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18 Mar, 2021
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What You Need to Install A Hot Tub

If you are considering getting a new hot tub wired into your backyard, you may be wondering what is involved with the setup process. Before embarking on this exciting venture, there are a number of considerations to take into account before you make the leap. Hot tub installation can sometimes be a tricky business and having the backing of a certified electrician to guide you on your path is always a benefit. Here at Platinum Electrical Services, we are specialists in hot tub electrical work. Working to properly install your hot tub wiring, repairing your hot tub when required, and maintaining your new hot tub. We are specialists in our field and are well known as trusted electricians in Calgary, as well as the surrounding areas. In this article, we will cover some of the basics you will need to know before you start your hot tub installation.  

Electrical

The majority of hot tubs require 240V of electricity as a power source, but once in a while, you can find models that only require 120V. These lower voltage models are commonly referred to as ‘plug and play’ hot tubs, as they are usually able to be plugged straight into the power outlet.  When considering this particular type of hot tub, you will need to ensure that there is a dedicated 20 amp plug socket close at hand. If you do not have this, one of our electricians will be able to rewire a new circuit out to the point in which your hot tub is located. When fitting your new hot tub you must ensure that it has a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protecting the circuit, regardless of the voltage that is being supplied to the hot tub.  The larger 240V models will require further wiring to be fitted into your existing power supply. It is advised that a qualified electrician attend your home and assess the best way to connect your hot tub up to the 240V source. Power enters your home in 240V and is usually split into two 120V circuits. These are then run to your internal walls.  Our electrician will run a new line from your main power supply, which will be GFCI protected, ensuring a safe fitting and wiring is installed.  One of the benefits of directly wiring your hot tub to the main 240V power box is that your hot tub will heat considerably faster than ones fitted with a 120V “plug and play” adapter. This kind of fitting is perfect for those who live in colder parts of the country and require the extra power to heat the hot tub faster.  Our electricians have you covered when it comes to your hot tub wiring. There are a certain number of considerations that you should be mindful of when fitting your new hot tub, these can seem a little restrictive, but they are in place for your safety.
  • A certified electrician must perform all hot tub installations to ensure that all safety precautions are taken
  • There must be a GFCI protecting the circuit supplying power to the hot tub
  • Hot tubs must should be on a dedicated circuit
  • In cases of a spa buddy it must maintain a certain distance from the hot tub.
  • A permit is required for all hot tub installations in the city of Calgary.
Our electricians are trained to handle all your electrical wiring needs.   

Water Access

There is a common misconception that hot tubs require extending your home’s standard plumbing to accommodate a new hot tub. However, many can be filled with a simple garden hose.     Using freshwater from the hose pipe, you can refill the hot tub after draining and cleaning. When full, the hot tub’s internal filtration system goes to work, scrubbing the water and ensuring that the water is clean and ready for use. Remember to drain and clean your hot tub on a regular basis to prevent the spread of bacteria and the over-burdening of the hot tub’s filters. Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that when you add the chlorine solution, pay close attention to the instructions on the packet or tub. Chlorine can irritate the skin if added incorrectly can cause rashes and soreness. As we have some of the most adept electricians in Calgary, Platinum Electrical Services will assist you with all the advice you need for the water access side of your hot tub installation.  

Considerations Before Installation

 

Accessibility

In order for a hot tub to be installed, there has to be a large enough access for the hot tub to be moved to the area where you would like it located. As part of the hot tub installation process, the hot tub comes in one piece and is usually put on a cart to be transported to your garden or yard. If you do not have a wide enough entry, your hot tub supplier may be able to arrange for a crane to lift your hot tub over your house, however, as you can imagine, this may be costly. Remember to prepare the entrance to your yard and liaise with the supplier well beforehand in order to organize the logistics of the move.  

Foundations

A hot tub needs to have a sturdy and supportive base to rest on, this is so it’s level and able to hold the weight of the tub. Your hot tub supplier will be able to advise on which base would be most appropriate for your yard – with some hot tubs requiring a concrete or flag base, while others can be installed on a reinforced deck. This may need to be prepared long before the hot tub delivery to allow for the concrete to set. Having this in place will make your hot tub installation considerably easier.  

To Conclude

In this article, we have covered all you need to ensure a safe hot tub installation as well as your hot tub wiring. Remember to provide workable access to your house, a reliable water source to fill your hot tub, and a level foundation, prior to the installation date. Platinum Electrical Services are some of the most trusted electricians in Calgary, working tirelessly to provide a gold standard operation with regards to your hot tub installation. If you have any questions or want to receive a quote, contact us today.

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.

Section 68 of the Canadian Electrical Code covers the code required to be followed for the installation of hot tubs.

68-068 of the CEC states that it should be no closer than 1.5 meters away if it is an integral part of an approved factory-built hot tub

Every hot tub requires a different amount of power and these requirements will determine the amps you need to supply them with. The manufacturer specifies the ampacity of the hot tub in the owner’s manual and on the nameplate data.