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What does a hot tub installation involve?

Posted on: December 14, 2012

If you’re looking to complete a hot tub installation in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, you should first understand the electrical requirements of your hot tub. Most hot tubs need a dedicated 240V, GFCI circuit to safely provide them with the power they need to run. To meet your hot tub’s electrical needs, you need to make sure your home is running on at least a 100 amp electrical service.

Most homes built in the past 50 years or so meet this requirement, and many homes built more recently even exceed this, with 150-200 amp service. However, if you live in a historic home in the DC area, such as in Ellicott City, Clarksville, or Alexandria, you may need to upgrade your electrical service before any hot tub wiring can be done. A fully trained electrician from Kolb Electric can perform what’s known as a “heavy up” to get your home’s electrical service standards up to par for a hot tub installation in MD, VA, or DC.

Hot Tub Installation Guidelines

If your home is ready for hot tub wiring, it helps to understand some of the guidelines that are outlined in the National Electrical Code (NEC), specifically ones dealing with hot tub installations. For instance, it is a violation of the NEC to install a hot tub under power lines. Additionally, you should avoid installing low-voltage lighting within 10 feet of your hot tub.

Safely Installing Hot Tubs in MD, VA & DC

Electrical wiring can be very dangerous for the novice, especially around water. There is a risk of shock or electrocution, which could result in serious injury or even death. If you need any type of electrical installation in Maryland, Northern Virginia, or Washington, DC, including hot tub installation, contact Kolb Electric! Our electricians specialize in hot tub electrical wiring installations and understand the code requirements and regulations established in the NEC pertaining to hot tub installations.

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