Electrical Wiring for a Steam Shower
These units require a dedicated GFCI Protected circuit, sized correctly, installed and connected according to code and inspected otherwise there could be damage to the…© By: Dave Rongey
Steam Shower Electrical Wiring Requirements
Background: Natalie , a Homeowner from LaFayette
Project: My Areil 609A Steam shower pump is LX Wirlpool pump model: TDA 120/220V 4.6A
Has three wires (Green, white, black) with attached circular metal ends. It has a small green wire attached to the body of the pump with a tree-shaped symbol tag (ground?)
The control panel spec plate: Ariel Model WS 609AÂ – 220V – 5250W (means 24A?)
Same 3 wire combination (see pic)
Suggestions on hardwire set up?
Tech Support can only tell me that I need two individual 220V GFCI breakers (one for each). But tech support also said I need 14 gauge and 11 gauge wire.
Can 14-3 gauge or 10-3 gauge be used?
“Where is the red wire?” is what my friend with some electrical experience continues to ponder.
Can this hot tub be hardwired?
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your electrical question Natalie .
Natalie, you asked for my input and here it is: For your safety and the safety of others, please hire a licensed electrical contractor. I say this because of all the questions you are asking which tell me that you are definitely not qualified to perform this circuit installation, especially with a steam shower unit.
These units require a dedicated GFCI Protected circuit, sized correctly, installed and connected according to electrical codes and inspected, otherwise there could be damage to the steam shower electrical components and anyone who may use this shower unit.
I have searched the internet for information on your specific unit and I see this very often where the company does not provide a good installation manual with a complete electrical specifications. The so-called Tech Support is no more than a phone jockey who is speaking from second hand information and they don’t have a clue what to tell you. There are a lot of these types of units coming from other countries that resemble these problems. The website I found that appeared to be a manufacturer or representative did not even have a listing for your model number. Another website displayed the necessary electrical parts which were incorrectly identified and the circuit requirements did not match either.
Bottom line: Buyer Beware! – The “Deal” you may have gotten may in fact prove otherwise, I hope not for your sake.
Get a qualified electrician to do this for you so it is safe!
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