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Question DetailsAsked on 3/7/2017

Cost to run 30amp 220v circuit to the kitchen

I am doing a new construction, we are pretty much in final finishing stages, drywall is up, flooring installed (not sanded or stained), walls primed (not painted). We have ordered kitchen cabinets but our cut off to make any changes is Friday. We have selected Wolf 6-burner Gas range but now my wife would like to get a Wall oven as well which requires 30amp service. I asked my builder and he asked the electrician for cost, the electrician came back with $700 plus my builder said he will have to get sheetrock guy to come back and fix the holes electrician is going to create in the sheetrock which is estimated for another $4-500.

We have two panels in the house. One in garage and 2nd floor hallway . Electrician confirmed there is a space on the panel on 2nd floor and in garage and running from the 2nd floor the total cable length would be around 45-50'.

The house is in northwest New Jersey/Morris county. Is $1100 too much to run the line and fix the damage to the drywall?

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Boy do I hate new construction which does not have both gas and electric run to the stove and clothes dryer locations regardless of which power supply the buyer intends to use for the appliances there are having put in.

While I suspect you could get it a bit cheaper with more bids, for a new construction contractor, especially since the drywall is already up, I would say the electrician sounds a bit high but for 50' of run and new breakers not by much, but the drywall repair may be a bit high. But I would have ballparked this at $1000 range off the cuff, so unless you are in a real cheap part of the country sounds good to me - plus by having the GC do it now you avoid possible surprises in getting competitive bids later.

Oops - reread your question and see where you are - I would say that pricing is right in the range for your area, and the contractors missed an opportunity to gouge you so that is a good sign. In that area I would not have been surprised to see $1500-2000 range quote for this.

You said the electrician confirmed there is SPACE in the panel - make sure there is also adequate amperage capacity in that panel as well - that the second floor panel and the lead back to the first panel (and that panel) or maybe directly to the main breaker/meter base can also handle this sustained additional load. Failing to check that the circuits all the way back to and including the service can reasonably carry the load could result in circuit or service overloading, tripping breakers, or overheating in the primary breaker box if the secondary one comes off it rather than direct from the main breaker. It may turn out, in figuring the loads, especially if the second floor panel has independent feed from the main breaker/meter panel, that considering the predicted sustained load from the oven that which panel the feed comes from should be determined by which panel has the most excess capacity, not necessarily the distance.

I would get a NTE (not to exceed) change order on this (or a fixed price change order, which is likely what the contractor will prefer) for the complete electrical and any and all work needed to restore damaged surfaces (which would include drywall and priming, which you did not mention unless the drywall guy did this which would explain the highish price for him), AND any cabinet changes to accomodate these two range appliances - because you are undoubtedly going to have at least one upper cabinet configuration changing where the wall oven is going.

The change order should be phrased to include something like "including all work and materials necessary for the procurement, wiring and installation of the selected XXX (brand and model) wall oven". Note you said nothing about the wall oven cost which is likely to be an added thousand to three thousand $ also - that should also be wrapped up in the change order to make it a complete package for the additional work.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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