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syndicate1 06-22-2010 05:25 PM

Upgrading an electrical panel
Just bought a resale home with the electrical panel below that was put in back in 1988. It seems they've used up all the breakers in there, and there is no room for expansion. Am I just better installing a sub-panel instead?

For the experts on here, what is the best replacement for this panel in terms of expansion and with all todays electronics in mind?


dSilanskas 06-22-2010 08:26 PM

Just upgrade the panel to a 42 circuit panel. I suggest a Square D QO panel IMO it's the best panel around

Scuba_Dave 06-22-2010 09:03 PM

Do you have 100a service or 200a ?
Is there some specific reason you want to replace it ?
Planned new electric loads ?

syndicate1 07-05-2010 08:16 PM

Not really..just thinking there is no room left by the look of it

joed 07-05-2010 08:22 PM

I don't see a main breaker. This looks like it is already a sub panel. What does the main panel look like? If you don't need any more breakers then I would just leave it.

syndicate1 07-05-2010 08:39 PM

There is another panel in the garage with just one handle to shut off the whole power

joed 07-05-2010 10:35 PM


Originally Posted by syndicate1 (Post 465734)
There is another panel in the garage with just one handle to shut off the whole power

That is your main disconnect and determines the size of your service. It makes it easy to change the panel IF you want to upgrade. But, unless you need some more circuits now being full is not a reason to upgrade.

A picture from a little further back would be useful. It looks like some of those cables are not fastened in place properly. The panel itself looks fine but the cable could be a real mess.

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