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 we just installed a hot tub 220 line. now we used a 60amp breaker which your store recomended and wired it to its own breaker in our breaker box.  after 5 min of it being on the whole house went black and the tub stopped.  we didnt blow any breakers but the two main ones turned off and the hot tub breaker remained on. the main breakers were hot to touch not burning but hot. what can it be. we spent alot of money getting it together and making sure the kids dont get hurt and just all around safty. what can stop it from working and turn it all off.
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Posted 2016-07-25T15:02:12+0000  by jenn67 jenn67

Hey jenn67,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.

This is a perfect example of one of those situations where you really needed to consult an electrician near you to go over other factors.

Different reasons could be the culprit for it doing this, but it sounds like it could be from too long of a distance (having the wire more than 70' from the main panel, causing voltage drop) to simply overloading the existing panel.

You will really need to assess how much total amps you are pulling off of the existing panel, as well as determining how far the wiring is from the panel to the hot tub. Those would be the main causes of your existing failure. 

In either case, running another service can be an easier solution than re-configuring an existing panel that is already at maximum load. Your main breakers can be hot, but the biggest concern is checking if the entire panel is overloaded now because of you adding the hot tub. 

Ultimately, a project like this really needs to be done by a licensed electrician in your area. They can see the other factors talked about earlier, and give you a safe and permanent solution to power everything without any issues.

Keep us updated on your progress, and always work safe with wiring.


Posted 2016-07-25T16:11:43+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
There are lots of things that could cause this want but with all due respect you are qualified to troubleshoot none of them.  Turn off the breaker to the hot tub, don't go in the hot tub, and call a licensed electrician who is familiar with wiring hot tubs and pools.  The electrical codes involving hot tubs and pools are very complex and require an expert to ensure that the installation is complaint.  Failure to wire a hot tub properly can result in property damage, serious injury or death
Posted 2016-07-25T21:17:22+0000  by Adam444
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