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Sauna And Pool Wiring

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Every in ground pool project comes with certain peripheral costs that need to be figured when calculating a budget. In many cases, one such cost is electrical hook-up. This is a guide to provide in ground pool shoppers with a “ball-park” idea of what to expect to spend to wire all of the components of their pool. Please keep in mind that swimming pool electrical hook-up costs may vary widely from set up to set up.

General Price Range

In the greater Ottawa area a standard electrical hook-up package for an in ground pool will generally cost between $2,200 and $3,750. An above ground pool generally $1200 to $1600 this standard package would include:

  • An electrical permit
  • Labor and materials to wire standard pool components which include: pump, lights and in some cases a pump timer.
  • Bonding all necessary components
  • Insuring all necessary inspections pass

Criteria of a “Standard Installation”

Most electricians consider an installation to be “standard” when:

  • The equipment (pump and filter system) is located at the house and therefore does not require any trenching between the house and the pool equipment.
  • The house has a standard foundation and unfinished basement to run the wires.
  • The house panel box has room for the additional breakers needed for the pool equipment.

The base price for a standard scenario such as this would cost between $2,500 and $2,950.

Factors that will affect cost:

Obviously, there are many pool projects that do not fall within the parameters of a standard electrical hook-up package. Here is a list of additional factors that will affect the electrical hook-up cost.

Filter system location

Locating the pool equipment away from the house adds cost for two primary reasons. First, because someone now has to dig a trench across the yard from the house to the equipment and this trench has to be inspected by local officials to verify that it is at proper depth. Second, because there’s a longer run from the panel box in the house to the equipment the amount of labor and material increases proportionately.

Additional Cost: $500-$1,500

Pool Equipment

As I stated earlier a standard hook-up normally includes wiring the pump, lights and a chlorinator. Each additional piece of pool equipment that needs to be wired will add some cost to the bottom line. Here’s a list of pool options and a general price to wire them.

  • Salt Chlorine Generator: $250
  • Heat Pump: $700-$1,000 and more
  • Fuel Burning Heater: $300-$500
  • Hot Tub $1,000 to $1500
  • Automatic Cover $500-$750

Room in House Electrical Panel

If the house electrical panel is full there are two options:

The first option is to have the electrician install a sub-panel which will simply provide the breaker space needed to accommodate the pool equipment. This approach assumes that the existing service to the house can handle the load placed on it by the new pool equipment. This approach is basically a means of re-distributing the existing electrical service in your home and will normally cost an additional $500 to $1000

The second option is to contact the electrical company and get what’s known as a service upgrade which will increase the amount of electricity provided to your house. This normally takes the electrical provider three to six weeks to install and can cost from $2000-4000.

Well, there you have it: a cost guide for wiring an in ground or above ground pool. Please feel free to share any questions or comments to our web form on the contact us page and we’ll be happy to respond. 

(Thank you to www.montanaelectricalservices.com for this information).

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