Electrical Code for Replacing a Service Panel

 '; Is it within code to replace a 30 circuit service panel with a 42 circuit service? Electrical Codes and for a Service Panel. © By: Dave Rongey

Replacing a Residential Service Panel
Electrical Question: Is it within code to replace a 30 circuit service panel with a 42 circuit service?

• Is it within code to replace a 150 amp 30 circuit residential service panel with a 150 amp 42 circuit service?

This electrical wiring question came from Jack, in NJ, New Jersey.

Thanks for your electrical wiring question Jack.

Electrical Codes and for a Service Panel

• Electrical Codes for Replacing a Service Panel
• Several electrical codes apply to the methods used for the installation of a residential electrical service panel. Planning the size of the electrical service is the crucial element which is based upon the total connected load calculation.
• Increasing the Circuit Capacity of a Panel
• When more circuits are required a panel may be replaced with one which has more circuit breaker capacity, however the amperage limitation of the electrical service will be based on the size of the main electrical conductors which are typically based upon the size of the main breaker and size limitation of the panel.
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Replacing a Residential Service Panel for More Circuit Capacity

• Electrical Panel Capacity and Circuit Breaker Sizes
• The number of circuit breakers and their total combined amperage ratings are not the actual load of an electrical panel.
• The amperage size of a panel is based upon the calculated load which will be placed on the panel at any given time.
• The calculated load is determined by the size of the home and the large equipment that is installed, such as heating and air conditioning equipment.
• The Number of Circuit Breakers in a Panel
• The amperage load of a panel is not based upon the combined amperage rating of all of the circuit breakers which are installed in a panel.
• For example: If there are ten 20 amp circuit breakers this does not mean that the total electrical load will be 200 amps, however the potential load of the panel could be 200 amps.
• The possibility of all of the circuits in a residential panel being loaded to capacity at the same time is highly unlikely.

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