28 Jul Hot Tub Electrical Requirements and Safety Tips
Winter is in full swing in Australia, which also means you’re likely spending much more time in your hot tub. If you don’t currently have a hot tub, and are considering getting one installed in the near future, there are certain aspects to consider before buying one.
We all are aware that water and electricity just don’t mix; and so, sticking to the appropriate electrical and safety protocol with hot tub installations and their maintenance is something you can’t afford to overlook. Here are a few hot tub electrical requirements and safety tips to follow:
#1 Consult an experienced and licensed electrician
Even if you are a DIY enthusiast, installing a new hot tub is a completely different animal. Wiring of hot tubs isn’t an easy task and is distinctly more complicated and involved than setting up some other standard home appliances. Consulting an experienced and licensed local electrician will often save you a significant amount of time, money, trouble or even a trip to a hospital.
An electrician will make sure the electrical wiring and fixtures required for the hot tub are installed well and that helps avoid costly mistakes like ones that can occur in DIY installations. If you try to handle the installation yourself, you risk damaging the hot tub and it will void the manufacturer’s warranty as well. In addition, the electrician will make sure you’re getting the best value for any accessories that you’ll be purchasing for the installation.
#2 Check electrical loads
Although this generally isn’t a problem if your house was built within the last 10-15 years, it’s always a good idea to have this aspect checked before installing any new heavy-duty appliances in your home. This is one more thing a licensed electrician can help you with. It’s crucial to understand the type of voltage your new hot tub is running one. A smaller hot tub usually requires a lower voltage while a larger one will often need a higher voltage and this is something your electrician will check before installing the hot tub.
#3 The wiring matters
When it comes to hot tub installations, wiring is key. Using the appropriate wiring is crucial to the safety as well as proper functioning and safety of the hot tub. It’s very important to use wires that are able to effectively handle the heat. An experienced electrician will be able to easily answer any questions you may have about the wiring and determine what type of wiring is needed for your new hot tub.
#4 The installation should be in line with electrical codes
Whether you are getting new powerpoints or a new hot tub for your home, there are certain electrical codes to be followed while installing them. A skilled and licensed electrician will make sure that the installation and wiring is in line with the existing codes.
#5 The location is important
Before installing your hot tub, it’s vital to consider its location. Not only will you need room for the actual hot tub but extra room to get into and out of it. The feature should be at least 10′ away from any type of overhead power lines and a minimum of 5′ away from removed spa panels. It’s also necessary to consider how the hot tub will connect to the power source.
For any questions about hot tub installation requirements or any of our electrical services, you can consult with our experts and they will provide you the best advice and quotes for all your electrical installation needs. You can call us at 1300 169 263 or write to us at this email address and we will call back shortly.
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