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How to Size an Electrical Panel


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Select the Right Size Electrical Panel: Electric Circuit Requirements and Electrical Circuit Amperage, Common 120volt and 240volt wiring circuits and the circuit breakers with the different types and amperage sizes used for home wiring.

Understanding Electrical Circuit Requirements

Electrical Question: I had the panel on the outside of the house changed from fuses to breakers.

This electrical wiring question came from: Mike, a Homeowner from San Antonio, Texas.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mike.

How to Select the Right Size Electrical Panel

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced., Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill, auger bits and extension cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install panels and electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Working in panels is Dangerous! This is an extensive project that should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Notice: Installing a panel or circuit wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

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2 Responses to “How to Size an Electrical Panel”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Owusu,
    The size of a main electrical disconnect switch is rated for the both the Voltage and the Amperage, and the amperage size is determined by the electrical load that is known or has been calculated.
    Side Note: Interesting timing of your question from Ghana as I have friends who will be in areas of Ghana, and we may be planning future electrical solar projects there in Ghana which I hope to be a part of.
    I hope this helps you,
    Dave

  2. owusu says:

    What will be the correct size of a main switch for the load of 800Amps?