Hot Tub Help: Vancouver Hot Tub Electricians
Hot tubs are an attractive amenity, whether as an adjunct to your current home or as a perk in new home construction. This mild winter is reminding us that we have a wonderful climate in the Pacific Northwest, and an outdoor hot tub can be particularly appealing to residents of Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, and Langley. If you are considering a hot tub, what do you need to keep in mind?
All About Hot Tubs
Hot tubs are artificial pools of water for therapy or relaxation. They can be indoor s or outdoors, but outdoors is a popular option for homeowners. They may or may not have jets. Hot tubs are available in a wide variety of materials, including plastic, fiberglass, wood, stainless steel, or cement.
Hot Tub Wiring
It may surprise you to know that there are important electrical concerns to keep in mind when choosing and installing a hot tub. Hot tubs are available either in 120v or 240v. The 240v hot tubs require their own permanent dedicated electrical source. Because hot tubs are wet, they require outlets with GCFI, a ground fault circuit interrupter. A GCFI will cause the electricity to shut off if it detects that electricity is flowing in the wrong direction, such as through water. GCFI outlets are an important safety feature anywhere water is likely to be present, such as in bathrooms. In addition, adding a hot tub may overwhelm the existing electrical panel.
Hiring an Electrician
A common question homeowners ask is this: “Do I really need an electrician to install my hot tub? Can’t I do it myself?” The answer is that like most electrical jobs, hot tub wiring is best addressed by a professional. In fact, in many jurisdictions, a licensed electrician is required when installing a hot tub. An electrician can help you obtain the necessary electrical permit before beginning installation of your hot tub. An electrician will complete all the wiring necessary to hook your hot tub up to your household electrical system. Your electrician will ensure that your new hot tub is installed safely, that if necessary it has a dedicated outlet, that all the best safety procedures are followed, and that the electrical load once the hot tub is added does not overwhelm your household. Electricians are experts in hot tub wiring, and know how to complete each step carefully and completely to ensure that your home’s new amenity is fully compliant with the best safety standards.
Pro Ace Hot Tub Electricians in Vancouver
When installed and used correctly, hot tubs are a safe and fun option for your family, but installed incorrectly, they can become a hazard. Pro Ace Electrical has licensed electricians available for hot tub installation throughout Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, and Langley.
Call Pro Ace at 604-293-3770 to discuss any electrical concerns.