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southern yankee 08-06-2007 12:14 PM

how can i tell if i have 60, 100 or 200a service?
My house desperately needs a new pannel. How can i tell what amount of amps are comming in to my house so i know what kind to buy? i called the power company and they said that info is not kept on file. also, i can't find it on the meter or the current box. Thanx!

jogr 08-06-2007 12:24 PM

Your main circuit breaker in your box generally has the amperage printed on the end of the lever. However,sometimes someone switched boxes or main breakers without upgrading the service wiring producing a dangerous situation. An electrician can help you identify what you have.

JohnJ0906 08-06-2007 05:35 PM

Is there a main breaker in the panel? If so, the amperage will be on the breaker. If not, can you see what size and material the wire is? (If the service is cable, it will be printed on the outside of the wire..... if you can still read it )

southern yankee 08-06-2007 09:58 PM

no, there is no main disconnect and there is nothing visible on the wires going in above the pannel and the wires from the meter going back up inside the wall are in a plastic pipe, there is also nothing written on the pannel itself... i'm worried that my service is really low because there are only 4 spots for breakers and there are only 10amp breakers in those 4. Are there any other ways to tell?

hbsparky 08-06-2007 10:48 PM

sounds like an old square d panel, I just replaced one of those, there is no main, but the panel I just replaced, the wire size was #6 coming into the panel, which would mean 50 amp. You need to upgrade, and probably upgrade the wiring to the house, as it is probably cloth wire with no ground. This is not a diy project, as permits will need to be pulled from the AHJ, the power company will have to be involved, and an electrician will have to be hired. Plan on spending 1000-2500 dollars depending on where you live and what you get.

southern yankee 08-06-2007 11:36 PM

so sad.........
i'll start calling around for the pros
thanx for the help

skymaster 08-10-2007 09:57 PM

you will be safer,better off and cheaper in the end.:yes: Think of all the xtra time you get to go fishin knowin it was done right.

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