Hot Tub GFCI Circuit Breaker Wiring
Hot Tub Electrical Wiring and Installing a GFCI Circuit Breaker: As Described, wiring a GFCI Circuit Breaker for a Hot Tub is not the same as wiring a regular circuit breaker.© By: Dave Rongey
Understanding Hot Tub GFCI Circuit Breakers
[ad#block]Electrical Question: I installed a 220Volt 50Amp 2 pole GFCI breaker for my hot tub and it continues to trip.
- The GFCI breaker had two slots for the 2 black lines and one slot for the neutral(white) and then one white wire molded into the breaker (ground).
- I attached the molded white to the neutral bus in the main panel. When I set the breaker it stays for about 5 seconds and then trips.
Background: Mike, a Homeowner from Seymour, CT.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mike.
Wiring a Hot Tub GFCI Circuit Breaker
Application: Wiring a Hot Tub GFCI Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install the hot tub wiring.
Notice: Installing hot tub circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
IMPORTANT: Wiring a GFCI Circuit Breaker for a Hot Tub is not the same as wiring a regular circuit breaker.
- Mike, double check your wiring at the hot tub specifically the connections for the neutral and the ground.
- The hot tub circuit requires a separate neutral and a separate ground wire.
- The neutral wire and the ground wire cannot be attached to the same terminal.
- The GFCI circuit breaker is very sensitive and will trip if the wiring is not connected properly.
- Check the hot tub wiring and the installation.
- Make sure the electrical connections are according to the GFCI circuit breaker requirements.
More about Wiring a Hot Tub
Hot Tub Wiring
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
- Electrical circuit wire size
The following may also be helpful for you:
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