What is a Sub Panel?
In essence, an electrical sub panel can be thought of as a mini service panel. Its basic structure is the same as a service panel, with a main feeder wire leading into bus bars and circuit breakers. Branch wire circuits lead off of the circuit breakers into various parts of the house. There are 2 major reasons why you might want to install a circuit breaker sub panel:
- If your main service panel does not have enough space to hold circuit breakers for any new circuits that you intend to install, the circuit breaker sub panel can, in a sense, create new space for circuit breakers, but in a physically separate location.
- It’s best to have a separation of service from the main electrical panel. Usually, a circuit breaker sub panel will service one separate area that has a discrete function, such as a kitchen, shop, office, or home addition. By installing a circuit breaker sub panel, you make it clear which circuit breakers and branch circuits apply to which parts of the house.
Sub Panel Installation and Repairs
At Mister Sparky, we’ll evaluate your sub panel repair needs and service or install sub panels for your home. Call us today to learn more.