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Old 03-20-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
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1400sf bungalow, oil/hot water radiation, no garage, no hot tub or anything abnormal.

I currently have a 100amp fuse panel and would like to upgrade to breakers. Is there any point in upgrading to a 200amp service?

My main concern is selling the house 15 years down the road. Will 200amp be considered standard?


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Old 03-20-2013, 09:24 AM   #2
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If 100A is serving you well, I see no reason to go to 200A.

HOWEVER ...future owners might want to add more equipment that would need it.

HOWEVER ...is that your problem? And will that make the house more valuable?

HOWEVER ...if you're changing out the panel anyway. The only additional cost (beyond the fact that a 200A panel costs more than a 100A panel), is changing the meter can and incoming conductors, and probably the service mast (conduit going through the roof).

Lot's to think about...lot of variables.


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My 2 cents.

I recently bought a house. I looked at near 80 houses and many service panels. It definitely is a house buying factor. In my opinion anything with a 100A service gets a pass in my book. 200A is nice and opens the door to central air if its not already there. I stayed away from any houses that still had fuses on the main panel.

My moms house is on a 60AMP service and it sucks. Very easy to overload.

Ultimately I bought a house 1200sqft ranch with a 100A service panel that was maybe 10 years old. With a 100A sub panel that was using fuses. I upgraded the sub panel and everything is fine for my needs. The only items that have any sort of load are an electric range, fridge, freezer, dehumidifier and dryer. I will likely replace the range with a propane stove so really 100A is plenty. Although when my budget allows I will likely invest in central air which will need the 200A service. Or consider the future, plug in cars need like a 40AMP outlet if you want them to charge in a timely fashion.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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Yea, electric cars is the big thing. It seems to be the direction we're headed.

My neighbourhood has underground wiring if that makes a difference in the amount of work required to switch.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:27 PM   #5
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These days homes need to be almost perfect to sell. I don't know what the market will be 15 years from now, but probably a good idea for the home to have as many good features as possible.
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You've got the thread in the project forum... Yeah as much as you have that house torn apart, I'd definitely put in the 200A now. The additional cost is trivial. Someday you'll pull out those baseboard heaters and put in a furnace / AC. That would be one of the first things I do before continuing work on your kitchens and baths.


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