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    Default double tap for A/C

    Have a/c double tapped to main (that is a no no) It feeds a panel with a double 40 amp breaker and that feeds the A/C. The service panel is full.
    Question is....
    Can a 60 amp circuit breaker be installed in the main panel to feed a remote panel, and from that panel feed the 40 amp a/c circuit and the other 20 amp circuits that would be moved from the service panel
    Thank you for the information sent.

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    Default Re: double tap for A/C

    Correct the double tap to a remote panel. Unfused circuit.
    Yes it can, if done properly.

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    Default Re: double tap for A/C

    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Quinones View Post
    Have a/c double tapped to main (that is a no no) It feeds a panel with a double 40 amp breaker and that feeds the A/C. The service panel is full.
    Question is....
    Can a 60 amp circuit breaker be installed in the main panel to feed a remote panel, and from that panel feed the 40 amp a/c circuit and the other 20 amp circuits that would be moved from the service panel
    Thank you for the information sent.
    If I understand correctly the question is if the service panel is full can a lower amp breaker be removed and a higher rated breaker be installed in it's slot.

    Are the incoming service wires larger enough for the increased load and is the service box rated to the higher amperage?

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    Billy J. Stephens HI Service Memphis TN.

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    Default Re: double tap for A/C

    Billy is correct in that it should be verified there is adequate capacity for the loads you're considering. With that addressed you can install a sub-panel most anywhere at any time in the manner you discussed. The most common reason for sub-panels is running out of circuit breaker space. Double taps are illegal, unless the terminations are listed for two wires and the wires cannot be over-fused.


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