# 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.

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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.

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## 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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## The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

## The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

## Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
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The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

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