I am considering purchasing a 225-amp Siemens panel, to do a replacement of my main load center. But I wish to replace its 225-amp main breaker with a 200-amp main breaker. I am wondering if this is code-compliant ? I believe it is, but a guy at a supply house told me that it is not.
By explanation, I wish to use the 225-amp panel because:
- It is very large, 42-spaces/64-circuits, and lots of wire-bending space.
- Having the heavier busbars maybe useful when adding solar.
- I'll have the option of upgrading to 225-amp service in the future.
But, for now, I want to stick with 200-amp service.
The cut-sheet for the panel clearly shows the 200-amp main breaker as an option (see "Accessories" at bottom). I think the supply-house guy is either a dope, or confused, but I want to check.