How to Install a GFCI Breaker for a Spa

Anytime you have electricity in close proximity to water, you must use a ground fault circuit interrupt (GFCI) breaker or outlet.

Installing a GFCI breaker for your spa is one step in connecting the electrical supply.Installing a GFCI breaker for your spa is one step in connecting the electrical supply.
This breaker monitors the electrical load between the hot and neutral wire. When it senses an imbalance between the two, it quickly turns off the power. This protection system is necessary to prevent electrocution. Installing a GFCI breaker for your spa can be dangerous, because of the potential for contact with electricity. If you are uncomfortable with safe electrical practices, it is recommended you hire an electrician to make this connection.

Switch on the flashlight. Turn off the power to the home at the main breaker. Confirm the power is off. There should be no power in the home at all.

Loosen the four screws that secure the distribution panel cover and remove the cover. Do not remove the cover for the main breaker.

Locate two empty slots in the electrical panel for the 240 volt GFCI breaker.

Flip the breaker's switch to the off position.

Insert the breaker into the two available slots tilted slightly towards the center of the panel, until the back is secured. Push down on the front of the breaker, until it locks in place.

Things You Will Need

  • Flashlight
  • Non-contact voltage detector
  • Screwdriver
  • 240-volt GFCI breaker

About the Author

Bob White began his writing career in 2006. Working in sales, he was a technical writer tasked with responding to requests for proposal. White has a Bachelor of Arts in computer science and a diploma in home inspection. He has also worked in construction, landscaping and the pool industry for more than 15 years.