When you finally decide to take the plunge and install a spa in your home, the relaxation and enjoyment might be worth all the expense and effort of installation. Unless you have extensive professional electrical training, don’t try to install the spa wires yourself.
The risk of shock or electrocution from the combination of water and electricity is high with any spa wire installation. Eliminate these dangers by finding a professional who will handle this work for you. With a professional on the job, you also have the assurance of receiving the highest quality work during your spa installation.
1.Spa Wiring Overview
Before you have any electrical work done to install the spa, you must first ensure that your electric service can handle the additional load of the spa. Check the panel ratings near your electrical box to guarantee that you have a minimum of 100-amp service. You must also make certain the circuit that will supply power to the spa can meet the load requirements indicated in the spa owner’s manual.
Standard spas are 240V, but some spas are 120V. A 240V spa must connect permanently into your power supply and 120V spas must be hard wired or they simply have a plug connected into a dedicated grounded wall outlet. No other appliances or lights can share a circuit with a 240V spa. Spa wiring must incorporate copper wires.
The professional will open the spa control box and then position power cables to the control box by matching colors. The professional will then close the control box again.
A professional electrician will have the expertise and training necessary to install spa wiring safely. The National Electric Code has specific sections for hot tubs to ensure that they adhere to installation requirements. A professional will know to consult the NEC to check code requirements upon installation of the wiring. All spas must meet code requirements for an emergency shut off button located less than 5 feet away from the hot tub.
A spa must have flexible connections as well. NEC code requires that all spas be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter at the main breaker box or at the point of the service disconnect. The professional will also understand specific “don’ts” about installing a spa, including not installing it under power lines and not installing low-voltage lighting closer than 10 feet of the spa. Local municipalities often add additional codes to the NEC.
3.Risks and Problems
Significant risks and dangers can occur with improper installation techniques. Improper or faulty wiring might result in injury or even death to the installer. Improper wiring could also pose a fire hazard in the home due to system overload. If the spa wiring is incorrect, it may cause the spa to operate in a faulty manner, which could cause significant damage to the unit. This damage would not be covered under a manufacturer warranty.
It’s important to position a spa so that water will drain away from the unit and not toward it. A spa’s equipment compartment holds the electrical components. If water seeps into the equipment compartment, it might damage the electronic systems of the spa. The spa’s circuit breaker might also trip.
Removal or bypass of the ground fault circuit interrupter will create an unsafe situation around and within the spa. This bypass will also void any spa warranty.
4.Cost of Spa Wire Installation
The overall cost to wire a spa professionally depends on several factors. The location of the spa, the type of spa, the amount of preparatory work involved and your geographic location will influence the installation cost. In addition, the distance between the spa and your electrical panel and whether the spa will be an interior or exterior spa also play a role in the price. The installation cost will vary between $126 and $453 for your spa.
Get Redbeacon’s help with hiring an electrician for spa wire installation. You will receive a detailed list of professionals you might hire. Choose the one that fits your budget and Redbeacon will contract with the professional on your behalf. You will remit payment to Redbeacon and the professional will receive compensation from Redbeacon after the work concludes. Redbeacon also provides you with a satisfaction guarantee to ensure that you’re happy with the work.
Get your spa in working order with the installation of the electrical connections. A qualified electrician will make short work of this project.