Hot tubs have become a popular feature of many private homes. When a homeowner decides on the hot tub of their dreams, several things need to be addressed by an electrician during the planning and installation stages to facilitate a successful outcome. Here is a general outline of the steps taken during the hot tub installation and wiring:
Wiring and Initial Inspection
A hot tub generally requires a weatherproof disconnect GFCI box, which has to be several feet from the hot tub. Once the electrician decides upon the installation/wiring path, and a utility locator service checks the area, plans to dig for the underground wiring can be made.
A trench needs to be dug from the GFCI box to the hot tub for the wiring conduit. Unfortunately, most of the Valley has caliche-type soil, but skimping on the building code depth requirement isn’t an option; once the conduit is installed and the wires are pulled, the inspector will come out and check the job. We want him to be happy.
After the inspection, we’ll fill the trench and repair the landscaping.
Next, we cut a hole in the toe kick of the spa, connect and run a flex conduit from the trench pipe, which we clamp to the concrete (or deck) and then run it to the spa control box, where we attach it and connect the wires on that end. Then we’ll connect the wires at the GFCI disconnect box.
At the Circuit Breaker Box
Most spas require a double pole circuit breaker for the power. Once we shut off the main switch, we can remove the panel cover and add an appropriate breaker. Spas require anything from a 30 amp breaker the way up to a 60 amp breaker. After that, we attach a flex conduit to the breaker box for the new wiring.
The big moment comes when we fill the spa, test the system, and shut the whole thing down for the final step.
A Final Inspection
Another inspection assures the city that everything is orderly. After the inspection, we turn the system on, and present you, the homeowner, with an incredibly reasonable bill.
We hope knowing the general work that is required will make the process easy for you. Since hot tub wiring is one of our areas of expertise, and because we offer a five year warranty on all parts and labor, there will be no shocks, or even surprises, when it comes to the operation of your new hot tub. Most people are quite pleased to own a hot tub because it offers years of hot tub enjoyment and adds to the value of the home.