At Wind River Spas, we can’t wait for you to have your first soak in your new hot tub. You’ll get to sit back with your favorite playlist while the jets relax your muscles and the warm, chemical-free water eases your tension. But before you can get to that moment, there are a lot of logistics that you’ll need to work through. Don’t worry! We’re with you every step of the way to help you get to that moment even faster. 

One of the most important questions is whether your electrical system can handle your hot tub installation. It is different for every home, so we’ll help you look at a few specifics that can help you answer the question. 

What Are the Electrical Requirements for a Hot Tub? 

Before you schedule your hot tub installation, you’ll want to make sure your electrical panel is sufficient and that you have the right electrical outlets. Here is the basic information you need to know.

Upgrading Your Electrical Panel for a Hot Tub Installation

A hot tub from Wind River Spas needs to be on its own circuit. In plain English, if you look at your circuit breaker, you should never have your hot tub on the same switch as any other lights or outlets.  Your electrical panel will need to have enough amps to be able to add a 50 amp circuit. You can talk to an electrician to find out if your panel is sufficient. If not, you may need to upgrade or replace your electrical panel. 

Upgrading Your Outlets for a Hot Tub Installation

Have you ever looked closely at the outlets that your washer and dryer are plugged into? They are larger than normal outlets and fit a bigger plug. This is a 240-volt outlet and this is what you’ll need for your hot tub. If you don’t already have one in the area you want to install your hot tub, you’ll need to have an outlet installed by an electrician. It will also need to be a GFCI outlet. This type of outlet has the “test” and “reset” buttons that you may have seen on the outlets in your bathroom. They protect against electric shock and are essential on an outlet that is near water.

Do I Need an Electrician to Do the Work? 

For your safety, the safety of your home, and the effectiveness of your hot tub, make sure to always have a licensed electrician come and do any upgrades that you need before installing your hot tub. Hot tubs should never be plugged into extension cords or any other improvised system. Our hot tub installation team cannot do any electrical upgrades.

Other Considerations

It can be fun to plan out the space that is going to house your hot tub. While you are figuring out some of the more technical aspects of hot tub installation services, make sure to think about some of the other details, too. If you’re installing your hot tub in your backyard, do you need landscape lighting to set the mood? Are there any other installations you want to include? Soon, your hot tub will be the best place in your home to relax and unwind. 

Call Us Today!

Setting up your new hot tub can seem like a lot of work. But once it’s installed and ready to go, you’ll have hours of relaxation ahead of you. Our team at Wind River Spas wants to make it easy for you. That’s why we offer a free home visit when you want to explore installing a new hot tub. We can go over everything from electrical requirements to where your new hot tub will live. If you are interested in having a hot tub installed, give us a call or fill out an online form.