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Question DetailsAsked on 8/14/2016

Whats the typical cost of replacing/fixing a corroding exterior electrical disconnect?

I am purchasing a house, and the main issue that came up during the inspection was a corroding disconnect on the exterior of the house. I am curious to know what the cost of replacing the disconnect may be.

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I would just put it on the contingency items list during the home inspection period, for the SELLER to get fixed at his cost before closing. If you don't know what this is, your realtor can explain (and should probably be severly reprimanded for not explaining the inspection/ contingency period to you if it was not).


Below is a related prior question which should help - but general cost areas (not highest cost cities which can cost 50-100% more), probably about $150-300 labor and $100-150 materials range for a disconnect only or $150-250 parts for a disconnect with master breaker, up to about 200A capacity. (No noticeable difference in labor between the two). This would be assuming simple panel replacement with the wiring being good - if new lead wire needs to be pulled because it is corroded and/or there is not enough slack to be able to make up the connection using the existing wire, might be an additional $50 or so wire plus from $100-300 additional labor to run new lead wiring depending on difficulty in pulling new main lead to the distribution breaker panel in the house and on whether having to pull from meter to the new disconnect AND from disconnect to breaker panel or only one or the other.


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If disconnect panel is that rusty/corroded, unless it was due to obvious leak in it or a punchout left open, I would be looking in the meter box too, to see if it has same problem.

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