how many split breakers can go in a breaker box??
First perhaps a stupid question. I have a 200 amp breaker box but if I add up the breakers, it comes to near 800 amps. Is the thought that while I have 200 amp service, it is unlikely I would ever be drawing full current through even 25 % of them?
A couple of years ago a electrician installed split breakers in about 40% of the slots in my main breaker box to handle extra outlets I wanted throughout the house. We are about to undergo a kitchen remodel that includes a second electric oven but little more power required. The contractor was making noises that he thought a new main box might be needed. It didn't seem that the oven was the problem but that we would have more dedicated circuits needed to bring to current code. So why can't more of the regular breakers be split to get the extra lines? There are still plenty of 15 and 20 amp breakers that could be split. Is there a limit on split breakers to a box?