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Question DetailsAsked on 4/11/2013

How much does an electric panel upgrade cost?

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According to this recent article, What does it cost to replace a circuit breaker box?, the cost can range from $500 to $2,900 depending on your home's existing electrial system and other considerations.

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Answered 6 years ago by JP


The first answer below addresses a full panel replacement.

Depends on what you are trying to do - replace an outdated or unsafe panel and all associated breakers/fuses ($1000-2500 likely), or just upgrade existing breakers in a distribution panel tht is otherwise safe to modern breakers and appropriate GFCI breakers for outdoor, kitchen, garage, bathroom circuits, which might run about $750 for a small house to $1000 for a larger one.

If you are looking to increase load circuit capacity, or if you have bare wire or aluminum distribution wiring that is no longer allowed by code, then cost would go up substantially as they might have to install new circuit and main feed wiring, too.

Be sure before you get into a committment that you understand whether you will have to do further upgrades because of an old installation, as the electrical and building codes generally require that all replacement be to CURRENT, not original code; and the same generally applies to any upgrade or replacement of more than 50% of the original installation. Therefore, any substantial upgrade might kick in the requirement that the entire electrical system be brought up to current code, which for an older home could be several tens of thousands $.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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