Electrical

Electrical Questions? Ask an Electrician Online.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

This answer was rated:

Up! How are you? So im trying to figure out if i should

Hey whats up Kevin! How...
Hey whats up Kevin! How are you? So im trying to figure out if i should upgrade my panel prior to renting one of the floors out.
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Answered in 42 minutes by:
3/12/2018
Kevin
Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
Category: Electrical
Satisfied Customers: 4,417
Experience: 31 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License
Verified

Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question.

Please be patient as it takes time to type and provide links. Also note that the website may be sending you a telephone offer, the offer is not originating from me.

Doing good on my end Joe, Hope things are going well for you.

1) Can you provide me with some details and/or concerns for a possible panel upgrade?

A) Older panel?

B) Load capacity issues?

C) Insufficient amount of breakers?

D) Overloaded circuits?

Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Pretty much just overall concern that 200amps wont be enough once i add all the stuff from the new remodeled floor

Thanks for the reply.

1) As you are aware, the service amperage is based on such factors as the habitable square footage in the home plus all of the higher electrical loads such as electric dryers, electric ovens, motors, electric hot water heaters, etc. Electrical appliances generate higher wattage which in return requires more amps. Circuit quantities will also increase the size of the electrical panel.

2) If you can give me a breakout of the following, I can do a load calculation based on the existing and future loads for the home:

A) What is the approximate habitable square footage of the home?

B) Electrical appliances? I will need quantities, wattage ratings (if not standard ratings), type of appliances? Any electric dryers or baseboard heaters or electric hot water heaters or electric ovens, etc?

Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Lemme take inventory on that in the morning and get back with you. I havta really think about it for a little bit.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Or how bout this

1) In addition, you can also measure the amount of amps by using a clamp-on amp meter on the 2 main service conductors at the electrical panel. In order to do this, get the home under Full Load as much as possible. This means turning ON every light, TV, oven, dishwasher, microwave, radios, computers, ceiling fans, etc. In other words, energize as much as possible.

2) Once energized, remove the door from the panel. Clamp the amp meter around the each of the 2 hot mains terminating to the main breaker and get an amp measurement. If the panel is properly balanced, both hots should be within + or - maybe 40 or 50 amps of each other.

3) Keep in mind that on a 200 amp service, each of the 2 hot main service wires will support a maximum load of 200 amps each. For example, if the home is under Full Load, you may measure, let's say 120 amps on one phase and only 90 amps on the 2nd phase. Take the higher amp measurement and subtract it from 200. So a good estimate of the remaining amps would be 200 -120 = approximately 80 remaining amps. The Full Load measurement will give you a good idea of the remaining amps prior to possibly requiring an upgrade.

No problem, reply back to me when you have an opportunity and we can continue.

Thanks............Kevin:)

Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Im gonna have about 20 can lights, the usual fridge, stove diswasher and washer dryer in my new unit. What would be a good size sub panel for that floor?

1) Will the stove and dryer both be electric models or gas models?

2) Will the can lights use LED's or CFL or incandescent bulbs?

3) I assume the floor will have a dedicated kitchen, correct?

Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Correct, dedicated kitchen 100%, the stove and dryer will be electric and the lights i havent picked up yet so could go either way

Thanks.

1) The kitchen countertop receptacles will require a minimum of two (2) dedicated 20 amp circuits. The kitchen lighting will require a separate 15 amp circuit that can be shared with maybe the living room and/or bedroom lighting.

2) The dryer will require a dedicated 30 amp circuit

3) The range will require either a dedicated 40 or 50 amp circuit (depending upon wattage)

4) Dishwasher will require either a dedicated 15 or 20 amp circuit (depends upon wattage rating of the DW)

5) The bathroom will require one dedicated 20 amp circuit

As you can see, the amps are starting to increase. The largest loads will be the electric range and electric dryer. You will probably end up with requiring 100 amps, possibly a little less.

Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Yeah i was gonna use this extra 125 amp panel i have. Sounds like it should be sufficient.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Ill get back to ya later this a.m.

1) New code also requires AFCI protection for all of the 120 volt (15 and 20 amp branch circuits) in all habitable portions of the floor.

2) I agree, 125 amps should be more than sufficient.

No problem, talk to you later on Joe. Take care for now...........Thanks...........Kevin:)

Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Hey Kevin,
Im gonna take a full inventory of all things electric when i get home in the morning so we can figure out if the 200amp service panel is gonna be sufficient.

OK, very good Joe.

We'll talk to you tomorrow.........Thanks............Kevin:)

Ask Your Own Electrical Question

If you have any additional questions, just let me know and I’ll be glad to answer them for you.

Otherwise, don’t forget to rate me before you log Off.

Thanks.................Kevin:)

Ask Your Own Electrical Question
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Hey whats up kevin
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Im taking talley on everything right now so we can figure this out

1) I will need the following:

A) Approximate habitable square footage of the home?

B) The electrical wattages and quantities of electrical appliances such as hot water heater, electric heating, electric ranges, countertop or ovens, electric dryers, quantity of kitchens and laundry areas?

Kevin
Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
Category: Electrical
Satisfied Customers: 4,417
Experience: 31 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License
Verified
Kevin and 87 other Electrical Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with an electricianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Kevin Your Own Question
Kevin
Kevin
Kevin, Licensed Electrical Contractor
Category: Electrical
Satisfied Customers: 4,417
4,417 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 31 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License

Kevin is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

You did one super job of explaining to me everything there is to know about this fridge. I'm looking forward to asking you questions in the future.

