Rest & Relax

August 21, 2018
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Hot tubs are one of the backyard upgrades you can use all year round here in Michigan. But these complex systems require a tricky installation process. Modern hot tubs are self-contained, meaning you will not need any exterior plumbing in your set-up. The electrical set-up, on the other hand, requires a little more planning.

Cities usually have codes for using certain types of conduits, so be sure you talk with your local building department before making your hot tub purchase. You want to make sure you have not only enough room for your hot tub, but also enough room away from your home according to your city’s building code. Many codes require at least five feet of clearance between your home and your property line.
Once you’ve met all the codes and have your layout plan figured out, be sure to call Metro Electric. What most suppliers won’t tell you, is that the electricians they refer you to are NOT licensed with the state of Michigan. Don’t leave yourself liable, and call the pro’s at Metro Electric for your hot tub installation.
Most pumps will require an extra hard-wired circuit, one that’s entirely dedicated to the electrical on the tub. A 240V, 50-amp GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) should be sufficient on many tubs. Multiple-pump tubs may require a 60-amp circuit. Metro Electric can wire your hot tub from your electrical panel OR a GFCI specifically for your hot tub.

Know that some warranties will be voided if the electrical circuit isn’t installed by an electrical contractor. In some cases, unless the circuit has been installed by a licensed contractor and then approved by a local building/electrical inspector, the manufacturer won’t recognize the warranty.

Just another reason to trust the pro’s at Metro Electric to get the job done right.