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Nschieffer 12-11-2010 05:48 AM

Upgrade to 200 or add subpanel?
 
I currently have a 150 AMP panel and I only have 3 circuits available on it. I am going to finish my basement which will have a family room, a bedroom, and a 3/4 bath. I feel like I need more circuits to do this properly. Should I upgrade to a 200 amp panel or just add a subpanel for the basement? The finished square footage in the basement will be about 800 SF.

Just Bill 12-11-2010 06:31 AM

The limit on circuit breaker slots is 40, be it 150 or 200. If you have that many filled, consider a second panel. If you have a smaller panel(<40) replace the panel.

COLDIRON 12-11-2010 07:05 AM

Panel has plenty of capacity just add a Sub panel if your 150 amp panel is in good shape.

jairoc 12-11-2010 02:12 PM

I just upgraded from 150 to 200 I had a small panel and a sub panel. Now that I upgraded I have a large panel with 40 slots. I knew a guy so it cost me $1000 but it typically cost around $1800 to upgrade. So if you don't have any problems with current draw( lights dimming) then I'd say switch to a bigger panel or a sub panel

nap 12-11-2010 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Just Bill (Post 549380)
The limit on circuit breaker slots is 40, be it 150 or 200. If you have that many filled, consider a second panel. If you have a smaller panel(<40) replace the panel.

actually, it was 42 but that limitation has been removed but I don't think you are going to see any panels with over 42 spaces anytime soon.
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Unless you don't care for having a sub, adding one would be the most cost effective method. If you up-size your service, you are going to have to replace most everything from the utility connection to the panel.

as jairoc stated, unless your load actually calls for an up-size, there is not really any benefit to up-sizing.


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