Changing or upgrading your homes Service Panel is almost necessary theses days. If you buy new appliances, each new appliance comes with an information packet. In the specification section of that packet you will find information on load calculation and the minimum circuit size required for that item.
Total Capacity (Cu. Ft.)
Shelf Area (Sq. Ft.)
Annual Energy (kWH)
Annual Energy Cost (.12 / kWH)
Power Supply Connection Location
Connected Load (kW rating) @ 115 Volts1
Amps @ 115 = Volts 115V / 60Hz / 20Amps
Minimum Circuit Required (Amps) = 20Amps
This example is a standard double door refrigerator. If this were a single wide then you could replace these numbers with
Amps @ 115 = Volts 115V / 60Hz / 15Amps.
In either case this means you need a dedicated outlet specifically for these. Today’s appliances don’t go to well with older homes. These new appliances take more power to operate. And with all of the new gadgetry we demand more from our electrical panels.
In older homes you may have a 100Amp Panel that feeds your home. If that’s the case, you won’t have the ampacity to maintain the electrical load that you are generating if you have a new Refrigerator, Clothes Dryer, Microwave, Tower Heater, and Garage Door opener especially if you calculate 20 Outlets being used and general Lighting Load.
A new 200Amp Service Panel will give you ample allowance for these new appliances plus any future plans you may have such as a Welder and a new Jacuzzi, If your home is 1200 sq. ft. to around 2000 Sq. ft. A 200Amp Panel should be adequate pending the load calculation. If you are live in a larger home than 2000 Sq. ft. then you should consider a 400Amp panel upgrade. This gives you options for a 200Amp Sub Panel that can feed a new addition or large 2nd story apartment.
If you need assistance with a Panel Upgrade call us. 951-522-6530
We are located in Beaumont, CA and service Inland Empire and Coachella Valley from the Salton Sea to the Orange County line. That includes; Beaumont, Banning, Palm Desert, Riverside, Yucaipa, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, Indio, Upland, Redlands, Rancho Mirage, Colton, Cabazon, Premium Hills Outlets and Cathedral City.