Added Ice Machine may require new SubPanel
I am adding an ice machine to the wetbar. The house is 25y/o and the main panel is GE, I assume 100A, the wiring from the meter to the panel just has a 1 on them. There is NOT a main breaker. Anyway, all of my breakers are used with no room for spares. GE appearantly does not make a slimline (1/2") piggyback breaker. Therfore, I have two options...
1) Combine two of lesser used circuits to one, and use the newly freed circuit for the ice machine or...
2) Add a sub panel.
My question is this, can I add a sub panel without having ENTERGY (Southeast Texas) update meter and wiring from the meter to the main panel?
GE makes a slim breaker. The guy in the other post was looking foe a slim TWIN breaker.
They are different from other brands. Usually a twin breaker plugs inyto a full space and has two breakers built in it for two circuits. The GE is a skinny breaker. If you want two circuits you have to install two breakers. They suck BTW.
As panels and breakers go every electrician has their favorites. I happen to like the idea of a slim line breaker like those GE makes. Challenger made them for years. Only thing that makes them bad is the electrician. I happen to like cutler hammer ch but using a ge panel with thqp's wouldn't phase me in the least.
I just think that full sized breakers are a smarter choice. They are less expensive, have better heat dissipation, bigger lug screws and more room to work with.
a ferw more details would be useful
* didnt tell us what your electrical skill level is?
* info from the Ice Makers rating plate...IE: how many amps
does it draw?
* real easyway to tell where you are at electrically useage wise is
load up the circuits in the home . . .get your amp clamp ( if this
is your level of electrical skill . . if not get a sparky to do it for
a few bucks ) and wrap the amp clamp around the mains one at
a time and take a reading
* ask your POwer Company how many amps of service they run to your
if the well loaded home reads in the ball partk of 80% of
whatever the POCO states it serves to your home . . .I'd say..I
really would NOT load it more than that
UNLESS this Ice Thingee..is a 110volt plug in job . .with a rating
similar tyo your standard frig . . .cycling on and off
yes coupling up lightly loaded circuits CAN be done safely
but I dont know what your area code allows
I as well am NOT really a fan of the available slim's . .. seems that you
always find them hooked to that mega-draw electric BBQ instead of a nicely
lightly loaded hall closet
if I can help email@example.com
This is determined by the service that's installed o/in your house.
Also, we have gone over this in the past, but I'll say again.
The "amp clamp" method of determining load is a very flawed method. This DOES NOT give you an accurate reading of calculated load. Not even close.
Also, offering to help via e-mail is contrary to the generous public nature of these boards and does not help future readers, and also prevents others from helping with the issue.
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