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:
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.
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.