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Old 11-01-2010, 08:46 PM   #1
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Installing new load center - do I have to buy AFCI breakers


Does NEC require you to upgrade to AFCI if I am replacing my old 12 circuit load center with a 40 circuit load center? It seems rather important seeing as how the 20 circuits that my house will now be using could either be $80 or $800 worth of breakers depending on what the rules state.

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The NEC does NOT say this. Your local codes might, but IMO that would be rare.

How are you replacing a small (likely 100 amp) panel with a 200 amp panel without doing a service upgrade?

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The NEC does NOT say this. Your local codes might, but IMO that would be rare.

How are you replacing a small (likely 100 amp) panel with a 200 amp panel without doing a service upgrade?
I put in a request to the local utility to send an engineer out to confirm that the current service drop is sufficient for a 200 amp panel. If not they have told me that they will upgrade it for me. Hopefully that is the case.
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It's not just the service drop and the panel. More importantly, it's the service riser/cable, meter pan, service entrance cable and grounding/bonding.
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It's not just the service drop and the panel. More importantly, it's the service riser/cable, meter pan, service entrance cable and grounding/bonding.
I was hoping that the utility would handle everything up to and including the meter and that I would handle everything past the meter. I gotta talk to the utility again to find out what all they will do.
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There are a select few places/states that work that way. I don't believe Jersey is one of them.
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There are a select few places/states that work that way. I don't believe Jersey is one of them.
Looks like I got more research to do.

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