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Hot tub breaker trips but only when people are in it?

I have a Emerald spa 6 person hot tub. The problem is that the breaker keeps tripping but only when its being used and people are actually in the water. It wont trip by running the pumps, heater, or lights and using them all at once or individually. I thought it was a bad breaker so I replaced the 50 amp GFCI with a 60 amp thinking the breaker was bad. Same problem still exists. If it tripped everytime i tried running or heating it, it seems like an easier problem but I can manually(without being in it) run everything for days without it ever tripping. Any ideas what the problem might be? thanks!

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  • Josh Wilson Nov 21, 2013

    Where would I add grounding rods? on the spa side? like out of the controller ground straight to the rod in the ground or on the breaker side? Thanks

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This may appear simplistic but could something be shorting out when there are people in the tub ? Have you tried overfilling the tub to see if the breaker trips ? Also you could try isolating the problem by disconnecting electrical items one by one when the problem occurs. Hope this helps.

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Because it is a GFCI. Try making sure that the grounds are all good. Maybe go the extra step of putting in grounding rods into the ground and grounding to the unit. These are just guesses.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013

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Check for a water leak in the electrical areas of your spa... specifically look closely around the heater terminals, look for wet and corroded connections... If this spa is wired to a plug-in outlet, look at the GFCI plug assembly as well... You can also try disconnecting the blower, pump, heater, etc, from the control pack (one at a time) to determine which item is causing the tripping.

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I have had a few troublesome units over the year that did as you describe due to 'dew' overnight collecting around the tub and the increased moiture sent the motor of the circ pump "over the edge" iinto a grounded state. A leaking pump seal was adding to the problem. Once the seal leak along with the dew got high enough the GFI would sense the grounded condition and trip. Fixing the pump seal and drying/cleaning the motor fixed the problem every time. If you find any other leak sources around the pump you will need to fix them as well.

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

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