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Electrical question (by Jim in O C [CA]) Jul 31, 2022 10:35 PM
       Electrical question (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 31, 2022 10:50 PM
       Electrical question (by Jim in O C [CA]) Jul 31, 2022 10:52 PM
       Electrical question (by plenty [MO]) Jul 31, 2022 11:10 PM
       Electrical question (by Jason [VA]) Jul 31, 2022 11:50 PM
       Electrical question (by Roy [AL]) Aug 1, 2022 7:41 AM
       Electrical question (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Aug 1, 2022 9:53 AM
       Electrical question (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Aug 1, 2022 9:57 AM
       Electrical question (by Roy [AL]) Aug 1, 2022 10:05 AM
       Electrical question (by Jason [VA]) Aug 1, 2022 12:25 PM
       Electrical question (by Salernitana [CA]) Aug 1, 2022 12:50 PM
       Electrical question (by Roy [AL]) Aug 1, 2022 1:32 PM
       Electrical question (by Jason [VA]) Aug 1, 2022 2:32 PM
       Electrical question (by Jim in O C [CA]) Aug 2, 2022 1:28 PM
       Electrical question (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Aug 2, 2022 5:47 PM

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Electrical question (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2022 10:35 PM
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I needed to install a new circuit breaker panel. My old panel was 100 amps. I assumed my electrician would put in 100 amps but he put in 200 amps. Cost was $5500.00.

200 is better but did I get taken advantage of? --99.23.xxx.x




Electrical question (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2022 10:50 PM
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Imagine that you wanted to update your central air conditioning system. That one Breaker value could be anywhere from 40 to 60 amps. Taking up half of the power on a 100 amp main panel. He was right to upgrade to a 200 amp new panel. In general you want to upgrade to at least 150% of your basic needs.

The price in todays world is within reason, if done to code with passed permits. --47.156.xx.xx




Electrical question (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2022 10:52 PM
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Thank you --99.23.xxx.x




Electrical question (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2022 11:10 PM
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200 amp for me. That makes me happy. --172.56.xx.xxx




Electrical question (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Jul 31, 2022 11:50 PM
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Im an electrician and the cost savings between 100 amp and 200 amp are minimal. Itd be silly to stay at 100a. I feel the price was a bit high, but that May be a regionsal difference. --73.177.xxx.xx




Electrical question (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 7:41 AM
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I think the $5,500 is too high just for the box installation. 2 months ago, my master electrician installed a 200amp box at my 3/2 rehab and that cost me $1,800.00. Once that box was installed, he had to re-wire 3/4 of the house (multiple 120/240 circuits) and that cost me an additional $3,000.00. Cost of Romex 14, 12, 10 & 8 gauge wiring has gone through the roof these days.

A modern 200 amp breaker box has major long term advantages. It will make the house easier to add additional circuits to and make it easier to sell also. --71.207.xxx.x




Electrical question (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 9:53 AM
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I wouldn't change out panel without upgrading at the same time, so that was correct on the electrician's part.

I've given up on knowing what a job should cost and if I can get anyone to do a job I pay whatever they want. It's not like there is any competition where I can get bids from three companies. I'm very lucky I can get anyone out to do the job.

Did he do any rewiring? I know that electrical components have gone way up in price and can be hard to get. I think maybe just be happy you got the job done when you needed it. --76.178.xxx.xxx




Electrical question (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 9:57 AM
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Price out a 200 amp and 100 amp circuit breaker panel then can compare the difference. Most big box stores sell circuit breaker panels. Suppose in the future wanted to install a outlet for a EV vehicle where 50 to 60 amp additional outdoor outlet would be required. Unless the stove and clothes dryer is natural gas then a 100 amp is more then enough. Suppose wanted to sell house in future where some people want to use a electric stove or clothes dryer. Here on new installations arc fault circuit breakers are required. With a 200 amp panel can install the number of circuit breakers required then can add more as required. --68.69.xxx.xxx




Electrical question (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 10:05 AM
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Jim,

Did your electrician install Arc-Fault Breakers in your new box? Arc-Fault are horribly expensive and if they are required by code in your area, you have to bite the bullet and get them. --71.207.xxx.x




Electrical question (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 12:25 PM
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Arc fault breakers are horribly expensive, but not required for a simple panel upgrade. --73.177.xxx.xx




Electrical question (by Salernitana [CA]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 12:50 PM
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In 2018, an electrician quoted me $5000.00 to upgrade a 100amp panel to 200amp, and it would not be done up to code. If I did not need to uproot plants or to demolish a driveway to put an upgraded 200amp panel up-to-code for $5500, I would do the work.

Roy, I wish I could fly your electrician out to San Jose, put him in a hotel, and give him a 10% tip if he could do my electrical work at the prices that you paid. Lucky you. --67.188.xx.xxx




Electrical question (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 1:32 PM
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Salernitana,

My electrician is not licensed in CA. Plus, he gives me a discount because I am a regular customer. This was probably the 4th 200amp box he has installed for me in the last 5 years.

In my last rehab, a 100amp ancient FUSE BOX was removed and that fuse box had all 30amp fuses in.

Jason - Here Arc-Fault breakers are required by code for all new home construction. --71.207.xxx.x




Electrical question (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 2:32 PM
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New home construction, yes. Existing panel swap outs-no. Theyre grandfathered in. --73.177.xxx.xx




Electrical question (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2022 1:28 PM
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No arc fault breakers.I got another price and it was $6000.00. --89.45.xx.xxx




Electrical question (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2022 5:47 PM
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Here when a electrical circuit breaker is replaced then arc fault breakers are required. In the house using existing panel when house was built. --68.69.xxx.xxx



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