Can a sub panel be larger than the main panel?

if the subpanel’s main breaker is larger than the supply breaker, it has no effect. if smaller than the supply breaker, the subpanel’s main breaker protects the subpanel.

What size feeder breaker do I need?

The circuit that feeds the subpanel must be protected by the appropriate size of the circuit breaker to prevent overheating of the feeder wiring. To calculate the breaker size, simply divide the adjusted wattage by 240 volts to find the rated amperage needed for your subpanel.

What size wire is good for 125A?

125A is #1 copper or #1/0 aluminum (you need to call it 120A feeder, but you get to round up to 125A breaker since 120A is not made.) If you need full declared 125A you’d need 2/0 aluminum.

Can you feed a 100 amp sub panel with a 60 amp breaker?

You can feed a 100 Amp panel with a 60 Amp breaker. Keep in mind that the sub panel needs to be rated above the breaker size.

Can you feed a 100 amp sub panel with a 50 amp breaker?

Just wire it up. There is no problem using a sub panel that can take more current than you will ever feed it. Points to note: The cable to your hot tub will be rated for 50A (not 100A); therefore you must not upgrade the breaker in your main panel to 100A.

Can a 60 amp breaker feed a 60 amp sub panel?

You don’t have to use a 60 amp panel. Use a 100 amp panel and feed it from a 60 amp breaker. The sub panel only has to be rated at or above the breaker size feeding it.

Does a sub panel need a feeder breaker?

The subpanel may be equipped with a main breaker to allow for power interruption without having to go back to the main panel, but it is not required to have a main shutoff circuit breaker, since the feeder breaker back in the main panel serves this function.

Can you oversize a circuit breaker?

Oversizing a circuit breaker can be a safety concern. If there is a direct short in an appliance a breaker will kick off even if oversized, but if there is simply a crossed or burned wire it may not turn off. This would cause a possible shock hazard.

Can I use a 125 amp panel with 100 amp service?

If it’s a 125 amp panel, then you can use a 100A breaker on the main panel to feed the breaker. The new sub panel must always have the same ampacity rating as the panel that is feeding it.

Will #2 wire fit in a 100 amp breaker?

A 100 amp sub panel wiring size requirement is #4 for copper wires and #2 for aluminum wires.

What size wire do I need to run a 200 amp sub panel?

The 250 KCMIL wire is the perfect size wire for 200 amp service because it has 255A ampacity (a minimum of 250A ampacity requirement is satisfied).

Can you feed a 200 amp sub panel from a 200 amp main panel?

Is feeding a 200A sub from a 200A main legit? Yes, and you don’t even need another 200A breaker. The 200A breaker alread present in the panel will suffice, and so you can use a subfeed lug kit as DrSparks advises.

Can I put a 50 amp breaker in a 200 amp panel?

In general, a 200-amp panel should handle no more than 160 amps at once. It’s important to note that people can have 300 or even 400 amps worth of breakers in a 200A panel, as they don’t use all circuits at the same time. Calculating how many circuit breakers you need is also dependent on your home electrical loads.

What wire do I use for a 50 amp sub panel?


For 50 amps, you could use 4 AWG wire with 85A ampacity (a bit of overkill but it’s OK), but you can never use 8 AWG wire with 50A ampacity (you will fry the circuit). In most cases, 6 AWG is an almost perfectly-sized wire for a 50 amp breaker. In limited cases, you will probably have to use a larger 4 AWG wire.

Can I put a 50 amp breaker in a 50 amp sub panel?

Assuming you’ve got 6 gauge wire feeding the sub panel, you should be fine. As long as you aren’t pulling more than 50 amps through that sub panel at once, you don’t need to worry about over loading the panel. That’s what the 50 amp breaker is there for.

Will #8 wire carry 50 amps?

Up to a point, the higher the temperature, the higher the current the wire can handle. An 8-gauge wire can handle a current of 50 amps at a temperature of 90-Celsius or 194-Fahrenheit.

How many circuits can you put on a 50 amp sub panel?

A single receptacle has a maximum power draw of 1.5-amps, so, only use 26 outlets at most for a 50-amp breaker (40-amps รท 1.5-amp = 26.67 outlets).

How big of a subpanel can I install?

Even though there is no limit on the number of subpanels that you can add to a circuit, it shouldn’t exceed 160 amps when you’re using a 200 amp main panel.

Can I put a 50 amp breaker in a 60 amp subpanel?

The 50A breaker will be protecting the wiring to the tub (and internals of the tub). The 60A breaker is protecting the wiring to the subpanel (and its internals). You can do this if you want and you will be perfectly fine.