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Modern households are very dependent upon electrical energy, and it seems as if each day there is the need for more and more outlets and service. Consider the average kitchen with its appliances and small electrical devices...this room alone could call for both 220 volt outlets and standard 120 volts in abundance.
Frequently, a homeowner will purchase a property with an outdated circuit panel, such as one with only 20 to 40 amps. The average home is going to require a minimum of 100 amp service, but it isn't unheard of to see installations of 200 amps and more. For this discussion we will look at the costs of upgrading the average home from 40 amps to a new panel with 200 amp service. The average cost for a 200 amp upgrade is going to be from $1300 to $3000 (including materials).
Unless the homeowner is knowledgeable in home electrical systems, the installation of a new circuit panel is not really a "DIY" project. Traditionally installation is done by a professionally licensed electrician and only after all local planning permits and approvals are received. The project will include:
The wisest course of action for electrical circuit panel installation is to work with a licensed electrician who can help to accurately determine the precise needs for the home in question. A homeowner must always request references, ensure that the professional has adequate proof of insurance, and should obtain information about warranties on the work. It is a good idea to also seek at least three bids before selecting the provider if doing a full upgrade project as this will lower total costs considerably.
(200 amp upgrade)
Cost to install an electrical circuit panel upgrade varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from electricians in your city.