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In Nautilus Electrical panels go by many names: breaker panels, load centers, service panels or breaker boxes. It’s the steel box that holds your home’s circuit breakers. When needed, the circuit breakers turn off or “trip” the circuits that carry power throughout your home.
The key to a successful electrical installation or repair is understanding your home’s electrical system – the main load center breaker panel.
Circuit breaker boxes are the breaker panels that keep the lights on at your home or business. These breaker boxes host circuit breakers, which are small switches in electrical panels that interrupt the flow of electricity for safety reasons.
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Your home gets electricity through wires that connect to your electrical panel. The electrical panel typically consists of a main breaker, circuit breakers and bus bars.
Amperage is electrical strength measured in the unit amperes. Electrical panels differ by the number of circuits they accommodate and the amount of amperage they provide.
Find your current panel’s amperage listed on its main breaker.
When replacing your electrical panel, either match the amperage capacity of your current model, or upgrade if your power needs have grown.
Amperage typically ranges from 60-amps in older homes to as much as 200-amps in new construction.
Make sure the wire as well as other devices on the circuit are rated for the proper amps for the install.
100-amps is the minimum panel amperage required by the National Electrical Code (NEC), but 150-amps is increasingly common.
While 100-amps to 150-amps are generally suitable for most homes, electrical panels are also available in 200- and 400-amp units.
Transfer switches are a type of sub-panel that transform portable generator power into electrical power through your breaker panel. If you live in an area where storms are common, you may have a permanent backup power generator that uses an alternative power source, like propane or natural gas. You can wire the generator directly to the household electrical panel with a transfer switch. This provides a seamless switch from utility service to backup power when the power goes out.
When replacing an electrical panel in Nautilus, you need to choose the type that has the right application and meets your local code requirements.
Main Breaker Panels
Main breaker panels have a built-in main breaker that can shut off all power to your home. A main breaker is a large two-pole circuit breaker that limits electricity intake to protect the circuits it feeds. It also identifies your electrical panel’s amperage capacity, meaning the amount of electricity the panel can safely carry. Main breakers can be installed when the meter and feeder cable are within 10-feet of the panel. Consult your local codes to see if your panel will meet this or another requirement for proper installation.
Main Lug Panels
Main lug panels do not have a main breaker. Instead, the line wires run to a type of electrical connector called a lug. This type of electrical panel requires a separate disconnect. In the event of a fire, the separate disconnect at a meter lets firefighters cut the power without entering the buidling.
A sub-panel is a smaller electrical panel that services a specific area of the home. It holds separate circuit breakers from the main breaker panel. It’s usually located near the area it powers. Sub-panels are best when multiple circuits are needed in a single area separate from your main house, such as a workshop or greenhouse.
Sub-panels get electricity from a circuit in the main panel and do not have their own disconnect. The amp rating of the circuit in the main breaker panel must be the same or less than the rating of its connected sub-panel. Also, the only limit for the number of sub-panels you can have is the number of available circuits in your main breaker panel.
Note that sub-panels do not increase the amount of available power. If an increase in electricity is needed, contact your local utility company or an electrician.