Questions about upgrading electrical service


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Old 11-25-03, 07:41 PM
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Questions about upgrading electrical service

My mom is purchasing a 50 year old house which has 60 Amp electrical service. Does anyone have a general idea of what it would cost? This is in Northern NJ. Also what is a good place to find a decent electrician? I have called some guys in the yellow book, but usually no one picks up or they dont tell give you an estimate. Is it possible to procure the services of an electrican through these boards?
 
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Old 11-25-03, 08:02 PM
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A service upgrade is generally about $2000, but the cost can vary quite a bit. This upgrade doesn't get you any new outlets or circuits. That is extra. Are you even sure that an upgrade is necessary? If so, why? Does your mom do a lot of welding?

The best way to pick an electrician is by soliciting recommendations from people who have had similar work done.
 
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Old 11-26-03, 04:44 AM
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Some of the homeowners insurance companies require a minimum of 100 Amp service.
 
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Old 11-26-03, 07:11 AM
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Go to 200 while you are at it.
 
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Old 11-26-03, 07:14 AM
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I would only go to 200 if I thought it would eventually be needed and if the incoming wires were appropriately sized or if I had to replace the incoming wires.
 
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Old 11-26-03, 07:57 AM
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Recently paid $1400 to upgrade the service at my seasonal camp from 60 amp fuses to 100 amp breaker panel (Northern New england).
 
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Old 11-26-03, 01:42 PM
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WOW! I'm gonna come work where you guys are!
100 amp around $1000, 200 amp $1200-$1500 depending on the situation; mast, etc. . Underground is another whole ballgame. Usually around $6 a linear foot plus the service.

I agree that you should go to 200 amp. Regardless of the load you have or will need. It just looks better on a real estate sheet and you never will have the need for more space. Breaker space is more the concern than ampacity. The cost difference is negligible. I rarely do 100a services anymore.

The incoming line is not a consideration at all. It is the property of the power company and they will replace it if they feel it is necessary.
 
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Old 11-26-03, 06:51 PM
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I agree with upgrading to 200a. if its a single home with ground around it {for expansion} but in the part of Philly that I do most of my work {& live} all the houses are rowhomes or twinhomes, a 200a. service is overkill . A 42 ckt. panel would almost touch the floor!!!!LOL
 
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Old 11-26-03, 07:33 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys. Now does anyone know of some good electricians in NJ ?
 
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Old 11-26-03, 08:24 PM
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cliftonite,
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