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So I went to look at my father in law’s panel, and as far as I can see, they look like they’re trying to draw too much amperage from the panel.

Does anything look amiss here?

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    Can you provide us with a close-up of the main on the far left, a picture of the labeling on the inside front door of this meter-main, and the square-footage of this house, to start? – ThreePhaseEel Oct 13 '18 at 22:48
  • @ThreePhaseEel glad you are on the case. The three single 20A breakers and the quadplex look interesting. – Harper - Reinstate Monica Oct 13 '18 at 22:59
  • @ThreePhaseEel added the pictures. Square footage is 2,774. – eclipsis Oct 13 '18 at 23:13
  • Can you get us close-ups of the green label on one of the double-stuff breakers near the main breaker, and the white label on the breaker next to the far-right quadplex breaker? Furthermore, how many kitchen small appliance (receptacle) branch circuits does the house have, is the range electric or gas, and what does the house have for a HVAC system? – ThreePhaseEel Oct 13 '18 at 23:52
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    I'm curious what makes you think you're trying to draw too much amperage? It's a 100A panel with a 100A main breaker - is that breaker tripping? – Johnny Oct 14 '18 at 0:20
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In answer to your question nothing looks amiss as far as overloading is concerned. The way you know if a panel is over loaded is that the main circuit breaker trips out on overload. Prior to that if you are really concerned. Get an infrared thermometer and see if you can find any hot spots. Particularly around the connection and lug points. You want things to stay below 75C or 167F. Look for any discoloration or burn caused by overheating. Overheating is a sign of overloading due to the resistance of the bus and conductors.

Good luck

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    I think he may be OK on ampacity here (but won't be sure until I spin an Art. 220 for him); however, his panel's overstuffed on circuits and has some aliens in it to boot – ThreePhaseEel Oct 14 '18 at 21:05

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