GFCI Requirements

It is required by code to install a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) in the supply power for a spa. This device will trip the breaker if there is an unsafe electrical condition caused by a malfunctioning component or even the slightest short to ground.

The newest Balboa EL controls employ a GFCI Trip feature that will test for the presence of a GFCI and will not allow the spa to operate if the GFCI is not installed.

The GFCI Trip feature is also used to cut power to the spa in the event that a pump is stuck in the ON position, which can heat the water beyond the normal high-limit temperature.