Understanding Electrical Panel Total Amps
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
How to Determine the Total Electrical Load Of An Electrical Panel: The total connected load depends on the electrical devices that are actually connected to the circuits and how often these items are being used.
Understanding The Total Electrical Load Of An Electrical Panel
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This electrical question came from: Stephen, a Handyman from Banner, WY, USA.
Thanks for your electrical question Stephen.
How to Determine the Total Electrical Load Of An Electrical Panel
- Stephen, no – you do not just add up all the amperage ratings of the circuit breakers.
- The total connected load depends on the electrical devices that are actually connected to the circuits and how often these items are being used.
- An electrician will use a clamp-on amp meter to see what the current load may be at any given time, however the best way to see what your highest load has been from your electrical service is to look at your electrical utility bills which will tell you the total usage and peak demand.
- Then simply divide the kilowatts by 240 volts to see what your total usage actually is.
- The load of the circuits that you will be adding can only be determined by understanding what these circuits will be used for.
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