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Tom Smeal

10:39AM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 02/02/04
13 lifetime posts
I have an old (1965) Federal Pacific Stab-Lok type,100Amp power panel in my house. I have 11 circuit breakers, a mix of 15A and 20A. The house wiring is all #12 solid, copper. It looks like I have room for four more breakers and I'm going to have my electrician friend install two new 20A receptacle circuits. ALSO, I'm getting a new furnace with A/C (first time) which will take up two more 120v circuits. I guess it's time to get a new power panel, especially with the bad reputation of FPE. Will a new 100Amp power panel be OK for 20, 20Amp circuits? The A/C is the only big electrical load. Is 100Amp service enough? I don't plan on any house additions, I'm retired now.

My electrician friend will be out soon to check my system, so I'm trying to get as much good information as I can.

Thanks in advance for any advice.


Tom O

12:54PM | 02/26/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
Tom,

Have your electrician do a residential service calculation. They aren't hard to do & there are examples in the back of the code book. The calculation requires more information than you furnished in your post.

T




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