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Hot Tub and Pool Wiring
Mar 10, 2022 | Tranmer Electric
As a homeowner, few things are more exciting than upgrading your property with new appliances and amenities. Just about every upgrade you make will require a reliable electrical connection. This includes hot tubs and pools.
While electricity may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about water-based activities, both of these popular home amenities have built-in filtration systems that need a reliable power source. The hot tub will also have a powerful heating system.
Unfortunately, far too many homeowners make the mistake of attempting to power these devices with extension cords strewn about their yard. The safest approach is to partner with a licensed Connecticut electrician so that the devices can be wired into your home’s electrical system.
Benefits of Hot Tubs and Pools
Both hot tubs and pools can be very beneficial to your home. While the initial investment is quite high, you will reap the benefits of these amenities for years to come. You will have your own backyard oasis, allowing you to escape the stress of work and daily responsibilities.
Either piece of equipment can add substantial value to your home as well, which is an important consideration if you ever decide to sell. However, having a dangerous DIY wiring setup for either device can seriously reduce the value of these amenities. In fact, wiring that is not up to code could prevent your home from passing inspection and leave you forced to make expensive last-minute repairs.
If you are going to invest in a hot tub or pool, you must have them wired by an electrical professional. Doing so will ensure that you and your family can safely enjoy these luxury items.
What Kinds of Wiring Do Pools and Hot Tubs Require?
As mentioned above, both hot tubs and pools will have pump systems that should be wired directly into your home’s electrical system. The pumps circulate water and chlorine while also filtering out dirt and debris.
Hot tubs will also have a built-in heating system that needs a reliable flow of electricity. Pools can be equipped with heating systems as well. The larger body of water will require a much more powerful system, which will likely need a dedicated breaker on your electrical panel.
A Professional Electrician in Connecticut
Anytime you are upgrading the electrical system of your home, you need a trusted professional. Working with electricity should never be considered a DIY project. Doing so can be incredibly dangerous and also poses a risk of damaging your home.
Connecting a hot tub or pool to your home’s electrical system is much more complex than simply rolling out an extension cord. In fact, powering any outdoor devices with extension cords should never be considered a long-term solution.
Wiring your new amenity will require adding breakers to your panel or installing outdoor-rated electrical outlets. Both of these tasks should be left to professional electricians.
Your home’s electrical panel has a limited output capacity. The average home panel typically ranges from 60-amp to 400-amp panels. Most modern homes find themselves with 200-amp panels.
If you are adding a simple appliance to your home, it can often be connected to the wiring network in an existing room. However, pool and hot tub pumps must cycle on and off throughout the day. This requirement makes installing them to a dedicated breaker a much safer solution.
If the pump or heating system exceeds the power rating of the breaker, it will trip. This prevents serious damage to your home or electrical equipment. While they could technically be connected to an existing breaker, this solution would likely cause frequent breaker trips. If your home’s existing panel has no room for a new breaker, then you may need a complete panel upgrade.
Central Connecticut Electricians You Can Trust
If you are considering purchasing a new hot tub or installing a pool, then you will need the services of a trusted electrical contractor like Tranmer Electric. Our team provides affordable and friendly contracting services to Connecticut residents.
We can assess your current electrical panel and determine how best to wire your new amenities. If you need a panel upgrade, you will be able to plan that project into the budget of your new pool or hot tub purchase. If you would like to schedule an appointment or obtain a free quote, then it is time to contact our team! We are ready to serve you.