Hot Tub installation


Old 06-27-12, 02:02 AM
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Hot Tub installation

I've bought a bank owned house that had the hot tub installed. There was a conduit that ran from the main panel to the crawl space then out to the back yard and directly to the hot tub. There was no GFCI disconnect panel. The breaker is the 50A 240V double pole breaker (not GFCI). However, the hot tub system control panel has its own GFCI (test and reset buttons). From doing research online, the NEC code requires GFCI disconnect panel visible from the tub. However, in this case the tub already has the GFCI built in. Does anyone know if it is still necessary to have the GFCI Disconnect Panel intalled?

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Old 06-27-12, 08:31 AM
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The code does not require a GFI disconnect. It requires a means of disconnect within sight of the tub. GFI protection can be installed at the main panel or a disconnect location.

I believe the built-in GFI function would satisfy the requirement for the protection. Check with your local building officials.

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