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My tub requires a 20 amp dedicated outlet to plug the GFCI attached power cord into. I'm relocating tub from front garage to back patio, 70 feet away. Current connection is 20 amp dedicated outlet close to garage breaker panel. Question: If I remove the 20 amp outlet receptacle and connect its 3 wires with 3 wires of new 70 foot extension cable will I still have a dedicated outlet for tub performance? Or, must I connect the new 70' cable directly to the breaker panel circuit?
Ideally you should run the line straight from the circuit breaker out to your hot tub, but if the line running from your circuit breaker to the box you're using now is 20amp. you can absolutely connected to that. to be up to code it cannot be an open box it needs to be closed After you wire in your 70ft connection. (that's assuming the box that you're using is dedicated already to your hot tub) then the only difference would be is your using extra line and costing you tenths of a penny extra and electricity per hour.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
What is happening is the white wire that comes off the breaker is probably too close to another neutral or too close to a hot wire that is on one of the other circuits that will make it trip when you use a drill etc... Check to see if the coiled up white wire off of the breaker is not near a hot in the panel. I have had lots of arc fault breakers trip for that reason.
Posted on Nov 28, 2008
SOURCE: arc fault trips under load
Arc fault breakers are definitely a pain. First make sure the receptacles are made for a 20 amp circuit. Second vacuums, Curlers,and most appliances will trip your breaker since they create an arc or a short if you will to operate. That is exactly what these breakers are made for. To stop the arc. Apparently they never really thought the whole arc fault thing through. As per code in most of arizona you only need this breaker in bedrooms where this type of appliance is not used. They also are more prone to popping so make sure you aren't running something on each of the receptacles at the same time
Posted on Dec 19, 2008
SOURCE: gfci breaker for spa
gfci's are designed to trip if they receive voltage on there ground/neutral side, therefore my vote is for Smithbrother I would say there is probably a partial short somewhere in you system.
Posted on Mar 24, 2009
SOURCE: Hooking up a Hot tub
Everything above tells me this is 120V unit...if thats the case a single pole breaker is sufficient. Also by what you have written, a 15 amp breaker should suffice.
Posted on Jun 22, 2009
SOURCE: 15 AMP versus 20 AMP outlet plug
The circuit is protected by the 15 amp breaker. That's what matters, the wire size and the breaker feeding it. It's OK to have a 20 amp recepticle fed by a 15 amp breaker.
Posted on Sep 11, 2009
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