Plug-in hot tub electrical codes in Ontario
Plug-in hot tubs, also known as plug-and-play hot tubs, are slightly different from hardwired ones as they are exempt from rules 68-064 and 68-068. This is because plug-in hot tubs do not require the installation of wires or any additions to your existing electrical distribution system.
As the name suggests, these tubs come with a plug-in cord. For placement and safety reasons, hot tubs should only be placed within the cord’s length (typically 10-15ft) to the closest GFCI receptacle. Do not use extension cords, as they are not designed to carry that amount of electrical load.
How does a hot tub electrical installation work?
The hot tub wiring installation process is straightforward. Before starting the job, a licensed electrical contractor will visit your home to establish a quote and decide on the work that needs to happen. Then, they file for permits from Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). With permits in hand, the electrician(s) will complete preliminary work, like a panel upgrade or a receptacle move.
Next, the electrical installation can begin with the hot tub already on site and in place. The electrician will wire the hot tub, run wiring into your home, add breakers to your panel, and connect it all. After establishing the connections, the ESA inspects the work and files certificates for the completed work.
A typical hot tub electrical installation cost ranges between $1,000-$3,000, depending on the abovementioned factors. Please remember that the price can quickly increase depending on any extra work needed before the hot tub installation.
If you think it’s time to add the luxury of a private hot tub to your home, then you should have the information you need from this blog post. If you are ready to start this process, then we are too! Please connect with us through the form below or by calling 1-844-667-693. Happy hot tubbing!