What sized electrical panel is safe for your home? Is a 100 amp panel enough? Some homeowners struggle to understand how much amperage is sufficient without being too much. The answer depends on the size of your home and your family’s electrical usage. The National Electrical Code (NEC) states that 100 amps is the minimum amperage to meet NEC home panel requirements, but larger homes with higher electrical usage may need more power. Keep reading to find out if a 100 amp service panel is enough to power your home safely and effectively.
How Much Power Does Your Home Need?
A 100 amp panel can meet the electrical needs of a small or medium-sized property (less than 2,500 square feet) with central air conditioning, gas heating, and several standard appliances. However, if you are planning a renovation or addition, it is a good idea to consider upgrading your panel to get more power.
Most new homes and some large, older homes feature service panels with 150 amp or 200 amp service. In most areas, 200 amp service is the standard for new home builds. The higher amperage electrical panel is beneficial if you have a lot of large appliances, central air conditioning, and electrical heating. The greater the amperage, the more flexibility you have when using electronics and multiple appliances without overloading your electrical system.
In the case of larger homes with extensive electrical power needs like home theaters or hot tubs, going up to a 400 amp panel may be necessary. A qualified electrician can help you determine what is best to meet the unique needs of your home and family.
What to Do If Your Service Panel Isn’t Enough
If you are concerned your 100 amp service panel isn’t safely meeting your home’s electrical needs, it’s time to consider an upgrade. Signs the panel is not giving you enough power include:
- Flickering lights
- Low-performing appliances
- Frequent breaker tripping
- Malfunctioning or warm-to-the-touch outlets or switches
So, if you notice any of these signs, reach out to an electrician to inspect your service panel. Using a panel that is too small for your home and electrical needs can increase your risk of fire, electrocution, power surges, and damage to your devices and appliances.
Let Kalahari Electrical Provide the Inspection and Services You Need
If you are ready for an electrical upgrade or want to find out if your current electrical panel is enough to power your home, we can help. The experts at Kalahari Electrical Services bring years of experience to your Atlanta Metro area home’s electrical needs. And, we can provide a thorough professional inspection. An inspection will give you peace of mind and help you determine the best path forward. We also offer upfront, affordable pricing and 24/7 emergency electrical services from the area’s top electricians.
Is a 100 amp panel enough for a house? We can help you find out! Schedule an electrical inspection with Kalahari Electrical Services now to get started.