My electric system in the house consists of a main panel with two breaker positions in it, a 100 amp for the main subpanel, and a 30 amp for a pool motor subpanel in the back that was clearly added on later.
According to everything I have read, 100amp is bare minimum for construction nowdays, so clearly my home's builder cheaped out big time.
Anyways, I called up PG&E in California to ask for advice on if I needed to upgrade the meter. They told me I had to give them a $1200 deposit for them to talk to me at all, which I consider outrageous. They won't give me any details on what they want the money for, what curcumstances I get it back, nothing. They would not even tell me what amp rating my current meter is.
Has anyone sucessfully gone through a meter upgrade in California ? How much did the new meter cost, and did you get your deposit back ?
It can't be that uncommon. A hot tub or a pool will easily push you over a 100amp service feed. I am beginning to wonder if my pool motors are even legal.
What I want to do is add a new subpanel, say another 100 amp panel, and move the pool to that, so that I would have two 100 amp breakers in the main panel.
Thanks for any advice from people who have been there and done this.
=====================================================By the way, for all of you home builders who think it is ok to build homes to the minimum required code standards to save a few bucks, don't worry. I am in the software industry, and we are returning the favor :)