Basics Behind What To Do For Your Proper Hot Tub Electrical Install
Over the years we have found one thing in common with most homeowner’s wanting their hot tub up and running right upon it being set. They want it, and they want it now! Rightfully so! Most homeowners have no idea what it takes when it comes to the electrical install of their new hot tub. This is why the expert professionals at Service Circuits are going to explain in detail to you the proper steps to take with your electrician in order to have a successful, quick, and thorough install completed.
When you have picked out the tub you are desiring, ask the retailer for the spec sheet on it electrically. Do this before any purchases are made. It is then of utmost importance to call your professional electricians at Service Circuits to come out to your home and do an evaluation. We need to see the exact amperage of the tub from the spec sheet, and perform a load calculation on your electrical panel to ensure there is enough room in it for the tub. Past experiences have shown many times this is all done opposite, and the tub winds up there and set and you find out your panel needs upgraded on top of the rest of the install. This can be disheartening when you have paid for the tub and budgeted a certain amount only to get that news. We would rather deliver that on the front end if necessary, so that you can budget appropriately and not locked into something not feasible. Many times we have also come across the hot tub retailer saying it will be no problem on the electrical side to hookup, but he is not the licensed electrician with the knowledge to perform a load calculation. Always call us out to properly verify.
Now that we have determined the availability in your current panel, or whether you may need an upgrade, you will know the cost of doing that scope of work prior to us starting. It is important that if at all possible you have the electrical specs of the tub for hookup location and amperage listed for the tub from your retailer. At this point it would be OK to purchase the tub and get ready to move forward. Make sure to let us know what day and time the tub will be delivered so that we can coordinate as best possible with our schedule. We like to take care of this work in different sections at times, depending on the layout of your home and how far the circuit will be run to the hot tub disconnect location by the tub. If we need to run the circuit first due to length and difficulty, we would want to do this a day or two prior to you having the tub set. All we have to do then is run wiring from your disconnect to the tub and turn it on, and that gets you into your new purchase that much quicker! We have found planning ahead is they key to a successful install.
We will run a new circuit from the panel as listed above, hookup to your hot tub disconnect, and run power from there to the tub. We must know if the retailer is providing the disconnect for us, or if we are needing to supply it. Most modern tubs are coming with their own electrical disconnect box upon your purchase, however some do not, so please ask. We will need to also know exactly where they are planning to set the tub so that we have our proper clearances by code for your project. Keep in mind, this job requires an electrical permit for pulling a new circuit and hooking up the tub. The permit can be pulled upon agreeable of the job, and after we are complete with our work we will have to schedule the State Electrical Inspector to come out and give us a green tag on the install to make it official. This is required per the National Electrical Code, and truthfully is good for your safety and future reasons of possibly selling the home and leaving the tub. The next owner will get to see right away that it has been properly inspected and not just installed.
Helpful Tip When Selecting Your Expert Contractor For Install
Always verify and make sure that whoever you are having install your tub is fully licensed through the State of Colorado, carrying a Master Electrical License, and a valid Contractor’s license to validate their business is legally in operation. At Service Circuits we are fully licensed and insured and all information is available upon immediate request for you. In the past, we have seen situations where someone has hired an electrician that may not be licensed to the fullest capacity, has no insurance in the event something went wrong, and has no legal operating business. This is the “side job” guy. They will typically do it for cheaper than a licensed contractor does, and that is what lures homeowners into having their work performed by them. However, because they are not a Master with a fully operating business, they cannot get a permit or an inspection for your job which is not a good thing. Your safety is also in higher jeopardy mixing water with electricity and we always recommend that you take your time in choosing the right person for the job. Don’t always jump on the cheapest person you find, or you may find out why after it is too late!
Most of all, the professionals at Service Circuits want you to enjoy your new purchase for as quickly, and for as long as possible. Choosing us to come out and take a look for you is a look in the right direction. Due to our extensive experience installing hot tubs, we are the Pros when it comes to how to get the job done right the first time. We want this process to be as seamless as possible for you, and for you to get the best install for your money. Call us NOW to schedule your new install appointment for us to help you get your project going!