Hot Tub and Spa Circuits
Electrical work and repairs around water is dangerous because of the risk of shock or electrocution which could result in serious injury or death. This is why the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends ground fault circuit interrupters to protect against electrocution hazards that involve electrical circuits as well as under water lighting circuits around pools, hot tubs and spas.
Each year dozens of electrocutions and electrical shock incidents involving circuits around hot tubs and spas occur. Unfortunately, this is the result of homeowners who chose to wire the hot tub themselves as a way to avoid paying an electrician and save money. The National Electric Code (NEC) and how it pertains to hot tubs uses complex language that is puzzling especially when it comes to emergency shut off, flexible connections, bonding and interior wiring for outdoor spas or hot tubs.
The electricians at Exceptional Electric have a thorough understanding of the NEC code requirements as well as state and local codes. We will install your hot tub and spa circuits in a safe way. This ensures that hot tub occupants at your home remain safe. Part of keeping your family safe in and around your hot tub involves access to a clearly labeled emergency spa or hot tub water recirculation and jet system shutoff that’s located not less than five feet away, but adjacent to and within sight of your hot tub. Our electricians have the experience and knowledge to meet this safety requirement for every hot tub make and model in a variety of situations.
Spa and hot tub equipment assemblies as well as self-contained spas often use flexible connections such as flexible conduit, liquid-tight metal conduit or liquid-tight flexible nonmetallic conduit. When it comes to flexible connections too many homeowners don’t know the proper lengths of these conduits that are safe and the importance of cord-and-plug connections with a GFCI-protected cord. This is why working with an electrician at Exceptional Electric is essential.
A common mistake homeowners make when installing a hot tub themselves is not properly bonding (grounding) their hot tub by mounting equipment to a metal frame or base. Electricians at Exceptional Electric use appropriate wiring methods per the NEC when it comes to interior wiring for outdoor spas or hot tubs. Another common mistake homeowners make when installing a hot tub themselves is locating it under power lines. This is something many people don’t think about despite the warning on hot tub brochures. This is not only unsafe, but also in violation of codes mandated by the NEC.
In some cases homeowners have space constraints that prevent wiring from being at least five feet away. This is when underground wiring is necessary. The electricians at Exceptional Electric have the knowledge and experience to install wiring listed for direct burial such as rigid metal conduit, a nonmetallic raceway system or intermediate metal conduit.
Finally, with hot tubs and spas most often used after dark as a way to relax after a hard day at work, homeowners are often tempted to install low-voltage lighting to create a relaxing atmosphere. Low-voltage lighting shouldn’t be installed within 10 feet of your hot tub. Consult with the electricians at Exceptional Electric for appropriate low-voltage lighting and safe locations around your hot tub or spa.