Adding Breaker Space To Your Electric Panel
Should I Replace a 100 amp main with 125 amp Main Panel? How to Add Circuit Breaker Space to an Electrical Service Panel.
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[ad#block] Electrical Question: Should I Replace a 100 amp main with 125 amp Main Panel?
- I have added 240 sq ft to end of home to include a bathroom and 2 closets. My house is current 940 sq ft and I have a Square D QO 100 amp breaker box. Unfortunately I have no additional spaces to add another breaker and most are doubled up to fit in box.My Question is: since I have additional knock outs,is it possible to purchase a new bar to replace 100 amp main with 125 amp main. My power meter service is directly on the outside of the box from inside. If I have to replace the service box, is there a code for the height above the ground?
Thanks for your reply, Greg
This electrical question came from: Greg, a Handyman from Boise, Idaho.
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Additional Comments:Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Greg.
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