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Question DetailsAsked on 5/22/2013

what does it cost to install a electrical panel

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You do not say why you are installing a new electrical panel. If it is because the old wiring is bad or out-of-code (2 wire, fabric insulation, xxxx and tube wiring, aluminum house wiring, etc. you could be in for a nasty surprise - in most jurisdictions, you are not allowed to update an electrical panel without bringing the connecting wiring, outlets, and light fixtures up to code also - which can run $10-25,000 for a full house rewire. Here is a link to a previous question on that issue:

If you are replacing it because you can no longer get breakers for that brand, or because you are replacing a fuse installation with breakers but the wiring is up to code than you arer looking at a panel replacement only - probably $1500-2500 for a normal about 2000 SF house.

If you are looking to add circuits beyond the number your current panel can handle ( interms of electrical rating, not number of slots), then you will likely have to upgrade your outside master breaker panel and maybe electrical service as well. Each "service" and main breaker is rated for a certain capacity. The total amperage in individual circuit breakers you are allowed to connect to that is regulated by code, so unless your initial service (and the main feed coming into your panel) was oversized in the first place, they will likely need upsizing before you can add any more circuits.

If you service can handle the added load, then a secondary panel for additional circuits, assuming the run from the master breaker box is short and easily run, will probably be about $500-1200.

Above numbers could double if you live in a union-only city with high pemit fees and overbearing regulations, likek New York or Chicago.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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