I will chime in on this one.,,
Originally Posted by JRP_24
I'm hoping to receive some help/knowledge understanding my electrical system/setup. I have 3 panels. The one next to meter is 60 amp breaker panel. Another is an 100 amp fuse panel located inside the house. And finally, another 60 amp fuse panel in a detached garage. Below is a pic of the breaker panel and meter. Do I have 3 independent panels? Or just one main and 2 subs? I don't believe I can cut power to whole house with just one panel...
The set up do you have electrique water heater ? if so that can be used with the TOU ( Time Of Use ) so it will be controlled by build in timer or switch which it send the signal from POCO to turn it on or off depending on the load.
Now if not that the case you have pretty much overloaded socket most useally rated for either 60 or 100 amp ( 60 is more common with that size ) and you have main breaker in the house if you do hit ( turn off ) the main breaker both house and detached garage should be off that is one location and now for other panel which you have outside if that is not used for water heater at all there a possiblty that used for other circuits.
Basically if this is correct as I described that you have two main panels and one sub panel ( at the detached garage )
Are you plan to add more circuits or what ? If so it will be a good time to upgrade to more modern panel and you will have to do the load demand caluations ( goggle it there are few verison you can try for homeowner to add it up ) if you don't understand it then just holler one of us will help you on the load demand caluations.
Per NEC codes the minuim size of service is 100 amp on resdentail ( there are other size but will discuss that other time due it is not related to here )
The common size is 100 amp or 150 amp or 200 amp size but 100 or 200 is the most common size.
But let me give you a head up if you going to increase the service size there are some area that only electricians can do this ( this part you will have to check with your local / county office for details )