Having no power to your hot tub is more than just inconvenient – it can be a sign of a more serious problem. There are some steps you can take to see if the problem is a simple fix or a more complicated issue. An important thing to remember is to not drain your tub, and if you cannot figure it out on your own to call in a service technician to diagnose the issue.
Before you call, here are three common causes of no power that you can check first, and try and fix on your own.
Check the Breakers
The first step to take is to check the circuit breaker panel that your hot tub is hooked up to. Depending on the location of your hot tub and the wiring of your home, this could be located inside on the main panel or could be a separate panel which is located near the hot tub. You will need to check to see if the breaker has been tripped, and reset it if necessary.
To reset a breaker you will need to push it towards the OFF position and then flip it back to the ON position. If this restores power to your tub temporarily before the breaker is tripped again, consult an electrician – the problem is likely with your breaker and not your spa. If this does not fix the problem, check the GFI switch.
Check the GFCI
The Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) is essential for maintaining a safe spa. These are commonly installed in a separate junction box a minimum of 5-6 feet away from the hot tub. The GFCI works to protect hot tub users by monitoring the currents flowing to the spa, and if it detects a loss or disruption of the normal electric current, it switches off power to the spa.
If the GFCI has been switched off, try and reset it if you are able to. If you are not able to, consult with an experienced hot tub technician. If you are not comfortable switching this back on, we recommend you consult with a technician immediately, they will be able to help make sure that no injuries happen as a result of electrical issues.
Check the Internal Fuses
Some hot tubs and most swim spas have an internal fuse system. These fuses are designed to blow when there are voltage spikes. When the fuses blow it protects the equipment in the hot tub, such as pumps and heater damage.
Check your spa owner’s manual for information on whether your spa has an internal fuse system, and where to locate it. If your spa has internal fuses, it is important to replace the blown fuse with an exact duplicate.
If none of these options is the cause of your hot tubs power outage, it is time to call in an expert. This is a big investment, and you don’t want to make the wrong change and wind up with a much larger repair bill.
At Niagara Hot Tubs, our team of experts will be able to talk you through any additional troubleshooting steps you can take, or get you in touch with a technician who will come to your home to repair your hot tub. You can get in touch with us by clicking here to send our team a message, calling our store, or visiting us at our showroom.