Sizing Panel for Future


Old 10-02-07, 04:22 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: United States
Posts: 112
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
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.
Sponsored Links
Old 10-02-07, 04:48 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Wilmington
Posts: 4,219
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
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.
Old 10-02-07, 05:05 PM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Central New York State
Posts: 13,973
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
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.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: