-and-play hot tub works best for wellness benefits, hydrotherapy, and relaxing soaks. On the other hand, direct-wired connections are the best option for individuals who would want to enjoy their pool at all temperatures.

Setting up a hot tub will be as easy as 1,2,3 if you let the Platinum Electric Services professional team take care of your hot tub wiring and installation. We give unmatched results that suit your specifications as we take the necessary safety measures to do so. Contact us today and let hot tub electrical experts handle all the work for you.

At PES, we help take care of all of this for you, taking all these factors into account before any spa or hot tub installation. Our friendly team is always happy to answer your hot tub or spa questions. Call Us to schedule your fix rate hot tub installation today.

Always Hire a Professional

No matter urgent any electrical repairs seem, it’s never okay to attempt to handle them on your own. Trying to take care of electrical problems without professional training is extremely dangerous. If you or someone else aren’t hurt during your attempt, there’s still a chance that you’ve left something undone that poses a huge risk to you, your home, or your family. In fact, faulty electrical wiring is the number one cause of house fires in the Canada, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. So in order to make sure that your home is safe, always rely on a professional for any electrical services.

When searching for a reliable electrician, call us at (587) 896-3351 . We specialize in electrical repairs, indoor and outdoor lighting installations, panel upgrades, and even hot tub wiring!

Hot Tub Installations - FAQ's

Hot tubs require GFCI protection for the circuit feeding the hot tub. They require cable or wire in a pipe going from the panel to the hot tub. Although not always required they sometimes require a disconnect for shutting down the power to the hot tub. These are known as Spa Buddys. The Spa Buddys serve a dual purpose as they also provide the circuits with GFCI protection.

Hot tubs have their own set of specific electrical rules that must be adhered to in Canada. Depending on where you live, your local municipality may have adopted the Canadian Electrical Codes rules for modified versions that better reflect the conditions in your area.

Hot tubs can run on both 120V or 240V electrical power. The 240V hot tubs are more common than their 120V counterparts.

The size of the breaker for a 220V hot tub is determined by the Wattage or Current draw of the unit. Usually, 220V hot tubs are protected by either a 40, 50, or 60 amp breaker. The manufacturer’s specifications will have the required information to help size the breaker properly.

The size of wire required to feed a 50 amp hot tub is a minimum #6 AWG in Canada.

The wiring needed for a hot tub differs from one hot tub to another hot tub. The manufacturer’s specifications must be used to determine the appropriate wiring.

To wire a 240V hot tub you should always refer to the manufacturer specifications to help determine the recommended breaker size as well as the size of wire to the hot tub.

Hot tub wiring needs to be in a conduit, be an approved cable like TECK90, or NMD90 for the portion in the house.

The cost to have an electrician install a hot tub is typcally around 1200-1700 dollars. This will include the cost of materials such as the large sized wire used to supply 50/60 amps of current to the hot tub, as well as a GFCI breaker to protect against current leaking to the water of the tub, electrical permit and the labour needed to perform the hookup.
Hot Tubs require some special wiring to help protect you from electric shock in the event any of the live wires comes into contact with the water or parts of the tub. GFCI breakers help detect tiny electrical currents 3-5ma difference from the hot and the neutral and will trip indicating that a fault to ground exists even if its not big enough to trip conventional circuit breakers.
Hot Tubs come with cost while the variables in your area may differ, here are things to consider to help you better understand how a hot tub will impact your financials once its been installed. First thing is the cost of electricity, hot tubs come in many sizes and wattages so this can be a quite wide range anywhere in the ball park of 3000-7500KW, with some potentially even higher. Electricity costs vary from location to location as well, so this cost will fluctuate depending on your KW/h rate, expect approximately $1/day in electricity cost. The cost of chemicals, filters and other consumable supplies, your hot tub is going to require maintenance both regularly from you to maintain a proper pH and healthy system, as well as periodically from a professional hot tub electrician or service technician familiar with troubleshooting and repairing your tub in the event something ever goes wrong. A couple examples of failures such as a tripped GFCI breaker or the water doesn’t heat up to set temperature anymore. Depending on how much they charge for these services its possible you can, if something breaks down, expect a bill anywhere from $300-1000 to repair certain problems.
The electrical requirements for a Hot Tub are as follows, is they absolutely require a GFCI breaker to properly protect you and your loved ones from fatal electrocution in the event of current leaking into the water or other exposed parts. Depending on your locality a disconnect switch should be within sight or relatively near by, following guidelines as to not be too close, so that it can be safely disconnected for service and repairs. An electrical permit pulled by a Certified Master Electrician or Electrical Contractor to ensure all local safety guidelines and electrical codes are followed correctly. Don’t try to cut corners when it comes to the safety of your family and insure that you follow the above requirements everytime.
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