Do i need 200amp instead of 150 amp?


Old 06-04-11, 06:00 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: usa
Posts: 15
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Do i need 200amp instead of 150 amp?

Im currently building a new 2400 sq ft house. It will cost an extra $500 to upgrade to 200amp. i have central ac, electric dryer, dishwasher, microwave, stove , oven and oil heat and hot water. I would like to put in a pool eventually and outdoor lighting. Do i need to have 200 or will 150 sufice? I dont mind paying for it if ill need it but would rather not if it wasnt neccessary. Any input would be great. Thanks
Sponsored Links
Old 06-04-11, 07:00 PM
Gunguy45's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 21,113
Received 3 Votes on 3 Posts's worth the money. Doing it later could run $2000. Things you add later (pool heater, dedicated outlet for compressor or welder in the garage, etc) could eat it up quick. Make sure the panel is big and has plenty of open spots.
Old 06-04-11, 07:27 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: usa
Posts: 15
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I will not be welding or using a pool heater just a pump. Before the pool or heavy power tools what will my approx usage be i have no idea.Is it still worth it? Thanks
Old 06-04-11, 07:39 PM
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Hamilton County, Ohio
Posts: 4,295
Received 2 Votes on 2 Posts
200 amps in a 2400 sq ft sounds right to me. That's what I have. House is now 15 years old, and the box is stuffed.

If you later add a finished basement, sun room, etc. you can quickly fill the box. When it eventually comes to sell time, many buyers may demand a service upgrade before buying. Cheaper to do it in today's dollars.
Old 06-04-11, 08:01 PM
Tolyn Ironhand's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 13,660
Received 217 Votes on 192 Posts
A 200 amp service also adds to the value to the home. How much IDK but I always see it mentioned. $500 seams a little on the high side for the up sizing of the service from 150 to 200 amp but I can't see the job from here. I do also say it os worth it just for the breaker spaces.

If you do go for it tell them you want a 40 space/40 circuit panel. Not a 30 space/40 circuit panel.
Old 06-04-11, 08:13 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Louisville KY
Posts: 577
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Tolyn Ironhand View Post
$500 seams a little on the high side for the up sizing of the service from 150 to 200 amp but I can't see the job from here.
I was thinking the same thing considering really there are things that should change would be the size of the wire from the meter base to the breaker panel and the main breaker. The wire shouldn't cost more than about $50.00 different and the breaker should be the same or minimally more. Maybe if it's overhead service you would upsize the feed from the Peckerhead to the base but I would hope the electrician was planning on having that oversize anyway. Unless it's a very unusual circumstance I don't see the price difference being much more than $100.
Old 06-04-11, 09:11 PM
Justin Smith's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Cressona, Pa, USA
Posts: 2,541
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I've been in a number of houses with stuffed 40 space panels with stuffed subpanels. Now that the 42 circut requirement is lifted, I hope they make 60 space panels soon.
Old 06-04-11, 09:36 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 4
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
YES 200Amp Service

You are going to need to go to the 200Amp service if you are thinking anything about a pool. It's always a good idea to have more esp since your house seems to be all electric. Wire is very expensive right now. It hasn't gone down at all. The size of the wire and extra man handeling that is involved is not worth 100. I am sure that there is a larger difference here. But, you can always have another electrician give you a bid.

Over all YES go with the 200Amp service.
Old 06-05-11, 12:21 AM
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Near Lansing, Michigan
Posts: 10,943
Received 43 Votes on 41 Posts
I would recommend that you go with the 200A, although maybe try to talk the contractor down on the price a bit. My price the difference between 150A and 200A would be right around $100 unless there was very unusual circumstances. There's no difference in labor and just slightly higher materials cost.
Old 06-05-11, 06:24 AM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 4,946
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I say go for the 200A. Historically, we have always increased our demand for electricity so it's a good bet for future protection. And $500 isn't very much in the whole scheme of your project.
Old 06-05-11, 06:47 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: usa
Posts: 15
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Thanks for all the quick responses I appreciate all of you taking the time.
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
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Your question will be posted in: