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If the 100 amp panel was 30-40 years old I wouldn't trust many more years out of the main beaker anyhow ,If panel is OLD sqd with the old style 100 amp main ite slyviania etc i would suggest to the customers the breakers are pretty well obsolete and expensive . They spend 4-6000 on a tub and the salesman makes no mention if they have enough capacity in their panel
Agreed, but I think that is a separate discussion from what I was stating. I can easily see someone purchasing a relative new home with a 100 amp service and either bringing their hot tub with them or purchasing a new one.
You are quite right that in almost every case there is a gap in what the salespersons tells them and what is the reality of the situation. People get quite shocked and upset when I tell them they need a new service because of their new hot tub sitting out in the back yard still wrapped in plastic.