Is The Wiring of Your Hot Tub Safe?

Is The Wiring of Your Hot Tub Safe?


Most homeowners do not realize that hot tub wiring is a major consideration. The reason is due to the amount of power required for the heaters to work efficiently to provide the wonderful “hot tub experience”. In fact, wiring is so important that the National Electrical Code has a special section dedicated to hot tubs.

Regardless of size, all hot tubs must have proper grounding, GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection, and should be tested monthly. Also the wiring should be protected from chemical damage and moisture.  The current National Electrical Code wants to make sure users are safe and require the following items for new installations:

  • Outdoor/Indoor Applications
    • Switches should be located at least five (5) feet horizontally from the inside wall of the hot tub
    • Any receptacle outlets located within 20 feet horizontally from the inside wall of the hot tub should be GFCI protected and a minimum of six (6) feet from the inside wall
  • Commercial Applications
    • In case of emergencies, there should be an emergency shut-off disconnect located within sight of the hot tub

These are the most important steps in making sure that users are safe.

If you are not sure if the wiring in your hot tub is right, contact us at HAYNES Electric. Our certified electricians are experienced in running dedicated circuits to pools, decks, patios, and more. We will make sure your hot tub is correctly grounded and protected with a GFCI device. This way, you can safely relax in your hot tub without worry.

The cost of a hot tub inspection is minimal in comparison to the peace of mind of knowing your family and friends are safe in the water. Also, if your hot tub has the option of running jets and heaters at the same time, we will make sure the wiring for this is properly done.

Contact us now at 828-254-6141 and get the most from your home spa experience! HAYNES has proudly been serving Western North Carolina since 1921.