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Essential Things to Know About Pool Electrical Installs

As the weather begins to warm up, you can finally begin to take refreshing dips in the swimming pool. However, to operate efficiently, it’s essential to ensure that your pool’s electrical system is properly installed and maintained. This post will examine the mistakes to avoid when doing a pool electrical install, why you should hire a professional, and questions to ask your pool contractor. Let’s dive in!

Pool electrical installation mistakes you should avoid

There are common mistakes you need to avoid when doing electrical work in your swimming pool. Here are some of them:

Not complying with requisite code

Electrical appliances and wiring must be installed in compliance with requisite codes. Also, it’s important to make use of electrical appliances that are rated for outdoor use.

Doing it yourself

Many people always opt for DIY (do it yourself) when it comes to pool electrical installations. Avoid doing it yourself, as it best should be done by experts for the reasons below.

Reasons to hire a professional for your pool electrical install

While you may be tempted to handle your pool electrical installation yourself to save money or because you have time on your hands, it's best to hire a professional.


Many people always opt for DIY (do it yourself) when it comes to home installations. However, as water is an excellent conductor of electricity, there are inherent installation risks if you handle it yourself. Improper wiring or grounding could result in electrical shocks or damage to pool equipment. Hiring experts prevent these risks as they have adequate knowledge and experience to avoid making costly mistakes.

Compliance with codes

An expert is an experienced professional aware of codes you probably aren't aware of and will stick to this when carrying out the installations. Professionals will ensure all electrical installations comply with codes and regulations.

Cost efficiency

If an expert hasn’t carried out your in-ground or above-ground pool installations, there’s the risk of increased maintenance costs in the long term resulting from loose connections and incorrect wire sizing. With a professional, you can get it right from the very off and save yourself the extra cost of additional fixes down the line.


For your pool to function optimally, it’s essential that its electrical components equally work well. An electrical expert comprehensively understands how electrical components and appliances work. The pump, sub-panel, lighting, GFCI outlets, and wiring are complex components that you certainly will struggle to navigate if you aren’t a seasoned pro. An expert will help ensure everything is correctly installed and optimized for maximum pool functionality.

Questions to ask your pool installation contractor

When looking for professionals to handle your pool installation, you should consider the following:

  • What permits will the installation require?

  • Will the company also provide electrical hook-ups?

  • Is your home wiring adequate for the new pool?

These are essential considerations for when you're looking for a professional electrician, and when you find one. Additionally, be sure to ask about warranty for coverage on appliances in case of malfunctions.

Swimming is relaxing and enjoyable. Don't take that away with poor electrical installation

While getting low-impact exercise, cooling off on a hot day, or simply relaxing, you shouldn't have to worry about electrical shocks, fire, or other hazards that could result from a poor installation. By hiring the experts at Werkheiser Electric, your pool can remain a safe haven where you can enjoy the tranquility of the water and have fun. Request a pool electrical service today.


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