I am trying decide if I can get away replacing our old service panel,
but without upgrading beyond our current 100 amps.
The box is old, slightly rusty and fully used with no extra breakers.
We are about to start a kitchen remodel and will need some new circuits
for new dishwasher, disposal, additional lighting.
I know that most houses today have 200A service and it would normally
make sense to upgrade now. However, we are also converting both our
electric range and clothes dryer to gas, so we will actually reduce
some major loads. We have gas furnace and hot water heater and we
don't have central AC and have no plans to add it.
Occasionally, if someone uses a hairdryer while a window AC is running
on the same circuit, one of the 20A breakers will flip, but I think
that's just because too much is on that one breaker (not because the
total load is limited.)
So, I am thinking to save money to just replace the panel without the
extra expense of upgrading to 200A.
Is this reasonable or am I being shortsighted?