How To Get More Circuits For Your Electrical Panel
I need more spaces for circuit breakers, do I need to install a new electric panel? Upgrading to a new electric panel or installing a sub-panel.
Options When Upgrading An Electrical Panel
[ad#block] Electrical Question: I need more spaces for circuit breakers, do I need to install a new electric panel?
I have an older GE TM2020 box that I want to upgrade to a TM3220 or TM4020. Will I have to buy a new breaker module, etc.? Can I install a larger GE panel in the existing box?
This electrical wiring question came from: Brian, a Homeowner from Spokane, Washington.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Brian.
How to Upgrade An Electrical Panel
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, Not Recommended for Homeowners.
Tools Required: Electricians pouch of hand tools and the various power tools necessary for the specific service upgrade.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type of panel and available access to the project area.
Precaution: This is an extensive project. Working in an electric panel has possible arc flash hazards and should be performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Notice: Making changes to the Electrical Service Panel should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Electric Panel Circuit Breakers
- Brian, you will have to check the compatibility with the existing circuit breaker module.
- If you are simply trying to get more circuit breaker spaces then you may consider installing a sub-panel at the general location of the existing electrical panel.
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