Sizing Panel for Future

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Old 10-02-07, 04:22 PM
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Question Sizing Panel for Future

I'm remodeling my condo kitchen and upgrading the sub-panel that serves all the circuits to the house. I bought a 12-24 panel , but will have to back feed it. This leaves me with 3 wafer-circuit spaces.

I could foresee one more circuit to the living room for a TV/entertainment in the future. The kitchen is full of circuits. Our dryer is gas. I'm maxed out on my load calc since a service upgrade would be too costly. Maybe somebody would want to put in a circuit for a computer someday. That shouldn't take more than 2 spaces. Should I take this back and buy a 20-30?

The panel itself is in the main entrance hallway, and a 20-30 panel just seems huge there aesthetically.
 
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The material cost difference between what you bought and a panel that would allow some expansion, is minimal. You should have gone with the 20-30 slot panel. Installation costs, however, may be a different issue. With the larger panel(150-200A), you will need to replace the service drop and the meter pan.
 
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No, you do NOT have to replace the service with a larger panel. You can always feed a larger panel with a smaller feed, you just use a smaller breaker in the panel.
 
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