overwired panel

Licensed Commercial Electricians in Ottawa


What is an Overwired Panel?

An overwired panel is one that contains more circuits than it is rated to handle.  Usually it is because too many single-pole breakers (single circuit) have been replaced with tandem breakers (two circuits).  To be clear, tandem breakers are not the same as high-amp double-pole breakers.  Each panel has a label that states how many circuits the panel can accommodate.

An overwired panel is a violation of code.  It may be a significant issue when the house is on the market for sale or is inspected for other situations like remodelling

There is an easy solution.  You can have an electrican add a subpanel that holds a few more slots.  Another solution is to replace the panel with one that has a larger capacity.  Discuss the options with your electrician to see which will be the best choice for you.