Do you think that a new hot tub would be a great addition to your home? You are not alone. Many homeowners are opting for this form of relaxation and recreation over the high cost of a swimming pool. It can be used with the heater in the winter months to warm up and rejuvenate after a long day at work or turn the heater off and enjoy a refreshingly cool dip in the summertime. But before you make the investment, there are a few electrical items that you will want to consider to ensure that you can safely operate your new spa.
The Typical Electrical Requirements For A Free Standing Spa Or Hot Tub
For the most part, spas and hot tubs, other than the single-seater inflatable models, require some specific electrical service. These tubs need to be on a dedicated circuit because of the pump. And you need to have two free spaces in your electrical panel to provide the necessary 240-volt service required to operate the pump, filtration, and lighting.
If you have no space left on your electrical panel, you have two choices. The first is the installation of a subpanel for the spa. Or you can take this opportunity to upgrade and expand your home’s electrical panel. A complete upgrade is a good idea if your home is more than a decade old. The beefed-up panel will provide added safety and protection for all electronics, electrical devices, and appliances in your home. And it will accommodate your new spa!
What To Ask About At The Spa Store
When you are shopping for your new spa, there are a few questions to keep in mind. Gathering this information will be very helpful when you call an electrician to get pricing for the necessary electrical work that comes with installing a new spa. Your first question to ask about the spas you are considering is the power requirement. Some spas are wired for 110-volts while others are 240. Also, verify the amperage needed. Most require a 50 amp circuit, but a few do need a 60 amp circuit. Finally, ask the salesperson to show you the location of the wiring access panel on the spa. This location can significantly impact how the spa is installed and the orientation on your patio.
Think About Your Electrical Access
Ideally, your hot tub would be located just feet from your electrical panel so that the installation is super affordable. But that is rarely the case. Instead, most installations entail installing wiring using one of the following methods:
- Underground Conduit- for this method, the wiring is buried underground in an electrical conduit. The electricians will need to dig a small trench from your home’s electrical panel to the spa’s location.
- Exposed Conduit- for this method, the conduit is mounted on the foundation of your home or a block wall rather than being buried underground. It eliminates the cost and time involved in digging but can be seen on the wall or foundation of the house.
- Attic Or Crawl Space Access- it could be much more cost-effective to run the wiring through the attic or crawl space of your home. It eliminates the need to dig a trench and what some homeowners consider an unsightly conduit mounted on their house or wall.
For more detailed information about a spa installation and a free no-obligation price quote, call (813) 359-1944. The licensed electricians at Mr. Electric will provide you with as many options as possible to work within your budget while still delivering a professional and fully warrantied hot tub installation.