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Upgrading an Electrical Panel Cost


How Much Does Upgrading an Electrical Panel Cost?

 
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Power from the electrical company's line flows through a home's outside meter and into the electrical service panel, which controls the flow of electricity into the house. Total electrical usage cannot exceed the panel's capacity, which can be 100, 150, 200 or 400 amps. Homes may also have sub-panels that are located elsewhere, which are smaller versions of the main panel and wired through it.

Typical costs:

  • Typically it costs $800-$1,200 to have a qualified electrician upgrade an existing panel to 100 amps, or $1,500-$2,500 if a new panel is needed.
  • Expect to pay $1,300-$3,000 to upgrade to 200 amps, or $2,000-$4,000 to go to 400 amps.
  • Installing a new sub-panel runs $500-$1,000.
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What should be included:
  • Electrical panels in an older home might have a lower capacity, but 100 amps is the current minimum required, while 150 amps is common. Many new homes are being built at 400 amps, which usually is achieved by using a 400-amp meter and two 200-amp panels.
  • HomeTips.com[1] describes and illustrates a typical main electrical panel, while HomeTime.com[2] provides a detailed glossary of electrical terms, which helps in understanding exactly what is included in a quote or required in a specific situation.
  • This is not a do-it-yourself project; major wiring changes should be done by a licensed electrical contractor. Check with your local planning department for any local restrictions or requirements; generally a permit is needed. Permit costs vary widely nationwide.
  • If needed, the upgrading process can include repairing old wiring, adding a copper grounding pole, and removing and replacing the old panel.
Shopping for upgrading an electrical panel:
  • Get estimates from several companies or contractors. Check references, search for complaints with the Better Business Bureau[3] and make sure the electrical contractor is properly bonded and insured, as well as licensed in your state[4] .
  • Referrals to electrical contractors are available from the National Electrical Contractors Association[5] .
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Electrical panel upgrade (remove old one), rewiring & copper grounding pole
Amount: $20,000.00
Posted by: Sujata Satapathy in Santa Clara, CA.Posted: June 5th, 2017 03:06PM
Amps: 200Electrician: Pacific Electricians
I had to replace my electrical panel in an emergency situation. This contractor took a $10K advance without looking into what needs to be fixed and then submitted an invoice of $20K after fixing it. I need to know what he did (and didn't do) and if he is over-charging me.
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100 to 200Amp service change
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: Old sparkey in BillericA, MA.Posted: April 24th, 2017 06:04PM
Amps: 200Electrician: Tom
For you people getting a service change. A heads up the material on a simple one is about 800$ our cost. We charge on the difficulty on the outside and if your existing panel is loaded up and how many circuits. The arc fault breakers are expensive about 45$ our cost and required in all circuits except garage and bathrooms.
So a good price ball park is 2300-2800$ depending plus I he permit . Do not allow anyone to do a service change without a license!! Good luck
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200 Amp upgrade from 100 Amp
Amount: $1,900.00
Posted by: arodiaz in Bowie, MD.Posted: March 31st, 2017 08:03AM
Amps: 200Electrician: Nothing But panels
Upgraded from 100 Amps to 200 Amps panel and bought and extra surge protector for like $100 from Amazon.
Lifetime Warranty and installed the surge protector for free.
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Main panel upgrade
Amount: $4,000.00
Posted by: Randy Wilson in San Mateo, CA.Posted: September 11th, 2016 10:09PM
Amps: 200Electrician: Thornton Electric
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200 amp panel
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Happyele in Miami, FL.Posted: August 1st, 2016 07:08PM
Amps: 200Electrician: Local electrician
Upgraded panel no breakers left. Home built in 95, installed in less than 3hrs, but drywall out and access readily available no need to go in attic.
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Home Electrical Panel Upgrade
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: William Baldwin Sr. in Massapequa, NY.Posted: July 8th, 2015 07:07PM
Amps: 200ampsElectrician: Daly Brothers Contracting Company
After searching websites such as Craigslist Long Island & Angies List we spoke to a few of our neighbors at a local event who had all used the same company thru word of mouth. Daly Brothers upgraded our panel with permit for $1800.00. They were extremely professional and in and out in the same day. Their work was clean and the organized and labeled our entire panel which was never done previously. They are a General Contracting Company who handle all aspects of home improvements and specialize in electrical work. They were recommended and we will definetly be using them again on any future upgrades or home improvements! 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Panel Upgrade
Amount: $2,300.00
Posted by: Prince & Paris P. in WDC, DC.Posted: May 27th, 2015 10:05AM
Amps: 200Electrician: Micheal & Sons
They were very knowledgeable of their work, until I asked to review the quote which was originally 3400.00. I found cost for: 2 panels, Entire house Surge Protector-not needed. Just check and ask the question: Why is this? and Do not believe everything is code unit they prove it.
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200 amp panel upgrade
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Tim Sanders in new orleans, LA.Posted: April 29th, 2015 08:04PM
Amps: 200Electrician: Leroy Griffin LG ELECTRIC LLC
I wanted my breaker box upgraded to 200 amps. I was referred to Leroy from a family member. I was quoted two other prices from other electricians and he wasn't the highest but not the lowest either. I decided to go with him as I was advised and could not be happier. He was professional, on time, neat, and even did some other work that was not originally quoted. I referred him to a friend that needed electrical work done and she's very satisfied as well.
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Replacing electrical panel
Amount: $3,700.00
