Spa Electrical Explained
Most electrical service companies wire spas for power but do not work on internal electronic problems. If you have an existing spa that has power but is not functioning it may be best to call a spa repair company. If you need a spa wired for power there are a few things you should know to be sure it’s a proper installation. The main thing is that all spas require a dedicated circuit back to the panel. You cannot just plug in a spa anywhere you want regardless wether or not the plug fits.
1. The National Electrical Code requires all spas that are hard wired or that do not “plug in” to have a disconnect switch for serviceability. This disconnect must be located at least 5 feet away from the tub wall but also must be within 25 feet and within sight from the spa.
2. Ground fault interrupter (GFI) protection is required to protect users from accidental shock. Often the GFI is installed at the disconnect but could also be installed at the circuit breaker panel.
3. The price range for wiring a 50 amp 240 volt hot tub is usually between $600 and $1400. You should be wary of contractors charging less simply because the cost of materials is relatively high compared with similar installations. Call 303 Carefree today for a free quote! 303-227-3373