How can I tell how many amps of power a building has if the building owner doesn't know?

In General Area - Asked by Robert M. - Jan 6, 2011
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Rob B.
Chandler, AZ

Robert....
Call the power company's customer service department. Be sure to ask the owner for the account information, so that you can identify the building properly.
Good Luck Robert...Rob Baird, CA RE License #544165 (One of the oldest, active licenses in CA) 951 515-5855 Email: rob@capratecommercial.com

Jan 6, 2011
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Chris R.
Broker/Agent
Denton, TX

Any qualified electrician can take a look at the electrical service panels on a property and advise how many amps / volts / phases of power that exist. We manage quite a bit of property and we have a related maintenance division that has a master electrician on staff. He will frequently go by a property - take a quick look and advise the answers you seek. It may cost you a service call - but if you need to know - in order to market the property - then it is information well worth it. Often times that can and should be an expense an owner would bear as well.

Jan 10, 2011
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Glen W.
Lender/Mortgage Broker
Atlanta, GA

Call the power company. Also you can typically look at where the service enters the property and see what type of feed is coming in

Feb 2, 2011
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Glen W.
Lender/Mortgage Broker
Atlanta, GA

An electrician can look at the meter on the exterior and typically tell. If not a quick call to the power company can typically answer any questions

Jun 7, 2011
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NATHAN B.
Broker/Agent
Ontario, CA

Typically when you need to know this information you're dealing with an industrial building where power is critical due to the use of machines or in an area that will house servers for a large computer network.
Go to the main power distribution panel / breaker box, in most industrial buildings it will be in the warehouse, there will be a placard with that information stated clearly on it, you need to find the main panel however, the sub panels will be labeled as well and a common mistake of new or inexperienced commercial agents is to combine or select the wrong panel.
Understanding voltage and wiring configuration and the phase is important as well. Have an electrician walk you through the process once so you fully understand.

May 17, 2012
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