Replace a Hot Tub GFCI Circuit Breaker
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
Why is my Hot Tub Making Electrical Noise in the Circuit Breaker? Conditions That May Cause Breakers To Make Noise and Potential Electrical Problems.
Hot Tub GFI Breaker
- I have a Hot Tub 220 breaker that is a Siemens QF250.
- I filled the tub with fresh water and hit the breaker.
- You can hear electrical noise in breaker like it is shorting, then breaker kicks off.
- Even if there was a short in the spa, the breaker should just kickoff without the noise.
- It sounds like two wires arcing, there is no smell and the breaker is not melted.
- Can the breaker be bad after 2 years, or can a breaker go bad after a lightning strike and power surge?
Background: Jim , a Homeowner from Ramsey, New Jersey.
Thanks for your Electrical Wiring question Jim.
Replacing a GFCI Circuit Breaker
Application: Installing a Hot Tub GFCI Circuit Breaker.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the access to the hot tub panel.
Precaution: Identify the hot tub circuit at the main panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working in the hot tub panel, removing and installing the circuit breaker and making the wiring connections.
Notice: Installing a hot tub circuit breaker and the circuit wiring connections should be done according to local and national electrical codes.
Conditions That May Cause GFCI Breakers To Be Damaged
- If the hot tub GFCI circuit breaker was splashed with water and is producing all these symptoms then the GFCI circuit breaker should be replaced.
- Under normal conditions the hot tub GFCI circuit breakers should should be checked using the TEST Button, and then reset normally.
- Typically a hot tub GFI Breaker will last for several years under ideal conditions.
- If the home electrical system has experienced a severe lightning strike or power surge then the breaker may become faulty and require replacing.
- I would recommend that the circuit breaker be installed in a rain tight protective enclosure.
- Make sure to Test your GFCI Circuit Breakers regularly.
More about Hot Tub Wiring and GFCI Circuit Breakers
- Electrical Wiring Protection using Circuit Breakers
- A guide to home electrical circuit breakers and how they work to protect your electrical wiring. When properly installed, your home electrical wiring is protected by a circuit protection device.
- Hot Tub Wiring Diagram Information
- Electrical Codes and Details for Spa and Hot Tub Wiring. Essentials for your installation, including the required GFCI ground fault protection and circuit wire size.