I am looking to upgrade my 125A service to 200A but the electrician is having a tough time finding a 200A breaker. My condo was built in 1987 and the company, Crouse Hinds that makes the breaker is no longer in business. I know there are companies that support the same breaker type but have not been able to find the breaker.
The meter stack contained 3 meters and 3 disconnects. At first I thought maybe the electrician can bypass the disconnect and go directly to the panel since the new panel will have a main breaker to shut off the power to the house, but I heard disconnects are now required according to NEC 2020 so bypassing probably will not fly with an inspector plus it helps to total cut power to the panel.
Is my only option to put in a new meter enclosure off from the current stack and if so is that even allowed. I mean can a metal plate be put over the old meter opening to cover it and remove the old breaker and cover that opening with a metal cover secured with screws?
Of course my best option is to find a 200A disconnect breaker.
Here is the text on the label of the breaker:
LISTED CKT 8RKR
8 POLE UNIT ISSUE LM-5914 TYPE MP-A
10,000 AMP RMS SYM
120/240 VAC CU/AL
TORQUE: 90 LB-IN
MOUNT ON VERTICAL
Service Line Panel and Meter Stack - https://imgur.com/26qkZ5d
Meter Stack with Disconnect Panel Removed - https://imgur.com/QClD8D4
125A Disconnect Breaker Label - https://imgur.com/uE72Oe3
Meter & Disconnect - https://imgur.com/Hn6xfit
3 Meters & Disconnects - https://imgur.com/33sdSxX
Crouse Hinds 125A Disconnect Breaker Closeup - https://imgur.com/v7iJeMI
Service Lines next to Meter Stack - https://imgur.com/Q6TrwsX