JimmyBagley, IA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Mike

Mike

Master Electrician

1,426 satisfied customers

Licensed Master Electrician - OnQ Certified Data Voice Audio Video Installer

Jason

Jason

Service Technician

3,958 satisfied customers

Over 20 years of experience in all types of installations, troubleshooting, and repairs.

Mike G.

Mike G.

Master Electrician

8,196 satisfied customers

Proven Professional 49 years Experience

Kevin

Kevin

Licensed Electrical Contractor

4,417 satisfied customers

31 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License

AssuredElectrical

AssuredElectrical

Master Electrician

3,264 satisfied customers

Contractor-42+ Years in the ElectricalTrade

electrifier

electrifier

Master Electrician

1,458 satisfied customers

Electrical contractor and electrical inspector for over 24 years with phone and networking expertise

Rich

Rich

Master Electrician

1,117 satisfied customers

Over 35 years residential, commercial, industrial wiring, install, troubleshoot, service, maintain

< Previous | Next >

Related Electrical Questions
FOR ONLY Whats up, How are things with you? Hope all is
FOR KEVIN ONLY Whats up Kevin, How are things with you? Hope all is well. I may have requested you wrong a second ago, but i need your help figuring out if i needta upgrade my service panel or not.… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
$ for new service entry (different location), 200 amp panel,
$ for new service entry (different location), 200 amp panel, + a half dozen junction boxes & wire runs 15 ft away from another room in the basement to the new breaker panel location. … read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
Well. I have rented a store space (4,200 sql ft) that has 2
Well. I have rented a store space (4,200 sql ft) that has 2 200A panels (each separate sources) my architect says I need 600 amps for all the electrical needs, lighting, etc. in addition to my equipme… read more
George Smith
George Smith
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
442 satisfied customers
I have two bathrooms without electrical outlets. There are
I have two bathrooms without electrical outlets. There are lights, just no place to plug in a hair dryer, etc. Is an outlet required for a bathroom to meet the national standards? Or is it just unusua… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
I am installing a garage here in Owego NY Zip 13827 I would
I am installing a garage here in Owego NY Zip 13827 I would like to figure a base price to install a meter with box a panel inside for lights and a compressor a twin pole lift at a future date. A 210 … read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
I have a question about electrical inspections I am
I have a question about electrical inspections I am installing a new main service panel and I was wondering if it is ok to energize the panel for the inspection or do I wait until after the inspection… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
What can cause al the electricity to go out. I tried
What can cause al the electricity to go out. I tried flipping the breakers and all but one did fine. I also flipped the main. Neither worked. there is electricity coming minto the building because it'… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
Whats up man, how u been? Im wondering about how the size of
Hey whats up man, how u been? Im wondering about how the size of a electrical panel needed for a home is determined. Square footage of the home?… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
I have an electrical question regarding electrical panel. I
I have an electrical question regarding electrical panel. I have an old house build around 1920s and it has the knob and tube type wiring. There's an electrical panel in the house with 6 of the plug t… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
Wondering if i can put a gas stove and the kitchen light
Wondering if i can put a gas stove and the kitchen light circuits somewhere other than from the subpanel that is going to power the kitchen.… read more
AssuredElectrical
AssuredElectrical
Master Electrician
High School or GED
3,264 satisfied customers
Kevin how you doing I asked you about six gang meter instal
Kevin how you doing I asked you about six gang meter instal plus house meter .thanks for answer.another question is do I need disconnects on every meter going to panel if I am 5ft from meter to panel … read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
Hello I have what I think is an old split bus panel and im
Hello I have what I think is an old split bus panel and im interested in running a feed to my detached garage. I have a 2 pole 60a breaker wired directly to the sec acting as what I believe to be the … read more
Mike G.
Mike G.
Master Electrician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
8,196 satisfied customers
I have underground service. My breaker panel is in the garage
I have underground service. My breaker panel is in the garage and wires attach from that to a panel. I'm upgrading to 200 amp service. I'm in queens, ny. My electrician says that Con-Ed is responsible… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Licensed Electrical Contractor
4,417 satisfied customers
Tighten fan brackets on Hampton bay windward ii with light
Tighten fan brackets on Hampton bay windward ii with light kit installed? I'm trying to get beyond the light kit to tighten the fan brackets . They have become loose and yet I can't figure out how to … read more
Mike G.
Mike G.
Master Electrician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
8,196 satisfied customers
I am trying to figure out what size PVC conduit I need to pull
I am trying to figure out what size PVC conduit I need to pull either 3 wires (red, black, white) or 4 wires (red, black, white, ground) for a total length of 60 ft for a 60A subpanel. I plan to use #… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Owner
High School or GED
258 satisfied customers
I have a 200 amp GE panel with a 100 amp GE sub panel in my
I have a 200 amp GE panel with a 100 amp GE sub panel in my home. I have several open slots for additional circuits. I need to add some additional circuits for my garage workshop. Before I do, however… read more
Kevin
Kevin
Owner
High School or GED
258 satisfied customers
if you just started renting not knowing the eltrical was in
if you just started renting not knowing the eltrical was in the shape it is an you inform the landlord at first .he says no im not responsible for that. i say even though i have not even opened yet. t… read more
Electrical Doctor
Electrical Doctor
Master Electrician
Associate Degree
8 satisfied customers
I recently bought a rehab house in Connecticut that was built
I recently bought a rehab house in Connecticut that was built in 1920. It had 3 60 amp service boxes which were vandalized by someone who was upset they couldnt find enough copper to get a hit. The me… read more
Electrical Doctor
Electrical Doctor
Master Electrician
Associate Degree
8 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x