Hot Tub Shut Off Switch
How to Install an Emergency Shut Off Switch for a Hot Tub: GFCI Protection, Hot Tub Control Circuit, Hot Tub Time Clock.
Emergency Shut Off Switch for a Hot Tub
Electrical Question: I would like to install an emergency shut-off switch to a hot tub.
- The shut-off switch would be for the hot tub with a 240volt two-speed water pump on a 20 amp circuit which has three wires: red, black, white plus a ground wire.
- Can I intercept the white common wire with a 20 amp heavy duty single pole switch for purposes of an emergency shut-off, or do I need to intercept the red and black wires with a special switch?
This electrical wiring question came from: John, a Homeowner from Connecticut.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.
How to Install an Emergency Shut Off Switch for a Hot Tub
Application: Shut Off Switch for a Hot Tub.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician..
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring. Precaution: Identify the hot tub circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical circuit wiring for the hot tub should be done with a permit and be inspected.
- GFCI Protection
- The hot tub should have GFCI protection, and if not this should be added right away.
- Shut Off Switch
- If you want an emergency shut off switch you should break the two main 240 volt circuit wires through a 2-pole switch or a relay.
- Hot Tub Control Circuit
- Depending on your application you may need a 2-pole switch or a momentary push button that breaks a control circuit which would control a 2-pole switch or contactor or relay.
- The control circuit for the hot tub should be GFCI protected as well.
- Hot Tub Time Clock
- A time clock may be wired into the circuit as well and reduce the energy consumption.
- More specific details about this hot tun installation and application would be helpful so I could be more precise.
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