Posted by: Evelyn M. in Richmond, TX.Posted: March 5th, 2015 04:03AM
Amps: 240Electrician: Universal
We had an electrical problem with a faulty wire from the pool breaker to the pump. The electrician came out and noted out Electrical panel was not up to code. It was 25 years old and had aluminum wiring into the panel. It showed signs of arc'ing--he said. I called my dad who spend over 40 years in the industry and he told me to change it out. The total bill was $5100 but the remainder was to run a new pool conduit and not related to the electrical panel replacement. It came with a 10 year warranty. Replaced March, 2015. This site only has "2014" loaded.
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Service Up grade from 100ampsto 200
Amount: $33,123.31
Posted by: Rick & Melissa in Carlsbad, NM.Posted: December 22nd, 2014 11:12AM
Amps: 200Electrician: Hutchins Electrical
Electrician said work could be done within 1 1/2 wks-2 wks. required at least 1/2 up front. He was pd $2000. on 11/9/14, as of today 12/22/14 We only have a pole in the ground. He said he had to have the remaining bal. due to a child support issue so he could not buy our materials. So we pd him $1,223.31 on 12/12/14. Then he said he still did not have the permit and needed $100. more on 12/15/14. there is still no permit. He was suppose to finish last week? He said he had a emergency house to work on. Now he said he can smell animal urine and it bothers his asthma. suppose to show up again on Thursday 12/18/14, no show we had to track him down. his new employee did not work out. Friday we even had respirator mask (we should'nt have to do that),he was a no show again. He finally called 2pm, he said he didn't have any one to hold the ladder. He said that today 12//22/14 there would be 3 people at our house by 8-8:30am, tried contacting him & no response.
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Up grade 120 amp panel
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: a user in Houston, TX.Posted: December 9th, 2014 08:12PM
Amps: From 100amp to 120 ampElectrician: Hs electric/ Pablo 832-310-3945
I call joohn Moore for a quote to change out a panel. quote was 2200 then I got another quote from Hs electric they quoted 1000 dollars less. They did a clean job I will used Hs electric again..
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overhead service 10 amp upgraded to 200amps
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: Rosa P in Peabody, MA.Posted: August 23rd, 2014 06:08AM
Amps: 200ampsElectrician: Rescigno Electric
Great job and unbelievable price. They put up a temporary service so I can have some power while they worked. I would highly recommend them to any one needing electrical work completed.
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Upgrade from 100 to 200 with grounding; Used John Moore
Amount: $4,189.91
Posted by: R. Day in Houston, TX.Posted: May 24th, 2014 06:05AM
Amps: 200Electrician: John Moore/Joel Caballero
The full service also included a new door bell installation, and two dead outlets being repaired. The electrician at the outside box did great work. The company sent two less experienced persons to do the inside outlet repairs and door bell work. Those two were not good at all. They did not test theirs repairs and had to be called back into the house from the truck. I did get a lifetime service contract on the whole package- but I think the work was overpriced by about $1,000.
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100 vs 200 amp
Amount: $3,580.00
Posted by: carin in portland, OR.Posted: October 17th, 2013 11:10AM
Amps: 100Electrician:
I have an old home with 100 amp fuses. I hired an electrician to put in new 200 box. He quoted me $3580
It turns out he only put in a new 100 amp box, I am wondering what the price difference should be since I was quoted for a 200 amp??
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rewire and change 100 amp to 200 amp in a duplex house
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: tina/jose in San Antonio, TX.Posted: August 21st, 2013 11:08PM
Amps: 100-200ampsElectrician: mike's eletrica/handyman
1 house had 3 room restroom kitchen/livingroom 2 house had 2 rooms restroom and kitchen/living room 3 house had 3 rooms restroom kitchen/living room and a small 6*6 hallway the guy did a good job a would recomend him to everybody in san antonio,tx his name was mike and # is (210)717-5857 . i got everything he need for the house and her just charge me for the labor part of 2500 other companys and eletrica whated any wher from 7500 to 22,000. mike did the all of this in 4day and it was done right just like i whanted did have to call anybody elsa job was up to texas code and pass the inspe.i well use this guy on more job to come he is also doing my barshop panel from a100 amp to a 200 amp charge me 600 bucks to change and put 2 spret panel for my shop cal him for all ur ele job need real nice guy
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Panel Upgrades
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: DSiggy60 in Union, ME.Posted: August 2nd, 2013 03:08AM
Just a note on panel upgrades. For a majority of the states electrical code panels (2011 National Electrical Code), when upgrading a panel, a majority of breakers must be replaced with the Arc-Fault type. this may increase the past cost of the job by as much as $50 a breaker.
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200 amp service upgrade
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: Vicki s in Richboro, PA.Posted: May 24th, 2013 12:05PM
Amps: 200Electrician: Grace electric 215-512-0425
John(the owner) did a very neat and clean 200 amp service upgrade for me at my home in richboro, pa. My existing panel was way to small and my outside service cable was cracked and dry rotted. I am a realtor and I have recommended and used him on numerous service upgrades and panel changes. The best part is that he always answers the phone personally and does the work himself.
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400 amp upgrade
Amount: $3,600.00
Posted by: Nazi Martinez in riverside, CA.Posted: February 18th, 2013 09:02AM
Amps: 400Electrician: ABonner & Sons Electric
I've upgraded two 200 service in my business in riverside CA. Bonners and sons came in and did a wonderful job. Very reasonable prices.
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Had 100A to 200a upgrade
Amount: $1,963.00
Posted by: KarenSue in Oakdale, MN.Posted: February 7th, 2013 05:02AM
Amps: 200Electrician: Kevin~3hrs work.wont use again.
Electrician to put in new meter socket $980.00. Includes (200A meter socket hardware).

