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When is the installation of an electrical subpanel appropriate?

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The installation of an electrical subpanel allows the addition of new circuits and breakers when the main electrical panel is full. One thing to consider before adding a subpanel is the anticipated load of the system in comparison to the available electrical service. Proper placement and access are also important.

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Electrical subpanels are especially handy when adding service to a shed, garage or new addition. The subpanel can be located closer to the new service, reducing redundant wiring and voltage drop. Subpanels can also be used to wire levels of a home separately, so that a tripped circuit on the second floor can be addressed without going to the main panel downstairs.

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