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Electrical Maintenance, Safety, and Installation in Pool, Spa, and Hot Tub Systems

As the weather starts warming up, it might be a good time to think about an electrical inspection for your outdoor equipment like hot tubs, pools, and spas.

Start with an inspection

Because of the location, and frequent and prolonged use, the electrical wiring is not as well protected as on the interior of your home.  High/low temperatures and exposure to the elements may cause the wiring to become brittle. With proximity to the water, it’s very important to check the wiring each year before turning on your pump or other equipment. In addition, wires often become loose, which can be potentially hazardous. This is not uncommon, especially with older pools or hot tubs.

When it comes to pools, think about underwater lights, filters, and pumps. The safety inside and around your pool has to be a priority for your family. Often inspections are not on the top of your mind once the pool season starts, so early spring is a great time to take care of these checks before the summer arrives.

Remember that you are also potentially prolonging the equipment’s lifespan and finding any potential problems before they escalate to major malfunctions.

Common Issues

It’s very common to notice your breakers trip when you power on your hot tub or pool filter. This is a clear sign that your electrical system is not sufficient and it’s drawing too much energy.  This problem should be resolved before prolonged and continuous use.   Inquire with your local licensed electrician about the best way to resolve this issue.

New Pools, Hot Tubs and Spas

Pools and spas require GFCI outlets or circuit breakers.  If you are considering a new pool or hot tub installation, reach out to our expert electrical team to ensure your power supply is adequate to your overall equipment needs. As most pool pumps require a 20-amp circuit, some are set up for 120-volt operation or other power requirements. Hot tubs require a 50 amp-240 volt dedicated circuit to ensure proper operation of pumps and heating components. This circuit needs to be GFCI protected by code, and a licensed electrician must ensure your existing service panel has the physical space to add the new 2-pole circuit breaker and the capacity for the added electrical load.

Lights or ceiling fans must be located a certain distance above the spa or hot tub. Any wall switches must be at least 5 feet from the water unless separated by a wall or a solid fence.

Adhering to electrical safety standards and regulations is the key.  Your system must comply with local electrical codes, avoiding any future issues or disruptions.

Proper installation is extremely important because of safety and also to protect your hot tub equipment from exposure to harsh winter conditions. Proper installation will protect your existing electrical system from overloads and oversights.

If you are ready for a summer pool season, reach out to the local experts for a brief electrical inspection this spring.  Electrical safety of your home and your family is always our top priority.


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