I read a lot of posts and articles that say something like, " if you have 100amp service.."
I'm trying to figure out what that exactly means.
For example, I have a main panel that has a main breaker that is two 100 amp breakers side by side, one for each phase.
Now, is that considered "100 amp service" or "200 amp service"?
To my logic it should be 200 amp service, since I have 100 amp available for each phase.
That is a 100A service.
You DO NOT add up the breaker as you thought.
A single breaker is a single pole breaker. A double breaker, such as your main, is a double-pole breaker.
Your main is a two-pole 100 amp breaker.
You have 100 amps @ 240v.
Sometimes I feel like if I answer any more questions it is like someone trying to climb over a fence to jump off a bridge and me giving them a boost.
Answers based on the 2011 NEC.