CHARLOTTE – Some hot tubs come set up with a cord to plug into an outlet, known as Plug and Play. Plug and play is a quick and convenient way to start enjoying your new hot tub. Unfortunately, some drawbacks are worth pointing out. Plugging your hot tub cord into an outlet only produces enough power to either heat your hot tub or activate the jets, not both at the same time. The time it will take to heat up and keep your hot tub at the temperature you prefer is noteworthy, averaging about one degree per hour. This lengthy heating process comes at a monetary cost. Because energy is being drawn for such a long period of time the amount of electricity being used can be significant.
Alternately, choosing to upgrade to a dedicated 240V circuit has an upfront cost but lower power use overall. A licensed electrician will run a new wire from your panel box to hardwire your hot. Hardwiring your hot tub comes with many benefits. You can count on heating your hot tub at a rate of about five degrees per hour. You can now effortlessly heat your hot tub and enjoy the bubbles simultaneously. Because you are heating more efficiently with the hardwired method, the energy use will be less. Additionally, GFCI protection is included which protects you from electric shock.
If you have questions about wiring for a hot tub or any other electrical concerns, contact GB Electrical Services at (980) 500-2378 or visit GetTheBestElectric.com.