Main lug panels do not have a main breaker. Instead, the line wires run to a type of electrical connector called a lug. This type of electrical panel requires a separate disconnect.

What if my panel doesn’t have a main breaker?

Since your panel does not appear to have a main breaker, you would need to call your power company and have them come out and pull the meter. They need to do that anyway to investigate the lost neutral. Now might be a good time to get a meter pan which contains a main breaker.

Is it possible to not have a main breaker?

Doesn’t the Electrical Service Panel HAVE to have a Main Disconnect Breaker?” The simple answer to this question is, “No—Probably not.” Because most electrical service panels are NOT installed by homeowners or “Uncle Harry,” it is actually pretty rare to find a main panel without a main disconnect.

Do I need a main disconnect?

Every service requires a main disconnect. This disconnect is typically a single circuit breaker, but might also be a fuse block that pulls out. This disconnect need not consist of a single breaker, however. Section 230.71(A) of the NEC allows for up to six main disconnects grouped together or in a common enclosure.

How many breakers can you have without a main breaker?

The number of breakers can max out to 30-42, too, depending on the design of your 100-amp pane. However, NEC prohibits more than 42 circuits, so you can only choose between 20-42 breakers for a 100-amp panel. Breakers or circuit breakers act as a switch for cutting off power from the main electrical supply.

How do I add a main breaker to my panel?


Quote from video: Work is finished and all you have left to do is to tie your wire into your panel. Now it is important that you do this last if at all possible. Because if this is disconnected.

What is the 6 breaker rule?

The “six breaker throw rule” was a requirement in the National Electrical Code that a service must have have a main disconnect that shuts off all power and it cannot take more than six switch throws to do it, and the main disconnect(s) also must be clearly marked, as in the photo above.