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Can a cercuit breaker panel be in a closet in my home. how

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can a cercuit breaker panel be in a closet in my home. how should it be .or were should it be place in my home to meet coads.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Electrical panels are usually placed near the area of most use .
Kitchen , laundry rroom ,
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
The building code is about height, and access .
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
I will be right back.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Older homes may have the panel
in a closet but if any remodeling is done the panel should be relocated.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
The electrical code requires 30"
wall space for the panel and three feet of floor space in front of the panel.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Panels cannot be placed in clothes closets or bathrooms.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
https://www.nachi.org/forum/f19/electrical-dummies-29611/
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
This is a site with some details that are helpful.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
If your question is about an existing panel that is already in a closet if it is not new condtruction it is probably "grandfathered' . That neans it may be permitted and used.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Being "grandfathered " does not mean it is desirable.
Panels need to be easily found by emergency responders and the home owner.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
If power has to be turned off in an emergency the panel needs to be easily found and easy to get to.
There are panels that can be installed
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
on the outside wall and are weather proof.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Basement locations are good but not the attic or under the house .
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
There needs to be 30" clear space below the panel. A light in the space and 6' 5" height.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
It is best if a licensed electrician
is used to inspect your location of your panel or to help you choose the location for a new panel.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Proper placement can also save
money when doing present and future work not to mention safety factors.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
The money spent using the help of a licensed electrician is well worth it.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
It should not be in a closet .
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Usually a new home will have the location of the panel on the floor plan section of the blue prints.
There is a section with the location of the main panel and all the outlets and wall and ceiling lights.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
If you are in the design stage the architect will locate the panel where they think is best .
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
If you want a different location or a specific location it can be changed . The electrician usually goes with the architects choice or the homeowners preference as long as it meets code.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
Things like the location of the house on the lot in relation to existing power facilities and trees may also have a bearing on
its placement.
It is usually best if the panel is placed as close to the electrical service entrance as possible.
Expert:  Machinc replied 1 year ago.
If remodeling an older home, in order to meet code , the panel will have to be placed the same as considered for new construction.