Necessity of Special Circuit Breakers for Jacuzzi

Nothing can refresh you more than a leisurely bath in your Jacuzzi (בריכות ספא) after a hectic day at work. However, you may often experience circuit breakers/over-current protection device (OCPD) tripping whenever you switch on your hot tub. This is because this electric equipment draws a huge amount of power, and so, a hot tub needs a separate circuit breaker to operate efficiently.

Water and electricity is a deadly combination. Therefore, to enjoy your Jacuzzi tub safely without any fear of electrical hazards, you should hire the services of an experienced electrical contractor for installing a hot tub and circuit breaker.

Generally, there are two different types of Jacuzzi tubs (ג׳קוזי) available in the market. The smaller tubs need 120V/20 Amp power, while the bigger units run at 240V and 50 amperes. As per Section 680.22-A5 of the NEC guidelines, power supply to both the units should pass through a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. In addition, the NEC specifies that you maintain a distance of 5 feet between the hot tub and GFCI. You should also ask your electrical contractor to place GFCI breaker in the same room as the Jacuzzi tub and not mount it on the outside doors or walls of the unit.

Many people end up using the over-current protection device as a switch for their Jacuzzi (בריכות ספא), which can prove to be dangerous. This is because constantly flipping the breaker on/off can cause damage to the buss bar. Even a tiny gap in the buss bar can result in electrical arcing, which is one of the main reasons behind electric fires. Therefore, it would be a good idea to install a separate emergency switch for your hot tub along with an individual GFCI over-current protection device.

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