Excel energy changed per foot to dig a trench to bury my overhead lines, then there is a $350.00 minimum fee to come out and connect (all happens on same day).

They buried my power lines 72ft distance from pole to house. Total Excel energy cost $808.00

The 200A breaker box was $125, and an extra 100A breaker for the existing panel $50.(didn't let electrician change old 100A fuse box, he was told to send a jumper from 200A to 100A fuse box only.)

Not included in the cost shown above ::
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I changed the existing 100A fuse box to a 100A breaker box. Took me 5 hours. Glad I didn't let the electrician do it at apparently ($290 per hour). Cost of panel and breakers $200.00. Cost of 5 hours of my time.... priceless.
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Los Angeles California / Chino Hills 125 to 200 amp Upgrade
Amount: $2,300.00
Posted by: Paul J Maragni in Chino Hills, CA.Posted: January 7th, 2013 10:01AM
Amps: 200Electrician: JLR Electric 951-675-0725
Jerry did an excellent job. Took out a burned out 125amp and replaced with a 200 amp in 1 1/2 days INCLUDING ALL STUCCO REPAIR MATCHING WORK!! Jerry is now my electrician. He is fair, affordable and walks you thru the process prior to beginning. He will be doing more work for me in the near future. PS He is also a nice guy to meet.
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electricalservice upgrade
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: nw vaughn in Brockton, MA.Posted: September 18th, 2012 07:09PM
Amps: 100-200Electrician: NW Vaughn Electric
average cost for a 100A complete service upgrade 1200 - 1500 200A complete service upgrade 1800-2000 complete upgrade includes new meter, new service drop, new 100A or 200A Panel, utility grounding bridge, 2 ground rods, all necessary breakers. labor and permit fees included. does not include relocation, single family only, over head service with SE cable, service drop in pipe would be an additional 200 to 400 bucks
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