I currently have a box identified as 160A, with thirty circuits.
The home inspector I used when I bought the place said "you're going to want to heavy up to 200A".
I'm not so sure.
The breaker for the kitchen appliances trips every so often, but that's likely because the entire basement is also on that circuit, and there's a dehumidifier down there. By chance, it occasionally kicks in when the microwave and toaster are on and overloads the circuit.
Since I have five unused circuits, I figure I can split the basement and the kitchen on to separate circuits, and add an extra kitchen appliance circuit for good measure, and one for the basement workshop tools.
The A/C circuit trips, too, but I believe that's because the A/C is dying.
The way I see it, and this is my question, as long as the load on no individual circuit exceeds it's rated amperage, and the load on all circuits collectively does not exceed 160A, which is the size of the box, I don't need to "heavy up".
Is that correct?
Thanks for any comments.